Top Five Things To Do – A Guide to the Subaru Sea Otter Classic

America's biggest cycling festival returns to Monterey, CA - April 14-17

Sea Otter Classic

#4 Women’s Outreach Activities!

The Sea Otter Classic folks offer women-friendly activities as well including: lunch time seminars, daily road and mtb riders, networking and discussion panel. Most of these events include well known female bike celebrities to ride and chat with. Women of all abilities are welcome. More details about all the great Women’s Specific Activities here>>

#5 Bring Out Your Inner Swag King (or Queen)! Check Out the Huge Cycling Expo!

Sure, anyone can score a free poster or sticker or pen. But sharp eyed swag seekers have been known to gather such prizes as bicycle tubes, energy bars, calendars, beer glasses, t-shirts and more! What will you find in the Expo? Only one way to find out!

The Expo has become so popular that it is now as popular as the racing itself, if not more so. Every year, several companies hold media events to launch new products. Some companies that consistently drop big news for their new bikes, parts or gear include Santa Cruz Bicycles, Ellsworth Bicycles, SRAM, Fox Racing Shox, Shimano, Foes, CamelBak and more! Any gear head or bike junkie will love to roam the vendor and manufacturer booths, gleaning all the new hotness and be able to talk to the companies directly. In fact, many manufacturers will help you tune your bike or parts, if you bring them with you. Need your fork adjusted? Can’t quite get the sag set right on your rig? Bring it down and get some tuning help!

Other Topics: Dual Slalom, Weather, Sea Otter Classic Facebook

The One Event I Never Miss – Pro Dual Slalom

Okay, I confess. I am really not that big on watching mountain bike races. Let’s face it, mountain biking is a participatory event and mountain bikers are do’ers not watchers. But there is one race that I never miss (okay, almost never), it is the Pro Dual Slalom event (the Pro Women’s Road Race is a close second, but that’s a whole different thing…) I have fond memories of seeing my mountain biking heroes like Shaun Palmer and John Tomac race this event (anyone else remember the year local BMXer Terry Tenette knocked Tomac out of the quarter finals?) The head to head match-ups, the speed, the jumps, the excitement, the crowd, the cheering (and yes, the crashes) make this a MUST SEE. It’s just a short hike from the Expo area, so don’t miss it!

Always a “hot” topic – Sea Otter weather – What’s It Gonna Be Like?

frankyohannonFor years, the Sea Otter was plagued by an evil specter known as “foul weather”. Even after moving the event from March to April, the event would be cursed with downpours and heavy winds. Not a Sea Otter went by that some poor exhibitor’s booth would blow over (sometimes into the ponds!). But the past three years in a row have been blessed with plenty of blue skies and sunshine! We have it on good word that Frank Yohannon (President and CEO of the Sea Otter Classic) has even made some calls to the Big Guy upstairs to provide us with some nice, sunny weather this year!

Are You on Facebook? Of course you are, isn’t everybody?!

Be sure to check out the very active Sea Otter Classic Facebook page for current info, updates and contests!

For more information, be sure to check out: the Official Sea Otter Classic website

What’s Your Top Five Things to Do at Otter?

Hey Sea Otter veterans, feel free to let us know (in the comments below) what your favorite thing to do at Sea Otter is! Any hints or tips you’d like to share with Sea Otter newbies? (Here’s one hint: If you are on a budget (and who’s not these days?) staying in Salinas may not be as fancy or exciting as staying in Monterey, but it’s definitely a lot cheaper! Even cheaper? Camping!)

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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