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The mission of the Life Time Sea Otter Classic is to make people’s lives better through participation in sport and recreation and through celebration of an active outdoor lifestyle.


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 were a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and is now a part of the Life Time corporation. The Life Time Sea Otter Classic hosts over 9,000 athletes, 74,000 fans and is universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival. 


April 18-21, 2024

April 10-13, 2025

April 16-19, 2026

Global Events

In 2017, Sea Otter expanded to Europe with the Sea Otter Europe festival in Girona, Spain. Annually, the event hosts over 50,000 visitors and 5,000 participants from over 50 different nations.

Sea Otter Canada launched in July 2019 in the Toronto region, joining the ‘Classic’ and Sea Otter Europe as the third edition under the iconic Sea Otter brand.

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