Why do so many thousands head to Sea Otter each year? One thing attendees most look forward to is the unparalleled opportunity to see and demo the latest bicycles and equipment. Whether you’re young or old, new to cycling, or an experienced cycling fanatic, you are sure to find obstacles and fun designed just for you throughout the Expo. Try them all over the four days and take home not only big smiles, but new skills to try out on trails at home.
Sea Otter Demo Courses Hours of Operation
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sea Otter Demo Courses
There are four demo courses available at Sea Otter. Please review the details below regarding each course and plan accordingly.
eMTB Demo Course-Sponsored by Bulls Bikes
The eMTB demo course features compact dirt and a controlled route that allows riders to experience acceleration, small hill climbing and the ease of handling on all turns. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced riding levels. All participants are required to wear a helmet.
Demo on the Track-Sponsored by Bulls Bikes
We are opening up the famous Laguna Seca Raceway for demo opportunities. Anything from Mountain bikes to eBikes will be allowed to ride on the course. Because the raceway is being used for multiple activities throughout the weekend, the hours of operation are slightly different than the other 3 demo areas. Demo on the Track times will be open Thursday 10am-3pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm, and Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm. Access to the course will be at the Turn 5 entrance to the festival. This course is designed for beginner to advanced riding levels. All participants are required to wear a helmet.
MTB Demo Area – Sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles
The Skills Zone features compact dirt on a narrow track that offers a backcountry feel with small bumps and more advance obstacles. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced mountain bike riding levels. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Electric bicycles are not allowed in the MTB Demo Area.
Kids’ Area – Sponsored by Specialized
The Kids Ride Zone features compact dirt on a wide track that offers small bumps with easy turns and obstacles. The course is designed for beginners up to 12 years of age. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Only children’s bicycles are allowed on this course. Electric bicycles are not allowed in the Kids’ Area.
IMPORTANT – Only low speed electric bicycles (LSEB) will be allowed on the eBike demo courses. The LSEB must clearly display an electric bike class label. Electric bicycles or vehicles that do not meet California Class 1, 2, or 3 designations will not be allowed on the course. Additional information regarding electric bicycle classification is attached.
Basic Rules & Regulations
- ANSI-approved helmets are mandatory.
- Each demo participant must sign a waiver and wear a waiver wristband.
- All bikes must be removed from each demo course by closing time.
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Sea Otter Classic Hits the Airwaves
Sea Otter Radio, KSOC 90.1 FM—broadcasting live race coverage across the vast terrain of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!
As you enter Laguna Seca Recreation Area, tune your radio to Sea Otter Radio by confirming the current frequency, which will be posted at the entrances.
Our low-power FM transmitter will air everything from the winning calls at our famous swale to furious sprints at the main stage. Sea Otter Radio tells you everything you need to know to seize the day—including when to get ready for start time!
Catch all the professional insights only our veteran announcer team can provide.