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ARCHIVE: Tips for Sea Otter Classic from prior years

Coming to the 28th Annual  Sea Otter Classic, April 19-22, 2018? Click here for tips.

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Info below was previously published.

Just some of what’s up at SOC 2014
  1. The 24th Annual Sea Otter Classic’s new happenings include The Outlaws of Dirt Series best trick contest–competitions for pros and amateurs in BMX and mountain bike categories. And the Camp of Champions Big Air Bag is back again!
  2. Magicshine Night Ride, a complimentary recreational ride on 4/11, 8 p.m., for all ability levels, with choice of mountain or road course. Click for details at the SOC website. Locals know that it takes a lot of volunteers to make Sea Otter Classic the great success that it is. Helping make the new Magicshine MTB route a success is our very own Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA). Click here to learn more. Register early for the mountain route, as it filled up for 2013. Road route has unlimited space.

As is the tradition, there’s an exciting movie playing during Sea Otter Classic week. This year it’s “Won’t Back Down: The Story of Legendary Mountain Biker Steve Peat.”  The venue is once again the historic Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey. For details, see 4/11/14, 8 p.m. on the

Highlights of SOC 2014 from the Monterey County Weekly

Another Sea Otter Classic cometh to Laguna Seca,“by
Mark C. Anderson, Kevin Jewell and Karen Loutzenheiser with photographs by Nic Coury, Monterey County Weekly, April 10-16, 2014.

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The info below was previously published in 2011.

Welcome to bicycling friendly Monterey County! What makes this such a bike-friendly place?  Our Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and other bike routes, and the year-round discounts that businesses and organizations here give to people who bike are two of many reasons.  Add in this being home to the bicycle world’s premiere festival, the Sea Otter Classic, and you know why hundreds of thousands of cyclists flock to Monterey County every year–over 64,000 come for Sea Otter Classic alone!

This post includes links to:

  • Some Sea Otter week activities, including Pedal-Driven premiere and  Bicycle Leadership Conference
  • Lodging and camping tips–plus showers for day visitors
  • More Monterey County cycling tips
  • The Sea Otter Classic’s web pages of most common interest

The 21st Annual Sea Otter Classic

Pro and amateur racers, both mountain and road, make the annual pilgrimage to Laguna Seca for amazing competitions.

Sea Otter is also a “Celebration of Cycling.”  From children’s activities to the Beer & BBQ Garden, from the morning yoga and stunt shows to good times camping with other bike freaks and shopping at North America’s largest bicycle exposition, Sea Otter is a place for all kinds of cyclists.

For many, Sea Otter is part of family life, like that of the trio pictured in this post (back at Sea Otter 2000).  For a 2011 photo and update on this family, see “Sea Otter Classic:  A family tradition for some,” in the April 8-14 issue of Off 68.

About Sea Otter week activities (on this site):

Check out these pages and more on the Sea Otter website:

  1. Activities for Kids
  2. Ditch the Car (tips on biking and on using the MST bus)
  3. Dog Policy, including tips on kennels, pet-friendly lodging, and dog-friendly beaches
  4. Expo exhibitors list.  Stalking the elusive bike gear?  Look for it here! Sea Otter is North America’s largest bicycle exposition, with over 300 exhibitors.
  5. FAQs – from “Where do the races take place” to “What’s the weather like? What to wear?” and “Any special perks for carpoolers?”
  6. Gran Fondo fully supported recreational rides–route choices of 20, 49, and 96 miles
  7. Ladies Activities – Sunday, April 17, with women-specific clinics, demo ride, panel discussion, product displays, and reception
  8. ‘Parking tips (for bikes and vehicles)
  9. Registered Riders (in all races and in the Gran Fondo recreational ride)
  10. Ride with a Pro (bring your own bike, or grab a demo bike)
  11. Visit Monterey County (points out bike-ability of neighborhoods surrounding many popular attractions)
  12. Some of what’s new at SOC 2011: Speed and Style, “a combination of a head-to-head race and a freestyle jump contest.”  Camp of Champions is bringing its Big Air Bag.  And Handcycling has been added to Sea Otter’s athlete competitions, in the Road Circuit races.

Lodging, camping, showers for day visitors:

More tips for locals and visitors on this site:

For more local bike-related and other tips

Contact Mari Lynch, (831) 375-6278, a  cyclist and Monterey County resident since 1981.

Can’t reach Mari immediately and have an urgent question?  Besides the Sea Otter Classic team, other reliable help is available from Jan Valencia and Frank Henderson (below), plus contacts listed on the Bicycle Shops, Services, Clubs, and Resources page.

Jan Valencia

Velo Club Monterey Answer Man Jan Valencia.  On Twitter – @jvalen – or email Jan via the Velo Club website.

Frank Henderson
Golden Helmet Award Winner: Frank Henderson

League of American Bicyclists instructor Frank Henderson.  Phone, 831-755-6738 or email,


This local family

pictured below in 2000,  made racing Sea Otter part of their homeschooling graduation requirements.  Read more.  And for a 2011 update on the family, click here.

Kira, Aaron, and Sieg Magenheim

This post was published on 8 March 2011. One or more changes last made to this post on 7 April 2018.

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