Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3Rox) atop the Sea Otter Classic cross-country podium, Sid Taberlay (H2O Overdrive) 2nd, Max Plaxton (Specialized) 3rd – photo courtesy SCOTT-3Rox
The Sea Otter Classic marks the official beginning of MTB racing in North America and the debut of new SCOTT – 3Rox Team. With a commanding lead, Geoff Kabush piloted his Spark 29 in the unusually hot conditions across the line first at Laguna Seca Raceway. Kabush is new to the 29’r platform, having just switched bike sponsors the wheel size was not available to him until now. It was also Geoff’s first race aboard the Spark, having opted for the Scale 29 in the first two World Cups.
“The 29’r suits me well,” remarked Kabush. “Instantly I’ve found myself relaxing more on the climbs because the wheel carries better momentum and has more traction, allowing me to work less and conserve energy. When I’m at the start line looking around I haven’t a tinge of ‘Bike Envy’ because I know my Spark 29 is lightest in class.”
“I’ve been very patient in regards to signing a North American XC racer since we’ve entered the US market,” remarked Adrian Montgomery. “The opportunity to work with Kabush and 3Rox Racing to prove our 29” product was exactly what SCOTT needed to compliment the other race programs we have running worldwide. To start off the season in this fashion is incredible. We are truly dominating races worldwide now. “