On Tap: Sea Otter Classic

Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 by in race

In the cornucopia that is Sea Otter Classic with its mountain bike races and expo at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area  in Monterey CA, is a 4-stage omnium with a crit, road race, TT  and a final circuit race with the infamous corkscrew on Laguna Seca Raceway. Unfortunately, the crit is still using the lame hotdog course as last year on the track but both the road and circuit stages offer up interesting courses and the TT is brand new this year.

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For many, it’s the only game in town as far as road racing with no NRC events for a couple of weeks. For others, it’s a chance to race and do well in front of sponsors.  Along with individual stage wins and overall  GC, sprints and KOM competitions are also on the line.

Riders from  BISSELL, Exergy, CalGiant/Specialized, USAF Academy, Trek Livestrong U23, Chipotle Development, RideClean, Jelly Belly and more are on the pre-registered list for the men’s race. On the women’s side, Peanut Butter Co Twenty12, Vanderkitten-Focus, TIBCO/To The Top, Missing Link/Specialized, Primal/MapMyRide and more should be toeing the line. (See list of pre-registered riders).

Weather has played havoc in the past, with high winds, heat, torrential rain but this year, it seems calm. Predictions call for cloudy with cool temperatures around the mod-60s F.

Break goes down the corkscrew at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race

Break goes down the corkscrew at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race

SRAM Criterium
Thursday 14 April 2011
Length: 1km

Start time:
Women 2:50pm
Men 4:05pm

2011 Sea Otter Crit course map

2011 Sea Otter Crit course map

Held on a 1km section of the Laguna Seca Raceway between Turns 2 and 11.
The Pro/1/2 Women race for 50 minutes and the Pro/1/2 men race for 60 minutes.

GC Points awarded to top 35 as per GC points table; Top 5 get 90, 80, 75, 70 and 65 points

GC Points Bonus: Top 5 for 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 pts
- Women: 35 min and 25 min to go
- Men: 35 min and 25 min to go

Intermediate Points: Top 4 for 5, 3, 2, and 1 pts
- Women: 40, 30, 20 min to go
- Men: 40, 30, 20 min to go

KOM: none

SRAM Road Race
Friday 15 April 2011
Length
Women:  47.6 miles
Men: 68 miles

Start time:
Women 12:03pm
Men 12:00pm

Time cut: 20%

2011 Sea Otter Classic Pro Road Race course map

2011 Sea Otter Classic Pro Road Race course map

The course starts with a neutral ride out of the flat section of the Laguna Seca Track followed by a long descent down Barloy Canyon Road. Racing begins after the turn onto the loop with a right turn onto Hennekens Ranch Rd. The riders then do laps around the 7.7-mile Ford Ord loop, finishing up the Barloy Canyon climb. Riders on different laps may not work together.

The Men’s pro/1/2 do 8 laps of the Ford Ord loop for a total of 68 miles; the Women’s pro/1/2 do 5 laps for a total of 47.6 miles.

GC Points awarded to top 35 as per GC points table; Top 5 get 120, 100, 80, 75 and 70 points

GC Points Bonus: none
Intermediate sprints: none

KOM: Top of climb at Heinekens Ranch Road; Top 4 score 5, 3, 2 and 1 points
- Women: 4, 2 laps to go
- Men: 6, 4, 2 laps to go

SRAM Time Trial
Saturday 16 April 2011
Length: 7.8 mi (12.6 km)

Start time:
Women 3:30pm
Men: after women

Time cut: 20%

This course starts at the corner of 8th & Gigling and does one counterclockwise lap of the Fort Ord loop, similar to the loop in the Stage 2 RR, finishing on the other side of the start intersection.

GC Points awarded to top 30 as per GC points table; Top 5 get 80, 70, 65, 60 and 55 points

GC Points Bonus: none
Intermediate sprints: none
KOM: none

SRAM Circuit Race
Sunday 17  April 2011
Length: loops of 2.2 miles

Start time:
Women 10:00am
Men 12:30pm

Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race course map

Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race course map

Held on the Laguna Seca Raceway which includes a challenging 300-foot climb and the descent down the Corkscrew.The circuit race is a timed-event. Both the Pro/1/2 Women and Pro/1/2 Men race for 120 minutes.

GC Points awarded to top 35 as per GC points table; Top 5 get 90, 80, 75, 70 and 65 points

GC Points Bonus: At Start/Finish line; Top 5 get 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points
- Women: 14, 9, 4 laps to go
- Men: 14, 9, 4 laps to go

Intermediate Sprint Points: At Start/Finish Line; Top 4 get 5, 3, 2 and 1 points
- Women: 15, 10, 5 laps to go
- Men: 15, 10, 5 laps to go

KOM: Top of circuit climb; Top 4 get 5, 3, 2 and 1 points
- Women: 13, 8, 3 laps to go
- Men: 13, 8, 3 laps to go
Laguna Seca Track map

Hoping that we’ll have time to go see some of this too:

Getting air at the Sea Otter Classic

Getting air at the Sea Otter Classic

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