Ojai resident Katya Welborn recently came in first place in the women's cross country mountain bike race (CAT 3 Division) for riders ages 19 to 29. The race was part of the Subaru Sea Otter Classic held April 17 in Monterey. Welborn rides for Team Trek Bikes of Ventura. Welborn crossed the finish line 27 seconds faster than second-place finisher Megan Pearce, and 40 seconds faster than Sarah Rockwood who claimed third-place honors in the 14.8-mile ride. The Sea Otter Classic is cycling’s North American season-opening cycling celebration. Hundreds of professional cyclists, including national, world and Olympic champions attend the Sea Otter event. The event hosts more than 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans.
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