Monday, April 22, 2013

Sea Otter Success for Whole Athlete/Specialized Team

Three wins and five podium finishes marked the Whole Athlete/Specialized Cycling Team's 2013 Sea Otter Classic Campaign. Led by newly crowned Pan American Champion Kate Courtney with victories in both the Junior Women's MTB Cross Country and Road Race, Whole Athlete/Specialized riders were a common sight on podiums throughout the weekend.

Kate Courtney
Kate Courtney wins the Junior Women's XC.
Less than 24 hours later, Courtney took the Road Race title as well.

Not to be outdone by his older teammates, Cole Avery earned his fourth consecutive win of 2013, adding the Under-15 Sea Otter cross country victory to his growing palmares. 

Cole Avery
A focused Cole Avery on his way to winning the Junior 13-14 XC.

The Junior Men's 17/18 field was one of the biggest and most competitive ever, and Whole Athlete/Specialized riders came ready to race. Sean Bennett battled hard for a close second place finish while Lucas Newcomb rounded out the podium in third. 

Sea Bennett, Lucas Newcomb 

The unsung heros behind the scenes, dedicated staff and superbly supportive sponsors, underscore the true team effort of the program. Thank you!

Josh Snead
Ace mechanic Josh Snead dials in the team's race machines.

Whole Athlete
Fueling the frenetically fast metabolisms of teenage athletes.

Top-10 Team Results
Kate Courtney - 1st Junior Women XC
Kate Courtney - 1st Junior Women Road Race
Cole Avery - 1st Junior 13-14 XC
Sean Bennett - 2nd Junior Men 17/18 XC

Lucas Newcomb - 3rd Junior Men 17/18 XC
Marcus Segedin - 5th Junior Men 17/18 XC
Steffen Andersen - 6th Junior Men 15/16 XC

Next up for the young Whole Athlete/Specialized riders are the World Cups in Abstadt, Germany and Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, and the NICA California State High School Championships - all happening next month. Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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