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Sutton leaves Sea Otter for Specialized

Sea Otter front man Rick Sutton is to leave Sea Otter Classic LLC (aka Gale Force Sports Marketing), the company that promotes the Sea Otter Classic, to take up a new position as vice president of retail services with bike manufacturer Specialized.

Sea Otter Classic LLC will continue to run Sea Otter and the Cougar Mountain Classic under the control of Sutton's partners Frank Yohannan and Ron Sutton. "I may have been the most visible member of the band," said Sutton, "but there's an entire orchestra of professionals ready to play great music without me."

Sutton is expected to retain an advisory role in the race organisation.

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