April 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Osprey Devours Sea Otter

Osprey Sea Otter booth

If you love bikes, then the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California was the place to be April 14th -17th. Sea Otter, as it is most commonly called, is a celebration of all things bike and acts as a kick start for the spring cycling season. Besides the jam packed competitive schedule that includes road, short track, cross country, downhill, and dual slalom racing, Sea Otter is an amazing bicycle festival with something fantastic for bicycle lovers of all disciplines.

Companies from around the globe exhibit at the Sea Otter Expo, often introducing new or upcoming products and mingling with the 50,000+ attendees. Non-profits and bicycle advocacy groups are in attendance to promote their cause and raise awareness for cycling related issues. Top name professional athletes use the Sea Otter as an early season test of fitness and shakedown of the new seasons equipment. The entire vibe surrounding the Sea Otter Classic leaves you wanting to hop on a bike and ride, whether it be for a joy ride down the coastal bike route or a top speed flight around the grueling race course.

Here is a pictorial journey showing a few of my favorite Sea Otter memories.

Kenda Stunt Show

Daily stunt shows provided entertainment for all

It isn't all about race bikes at Sea Otter. Sweet cruisers abound as well

Sea Otter Demo Area

Want to try out a new bike? Sea Otter Demo Area provides the opportunity to do just that.

Sierra Nevada Beer Tent

No bicycle event would be complete without a beer tent. Sierra Nevada was on hand to keep everyone hydrated.

People for Bikes sign

People for Bikes was on location collecting signatures for the Bike Pledge

IMBA Booth

IMBA was also set up to spread the good word about trail advocacy.

Kid's Playground

Options for the kids included the popular inflatable slide.

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