Sea Otter Classic

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Sea Otter Classic
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Race details
Date April 10-13, 2014
Region Monterey, California USA
Local name(s) Sea Otter
Nickname(s) Sea Otter
Competition Professional/Amateur
Type Multi-discipline
Organiser Sea Otter Classic, Inc.
Race director Frank Yohannan
History
First edition 1991 Laguna Seca Challenge
Editions 24

The Sea Otter Classic is a bicycling and outdoor sports festival and exposition held each spring since 1991 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California. The four-day event is considered the world's largest cycling festival, drawing nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 65,000 fans. The Sea Otter Classic is named in honor of the southern sea otter, an indigenous mammal which flourishes along the neighboring Pacific coast.

The Sea Otter Classic charts a history loaded with significant developments in North American cycling. Since its beginning, the Sea Otter Classic has been the springboard from which companies launch new products, ranging from sports nutrition to state-of-the-art bicycle components. Spurred by the high level of competition, pro racing careers have gotten a boost by competing against international fields of racers that arrive at Sea Otter from around the globe.

The event has evolved from a handful of bike races held on a weekend to a four-day festival featuring a vast spectrum of activities ranging from road and mountain bike racing, recreational rides, a kids' carnival, and special outreach activities for women and girls. The Sea Otter Classic boasts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. More than 450 vendors representing nearly 800 brands display new products and offer samples and bargains in what has been deemed the unofficial cycling season opener in North America.

Bicycle racing is still central to the event. Thousands of amateur athletes make the annual pilgrimage to participate in competitive events in various mountain and road bike disciplines. Hundreds of professional cyclists, including national and world champions and Olympic athletes, come to Sea Otter to race, sign autographs, and share their racing techniques with fans.

The Sea Otter Classic was founded by Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph. The inaugural event was held April 6-7, 1991. The first two events were held under the name Laguna Seca Challenge. The event name was changed to the Sea Otter Classic in 1993.

Lists of Winners[edit]

