Random observations from a Sports car race engineer, engineering a sports car at Laguna for a Ferrari Challenge test. Not super skilled at this car so probably missed a lot of things.
1. The weather here seams great for bike riding and I guess the @seaotterclassic proves that
2. It still gets super foggy in the mornings but 42 seconds of sun burns it off
3. The 92db sound limit for testing is not easy to meet. Thanks to a cool muffler by MG1 we all passed sound.
4. This car needs more tire. Think I said this before, it’s still true
5. Learning to drive a Ferrari Challenge car is hard, really hard for a gentleman driver. As @alexhonnold said “if it was easy it wouldn’t be hard.
6. Fun to pop @andylallyracing in the car for a few laps and do some set up work and make the car faster, like old times in 2009 for us.
7. Monterey has some good restaurants and the pretzel at Tarpys is something you don’t want to miss....oh and the bacon at Montrio
8. The track has sponsorship by Lexus but the first big sign as you drive in is of a Ferrari....ok it’s a Weathertech Ferrari but it’s a bit strange.
That was fun but I want to go home now please, been on the road for 16 days so my brain may be fuzzy and this may all be misguided.
Some more shots from the #seaotterclassic weekend! If you want to watch a great edit of the races, check out Bill @cxhairs or look for “MTB Heat Check” on YouTube. Bill works really hard to create awesome cycling content and it shows.
Happy to land a 3rd place finish at the @seaotterclassic Downhill last week. Something about that funny little track and the local crowd gets me stoked to lay one down each year. Megatower loved it with a few setup tweaks too🛠
This weekend’s Sea Otter race brought a ton of highs and lows.
I’d say the most enjoyable part of the entire event was pre-riding with the boys. All this would not be possible without my family. My whole family made sacrifices to get me there. We left at 3:30am Friday morning so I would have enough time to register and warm-up for the Friday’s circuit race. They put up with my race mood-swings and are always my loudest fans. I’d also like to thank my coach @amansek at @imperiumcoaching . I feel like my training is going well and I appreciate all your advice; can’t wait to see what’s next! @tasco_mtb , I still can’t believe after all the wear I put on these gloves still no rips or tears. Love the new fresh designs. Thank you! @danapierce801 , thanks for loaning me the road bike, after five years this SuperSix is still putting people on podiums. Thank you! @sariolcycling , your sponsor allows me to participate in these races. Thank you! @elielcycling , the skinsuit never felt better. Thank you!
Sea Otter may be over but we’re not done! Gallery 4/5 is easily the most baller Traildonkey we’ve ever built and the beauty is in the details. Everything on this bike is fully custom or 11/10 the stuff dreams are made of. We started with a paint design matched to the owner’s love of Polestar / Volvo and Porsche GTs. Naked carbon on the inside of the fork and stays hints at race car vibes. We knew we HAD to shoot this bike on the Laguna Seca track to celebrate its motorsports inspirations. The owners son is named Ollie and he asked us to surprise him with the name somewhere on the bike so we took a page from RAUH-Welt, a Japanese Porsche tuner who rattle cans the sidewalls of his tuned cars with the word “idlers”. We matched that typeface and hit the sidewalls of these massive 48mm @panaracer_world Gravel King slicks with ”Ollie” - overspray and all. Other details we love: Matte black @onyxracing hubs, @absoluteblack.cc chainring, @eastoncycling cockpit, @pnwcomponents dropper, special Outrigger Canoe Club homage logo. Traildonkey Tree Point Oh logo. @chriskingbuzz BB and headset in matte black. @sellerepente saddle (the most exquisite beautiful / light saddle we’ve ever seen). all of the custom paint was executed by @_epiccustoms_ with care and detail second to none.
So what’s this bike built for anyway? Super fat slick crazy custom Hawaiian gravel bike with XTR Di2 and a dropper post? Andrew the bikes owner said it best: “Static weight is for anorexic climbers and non-cyclists to worry about. I have stupid light road and SSCX bikes. What you described is exactly what I want on new bike day. FUN! I want to derp around with my kids, go for a ride for no reason, and see new stuff. It’s kind of the point, no?”
For us Andrew nailed it: Fun is exactly the point.