"Sea Otter's events plus its venue have helped to create an environment free of 'you can't please everyone' cliches," said Frank Yohannan, president and CEO of the Sea Otter Classic. "The sheer variety of activities offered up at Sea Otter are intent on intriguing, engaging and entertaining the spectrum of participants who come to ride, race, relax, test, and tame their curiosity."
Starting Saturday, April 14 with Mountain Bike Magazine's Off-Road Tours, riders get a chance to ride some new trails on either a 10 or 20-mile loop through the Fort Ord Bureau of Land Management Area. The shorter loop of 10 miles is a combination of fire road with a bit of singletrack and is ideally suited for beginning off road riders. More experienced off road riders can choose the 20-mile loop with extra sweet singletrack to enjoy the pristine terrain exclusive to Fort Ord. Either distance includes plenty of rest stops and on-trail assistance.
Bicycling Magazine's ever-popular Road Bike Tours get underway Sunday morning, April 15 at 7 am with a 100-mile century ride through the scenic backroads of Monterey and the Salinas Valley or a shorter, 15-mile option on the closed roads of Fort Ord. On either route, riders will enjoy well-appointed rest stops and SAG support. Plus, top pro athletes and coaches will be riding along offering riding tips to all participants.
Kid's 12 and under can ride either tour for free when accompanied by an adult. All riders will enjoy a delicious post-ride BBQ and prize drawings where kids under 12 ride and eat free if accompanied by an adult.
To sign up for Sea Otter's Mountain Bike Tours, visit: http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/recreational_events_mountain_bike.htm
To sign up for Bicycling Magazine's Road Bike Tours, visit: http://www.seaotterclassic.com/index.cfm/recreational_events_road_bike_tours.htm
A good night's sleep guaranteed
Fussy parents who struggle to keep their kids entertained with projects that don't come out of a box or fit on a TV screen should prepare to be bowled over by the quantity of events open to all ages at the Sea Otter Classic. Sea Otter's safe, restricted-access environment should provide additional peace of mind to parents anxious to provide kids with a chance at a little controlled freedom. A few of Sea Otter's "crown jewel" events: BMX shows, the Sea Otter Egg Hunt, Kids Rodeo, and BikeSkills Ride Zone should succeed in keeping kids engaged and entertained, and will undoubtedly deliver exhausted kids to grateful parents at the end of each day.
"I, as a parent, like to see my kids get involved with exercise and being in the outdoors," said Vicky Duke, whose sons, ages 12 and 14, are regulars at Sea Otter. "Sea Otter gets them stoked up to be outside riding their mountain bikes. They meet their friends there, it's a big area to cover and by the time they get back to the car, they're pretty beat but it gets them excited and that usually spills over afterward for about two months."
"It's great that they take their bikes out there and participate in the Kids' Bike Rodeo," said Colleen Meyenberg about her nine-year-old twin sons, David and Andrew. "To have them see all those young athletes warming up before racing, the racers are great role models."
As always, Sea Otter offers FREE entry for Kids 12 and under!
The gates will be flung open to participants starting Thursday, April 12 at 8 am and from that point on until the sun sets on Sunday, participants are encouraged to seek out events that inspire and challenge them. Here are a few ideas to get started:
Bike Skills Ride Area
Time: Thursday through Sunday, 8 am - 5 pm
Entry: Free for kids 12 and under!
Time: Shows continuous throughout the event
While you're walking around the Village, check out these live shows!
GT/Mongoose stunt show times TBD
Sea Otter Egg Hunt
Time: Friday, Saturday AND Sunday at 10 am
Entry: Free for children 8 and under!
Kids' Bike Rodeo
The more fun your kids have on a bicycle, the more they will want to ride! Let your kids ride bicycles with us and we will help instill basic safety rules and teach them how to set up their bikes. The Kids Bike Rodeo promises to be as much fun as it is educational - for you AND your family! Due to popular demand, the Kids Bike Rodeo will take place on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday this year!
Time: Friday, Saturday AND Sunday at 11 am
Entry: Free for children 12 and under!
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