The 2009 Sea Otter Classic occurs Thursday through Sunday, April 16-19 at the Laguna Seca Raceway up the hill from Monterey, California. I'll be there for most of the four days trying bikes, taking photos, and covering the action. Watch this space for more news.
According to event organizers, early registrations for the Sea Otter Classic 2009 are strong in spite of the down economy. "We are looking at 450 riders representing 36 teams this season," says Matt Fritzinger with the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League. This "is up 100 riders from last year."
USA Cycling also continues to see increases in membership as the '09 year rolls on. "We've seen a distinct and steady rise in membership over the last five years," says Theresa Johnson, USA Cycling's Vice President of Member Services. She reports that USA Cycling license sales are up 3% over the same period last year.
Visit Sea Otter Classic website for details. The Sea Otter Classic is not just for racers -- a big consumer expo with demo bikes is a big part of the show.
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The races at Sea Otter are particularly enjoyable for spectators. You don't have to be a cycling fan to be awed by the downhill mountain bike race! The show has a large variety of products. Last year I saw the Calfee bamboo bike and test-rode the Surly Big Dummy.