Here's one from Monterey, California, last spring. Mick Hannah
(1) and France's Cedric Gracia (8), battle for a split-second
advantage on the Sea Otter's dual slalom course. Mick was the
top qualifier, but Cedric beat him in the quarterfinals here, before
losing to Kyle Strait in the semis. Strait went on to win the overall.
Cedric was out of action with a broken pelvis for a good part
of the summer as a result of a bad crash at Val di Sole, Italy,
where he was practicing for a downhill World Cup event. The
good news is that Cedric has started riding his bike again and
should be racing again next year.
Photo: John Ker/Mountain Bike Action