This year’s Sea Otter Classic is just a little over a month away. How will you prepare? That depends, of course, on whether you’ll be racing your bike, exhibiting, attending the festival, visiting, camping, or a mix and match.

Co-founded by Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph as the “Laguna Seca Challenge” in April 1991, today the annual event hosts over 10,000 athletes and 72,000 fans—anyone who shares a passion for bicycles and the cycling community—and is regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival. The Sea Otter Classic is “A Celebration of Cycling” for families, cycling enthusiasts, racers, and everything in-between—from tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings to Gen-Xers, Boomers, and the Greatest Generation.

The festival runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the historic Laguna Seca Recreation Area in scenic Monterey, California. That’s four days of cycling fun in the sun.

Activities include . . .


Whether you’re an amateur cyclist or a pro, there is no shortage of racing opportunities for you. Mountain Bike Races include Cross Country, Downhill, Dual Slalom (DS), Short Track, and Enduro races. Road Bike Races include Circuit, Criterium, and Road races. The Cyclocross races takes place at Laguna Seca.

  • You do not need to qualify to race the competitive events in road or mountain bike, but there are some USA Cycling license restrictions for certain categories of racing.  For some races a USA Cycling Racing license and USAC Release formis required.
  • To participate in any of the Gran Fondo or tour events (Recreational Rides), you do NOT need a racing license from USA Cycling. However, all recreational ride participants are required to sign a waiver on-site at registration.
  • Advance registrations are accepted online only, through Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:59 p.m. (PST). On-site registration begins at noon on April 18, 2018.S No mailed, faxed, or phoned registrations are accepted.
  • Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry fees apply.
  • Those racing the mountain bike gravity events should wear clothing designed for gravity racing, including but not limited to closed-toe soft-sole shoes (no sandals or dress shoes), and a helmet (a full-face helmet is required by USA Cycling rules for Downhill events.) Gloves are highly recommended, though not required. Elbow and kneepads are also recommended.
  • For course maps, start times, and information about picking up your race packet, review the amateur bike racing or pro bike racing pages at the Sea Otter website.


The Sea Otter Classic features more than 900 of cycling’s top brands, with some 450 exhibitors and 375 international journalists. OYAMA will be exhibiting at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. We’ll be there demonstrate several models, answer questions, and network with other brands and cycling enthusiasts.

  • All exhibitors are strong encouraged to download the 2018 Exhibitor Manual, which provides useful information about arriving and departing the event, set-up, permitting requirements, seller certificates, food and beverage guidelines, electricity and internet hook ups, and much more.
  • The location of exhibitor check-in, as well as many other steps, have changed from previous years, so all exhibitors—new and returning—should read the manual thoroughly.
  • Set up for most exhibitors, especially those with booth space larger than 20’ x 20’, takes place on Monday and Tuesday before the event begins.


Sea Otter expects more than 72,000 cycling enthusiasts to attend this year’s event. It’s a busy place, so a little pre-planning on how you get there can make for a more enjoyable time for you and others.

For details on how best to get around, including maps and directions, and where to buy your festival passes, visit our Getting In And Around page. For a list of everyone who is exhibiting, visit our Exhibitor List page.

  • Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22, 2018. These hours include the Expo with one exception:  on Sunday, the Expo closes at 4 p.m.
  • Festival passes for children age 12 and under are free all week.
  • Festival passes for registered athletes (both competitive racers and recreational riders), are free all week.
  • Passes for all others, age 13 and up, can be purchased online for $15 for a One-Day Festival Pass and $50 for a Four-Day Festival Pass (available online only).
  • On-site One-Day Festival Passes are $20/day, April 19-22, 2018, and can be purchased at Expo entrance gates and the Athlete Registration building (Hospitality Pavilion).
  • All traffic entering Laguna Seca at specified times throughout each day of the festival (Wednesday through Sunday), will be directed to enter Laguna Seca via the South Boundary entrance (the CA-218/Canyon del Rey route). Signs will be posted on the highway. Some SOC attendees choose bike all or part-way to Laguna Seca. You can also ride the local Monterey-Salinas Transit Service. For details on how best to get around, including maps and directions, visit our Getting In And Around


The Sea Otter Classic is a great opportunity to check out an OYAMA bike in person. We invite you to stop by the OYAMA booth (#384) and see what unfolds!