Year Cross Country Short Track Super D Downhill Dual Slalom Road Stage Race Circuit Race Criterium Road Race Time Trial
2013 Miguel Martinez  France (FRA)
Marianne Vos  Netherlands (NED)
Geoff Kabush  Canada (CAN)
Marianne Vos  Netherlands (NED)
Aaron Gwin  United States (USA)
Jill Kintner  United States (USA)
Jared Graves  Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner  United States (USA)
Kirk Carlsen  United States (USA)
Jacquelyn Crowell  United States (USA)
Daniel Holloway  United States (USA)
Jacquelyn Crowell  United States (USA)
Cole House  United States (USA)
Jade Wilcoxson  United States (USA)
Alexander Hagman  United States (USA)
Jade Wicoxson  United States (USA)
Kirk Carlsen  United States (USA)
Alison Tetrick  United States (USA)
2012 Geoff Kabush  Canada (CAN)
Georgia Gould  United States (USA)
Max Plaxton  Canada (CAN)
Katerina Nash  Czech Republic (CZE)
Jared Graves  Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner  United States (USA)
Kyle Strait  United States (USA)
Jill Kintner  United States (USA)
Andy Jacques-Maynes  United States (USA)
Alison Powers  United States (USA)
James Wingert  United States (USA)
Alison Powers  United States (USA)
Andy Jacques-Maynes  United States (USA)
Alison Powers  United States (USA)
Matt Cooke  United States (USA)
Alison Powers  United States (USA)
Nate English  United States (USA)
Alison Powers  United States (USA)
2011 Todd Wells  United States (USA)
Emily Batty  Canada (CAN)
Max Plaxton  Canada (CAN)
Georgia Gould  United States (USA)
Jared Graves  Australia (AUS)
Melissa Buhl  United States (USA)
Jared Graves  Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner  United States (USA)
Francisco Mancebo  Spain (ESP)
Kristin Armstrong Savola  United States (USA)
Raul Cancado  Brazil (BRA)
Jade Wilcoxson  United States (USA)
Cole House  United States (USA)
Kristin Armstrong Savola  United States (USA)
Francisco Mancebo  Spain (ESP)
Kristin Armstrong Savola  United States (USA)
Francisco Mancebo  Spain (ESP)
Kristin Armstrong Savola  United States (USA)
2010 Burry Stander  South Africa (RSA)
Georgia Gould  United States (USA)
Todd Wells  United States (USA)
Georgia Gould  United States (USA)
Carl Decker  United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett  United States (USA)
Jared Graves  Australia (AUS)
Melissa Buhl  United States (USA)
Mick Hannah  Australia (AUS)
Jill Kintner  United States (USA)
Paul Mach  United States (USA)
Alison Powers  United States (USA)
Jeremy Vennell  New Zealand (NZL)
Amanda Miller  United States (USA)
Paul Mach  United States (USA)
Carmen Small  United States (USA)
2009 Christoph Sauser  Switzerland (SUI)
Georgia Gould  United States (USA)
Todd Wells  United States (USA)
Emily Batty  Canada (CAN)
Carl Decker  United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett  United States (USA)
Mick Hannah  Australia (AUS)
Tracy Moseley  Great Britain (GBR)
Sam Hill  Australia (AUS)
Melissa Buhl  United States (USA)
Morgan Schmitt  United States (USA)
Kelly Benjamin  United States (USA)
Levi Leipheimer  United States (USA)
Tiffany Cromwell  Australia (AUS)
2008 Miguel Martinez  France (FRA)
Kelli Emmett  United States (USA)
Sam Schultz  United States (USA)
Lea Davison  United States (USA)
Carl Decker  United States (USA)
Lea Davison  United States (USA)
Greg Minnaar  South Africa (RSA)
Melissa Buhl  United States (USA)
Greg Minnaar  South Africa (RSA)
Sabrina Jonnier  France (FRA)
Michael Grabinger Jr.  United States (USA)
Tiffany Cromwell  Australia (AUS)
Evan Oliphant  Great Britain (GBR)
Dotsie Bausch  United States (USA)
2007 Geoff Kabush  Canada (CAN)
Georgia Gould  United States (USA)
Jean Christophe Peraud  France (FRA)
Katie Compton  United States (USA)
Adam Craig  United States (USA)
Kelli Emmett  United States (USA)
Nathan Rennie  Australia (AUS)
Rachel Atherton  Great Britain (GBR)
Mick Hannah  Australia (AUS)
Sabrina Jonnier  France (FRA)
Daniel Ramsey  United States (USA)
Shelley Olds  United States (USA)
Andrew Bajadali  United States (USA)
Jane Despas  United States (USA)
2006 Liam Killeen  Great Britain (GBR)
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa  Norway (NOR)
Adam Craig  United States (USA)
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa  Norway (NOR)
Jared Graves  Australia (AUS)
Tracy Moseley  Great Britain (GBR)
Brian Lopes  United States (USA)
Tracy Moseley  Great Britain (GBR)
Matty Rice  Australia (AUS)
Tina Pic  United States (USA)
2005 Geoff Kabush  Canada (CAN)
Alison Sydor  Canada (CAN)
2004 Filip Meirhaeghe  Belgium (BEL)
Alison Dunlap  United States (USA)
2003 Roland Green  Canada (CAN)
Alison Dunlap  United States (USA)
2002 Roland Green  Canada (CAN)
Alison Dunlap  United States (USA)
2001 Bart Brentjens  Netherlands (NED)
Caroline Alexander  Great Britain (GBR)
2000 Bas Van Dooren  Netherlands (NED)
Laurence Leboucher  France (FRA)
1999 Cadel Evans  Australia (AUS)
Alison Dunlap  United States (USA)
1998 Cadel Evans  Australia (AUS)

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