Source: Scott Sports
The Sea Otter Classic generally marks the beginning of mountain bike racing in North America. It was also the North American debut of the new Scott – 3Rox Team, which started things off strong as Geoff Kabush piloted his Spark 29 in the unusually hot conditions across the line first at Laguna Seca Raceway. Kabush is new to the 29er platform, having recently switched bike sponsors the wheel size was not available to him until now. It was also Kabush's first race aboard the Spark, having opted for the Scale 29 in the first two World Cups.
"The 29er suits me well," remarked Kabush. "Instantly I've found myself relaxing more on the climbs because the wheel carries better momentum and has more traction, allowing me to work less and conserve energy. When I'm at the start line looking around I haven't a tinge of 'Bike Envy' because I know my Spark 29 is lightest in class."
"I've been very patient in regards to signing a North American XC racer since we've entered the US market," remarked Adrian Montgomery. “The opportunity to work with Kabush and 3Rox Racing to prove our 29" product was exactly what Scott needed to compliment the other race programs we have running worldwide. To start off the season in this fashion is incredible. We are truly dominating races worldwide now.”