Bike Intelligencer » sea otter bicycle classic All bike, all the time Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sea Otter Classic Best Part About April Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:17:06 +0000

The official kickoff to any mountain bike season comes with the Sea Otter Classic each spring in Monterey. This year’s event, running from April 10-13, is already shaping up for “best-ever” status.

One noteworthy change this year: Subaru is now the title sponsor. While we always smile at the irony of a car company sponsoring a bike event, we understand who has the really deep pockets here. And for mtbers at least, what gets us where we need to be.
April 10-13
Volkswagen held the title sponsorship the last couple of years, but to our mind, Subaru is a better fit for Sea Otter. You can’t show up at a mountain biking gathering, whether a weekend ride at your local trailhead or a big festival like Sea Otter or Crankworx, without seeing a fleet of Soobies.

Our favorite model, the Outback, swallows bikes for breakfast. In Sun Valley last summer we hooked up with a couple from Marin in an Outback. All of a sudden the four of us had shuttle options galore.

Subaru has held various sponsorship levels over the years and brought a number of great events to Sea Otter. We hope they’ll be showing off their latest lines at this year’s fest.

Another new and sure to be a crowd-pleasing addition is the Pump Park Invitational, officially sanctioning the informal pump-track pickup races of recent Otters. It’s a pretty simple format: Two riders face off and the first to the finish line wins.

There’s lots more to talk about,
but one thing’s for sure: April can’t come too fast.

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Daily Roundup: Drive to Work Day! Seattle shut out, More Sea Otter, Fluidride Cup this weekend Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:08:50 +0000 Cascade Bicycle Club is promoting “Drive to Work Day” on, er, April 1st. ‘Nuf said. But while you’re chuckling, duck on over to the Seattle cycling club’s site and, in all seriousness, take the 2009 “Report Card on Cycling” survey. It’s quick and will be of tremendous help in setting cycling’s agenda for our city.

Alas, Seattle was shut out in the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bike Shops of the Year” awards. Astoundingly so. I can’t think of a city with more diverse and numerous bike shops than Seattle.

The countdown to Sea Otter madness continues with updates from Mountain Bike Action magazine and Bike Rumor, which has the trailer to the world premier for Freedom Riders, a film about trail-building on Forest Service land. Worth the watch!

PinkBike has a Fluidride Cup photo mojo going, check it out…

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