The Sea Otter Classic proved to be bigger than ever this year as the 22-year-old event brought together racers, fans and bike companies from around the globe to start the spring season with four days of festivities, races and all things bike. The attendance was staggering this year; it’s grown exponentially since 1991, when only about half a thousand gathered around the course, to nearly 65,000 people attending, all in the name of love for our two-wheeled friend, the bicycle.
This year, there were a variety of races from road races to downhill mountain biking. Sea Otter serves as the first race to kick off the season as top pros in North America and from around the world flock to Sea Otter. However, all of the events are also open to amateurs so if you want to race your bike, you have the chance!
One of the greatest things about Sea Otter is that it is open to the general public, which allows everyone to check out and demo different bike product for the upcoming season from a wide range of vendors. Osprey teamed up with Cambria Bike shop for a four-day sale of Osprey Hydration packs and demos.
Osprey mascot Talon also made an appearance at the event as he cheered on our Osprey athlete Macky Franklin and even had a photo shoot with the Sea Otter himself!
Start planning your trip here for next year as everyone is welcome!
With the onset of spring comes the Sea Otter Classic — known as North America’s cycling season opener — and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s a bit more about the event, from the Sea Otter site itself:
Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling”, Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.
You can download the entire Sea Otter Classic event guide here, but the event will take place in Monterey, California from April 18th through the 21st, and is sure to be four action-packed days of bike demos, stunt shows and more. What’s more, we’ll be in Booth #100 (sharing the love with Cambria Bike Outfitters) with the complete new 2013 hydration and commute cycling lines available and on display. We’ll also be demoing packs for you try out, along with free pack fitting and sizing. Pro mountain biker Macky Franklin will also be at the booth, signing free posters between 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday — and we’ll have ongoing fix-a-flat competitions with prizes for fastest times, as well as other fun games TBD!
I am 11-year-old Jake Yackle and I live in Cortez, CO. For four years I’ve been XC Mountain Bike racing in the Four Corners States and for the past two seasons I’ve stepped up to race teenagers and adults in competition. My brother, Nye, and I traveled to the Sea Otter Classic last month to race against nationally ranked 13-14 year-old juniors that are closer to our age.
Before our XC race, each of the three consecutive days, we completed pre-rides on the dry, hot 14.5 mile Sea Otter course. The Osprey Verve 4′s ample water capacity and innovative lightweight design proved perfect to help keep us fresh and energetic for our second most important race of the season.
Whether you are a full-on competitive racer or someone who just enjoys a weekend ride with the family the Sea Otter Classic is the place to be April 19th-22nd. Monterey, California will play host to the 22nd Annual bicycle extravaganza known as the Sea Otter. Competitive events include the full gamut of mountain biking; cross-country, dual slalom, downhill, and short track. Road racers need not feel left out, there is a circuit race, a road race and a criterium to fill out the weekend. A cyclocross race has even been added for 2012.
The NRL Racing Team had a great time at the Sea Otter Classic visiting many of our wonderful sponsors like Osprey Packs. As usual, the venue was hustling and bustling with activity, showing that the bike community is a strong one.
For those of you who didn’t go, yes, you did miss out on a bunch of cool stuff. Here is a sampler.
Brian Lopes vs Jared Graves on the Dual Slalom Finals. Both racers are multiple world champs. epic.
Sea Otter Road Stage race! This was the first time this was held and it was a huge success.
Awesome sneak peeks at the latest and greatest…but you already knew that.
I hope next year they have a pro mountain bike stage race with the following stages. This was an event in the past, but it is not at the current moment.
Thursday = Individual TT of around 20 minutes. gives seeding for STXC Race call ups.
Friday = STXC Race
Saturday = XC Race
Sunday = Super D Race, Individual TT style.
All around, a super fun time! Look forward to it again next year.
We’re in Monterey this week for Sea Otter Classic, the ultimate of cycling events. It welcomes over 8,000 athletes and 50,000 race fans and other bicycle enthusiasts.That’s a lot of people, and we’re excited to be here with plenty of fun Osprey demos and swag!
