Miguel Martinez (Factory FRM ISD) won Saturday’s pro men’s cross-country mountain bike race at the Sea Otter Classic.
The 37-year-old Frenchman, who currently lives in Italy, finished in 1:16:21, just one second ahead of Geoff Kabush (Scott 3-Rox) and 13 seconds faster than Todd Wells (Specialized Racing).
Without a doubt, Martinez has an impressive resume. He won the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in the cross-country event, a feat he followed, four years later, with a gold medal in the same race at the 2000 Games. Also in 2000, Martinez won the world championship after previously finishing second twice.
Martinez also competed in road cycling, and he rode in the 2002 Tour de France for Mapei-Quick Step. The highlight of his performance there was an eighth-place result in stage 13.
In the women’s pro race, Marianne Vos (Giant Proxc) rode to an eight-second victory over Annika Langvad (Davinic-Specialized). Catharine Pendrel (Luna) was third, 1:57 behind Vos.
Vos is ultra-versatile on the bike, as she competes in road cycling, cyclocross, and the mountain bike discipline. She recently won both the women’s edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.