Thursday 7th October 2021
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca: 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, United States
“You guys should put on a mountain bike race.”
That simple statement from a Monterey bike shop owner in 1990 was the genesis for the Sea Otter Classic.
Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 & 7, 1991. There was a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today the event hosts over 9,600 athletes and 72,500 fans. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic. In 2021, the event became a part of Life Time Events and is now universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival.
Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling”, Sea Otter is cycling’s North American destination. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions, attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.
Most of cycling’s racing, and recreational disciplines are represented including gravel races/tours, mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom, and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Also offered are a number of non-competitive recreational events for riders of all ages.
The Life Time Sea Otter Classic also hosts the world’s largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and activities for children.
The Sea Otter Classic is located in Monterey County, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Festival Pass prices are as follows:
Festival Passes will not be mailed prior to the event.
Festival Passes can be picked up at Will Call or at festival entrances.
On-site Festival Pass sales will start October 7th, 2021 at 8am and are located at the Expo entrance gates and inside the Athlete Registration building.
Veterans recovering from service-related injuries, retired veterans, active duty personnel, and their families are eligible for complimentary or discounted festival passes. Click here for more information.
All traffic entering Laguna Seca between Wednesday, October 6 at 11:30am and Sunday October 10, at 6pm will be directed to enter Laguna Seca via the South Boundary entrance (the CA-218/Canyon del Rey route). Signs will be posted on the highway. All directions provided below are for this route.
Motor vehicle drivers: California’s Three Feet for Safety law, CA VC 21760, went into effect in September 2014. When driving on South Boundary Road or other California public roads, give three feet to people who bike.
Sea Otter Classic
215 West Franklin Street, Suite 214, Monterey