Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic is a bicycling and outdoor sports festival and exposition held each spring since 1991 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The four-day event is considered the world's largest cycling festival, drawing nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 70,000 fans. The Sea Otter Classic is named in honor of the southern sea otter, an indigenous mammal which flourishes along the neighboring Pacific coast.

Sea Otter Classic
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DateApril 16-19, 2020
RegionMonterey, California USA
Local name(s)Sea Otter
CompetitionProfessional/Amateur
TypeMulti-discipline
OrganiserSea Otter Classic, Inc.
Race directorFrank Yohannan
First edition1991 Laguna Seca Challenge
Editions28
Ryan Trebon during the Elite Men's Short Track race at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic in Laguna Seca
Gee Atherton at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic charts a history loaded with significant developments in North American cycling. Since its beginning, the Sea Otter Classic has been the springboard from which companies launch new products, ranging from sports nutrition to state-of-the-art bicycle components. Spurred by the high level of competition, pro racing careers have gotten a boost by competing against international fields of racers that arrive at Sea Otter from around the globe.

The event has evolved from a handful of bike races held on a weekend to a four-day festival featuring a vast spectrum of activities ranging from road and mountain bike racing, recreational rides, a kids' carnival, and special outreach activities for women and girls. The Sea Otter Classic boasts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. More than 450 vendors representing nearly 800 brands display new products and offer samples and bargains in what has been deemed the unofficial cycling season opener in North America.

Bicycle racing is still central to the event. Thousands of amateur athletes make the annual pilgrimage to participate in competitive events in various mountain and road bike disciplines. Hundreds of professional cyclists, including national and world champions and Olympic athletes, come to Sea Otter to race, sign autographs, and share their racing techniques with fans. Children are welcomed at the events, which feature clinics and tracks designed for kids.[1]

The Sea Otter Classic was founded by Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph. The inaugural event was held April 6–7, 1991. The first two events were held under the name Laguna Seca Challenge. The event name was changed to the Sea Otter Classic in 1993.

