Sea Otter Classic – February '09 Newsletter


Sea Otter Classic – February ’09 Newsletter

Event News

Athlete registration is open now! Click here for race information and sign up for an event. Search event rosters here and check out the 2009 event schedule here.
Exhibitor registration is now open! Be a part of North America’s largest consumer expo and product demo area. Click here to register.
Camping registration is open now! Don’t wait-reserve your campsite today.  Avoid the traffic driving into Laguna Seca and be minutes from the action. Click here to reserve your spot.
Click here for a list of discounted hotels in the Monterey and Salinas area. Be sure to ask for the Sea Otter special rate.
Sea Otter has a new web community.  Visit the official MySpace page to what Skipper is up to.  View Pictures on the Sea Otter Flickr page.  Chat with friends on the new Sea Otter Forum.  Watch exciting Sea Otter video on YouTube. Catch up with friends on our Sea Otter Facebook group.
Bringing your family? Check out the kids’ activities schedule here.
Purchase official Sea Otter merchandise here.
Athlete’s Corner

Athletes Corner: Garmin 705

We’re just two months out from some of the best racing in the states at Sea Otter Classic. Time to start honing your training to prepare for your specific race or races. Are you going for the road race featuring the classic Ford Ord loop and mountain top finish or a circuit race on the Leguna Seca Raceway? Whatever your race, one of the best ways to gauge your training is with power. Power meters don’t come cheap, but if you truly want to train like a pro, it could pay off down the road.

The Garmin Edge® 705 is the only GPS-enabled bike computer that can display power along with a ton of other data about your ride. The 705 is compatible with ANT+™ enabled power meters from manufacturers like PowerTap, Quarq and SRM. Unless you’re a gearhead who wants an excuse to break out the tools now and then, you’ll probably have the power meter installed at a bike shop. The rest of the setup is simple since the power meter sends the data wirelessly to the 705 via ANT+ technology. Soon, we’ll post a couple of videos to the…MORE >>


Sea Otter Classic Announces Criterium Race for Road Cyclists

Photo: Nicholas C. Weaver

Monterey, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2009) – The Sea Otter Classic has added a fourth day of road racing to its schedule. A new criterium race, one of the most spectacular kinds of bike races to watch, will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009, for nearly all amateur and professional categories.

“The additional race makes the Sea Otter Classic an even better value for road cyclists, who now have the opportunity to compete in three different events – road racing, circuit racing, and crit racing,” said Jeff Frost, Director of Athlete Services. “We expect this event to be very popular.”

Criterium races showcase the athletes in a short, high-adrenalin format requiring cornering skills, team strategy and high speeds as the racers lap the course up to 30 times. Fans have a front seat to all the action, as stronger players move up to the front and weaker ones are spit out the back of the pack.

According to U.S. national criterium champion Brooke Miller (TIBCO Women’s Pro Cycling), spectators can learn a lot about road racing by…” MORE >>

Sponsor Spotlight

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Train like a pro with the Garmin Edge® 705, used by Team Garmin pro cyclists. It’s the only bike computer that puts GPS positioning, maps, wireless speed, cadence, heart rate, power*, elevation and gradient on one display. You can even upload course files for navigation and real-time pacing. Store, share and analyze your ride through our online community, Garmin Connect…MORE >> is the top source for mountain bike news, photos, videos and classifieds. If you’re looking to showcase your riding, you’ll be in great company, with over 3 million photos, 60 thousand videos and the most active and engaged rider community on the net today. delivers the most mountain bike content on the internet with 60 million page views per…MORE>>

Clif Bar Encourages Bicycling to Fight Climate Change

Clif Bar’s 2 Mile Challenge will be back on the road to Sea Otter, literally. Upholding the company’s commitment to urge people to leave their cars at home and use bikes for trips of 2 miles or less, Clif Bar’s staff at Sea Otter will again be commuting daily by bicycle to and from Sea Otter from their hotel in Monterey.

“Commuting by bicycle is one of the most practical ways for people to fight climate change,” says Clif Bar Field Marketing Manager, Peter Berridge. “Bicycles are relatively affordable and accessible and what is good for the planet is also good for your body. It’s a no-brainer, especially for those short trips.”

In the U.S., 40% of all travel is 2 miles or less, yet 90% of those trips are made by automobile. Every mile traveled by bike instead of car prevents one pound of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, according to the Climate Leadership Initiative at the University of Oregon. Car-generated carbon dioxide is the leading cause of global climate change.

In another show of support for bicycling as transportation and for the 2009 Bicycle Leadership Conference (BLC) taking place at Sea Otter this year, Clif Bar will be the presenting sponsor for the BLC’s post-conference bike ride to Sea Otter, from the conference center in Monterey…MORE>>

Bicycle Leadership Conference

The annual industry-wide Bicycle Leadership Conference is back again, this time in conjunction with the nation’s biggest and best consumer bicycle festival, the 2009 Sea Otter Classic. Come join us for informative discussions, hands-on group interaction and unparalleled networking opportunities. Industry leaders from all sides of the business will come together again to address the tough issues and challenges that will shape the future of the bicycle industry across the USA and around the world.

Please take a moment to cruise the site and see what’s in store for the upcoming conference.

Lastly, remember to check back frequently, as the 2009 BLC agenda and activities will be evolving over the months ahead!

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source: Sea Otter News

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