Monterey, California hosts a diverse number of events appealing to a broad range of interests. Musically inclined individuals and groups flock to the city for events like the Jazz Bash by the Bay, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Monterey Bay Reggaefest. Food and wine enthusiasts, on the other hand, troop to Monterey for Pebble Beach Food and Wine, Cooking for Solutions, the Monterey Greek Festival and the Artichoke Festival. The city is also steeped in art and culture as evidenced by its hosting of the Carmel Art Festival, Art in the Adobes, and the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival.
Monterey also hosts numerous sporting events like the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Wildflower Triathlon, Tudor United Sportscar Championship, California Rodeo Salinas and the Big Sur Half Marathon. Another sporting event that has drawn sports fans and athletes not only from America, but also from other parts of the globe, is the Sea Otter Classic.
Initially launched in 1990 by local bike shop owners Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph, the four-day event has burgeoned into a premier cycling event, drawing over 10,000 cyclists and over 65,000 fans. Amateur and pro cyclists from a diverse number of disciplines like mountain biking, cross country and short track racing compete in circuit, criterium and road racing events. The event is also an opportunity for cycling fans to meet and greet their sports heroes. Another main feature of the event is the consumer bike exposition, considered to be one of the biggest in North America. Annually, hundreds of companies take advantage of the event to launch new products and offer great discounts on their merchandise to cycling enthusiasts. Other noteworthy activities included in the event are stunt shows, bike demos and carnival activities, making the Sea Otter classic one event that the whole family can truly enjoy.
A majority of the cycling events take place at the Laguna Seca, including the circuit and criterium road bike races. Other events like cross country mountain bike races take place on the Bureau of Land Management property.
One of the best ways to enjoy the event is to camp at the Laguna Seca. Outside of Laguna Seca, there are campgrounds and RV parks available. Alternatively, you can check in at any of the Monterey Bay Hotels but make sure to book early. Some hotels offer discounted rates for the event’s visitors, and you might want to take advantage of these.
Visitors are also advised to dress in layers due to Monterey’s diverse microclimates, making the weather a bit unpredictable. Showers are expected, so bring a rain jacket.