Sea Otter Classic :: Women of Mountain Biking Part 1

The Sea Otter Classic 2011 was blessed with perfect weather and incredible energy. Here are some moments caught by our photographer Corey Keizer.

Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) talks to an aspiring mountain bike chick at the SRAM Ladies Lounge at the Sea Otter Classic 2011. Photo: Corey Keizer

Rebecca Rusch puts an incredible amount of time into growing the sport of mountain biking. If you are not familiar with Rebecca, she has won the Leadville 100 multiple times and has a long list of palmares including 2010 World Masters Mountain Bike Champion. Rebecca can usually be found at the endurance races, but this weekend she spent most of her time in the SRAM booth hosting the Ladies Lounge as a part of her SRAM Gold Rusch Tour.

Melissa and Stella at the Cannondale booth. Photo: Corey Keizer

Mountain biker/barista Melissa and her Chihuahua Stella sold coffee to raise money for children with cancer in South America at the Cannondale booth this year at Sea Otter.

Teal Stetson-Lee in the red glow of the Specialized umbrella. Photo: Corey Keizer


Teal Stetson-Lee is new on the National Pro cross country scene. After having an incredible 2010-2011 cyclocross season, she is here to find out what she can do on the pure dirt. In 2010 Teal won the collegiate Cyclocross National Championship, and is excited to be a part of the women’s pro mountain bike peloton.

Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) after winning the Sea Otter Classic pro women's cross country race. Photo: Corey Keizer

Emily took the first big win of her career at Sea Otter this year. After moving from the Trek World team to Subaru-Trek, it was her moment to shine and prove she has the World Class talent. And best of all for, we love to see the girly girls winning! And even better, she did it on a 29er!

The Luna ladies line up at the front Photo: Corey Keizer


The Luna team continues to dominate the US Pro XCT. In this photo we see three National Champions: Catherine Pendrel of Canada in front, Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic in the middle and Georgia Gould of the USA on the far left.

The Little Bellas. Photo: Corey Keizer

The Little Bellas, directed by Sabra Davison, is a mountain bike camp for girls ages 8 to 14. There are two camps, one at Sea Otter, and one at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. Every morning at Sea Otter this year we saw the group of girls preparing for their ride with Sabra and her sister Lea Davison. For more about Little Bellas, visit the web site.

Lea Davison (Specialized) patiently waits for the call up. Photo: Corey Keizer

Lea Davison is having a break through year after taking a full year off the bike to recover from hip surgery. We’re looking forward to seeing Lea at the top for many years to come.

Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) focused before the cross country. Photo: Corey Keizer

Heather Irmiger and her husband Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski are one of the top power couples of mountain bike racing. Heather’s palamres go like this: 2009 XC National Champ, 2009 & 2010 Marathon National Champ, 2009 Singlespeed World Champ, and she has the tattoo to prove it. Check out the JHK + Heather web site.


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