Blue Mountain getting a massive and legendary bike festival this summer
California's Sea Otter Classic heads north
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sea Otter Cycling Canada Inc. to introduce our celebration of cycling to the Canadian market,” said Frank Yohannan, president and CEO of the Sea Otter Classic. “Reaching more cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts has been the longstanding goal of Sea Otter. Blue Mountain is the perfect location for us to be able to expand our reach to the Canadian cycling community.”
The Sea Otter Classic, the world’s premier cycling festival has been a favourite cycling festival in North America for almost 30 years, and in 2019, it grows even more. The multi-day festival, expo and race will showcase the best cycling in Ontario, with wild races, fun for the family, and tons of bike demos and opportunities to test out the latest and greatest cycling products.
There will be a slew of exciting events no matter how you ride: road, mountain or ebike.
Unique to Ontario, road racers — as individuals or with four-person teams — can take part in a single-day stage race comprised of three events. Earlier in the week, a downtown night-time Criterium, and a Gran Fondo, gravel race and more recreational rides will be open to the widest range of cycling enthusiasts. But the real star challenges of the event will be the climbs — on- and off-road. Inspired by Phil Gaimon, the festival is bringing a Hill Climbing Championship to Canada.
The Sea Otter Classic, founded by Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph, dates back to 1991 and draws tens of thousands of participants and fans to the at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California every year.
In addition to the races and cycling events, there will be kids events, a product expo, food trucks, entertainment and much more.
The list of exhibitors is already extensive and is expected to include more than 200 leading cycling brands, including Cannondale, Bosch, Shimano, Maxxis, Cervelo, Camelbak, Tacx, Osprey and Sidi, already announced.