And times that by infinity!!!
We just wrapped up another Sea Otter Classic and my brain is still hopped up on Bike Stimulation Overload.
If you don’t believe me, ask the 74,999 other cycling nuts who attended this year. What an INCREDIBLE event!!!
Even the expo area was larger than ever… jam-packed with booths pimping not only bikes but pretty much anything and everything related to the cycling lifestyle.
New this year, you could demo bikes right on the WeatherTech Raceway!!! This wasn’t allowed last year unless you were racing. James, being smart, saw that it was open and got out there… the lucky duck. I’m already kicking myself for not making the time for it, as I was off being kid in candy store on the fest grounds instead. NEXT YEAR!
There’s so much on the Sea Otter schedule, it’s impossible to see or do it all. You’ll just skim the surface of experiencing everything offered. This is why we love coming back each year. It’s never the same experience for us.
Besides all the races, there are loads of special events going on.
Winnebago is a huge sponsor of Sea Otter Classic, so we go each year on behalf of them and host a camping group of fellow cyclists who RV.
Camping is a big part of the Sea Otter experience, and getting in the actual campgrounds on the gorgeous hillsides that overlook the fest grounds is highly competitive. Most people end up assigned to camping in either gravel parking lots or large grassy fields. Luckily Winnebago is a sponsor, so we get some of the best spots!
I love how you can hear the roar of the crowds and the announcers calling out races from up in the campground. It carries on the wind, and something about that adds to the feeling you’re somewhere really cool.
Our group gets VIP status in the Winnebago booth on the expo grounds, which means we get our own lounge area right along the track for race watching and for snacks/drinks whenever we need a break from all the festing. This is my favorite part of the fest grounds!!!
One of the more popular things to do at Sea Otter is to demo bikes.
Hand over your ID, and just like that, you’ll have yourself a spiffy brand new bike to tear around in. I took this Cannondale e-bike into Monterey and back with some buddies. It was crazy windy and I wasn’t feeling guilty about leaving Lucy behind (my beloved Trek Project One Silque) one bit:
So yeah! There you go, another Sea Otter quick recap… feels like I just did 2018’s, crazy that 2019 is already in the bag.
If you’re a fellow cycling enthusiast do consider joining us at next year’s Sea Otter! It really is our favorite event of the year, there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world.