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Scenes from the 25th Anniversary Sea Otter Classic, and a Quick List of Monterey County Bicycling Resources

We love the all things bikes aspect of Sea Otter Classic. And world-renowned racing—including celebrated pros like the women below— are indeed an exciting part of the mix!
Here are some scenes from 4/17/15, followed by links to Sea Otter tips and other Monterey County biking resources.Catharine Pendrel of Canada - World Champ
Above: Catharine Pendrel of Canada, World Champ

at the party hosted by Team LUNA Chix in the Sea Otter Classic Expo on 4/17/15.

Hannah Rae Finchamp
19-year-old Hannah Finchamp

Third year on Team LUNA, two years as XTERRA triathlete, two-time amateur XTERRA World Champion; now transitioning to mountain biking.

Andrea Waldis and Marla Streb

Above, on the left:  Andrea Waldis of Switzerland, 2013 Junior World Champ
And above, right (in sunglasses): Marla Steb, 2005 and 1999 Singlespeed World Champ
Above, at left: Carolina Gomez-Villafañe of Patagonia, Argentina,

whose accomplishments have included a win in the Cat 1 XC race at Sea Otter.

 And above, at right: Maghalie Rochette of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

who joined the LUNA Chix Pro team in 2014, racing MTB and XC, and whose accomplishments have included fourth place at the 2013 Sea Otter cyclocross.

Todd and Laura from Competitive Cyclist Utah

Todd and Laura of Competitive Cyclist, Utah

Manny Affonso III

Manny Affonso III, Cyclocross racer from Santa Cruz, California
Austin McInerny, Executive Director, National Interscholastic Cycling Association
Austin McInerny, Executive Director, National Interscholastic Cycling Association

SDM and Orbea

We’re glad to be in Monterey County for Sea Otter Classic!
Local residents participate in and support this annual Celebration of Cycling in many ways. Among those…

Portobello chefs

Chef Miguel Xirum and his assistant, Martin Riquic
and other staff from HER Helmet Thursdays spots Portobello’s Rotisserie Cafe and Catering, and Zeph’s One Stop, Salinas
Portobello serversAbove, Victoria and Mitch of Portobello’s
Below, bartender Nick Grice of Zeph’s

Stop in at Zeph’s One Stop next time you bike Salinas. Seated at Zeph’s wine bar, you can gaze at Salinas Valley fields where so much of America’s food is grown—like the spinach and many other ingredients in Portobello’s delicious salads, and in those quesadillas equally popular with LUNA Chix party-goers.

Zephs bartender

Whether partying or exploring Sea Otter Classic’s 447 vendor booths, North America’s largest bike expo is tantalizing and fun, as the folks in this gallery can attest. And Sea Otter is about even more! See our tips below.

IMG_5443Gabriela Williams of Czech Republic


Katharine Horsman of London and Matthew Case of Portland


“25th Anniversary? I’m a first-time vendor at Sea Otter.” Welcome!


Got it!

Velocity Bike Park at Sea Otter Classic

The Bicycling Monterey website and projects were established May 2009 by Mari Lynch, a Monterey County resident and local business owner since 1981. The inspiration? Mari’s renewed commitment to her lifelong joy in biking. The site and projects are provided as a public service and are a grassroots effort in collaboration with the community.
Contributions in any amount are welcome and appreciated.

Quick List of Resources

Click here for tips about the 25th Anniversary Sea Otter Classic, April 16-19, 2015.
Click here for Tips for Bicycling Monterey County, a 20-section guide.
Click here for a Master Calendar of Monterey County biking activities and events.
Click here for “Riding Skills, Safety Tips, and California Bike Laws, ” a 29-section guide that includes Monterey County biking ordinances, such as about sidewalk riding, too.
Click here for Monterey County Bicycling Resources, a 32-section compilation of local bike community leaders.
Click here for “Bicycle Advocacy: What you can do,” offering action steps and accompanied by a gallery of people representing Monterey County’s diverse bike community.
Click here for two-minute audios about the Monterey County bike scene, produced by Central Coast Public Radio KUSP of Santa Cruz.
Click here for “Información en español sobre las bicicletas,” a resource compilation used by bike advocates and others throughout the U.S. and beyond.
Thank you for biking in Monterey County,
from HER Helmet Thursdays businesses and organizations
and the entire Monterey County bike community!

HER Helmet Thursdays – Quick Reference Guide – 27 March 2015HER Helmet Thursdays 5th Anniversary poster JQ2

This post was published on 18 April 2015. One or more changes last made to this post on 6 May 2017.

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