Posted 04/17/2017 in Bike & Cycling - Updated 2021-07-31 02:06:22 by DemoDays

Women's Specific Rides, Clinics & Events - Sea Otter Classic 2017

Women's Specific Rides, Clinics & Events - Sea Otter Classic 2017

The 2017 Sea Otter Classic kicks off on Thursday April 20th at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The event attracts nearly 10,000 athletes and over 70,000 attendees. In addition to racing, there are many other non-competitive rides, clinics, and demo opportunities to test out new bikes and gear. This event is the major “season opener” for the bicycling industry drawing nearly 400 vendors and exhibitors. The four-day festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, activities for kids and families, free samples, new products and great bargains. If you haven’t attended, check out our “Weekend Planning” post for general event details and travel tips.

Sea Otter is an incredible opportunity to test out a variety of new bikes before making a purchase. You can speak with product managers to get first hand suggestions on bike models to fit your riding style and budget.

For most demo or test rides, you’ll need a helmet, valid ID and credit card to be used as collateral. Many demos are free, some may ask for a donation to a cycling related charity of advocacy group.

You must have a festival pass to enter the venue. If possible, order in advance and save a few dollars. 1-Day passes are $15, $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.

Each brand has a slightly different protocol with their demo bikes. Be sure to follow these brands on social media to learn more and ask demo related questions. Find the full exhibitor list here, event venue map here.

Women's Specific Event Opportunities

  • Little Bellas - This is an all-girls camp and will be an adventure in mountain biking designed to get girls hooked on the sport and engaged in the Sea Otter festival. They will focus on improving skills and having fun. It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge. Camp members will also have a full access pass to the Sea Otter venue with the ability to meet and learn from mountain biking’s biggest names. Each camp day will be unique, focusing on different skills and activities. Signing up for multiple days enhances learning (and fun!) with a multi-day skill progression. Registration & More Info
  • SRAM Open the Road Tour - Sunday, April 23 — 9-11 am — 25-mile women's eTap road ride. Nothing’s better than a great bike ride. That’s the philosophy behind SRAM’s Open the Road Tour. Here’s the formula: new friends; a fun route; good food; a bike with the latest SRAM road product. It's free, fun, and you'll leave with some special SRAM gear. You MUST RSVP for the ride and reserve your bike HERE.
  • SRAM Women's Ride: Pumptrack with the Liv Pros at Sea Otter Join a private session with SRAM Pros Leigh Donovan, Lindsey Richter, Katie Holden, and more! Saturday April 22nd from 1-3pm. All skill and ability levels welcome. Meet at the Liv Booth 653 at the Sea Otter Classic. You will need a mountain bike as well as a helmet, hydration, and a flat kit if you have one. If you wish to use a Liv demo bike please arrive early, no later than 30 minutes before the start time, as the demos are first come first serve. Riders may wish to bring knee, shin, and elbow pads to the pumptrack session. Join this fun & free event by REGISTERING HERE 
  • Liv Ladies Ride Powered by SRAM at Sea Otter Classic: Join the cross country skills ride on Friday April 21st 12-3pm. The ride will be lead by Liv Ambassadors Leigh Donovan, Lindsey Richter, and Katie Holden. All skill and ability levels welcome. More info & REGISTER for the free event HERE

Things to Bring:

  • Hydration Pack
  • Wallet with ID and credit card to leave for collateral for bike demos
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Multi-tool to make small adjustments on your demo ride
  • Your normal cycling shoes & pedals
  • Backup battery to recharge your phone
  • Note card with your current bike geometry, saddle height, shock pressure, etc. This will help the demo staff setup the test bike to match your riding style.

Is your brand demoing new bikes and gear? Let us know and we’ll add you to our list!

Check out our other Sea Otter posts for additional demo & event opportunities:

Photo Credit: Liv Cycling Facebook

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