WTB-sponsored rider Max Plaxton stormed to a solid third-place finish in the Sea Otter Classic XC race. Plaxton finished just behind world champion Christoph Sauser and teammate Sid Taberlay. Plaxton planned on racing WTB Vulpine tires until he saw the deep sandpits on the dry and dusty course. He switched to WTB NanoRaptors and commented, "that the Nanos were the perfect choice for the conditions."
In the talent-stacked downhill race WTB-sponsored riders Greg Minnaar and Brian Lopes finished second and fourth with Mick Hannah taking the top spot.