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Sea Otter Classic 2013

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Monterey CA Events

BikersThe Sea Otter Classic is the world’s premier cycling festival that is held annually on the Monterey Peninsula. Unlike other bicycling events, the Sea Otter Classic is “a celebration of cycling” where biking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities come together to revel in all things bicycle. While the event is primarily billed as a festival, there are plenty of races to be had, ranging from mountain and road bike races to cyclocross races. Most races take place at Laguna Seca, but some take place on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, specifically Fort Ord National Monument.

The Sea Otter Classic started in 1991 when co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph were told by a Monterey bike shop owner that they should put on a mountain bike race; this led to the duo hosting the Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6th and 7th of that year. In 1993, the Laguna Seca Challenge was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and the rest is history. Today, the event hosts over 9,000 athletes both professional and amateur and 55,000 fans. It is cycling’s North American season opener and is the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. Beyond the myriad of races, the Sea Otter Classic offers an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children, definitely a far cry from its humble beginnings. The Sea Otter Classic kicks off on Thursday, April 18, 2013 and goes until Sunday, April 21, 2013, and is hosted primarily at Laguna Seca. Festival hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day except for Sunday where the festival closes at 4:00pm. For a more detailed schedule, click here.

With its close proximity to Laguna Seca and to countless cycling excursions, the Carmel Mission Inn is the perfect destination for Sea Otter fans, athletes, and vendors. We are a favorite hotel among cyclists to Carmel and Monterey because of our central location to local area attractions and because of our outstanding value in Carmel. For the Sea Otter Classic 2013, the Carmel Mission Inn is offering special rates and breakfast packages to all attendees.

For individual fan rates, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-348-9090 or email the hotel at or at For group rates, please contact our sales office via phone at 831-624-6637 or via email at