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Despite being sidelined by injury, mountain bike pro still inspires young girls to ride
Pro mountain biker Lea Davison was at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, but she wasn't there to race. The Maxxis-Rocky Mountain team rider is currently injured and on a break from racing while she awaits surgery. However, that didn't stop her from being part of a different sort of Sea Otter action.
Davison was spotted on a bike with her sister Sabra and a flock of young girls on mountain bikes just before Saturday's short track. The two sisters run the Little Bellas program to promote mountain biking among girls. At Sea Otter, they are hosting three mountain bike day camps.
"It's been a wild success," said Lea. "Sure, it's been a handful because this is a chaotic event anyway. but we've had a great response. Some girls who signed up for one day have come back for more."
Riding around with the girls, Lea said she's heard a lot of comments along the lines of "I've never seen that many girls in one place on bikes before."
The sisters have several camps scheduled for across the country this summer. Sea Otter is the first stop, and there will be others in Wisconsin and Vermont, where they live.
"We've had 10-15 each day here at Sea Otter and we have 20 every Sunday all summer back home in Vermont," said Sabra. The girls range in age from 7 to 14, depending on the particular camp.
Lea will be sidelined from racing for most of the 2010 season. "I'm nursing a hip injury. I tore some cartilage in my left hip, so I need surgery. Sometime this winter, I was mis-diagnosed, then I got an MRI and they figured it out."
"My surgery will be on April 30, and it's about a three-month recovery period. I'll be fresh for cyclo-cross season. Maybe I can do some races at the end of the season. I'm signed up for the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival."
"I'll be at the World Cup and World Championships because they're in my backyard, but it will be tough to be there and not to be racing though...
Big wheeler aimed at broad audience
Yeti showed off its new Big Top 29er hardtail at this year's Sea Otter Classic and from the looks of it, the Golden, Colorado-based company is aiming the big wheeler at a rather broad target audience.
Yeti builds the Big Top with a welded aluminum front triangle and a bonded-on carbon fiber rear end. Before you pigeonhole it as a pure race machine, though, consider that it also features a tapered head tube up front plus ISCG tabs down below. As such, steering precision and front end strength is expected to be quite good and more aggressive riders will be able to mount chain guides and bashguards as desired.
Out back, the carbon fiber seat stays and chain stays are joined with a short section of alloy at the dropouts, partially to retain Yeti's signature looped aesthetic but also to lend more diversity to the setup options. Interchangeable 'chips' will allow for either 135x10mm quick-release or 142x12mm thru-axle hubs, and singlespeeders will also be able to trade out the dropouts completely for sliders with built-in adjusters – and the derailleur housing guides are even removable for a cleaner look, too.
Sorry, we weren't able to secure retail pricing or expected availability on the first day of the show but we'll update you when we receive the information.
Gould and Byberg tied for women's lead
Round two of the USA Pro XCT happened this past weekend at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. Burry Stander (Specialized) and Georgia Gould (Luna) took the men's and women's cross country victories.
With two of the five US Pro XCT events complete, Todd Wells (Specialized) has maintained his lead in the elite men's standings with 255 points compared to the 250 amassed thus far by his nearest threat, Geoff Kabush (Maxxis - Rocky Mountain). In the elite women's standings, Gould and Lene Byberg (Specialized) are now tied for the lead, each with 270 points.
The US Pro XCT will continue on Saturday, May 29, with the Mellow Johnny's Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Todd Wells (USA) Specialized||255||pts|
|2||Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain||250|
|3||Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized)||200|
|4||Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher||145|