Last year we posted the following story after the 2012 Sea Otter Classic. Will race officials have made the course safer for this year's racers? We will soon find out.
FROM MAY OF 2012
Racing is tough enough without lining the course with potentially dangerous objects. You'd expect that at an event like the Sea Otter Classic
, race organizers would scour the course to make sure it was clear of dangerous objects. If they did, they sure missed this.
This high-speed sweeper looks tame enough....if you don't look too close.
Hidden just inside the foliage were a series of steel posts big enough to inflict some serious damage to riders. These posts may have served a purpose at some point in history, but today they do nothing more than pose a threat of injury to any rider who might lose control and veer off the singletrack.
Racers have enough to worry about. Mountain Bike Action is supportive of race promoters charging reasonable entry fees to put on quality events, but you would hope a course free of potentially hazardous obstacles comes with those entry fees.