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Get the Most Out of Your Long Rides 


When taking on long-distance rides like The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Sea Otter Classic there are a few key things to consider to insure having the best ride possible. We've put together some essential riding tips and advice so you've got everything covered for before, during and after your ride... Keep Reading. 

Italian Flair Coming to Sea Otter


Spring is in the air and it's time get your cycling gear in shape for the most exciting pink events of the year! The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia is kicking off in a few weeks, starting on Saturday, April 20 as part of the most beloved cycling festival in the nation: The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Sea Otter Classic will premier in Monterey, CA, adding its unmistakable Italian twist to the event. Learn More.  


Check Out 'Singletrack High' with NICA 


The National Interscholastic Cycling Association will host a screening of "Singletrack High", a film about NICA riders from Pedal Born Pictures. Head to the Golden State Theater at 417 Alvarado St. in downtown Monterey at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 during Sea Otter.
Check out a teaser clip here

Watch Your Step at Fort Ord 


We'd like to take a few minutes today to tell you a bit about the history of Fort Ord and about the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) the group charged with transforming a storied military base into one of California's best outdoor playgrounds.  Keep Reading.  


Festival Guide
Recycle Old Tubes at Sea Otter

Sea Otter Classic and ROTTUA Sandals have teamed up to keep used bicycle tires above ground!

This unique program compliments Sea Otter's ongoing sustainability efforts with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Clif Bar to reuse, recycle, and repurpose. Keep Reading
Tips for Tourists Riding in Monterey 
You came here to ride, not just race. Check out all the great cycling around Monterey, tips for getting around and a sneak peak into the locals' favorite routes at Bicycling Monterey.

Check Out the Village Activities at Sea Otter


Little ones looking for an egg hunt? Wanna give a backflip a go on the air bag? How about taking in a bird's eye view of the lakebed at laguna Seca from a zip line over the expo area? Sea Otter has something for everyone in the festival area, check out all the activities here.

Get Some Girl Power with Little Bellas

Little Bellas day camp is an adventure in mountain biking designed to get girls hooked on the sport and engaged in the Sea Otter festival with a focus on improving skills and having fun. It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge. Keep Reading.

Free Yoga at Sea Otter


Join Rita Leon and pro rider Ryan Leech for FREE yoga sessions each day during Sea Otter. Poses will have you seated, on knees, balancing and standing. This class allows beginners as well as the intermediate yogi to advance in their own practice. No experience is necessary. Learn More.

Introducing the Magicshine Night Ride

You've never seen Laguna Seca like this. Join Sea Otter sponsor MagicShine for a night ride at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Whether an experienced after-dark rider or a first-timer with lights, cyclists of all abilities are welcome for this first-ever event at Sea Otter.

Keep Reading.

#Throwback Thursday

Ruthie Matthes Sea Otter Classic 1995!

Ruthie is an American professional bicycle racer who won the World Cross-Country Mountain Bike Championship in 1991. She is also a road cyclist, having twice finished in 2nd place in the Women's Challenge bicycle stage race.

Check out the Sea Otter Classic Facebook page every Thursday for photos from the archives!

Sponsor Spotlight
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.  Learn more.

SRAM was born in 1987 in downtown Chicago, IL, with one component (the Grip Shift), one warehouse, and six employees. SRAM has since expanded through growth and acquisition into the world's second largest cycling component manufacturer whose brands include SRAM, RockShox, Avid, and Truvativ. Learn more.

GoPro is the world's leading manufacturer of wearable digital cameras for sports. It's HERO line of helmet, bike, and gear mountable cameras has quickly become the world's #1 selling line of action-sports cameras. Additional mounts allow for easy camera mounting on the wrist, chest, surfboards, kayaks, cars, motorcycles, and more. Learn more.

Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has a proud history as one of the pioneers of the craft brewing industry and as a brewer of award-winning beers since 1981. Learn more.
Specialized was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider's need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit. Learn more.

Pinkbike 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. Learn more.

Alpine Bike Park
Alpine Bike Parks, LLC. is a full-service design/build contractor specializing in bike parks and trail development. They handle all phases of implementation, from feasibility and planning to post-construction services.  Learn More 

DeFeet makes the finest socks and accessories for mountain bike and road riders. Always made in the DeFeet USA factory in North Carolina, DeFeet takes the same pride in craftsmanship as custom handmade frame builders do.  Learn more. 
Dark Timbers
DarkTimbers designs and produces lifestyle apparel for the outdoors. Founded by extreme sports enthusiasts, and supported by a media platform that has become widely know in the action sports world. Learn more.

Monterey County Herald
The Monterey County Herald is proud to be the exclusive mobile provider of the Sea Otter Classic. As the leading news and information source online and in print The Monterey County Herald delivers a large, reliable and desirable shopping audience.  Learn More 

Hammer Nutrition
For 25 years and counting, our mission has been to help serious endurance athletes reach their highest levels of athletic performance and physical health, safely and naturally with our high-quality fuels.  Learn more. 
Omni Promotional is a full-service, large format printer, specializing in screen and digital printing. For over 15 years, we have specialized in printing and manufacturing tents, banners, flags, fencing and other event/ promotional items. Learn more.

Advocacy Spotlight Wants to Know Why You Ride is the national bike movement with the goal of uniting one million Americans for a better future for bicycling. We might ride in different ways and for different reasons, but one thing unites us all-a belief that good things happen when people ride bikes. Tell us your story about why YOU ride at our Story Gallery here.


IMBA Partnership Brings New Riding Opportunities to Sea Otter

A freshly minted partnership between IMBA and the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic (April 18-21 in Monterey, Calif.) will be on display this year in Monterey. Providing even better riding experiences for attendees visiting our festival zone, the "SRAM Mountain Bike Skills Zone, presented by IMBA" will offer a wide range of bike park features for teenage and adult riders on hand to demo the vast array of demo bikes and equipment on offer. Right next door, the "Specialized/IMBA Kids Bike Play Area" will provide terrain for younger riders, including push- and pedal-bike appropriate features suitable for toddlers. Keep Reading.

Specialized First Gear Gets Kids Hooked on Bikes for Life 

The Specialized First Gear initiative was born out of a fundamental need to get kids riding bikes. Set a kid riding and you set them on a winning course for life: You help defeat childhood obesity and attention deficit disorders. You give them a chance to progress and even excel in a sport. And you develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. If the First Gear initiative inspires others to take up the cause, that's a win-win. Learn more.

IBD Summit
Register Now for IBD Summit 

Take the opportunity to attend one of the most innovative and valuable dealer conferences ever created. Now with a proven track record of delivering exciting content and meaningful networking the IBD Summit is one event your business can't afford to miss. Register Now 

Bicycle Leadership Conference

USADA COO To Address Performance Enhancing Drugs at BLC 

John Frothingham, Chief operating Officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will deliver an address at this year's Bicycle Leadership Conference on how companies within the industry can work together to ensure competitive cycling is free of performance enhancing drugs. Learn more here.