February Newsletter – Sea Otter Classic



  • Staying Healthy Pre-Race Season
  • Sponsor Spotlight
  • Specialized Dealer Grant Program
  • BikeRadar.com Launches Sea Otter Classic Channel
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Recycles
  • SOC Supports the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
  • Social Media Giveaways
  • Special Offers


3-Day Action Photography Clinic with Ian Hylands. Learn to shoot like the pros, more information available here.


Sea Otter Classic website is open for business — Sign up for one of our many Mountain Bike and Road Bike events.


Little Bellas Day Camp — Riding clinic for girls. Click here for more information.


Campsites are still available — You can view available campsites here.


Morning Yoga classes at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Click here for more information.


Discounted lodging available for Sea Otter participants — Local hotels are offering special rates, check out the savings here.


4-day event schedule available here.


Festival passes and Sea Otter Classic Merchandise are available now in the online store.


Two charities have been chosen for the 2010 Sea Otter ClassicClick here for more information about the Wounded Warrior Project and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Save $20 Off Your Entry Fee!Card

Bicycling Magazine and the Sea Otter Classic are offering promotions to help you save money when you sign up for any of the Sea Otter Classic events.


Social Media Giveaways

The Sea Otter Classic is giving away great prizes on Twitter (Tuesdays) and Facebook (Fridays) each week. Be sure to follow us and friend us to ensure your chance at winning. Below is a rundown of our winners over the last few weeks:

Contest: “3 words to describe your personal epic”
Prize: IMBA jersey and socks
Winner: Michael Bowen
Winning response: “Tired…wasted…GRINNING!”

Contest: “Your personal epic…and why it flippin’ rules!”
Prize: IMBA Track Jacket
Winner: Billy Thomas
Winning response:

“A few years ago, two buddies and I decided to ride on Mt. St. Helens, tracing a route ridden a week prior by an organized ride. We climbed up sweet single track from a parking lot on the south side, up the east side through surviving old growth stands and out onto the plains of abraham, on our way to the windy ridge observatory. What a beautiful and eerie ride. It was foggy all morning which gave the standing dead trees ghostly silhouettes. It was simply amazing all the way to the observatory, with the devastation still so evident decades after the eruption. Mud flows and patterned blow-down, as well as a clear look into the crater at the top and after the fog lifted. It took us about an hour and a half to climb up.MORE >>

Contest: As a nod to the little nude guy with the bow and arrow, we’re giving these away to the person with the best story of romance/marriage/love that involves bicycles.
Prize: 2 free “Double Whammy” passes to Northstar at Tahoe and Sierra at Tahoe.
Winner: Cyril Manning
Winning response:

“In 1998 I did an AIDS-Ride style charity thing from Seattle to DC. I was in a troubled relationship with a girl who couldn’t fathom why I would want to pedal 3,000 miles over 48 days.” MORE >>

Staying Healthy Pre-Race Season

MensPro_002There are a number of factors involved in performing at your “peak” for the first competitive event of the season. For a number of cyclist, competing in the Sea Otter Classic is their first chance to show and test their off-season training. To be in top physical shape there are several things to consider, but warding off illness through the winter months should be at the top of the list.

The human body has 2 lines of defense to ward off bacteria and viruses. The first is the innate immune system which includes a variety of physical barriers to infection. The skin, saliva, mucous, and membranes of the nasal passages, lungs and gut all help reduce the bacteria and viruses that are able to invade the body. The second is the adaptive immune system, which is made up of cells that have a “memory” for foreign invaders. Whenever we get sick or receive a vaccination, these cells destroy the invaders and infected cells and in the process of doing so, develop a memory for the invading germs. The next time a similar infection occurs, the cells can respond more rapidly, lessening the chances of a full-blown illness.


BikeRadar.com Launches Sea Otter Classic Channel

The Sea Otter Classic is proud to announce its exclusive news and events section on Bike Radar.com. Now you can check in throughout the event, no matter where youre at for up-to-date information from the 2010 Sea Otter Classic.

More info? https://seaotter.bikeradar.com/


Green. That’s how we’d like the world to be. As an environmental leader, Toyota does more than meet industry standardswe seek to raise them. With an unwavering commitment to environmental protection, Toyota strives to create clean and efficient products, and to conserve resources before our vehicles even hit the road. The Global Earth Charter, under our Guiding Principles, was set forth to promote environmental responsibility for every aspect of our company and significantly reduce the impact our vehicles have on the planet. Toyota proudly sponsors the Sea Otter Classic carpool program. Toyota. Yes!! MORE >>


For those of you unfamiliar with cycling history, GT’s story is simple: speed, speed, and even more speed. From GT’s namesake Gary Turner designing one of the first BMX race bikes in 1973, to our modern carbon fiber creations that re-define fast-as-hell, we’ve built a long legacy of racing and winning, all while making sure that we never take ourselves too seriously. As a company, we’re 30 going on 21… and we wouldn’t have it any other way. MORE>>


VOLER (vo-LAY) Team apparel specializing in custom sublimated clothing. This single focus allows us to provide a quality experience for you. For over a decade, Voler has earned its reputation by focusing on customers and by consistently creating innovative custom clothing. Today, we lead our industry with unsurpassed personal service, maintain our commitment to actual “on-time delivery,” and only work with superior materials MORE >>


SIDI is the market leader in cycling and motorcycle shoes. After half a decade, SIDI is a unique balance of tradition and innovation, style and comfort, making SIDI Sporting Footwear exceptional in the industry. MORE>>

Specialized Dealer Grant Program


When 65 members of the Northwest Festival Hosting Association convened in Leavenworth, Washington on a chilly January morning, changing the lives of 14 young people was not written into the day’s agenda.

With assistance from the Specialized Dealer Grant Program, local Specialized dealer Der Sportsman, and Repario (a Nevada based leadership counseling firm) however, the usual droll of networking and idea-swapping in Leavenworth’s Bavarian-inspired setting was trumped by tears of joy and the smiling faces of 14 children.


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Recycles


The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will once again be the Official Recycling Sponsor at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic. Since 2005, SNBC has been a part of the Sea Otter sponsor family and has grown to incorporate recycling into the partnership in the last 3 years. This year, along with providing quality beer to thirsty athletes and attendees, Sierra Nevada will also be offering an extra incentive for people to recycle while attending Sea Otter. Brewery representatives will be distributing “tokens” to people that are seen using the recycling bins throughout the event. Recyclers can then take their token to the Sierra Nevada booth where they can be redeemed for a prize! Both Sierra Nevada and Sea Otter value cycling as part of an active and healthy lifestyle and SNBC is committed to also promoting RE-cycling as part of a sustainability vision. Please enjoy one of Sierra Nevadas premium quality beers and remember to recycle your plastic beer cup!


Follow the BLC

2010 Bicycle Leadership Agenda Finalized

The BLC has been the industry’s premier networking and visioning opportunity for many years. In its second year partnered with Sea Otter, the BLC is sure to draw seasoned veteran CEOs and up-and-coming younger leaders as well.

Click here for agenda highlights

Click here to find out who’s attending

More info? www.bicycleconference.org

SOC Supports the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

100020Warriors20015The 20th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be held April 15-18, 2010 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, Calif. The four-day “Celebration of Sport” is considered the world’s largest cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. This year the Sea Otter Classic will not only be hosting the best cyclists from around the globe they are also supporting the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance and quality of life solutions for Marines, Sailors and other military personnel from the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who served in support of Marine Forces, and were injured in post 9-11 combat or training, or diagnosed with life threatening illnesses, and their families. Our fund provides relief for immediate financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as perpetuating needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment.


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