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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sea Otter Classic Race Report

Colavita Cooking Lights Puts 2 on podium at Sea Otter

by Jim Williams

The last race of the early spring swing through California took place today in Monterey at the Sea Otter Classic. The first 6 weeks of racing has seen the Colavita Cooking Light women gel as a team and this team chemistry has resulted in some strong performances. Today was no different. This year Sea Otter was just a 1 day race and it consisted of 22 laps on the Laguna Secca raceway, a demanding course with a total of 6,600 total feet of climbing. Early in the race it was the team of Victory Brewing that tried to make the race difficult by pushing the pace and launching attacks. The baton was then passed to the Webcor team. Who would attack each time up the climb in hopes of dropping the sprinters from the group. Colavita Cooking Lights plan was to be conservative until the latter laps and focus on the stage win. This strategy paid off as a group of about 20 riders made it up and over the climb on the last lap and descended the famous corkscrew that Laguna secca is known for. Tina Pic launched her sprint with Dotsie Bausch sweeping her wheel to prevent other riders from getting a draft. In the end Pic took the days honors with Victory Brewings Lauran Franges taking second. Knowing that Pic can get distracted on her way to the podium and stops to talk with everyone, Bausch took it upon herself to make sure that Tina had a chaperon by finishing 3rd on the day making sure Pic had company on the podium.

Sea Otter Classic
1. Tina Pic (Colavita Cooking Light)
2. Lauran Franges (Victory Brewing)
3. Dotsie Bausch (Colavita Cooking Light)

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