Bike Palooza!!! Sea Otter Classic 2019!


 

Just wow.

And times that by infinity!!!

 

The view of the expo area from one of the campgrounds…

 

We just wrapped up another Sea Otter Classic and my brain is still hopped up on Bike Stimulation Overload.

 

Road ride with some Sea Otter camping buddies!

 

If you don’t believe me, ask the 74,999 other cycling nuts who attended this year. What an INCREDIBLE event!!!

 

Looking out from the Winnebago booth…

 

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!

 

Pro-racers on the track about to start!

 

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.

 

I won a $400 power meter during a 4iii app-based scavenger hunt!!!!

 

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!

 

Here’s Maggie, one of our camping buddies, chilling at her site with its million dollar views of the surrounding valleys below.

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.

 

Mel agrees!

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.

 

Oh how I want this e-bike. And yes you read that right. This is an e-bike.

 

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.

 

Me with the super adorable Bianchi sponsored pro-racer Alexey Vermeulen… hey Alexey’s mom! You done good with this one!!! xoxo

 

 



Stef spent 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and at the University level in Special Physical Education before making the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach with a specialty in working with people with medical conditions and injuries. Stef has been a running enthusiast her entire adult life, and shares James’ love of cycling. She feels lucky they have a shared hobby in bicycling that enhances their RV lifestyle.


    6 thoughts on “Bike Palooza!!! Sea Otter Classic 2019!

    1. garrett H

      Sign me up for next year. Thanks for Winnebago and their role in the show. I sounds like their reserved camping spots are incredible.

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    2. Barbara Shumaker

      I am a fan and appreciate Stefany’ s fitness videos very much. I dream of owning a Travato someday. Have you switched to the K? Tell me more! I have visited the G, but keep tripping on the step up and bumping my hip to get to the driver’s seat. Can the table be switched to one that folds somehow so I can get to the driver’s seat easier? Not retiring for a while yet so plenty of dreaming time to go, sigh.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Hi Barbara! Oh gosh, I’m terrible about spotting comments left, sorry it’s taken me so long to respond!!! We do have a Travato “K” on loan to us for the year. We’re doing a National Parks tour on behalf of Winnebago and the National Park Foundation! And there are tons of people who have done mods to that table in the Travato “G” model, so YES! It’s very much possible! xo

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