Just what can you expect if you drop by the Osprey booth?
Pack demos available all 4 days of the festival including Raptors, Vipers and Verves; because we believe in the “Try it before you buy it” policy!
On site show specials through Osprey bike dealer Cambria Bicycle Outfitters on both the Hydration and Active/Everyday lines of cycling packs; including blowout pricing on Raptor 6 hydration packs for $59.95 while supplies last
Special Edition Breast Cancer Foundation Verve 10s available for sale
Raffle drawings for incredible schwag and prizes ranging from Osprey cycling socks to complete packs will take place daily at the Osprey booth; visit the Osprey booth (Booth #209) to pick up raffle tickets
Special Osprey pack prizes will be given away in conjunction with the Colorado Tourism Board
Things kick off tomorrow and run all through the weekend. Come check out our full line of lightweight race packs and commuter bags, enter our raffle drawings and show us how you rock your Osprey!
We hope you’re headed to Sea Otter Classic this weekend!
If you’re not familiar, Sea Otter Classic is an epic bike event that welcomes over 8,000 athletes and 50,000 race fans and other bicycle enthusiasts. It also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America
We’ll be there with packs and schwag in hand ready to get you trying out some of our bike line. Check out the full list of what we’ll have going on in Monterey this weekend on the Bike Blog.
Over the weekend Osprey made its debut at one of the largest bike consumer and racing events in North America, the Sea Otter Classic. The reception to our hydraulics packs was outstanding. Cyclists from all areas including mountain, road and BMX, as well as an overwhelming amount of industry and media folks came by the Osprey booth to learn about our innovative Raptor and Manta series.
Over and over, comments on the features of these packs surfaced, many impressed by the LidLock™ helmet carry, the magnetic sternum strap for easy access and location of the bite valve and the ingenuity of the HydraForm™ and HydraLock™ reservoir compartment. These features have caught the attention of riders – they are surprised and delighted by our new take on hydration packs, an area that has been somewhat stagnant for many years.
Folks streamed by the tent constantly, on bike and on foot, and the buzz on our packs spread quickly. For those of you who haven’t been to Sea Otter, the sights and sounds were all about biking, with announcers giving play by play action of the dual slalom, crits and much more. Being up-close to the downhill and slalom was awesome–the skills on display from riders from all over the world were incredible. We tried to take in what we could; this is the place to showcase product, and even being a cyclist, it was still a little overwhelming. Afternoon reprieves came from Bike Mag and SoloSports Punta San Carlos (a baja bike mecca featured in Anthill Production’s Follow Me which premiered during the Sea Otter Classic event) crews’ coronas, a good opportunity to glean a little knowledge of what was hot (…see next month’s magazine for more!).
Our debut at Sea Otter was a success and we’d like to think that we brought a bit of Colorado sunshine with us along with our hydration packs. It was the first time in years that it’s been sunny and nice. See you next year!
Bikes, bikes, bikes!
Laguna Seca raceway
Free for all!! Easter egg hunters (post easter).
’bout lost this guy outta the frame he was zipping so fast. 2yrs old with peddles!!! They start young at Sea Otter!
The final day of the 20th annual Sea Otter Classic is today way and what a long, fun trip it has been! I recommend spending your Central California Coast Sunday enjoying the races, festivities and good old fashioned dirty fun this celebration of sport delivers.
Of course you will want to stay hydrated whether racing, riding for fun or just visiting the exhibit area so make your first stop Osprey booth number 242 where you can grab a Raptor hydration pack and experience the real difference an Osprey makes when it comes to on-the-go water management. We have some great giveaways planned and some great new 2010 pack styles for you to preview- the likes of which this galaxy has not before seen.
Ride the trails of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area and smile! Watch the comps and smile wondering where these mutant skills come from! Demo a hot, new bicycle of any style, shape or size and smile.Swing by the Osprey exhibit (where we will be smiling!)and finally use a hydration pack that is designed with both form and function in mind! How can you lose in the sweet sunshine and fresh salty air of Monterey?!
So get out here and enjoy because it’s gonna rain on Monday and you will hae to work!