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Sea Otter MTB races


2001 results

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Sea Otter Classic - NE

Monterey, California, USA, March 21 - 24, 2002

2001 Results    Preview    Past winners


If you're wondering why Sea Otter has dropped off the UCI calendar for 2002, well, blame those pesky mountain bikers, or, to look on the positive, a unique Sea Otter event called the Iron Otter that sees athletes compete in both the road and mountain bike stage races this weekend.

For Iron Otter, riders must take part in all eight stages of the road and MTB competitions. If the road race had UCI status, mountain bike racers would have to be members of a UCI-registered trade or national team. As Iron Otter co-founder Rick Sutton puts it, "These requirements lead to administrative problems, sponsorship and uniform regulations and a lot of confusion with laundry."

On the pure road side, all this and Milan-San Remo means that this year's Sea Otter is likely to be a heavily domestic affair. Saturn's Trent Klasna will be looking to defend his title at the event but after last weekend's races at Redlands, it's obvious that he'll face strong competition from Prime Alliance's Chris Horner and Canadian national team member Roland Green – that's if world MTB champ Green isn't concentrating solely on the dirt racing.

Among the women, Saturn may be looking to Canadian rider Lyne Bessette to lead the charge for GC, given the recent huge efforts by Judith Arndt who has pulled off two great wins in the Tour de Snowy and at Redlands. Besssette and Arndt have the most powerful team in US women's cycling backing them up, but the relentless, attacking style of young Canadian phenom Genevieve Jeanson (RONA) is sure to put Saturn under pressure.

Past winners

      Women                              Men
2001  Anna Millward (Aus) Saturn-Timex   Trent Klasna (USA) Saturn 
2000  Petra Rossner (Ger) Saturn         Gord Fraser (Can) Mercury
1999  Anna Wilson (Aus) Saturn           Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn

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