This past weekend, some of my Chicago biking buddies flew in to join me and my son down in Monterey, CA for the 25th annual Sea Otter Classic. It’s the biggest bicycle show in the country, if not the world. And if you’re into bikes, it’s the place to be.
We took the Westy down and camped inside the grounds of the Laguna Seca raceway, which is also where it’s held. We arrived around lunch time Friday and spent the afternoon meandering around the show.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. It was one of the best times I’ve had all year.
Sea Otter Classic, is pretty much a mountain bike trade show with a lot of different racing events. The mountain biking crowd is way more chill than the road bike stiffs we see preening at the coffeeshops.
Our campsite was squeezed in between the UC Santa Barbara Mountain Biking team and a couple from around San Diego. Brad and Allison were totally laid back and their two little kids were exceptionally charming – not the least bit annoying.
Saturday morning found us up at the crack of dawn. At least I was. I’m usually up around 5 AM, but when I camp, I usually wake up around 4 AM. We signed up for a 51 mile ride along the coast, so we needed to get up and out.
During the ride we stopped a lot. Jack needed to replace a cleat, so he and I stopped at a local bike shop in Pacific Grove. After reconnecting with the group we stopped for a drink near Fisherman’s Wharf. It was getting late so we snuck back to camp and took a shortcut to the track saving about 10 miles.
At the end of the day we came back to the campsite and hung out. After the sun went down there were parties all over the campsites. The team from Humbolt State University threw a small rave complete with honking analog sound system, freaky light show, and full-size Jenga.