Monterey Gears Up for the Largest Ever Sea Otter Classic

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Over 1,000 brands, 14 races and 6,000 athletes set to make the 34th edition the biggest and best yet.

MONTEREY, California (March 21, 2024) — The world of cycling is once again preparing to descend on Monterey for the largest-ever edition of the Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental, taking place at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area from April 18-21, 2024.

This 34th edition of the iconic festival will feature a comprehensive four-day celebration of cycling with more brands, more races, and more entertainment than ever before.

This year’s expo is continuing to break new ground with over 1,000 brands in attendance – making it the world’s largest consumer bicycle exhibition. Click HERE for the current list of exhibitors.

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Demonstrations will be offered by emerging start-ups to renowned industry giants, with bikes and other new products on hand for visitors to sample, along with meet & greet opportunities with cycling legends. Click HERE for more information on demos.

Adrenaline-packed cycling action

In addition to the expo, this year’s show will feature 14 races and rides designed to challenge more than 6,000 athletes of all ages, levels and disciplines. From heart-pounding mountain bike competitions to thrilling road, gravel, para, tandem and e-bike adventures, there’s something for everyone.

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The headline race event is the Fuego XL 100k on April 19 which kicks off the 2024 Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda. This year, the Series prize purse is a record $300,000 and Sofia Gomez Villafane and Keegan Swenson will both return to defend their titles. The Fuego XL 100k also doubles as a qualifier for the storied Life Time Leadville Trail 100 MTB as riders vie for their spot on the start line in Colorado this August.

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Additionally, the Dual Slalom presented by Fox Racing will also bring world-class MTB talent and our new-and-improved gravel race will skip the singletrack for a purer gravel experience. Participants may register now to secure their spot. Click HERE for full race information.

As a bonus this year, we have enlisted world-renowned chef, Biju Thomas, to curate an incredible complementary buffet lunch for cyclists as they refuel and replenish in our Casa Amigos Riders’ Lounge following each ride. Entry to the Lounge is free for all riders. Click HERE for more information.

Relax and enjoy

Aside from races, a host of recreational rides will be available to soak up the stunning views of Monterey and the Salinas Valley. Click HERE for more ride information.

Off the bike, the event will feature an unprecedented selection of local food and drink options in The Feed Zone, Village Food Court, Brews & Bites area and Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. Participants also can enjoy a host of entertainment options, including shows from the likes of Duncan Shaw and Kenny Belaey. 

Family friendly

The Sea Otter Classic is a family event with many special activities planned for kids. Children 12 and under receive a free Festival Pass and on Family Day (Sunday, April 21), up to two adults may take advantage of free admission if attending with a child.

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The woom Kids’ Zone is back this year, allowing children to hone their bike skills on age and skill-appropriate obstacles. A separate area will be dedicated to those just learning to ride. 

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Frank Yohannan, Founder and Event Director of the Life Time Sea Otter Classic, said: “The Life Time Sea Otter Classic is a playground for cycling enthusiasts and the 34th edition is shaping up to be the biggest and best one yet.

“The scope of our Expo is larger than ever and participants will have unprecedented access to the latest products and tech, along with opportunities to meet star riders from every cycling discipline.

“We’re also excited to introduce new initiatives which make us so much more than just a cycling event. We deliver an unparalleled celebration of community and camaraderie, where attendees can connect with fellow riders, share stories, and forge lifelong friendships in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We can’t wait!”

For more information including opening times, parking, travel, accommodation and camping options, visit seaotterclassic.com

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