Lists of WinnersEdit

Year Enduro Cross Country Short Track Super D Downhill Dual Slalom Road Stage Race Circuit Race Criterium Road Race Time Trial
2016 Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Teal Stetson-Lee   United States (USA)
Todd Wells   United States (USA)
Katerina Nash   United States (USA)
Geoff Kabush
Chloe Woodruff
2015 Nino Schurter   Switzerland (SUI) Nino Schurter   Switzerland (SUI)
2014 Josh Carlson   United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett   United States (USA)
Christoph Sauser   Switzerland (SUI)
Marianne Vos   Netherlands (NED)
Todd Wells   United States (USA)
Marianne Vos   Netherlands (NED)
Brian Lopes   United States (USA)
Anneke Beerten   Netherlands (NED)
Cody Kelley   United States (USA)
Luana Oliveira   United States (USA)
Tyler Magner   United States (USA)
Leah Kirchmann   Canada (CAN)
Remi Pelletier-roy   Canada (CAN)
Kendall Ryan   United States (USA)
Joe Schmalz   United States (USA)
Alison Tetrick   United States (USA)
2013 Miguel Martinez   France (FRA)
Marianne Vos   Netherlands (NED)
Geoff Kabush   Canada (CAN)
Marianne Vos   Netherlands (NED)
Aaron Gwin   United States (USA)
Jill Kintner   United States (USA)
Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner   United States (USA)
Kirk Carlsen   United States (USA)
Jacquelyn Crowell   United States (USA)
Daniel Holloway   United States (USA)
Jacquelyn Crowell   United States (USA)
Cole House   United States (USA)
Jade Wilcoxson   United States (USA)
Alexander Hagman   United States (USA)
Jade Wicoxson   United States (USA)
Kirk Carlsen   United States (USA)
Alison Tetrick   United States (USA)
2012 Geoff Kabush   Canada (CAN)
Georgia Gould   United States (USA)
Max Plaxton   Canada (CAN)
Katerina Nash   Czech Republic (CZE)
Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner   United States (USA)
Kyle Strait   United States (USA)
Jill Kintner   United States (USA)
Andy Jacques-Maynes   United States (USA)
Alison Powers   United States (USA)
James Wingert   United States (USA)
Alison Powers   United States (USA)
Andy Jacques-Maynes   United States (USA)
Alison Powers   United States (USA)
Matt Cooke   United States (USA)
Alison Powers   United States (USA)
Nate English   United States (USA)
Alison Powers   United States (USA)
2011 Todd Wells   United States (USA)
Emily Batty   Canada (CAN)
Max Plaxton   Canada (CAN)
Georgia Gould   United States (USA)
Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Melissa Buhl   United States (USA)
Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner   United States (USA)
Francisco Mancebo   Spain (ESP)
Kristin Armstrong Savola   United States (USA)
Raul Cancado   Brazil (BRA)
Jade Wilcoxson   United States (USA)
Cole House   United States (USA)
Kristin Armstrong Savola   United States (USA)
Francisco Mancebo   Spain (ESP)
Kristin Armstrong Savola   United States (USA)
Francisco Mancebo   Spain (ESP)
Kristin Armstrong Savola   United States (USA)
2010 Burry Stander   South Africa (RSA)
Georgia Gould   United States (USA)
Todd Wells   United States (USA)
Georgia Gould   United States (USA)
Carl Decker   United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett   United States (USA)
Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Melissa Buhl   United States (USA)
Mick Hannah   Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner   United States (USA)
Paul Mach   United States (USA)
Alison Powers   United States (USA)
Jeremy Vennell   New Zealand (NZL)
Amanda Miller   United States (USA)
Paul Mach   United States (USA)
Carmen Small   United States (USA)
2009 Christoph Sauser   Switzerland (SUI)
Georgia Gould   United States (USA)
Todd Wells   United States (USA)
Emily Batty   Canada (CAN)
Carl Decker   United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett   United States (USA)
Mick Hannah   Australia (AUS)
Tracy Moseley   Great Britain (GBR)
Sam Hill   Australia (AUS)
Melissa Buhl   United States (USA)
Morgan Schmitt   United States (USA)
Kelly Benjamin   United States (USA)
Levi Leipheimer   United States (USA)
Tiffany Cromwell   Australia (AUS)
2008 Miguel Martinez   France (FRA)
Kelli Emmett   United States (USA)
Sam Schultz   United States (USA)
Lea Davison   United States (USA)
Carl Decker   United States (USA)
Lea Davison   United States (USA)
Greg Minnaar   South Africa (RSA)
Melissa Buhl   United States (USA)
Greg Minnaar   South Africa (RSA)
Sabrina Jonnier   France (FRA)
Michael Grabinger Jr.   United States (USA)
Tiffany Cromwell   Australia (AUS)
Evan Oliphant   Great Britain (GBR)
Dotsie Bausch   United States (USA)
2007 Geoff Kabush   Canada (CAN)
Georgia Gould   United States (USA)
Jean Christophe Peraud   France (FRA)
Katie Compton   United States (USA)
Adam Craig   United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett   United States (USA)
Nathan Rennie   Australia (AUS)
Rachel Atherton   Great Britain (GBR)
Mick Hannah   Australia (AUS)
Sabrina Jonnier   France (FRA)
Daniel Ramsey   United States (USA)
Shelley Olds   United States (USA)
Andrew Bajadali   United States (USA)
Jane Despas   United States (USA)
2006 Liam Killeen   Great Britain (GBR)
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa   Norway (NOR)
Adam Craig   United States (USA)
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa   Norway (NOR)
Jared Graves   Australia (AUS)
Tracy Moseley   Great Britain (GBR)
Brian Lopes   United States (USA)
Tracy Moseley   Great Britain (GBR)
Matty Rice   Australia (AUS)
Tina Pic   United States (USA)
2005 Geoff Kabush   Canada (CAN)
Alison Sydor   Canada (CAN)
2004 Filip Meirhaeghe   Belgium (BEL)
Alison Dunlap   United States (USA)
2003 Roland Green   Canada (CAN)
Alison Dunlap   United States (USA)
2002 Roland Green   Canada (CAN)
Alison Dunlap   United States (USA)
2001 Bart Brentjens   Netherlands (NED)
Caroline Alexander   Great Britain (GBR)
2000 Bas Van Dooren   Netherlands (NED)
Laurence Leboucher   France (FRA)
1999 Cadel Evans   Australia (AUS)
Alison Dunlap   United States (USA)
1998 Cadel Evans   Australia (AUS)
1997 Jérôme Chiotti   France (FRA) Jérôme Chiotti   France (FRA)
1996 Miguel Martinez   France (FRA) Andres Brenes   Costa Rica (CRC)

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