The Sea Otter Classic announced that it will expand its list of competitions for its 2007 edition by including BMX, Adventure Racing and Super D into the program.
In preparation for its first-ever appearance as an Olympic sport in 2008, Sea Otter's BMX event will feature an NBL-style BMX track with "tabletops," rollers and one or two rhythm sections. "A traditional track will have a start that's probably 8-10 feet tall, not too steep and then it can have any combination of obstacles in the first straightaway," said Randy Stumpfhauser (GT Bikes), four-time UCI BMX World Champion (cruiser class). "It could be a roller, a step-up jump or a tabletop. I would say that a traditional track has a lot more pedaling; power has a lot to do with it and getting to the first corner is 80 percent of the race."
The Sea Otter Classic is also opening its doors to the multi-sport crowd with the debut of Adventure Racing, where teams must complete the course together - no more than 30 yards apart - using nothing more than a map and compass. The Sea Otter Classic Adventure Race will be made up of four elements featuring water, mountain bike, foot, and a "special" element described as a "navigational skills test."
Also debuting in 2007 will be the Super D, which is a hybrid of downhill and cross-country requiring not only power, but also a finely tuned descending strategy to win. "Super D is the kind of race you'd have with your riding buddies - first one down the last epic descent doesn't have to buy the beer," said two-time national Super D champion, Adam Craig. "It's the essence of mountain biking in my mind, everyone climbs to descend, is in shape because of it, knows how to rail because of it - it's the simple combination and concentration that make it such a good time."
Sea Otter's Super D will be a 14-minute race with a Lemans-style start. Racers are expected to reach for short-travel, maybe even hard-tail rigs due to the classic hard-packed, typically dry, fast conditions of mid coast California.
Also see the 2006 Sea Otter Classic coverage on Cyclingnews.