Part of the team made it's way to Monterey for the 23rd Sea Otter Classic Volkswagen at the Laguna Seca race track in North California, and their presence did definitively not go un-noticed!
The Dual Slalom course was the best it has ever been and the tight berms and rollers made it a real challenge to race hard on it. This didn't de-stabilise the team riders as Mick Qualified 1st with Fabien not far back in 7th. In the finals, Mick came 5th after being beaten by Steve Peat in quarter finals. Fabien came in 10th.
Holly chose not to race the Dual as she preferred to keep her energy for the Downhill. That paid off as she got an amazing 5th place only 5 seconds off the winner Jill Kintner! She was up on the elite podium with 4 world champions so she was really stoked with that because she is still 17 and in the Junior category.
The boys also had some incredible runs with Fabien getting 16th in front of quite a lot of usually top ranked world cup racers. Mick had an insane run beating the tough time Cameron Cole had set. And it wasn't until Aaron Gwin came through the finish line that his time was beaten. The thinnest of margins separated both racers with less than 0.01 seconds!! The top five riders were all within the same second!
The whole team is really happy for all the racing and would like to thank all their sponsors but most specifically Hutchinson for allowing them to use their booth as a chill area and for the mechanics. But also The Hive / E-Thirteen for their precious help at Petaluma. Thanks a lot!
Next up for the team is the AvalancheCup of Lyon for Fabien and Guillaume. Holly and Fabien will BDS race in Fort William and then the team camp will be in the South of France end of May before heading off to the World Cups.
Please note that the official team name is "Hutchinson UR" and no longer "United Ride"
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