Video: Best of Sea Otter Classic 2014 Downhill Race

Brian Lopes Avenges His Third-Place Dual-Slalom Finish With DH Glory

Video by Rupert Walker and Ross Measures
Photos by Anthony Smith
Words by Brice Minnigh

Despite spending all day Saturday in grueling dual-slalom heats against titans like Brian Lopes and Kyle Strait, Cody Kelley turned up for the downhill race looking none the worse for wear.

Despite spending all day Saturday in grueling dual-slalom heats against titans like Brian Lopes and Kyle Strait, Cody Kelley turned up for the downhill race looking none the worse for wear.

Fontana Winter Series standout Kevin Aiello had a typically strong run but was bested by his KHS teammate, Logan Binggeli, who finished second overall.

Fontana Winter Series standout Kevin Aiello had a typically strong run but was bested by his KHS teammate, Logan Binggeli, who finished second overall.

Turn down 4 what? For America, sombreros and squirrels of course....

Turn down 4 what? For America, sombreros and squirrels of course….

At only 20 years old, Cody Kelley has style and speed that easily transcends his age.

At only 20 years old, Cody Kelley has style and speed that easily transcends his age.

For people who love speed, downhill racing is like a reflection of yourself, living in the reverberations of a primordial scream.

For people who love speed, downhill racing is like a reflection of yourself, living in the reverberations of a primordial scream.

Curtis Keene in a full tuck, bracing for the concrete section of the downhill track.

Curtis Keene in a full tuck, bracing for the concrete section of the downhill track.

Depending on your perspective, a DH race could easily just be another whack in the weeds.

Depending on your perspective, a DH race could easily just be another whack in the weeds.

With all the technical prowess of the late Frank Zappa, Mikey Haderer ripped the DH course before grabbing the mike at the bottom and commentating the rest of the race.

With all the technical prowess of the late Frank Zappa, Mikey Haderer ripped the DH course before grabbing the mike at the bottom and commentating the rest of the race.

Even after winning the downhill race, for Brian Lopes there is no such thing as a post-victory beer.

Even after winning the downhill race, for Brian Lopes there is no such thing as a post-victory beer.

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