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Sea Otter US Pro XCT #3 Elite Men’s Short Track Report, Results, Photos – Super Max Blazes to Victory

by Andrew Rogers

April 15, 2011 (Monterey, CA) – Max Plaxton (Can) Specialized Factory Racing from Victoria, BC made good on his word before the race. He was going to hit it hard and funnel through the nasty dust to get out front before the first turn, and with the help of his teammate, Todd Wells (who has won this race here in the past), he did just that for the full 20 minutes plus 2 laps .

How hard and fast was today’s 1 km/lap race? Out of 68 riders only 21 made the cut after the first 12 minutes and of those remaining, eight riders were lapped on the last lap which meant it was a race between 13 hardcores with Canada’s Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada coming from nowhere to jump ahead to place 11th in the last few laps.

At first it looked like a battle would ensue between Brian Lopes (USA) and Wells, but Lopes’ flame faded before the 3rd lap and he was toast, and got pulled. The lead group switched places for the first 10 minutes with Plaxton, Wells, Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda / H2O Overdrive, and Adam Craig (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team, on each other’s wheels. No one lead out until Plaxton finally attacked with no response from Taberlay, who seemed poised to shoot out from the pack.

The Canadian looked refreshed after the win even taking in water and sitting up on the last lap smiling as his lead was firm. “It was a lung-thrasher, hot day, I’m fine in this weather, I’ll take mud or sun, wasn’t sure if my plan would work but as I felt better than ever I just kept pushing it.”

“Yea when you have Wells on your team to set the pace and burn the others out, it was great to be in that first group and take over, he’s a huge help,” added Plaxton.

Morka, who started out in the back behind the first crash, wasn’t sure he would make it through, but he began ticking by others like a watch. “I think I was about 35th or so and just went for it after the stack up… I felt pretty good and got a good jump and got down finally to the top fifteen and decided to just sit in with that as the course was fast and a lot of riders were being pulled.”

Among those pulled were Canadians Peter Glassford (Trek Canada), Mitchell Bailey (Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team), Kris Sneddon (Kona) and Matthew Pazuik (Trek Store Toronto).


1. Max Plaxton (Can) Specialized Factory Racing
2. Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda / H2O Overdrive
3. Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing
4. Adam Craig (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team
5. Jeremy Horgan-Kobel (USA) Subaru-Trek
6. Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek
7. Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountainbike Development Team
8. Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing
9. Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Mountainbike Development Team
10. Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory
11. Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada
12. Barry Wicks (USA)
13. Ryan Woodall (USA) Brick City Bicycles / Mtfmx.Com -1lap
14. Thomas Turner (USA) Jamis Factory Team -1lap
15. Lachlan Norris (Aus) -1lap
16. Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale -1lap
17. Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis -1lap
18. Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.Com / Joe’s Garage / Scott -1lap
19. Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar -1lap
20. Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Jamis -1lap
21. Jack Hinkens (USA) BMC Mountainbike Development Team Pulled
22. Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada Pulled
23. Robert Marion (USA) American Classic/Kenda/Tomac Pulled
24. Joshua Carlson (Aus) Rockstar Racing/ Giant Bicycles Pulled
25. Brian Lopes (USA) Pulled
26. Mitch Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joes Pulled
27. Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Trek Pulled
28. Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar Pulled
29. Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis Pulled
30. Kalan Beisel (USA) Yeti-Sram Pulled
31. Kevin Smallman (USA) Incycle/Cannondale Pulled
32. Adam Snyder (USA) Team Jamis Pulled
33. Bradford Perley (USA) Champion System/Cannondale Pulled
34. Jason Moeschler (USA) WTB/Cannondale/Shimano Pulled
35. Bryson Perry (USA) Pulled
36. Jon Stierwalt (USA) Pulled
37. Kevin Bradford-Paris (USA) Emdesports/ Specialized Pulled
38. Nathan Guerra (USA) Wheel & Sprocket/Vision Pulled
39. Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt Pulled
40. Keisuke Goda (USA) Team Specialized Pulled
41. Michael Hosey (USA) Pulled
42. Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant/Specialized MTB Pulled
43. Garrett Gibson (USA) Pulled
44. Christopher Michael (USA) American Classic/Kenda/Tomac Pulled
45. Seamus Powell (USA) Giant-Mid Atlantic Pro MTB Team Pulled
46. Tristan Uhl (USA) Pulled
47. Hansueli Stauffer (Swi) IXS-Swiss Wheeler Team Pulled
48. Scott Tietzel (USA) Specialzied Bicycles Pulled
49. Jim Thijs (USA) Team Barracuda Pulled
50. Christopher Hurst (USA) Stan’s Notubes/Axa/Crca Pulled
51. Jim Hewett (USA) Summit Bicycles Pulled
52. Nicholas Weighall (USA) Cal Giant/Specialized MTB Pulled
53. Blake Harlan (USA) Team Jamis Pulled
54. Jason Young (USA) Feedback Sports Racing Pulled
55. Will Curtis (USA) Pulled
56. Nate Byrom (USA) Northstar-At-Tahoe/Giant Pulled
57. Aaron Elwell (USA) Highgear/Trek Pulled
58. Peter Odonnell (USA) GT Bicycles Pulled
59. Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona Pulled
60. Skyler Trujillo (USA) Niner/Stans/Ergon Pulled
61. Mitchell Bailey (Can) Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team Pulled
62. Matthew Paziuk (Can) Trek Store Toronto Pulled
63. Ken Onodera (Jpn) Team Specialized Pulled
64. Nick Truitt (USA) Pulled
65. Riley Predum (USA) Whole Athlete Specialized Pulled
66. Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda-Felt Pulled
67. Mitchell Peterson (USA) Pulled
68. Brent Steinberg (USA) Livetrainrace.Com Pulled
69. Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team Pulled
70. Dean Poshard (USA) Rock Lobster Pulled

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