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Sea Otter Canada - A New Cycling Festival for 2019 - July 4-7

Posted On: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Sea Otter Canada will represent all of the same great aspects of the Sea Otter Classic, while also aiming to introduce some new events including a road team stage race, the Canadian Hill Climbing Championship and the Grind KOM. The festival will offer something for everyone to enjoy, from a large vendor area featuring more than 200 cycling brands, to bike demos, activities for kids, entertainment and local craft breweries and food vendors. Blue Mountain Village

Sea Otter Canada - A New Cycling Festival for 2019 - July 4-7

The Sea Otter Classic announced today it has entered into a joint venture with Toronto-based group Sea Otter Cycling Canada Inc. to launch Sea Otter Canada. Sea Otter Cycling Canada has significant event and mass participation experience ranging from production of FIS World Cup events to national cycling, running and obstacle course series. 

The first annual Sea Otter Canada Festival will be held in beautiful Blue Mountain, Ontario on July 4-7, 2019. Sea Otter Canada visitors can expect to see many of the same events and activities that they have grown to love at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA: Mountain Bike racing (Dual Slalom, Downhill, Enduro, XC Short Track and Pump Track); Road Cycling events (Criterium, Gran Fondo, Gravel, Hill Climb and Stage Race) along with Hub & Spoke recreational rides will be included. In addition, children’s activities, an expansive product expo and entertainment program are just some of the highlights for the whole family to enjoy at Sea Otter Canada.

Other events created and produced by the Sea Otter Cycling Canada team include the FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain, the Spartan Race Series Canada, the Everest Challenge at Blue Mountain, and the R2//NYC (an 800-km cycle challenge from Toronto to New York City). “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.”

About Sea Otter Classic

Regarded as the world’s largest cycling festival, this four-day “Celebration of Cycling” hosts nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 70,000 fans. The 29th Annual Sea Otter Classic takes place April 11-14, 2019 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California. For more information, contact Sarah Timleck at or call (800) 218- 8411.

About Sea Otter Canada

The cycling festival will be hosted at the Blue Mountain resort, a short two-hour drive from Toronto. The Blue Mountain region has emerged as the number one destination for both mountain biking and road cycling in Ontario and is already host to a number of large-scale cycling events. Blue Mountain is a world class resort located on the shores of Georgian Bay offering a beautiful backdrop for both mountain and road events. The quality of the sports infrastructure and the range of available tourist services is unparalleled in Ontario. Outdoor enthusiasts and all levels of cyclists, from the recreational rider to professional athletes, will enjoy the offerings of Sea Otter Canada. For more information, contact Jesper Wahlberg at or call (416) 994-6615.


A Sea Otter Road Race package gives you entry into all 5 Road Races for $430 (save $55). Road package also Includes a Multi-Day Expo pass. 
Events included are:
• Sea Otter Climbing Championships
• Crit Race
• Scarecrow Gravel Race
• Gran Fondo
• One Day – 3 – Stage Race


First time in Canada and inspired by Phil Gaimon. Stop eating now and compete in this unique event up Pretty River Rd. The climb is 8.80km long and climbs 271ft and includes a short, but steep gravel section. The Canadian Hill Climb is part of the Sea Otter Canada Road Stage Race.

Course to be located in either downtown Collingwood or the roads surrounding the Blue Mountain Resort. Final course location will be determined by Feb. 1st. Regardless of the locations, this promises to be an exciting night of racing. Craft beer and live music will help create an electric atmosphere. The CRIT Race is part of the Sea Otter Canada Road Stage Race.


Scarecrow comes in two sizes. A light 40km course along with the full-length 80km course. Both events will start in the Expo area and ascend the Escapement on the newly created happy valley traverse, before entering some of the area’s finest gravel terrain through Gibraltar and Little Germany. 


GRAN FONDO $120  120KM   •   $95 80KM   •  $85 40KM
The Sea Otter Gran Fondo is offered in 3 lengths. An intro 40km loop, an 80km medium loop and a 120km. The 80km and 120km loops will travel out to Walters Falls and include many of the area’s iconic climbs. The vertical is 3000 ft on the 80km course and 4200 ft on the 120km course. The 120km Gran Fondo is part of the Sea Otter Canada Road Stage Race.

The Hub & Spoke Ride is a multi-day event for more casual riders and families to get out and explore the incredible riding on offer around Blue Mountain. The Hub & Spoke is a highly curated experience that you can enjoy at your own pace and tackle over one or more days, while also making it as long or short as you wish. Each of the ‘SPOKE’ routes will guide you to one or more ‘HUB’ destinations including local Wineries, Craft Distilleries, Breweries and Cideries. Each stop along the route will offer varied Hub & Spoke experiences including live music, special tasting menus and local food offers.


A first of its kind anywhere! The 1-Day Stage Race is a unique event and will be held on Sunday, closing out an exciting 4 days of road racing. The 1-Day Stage Race is open for single riders participating in the Sea Otter Canada Road Stage Race, but also has a four-person team format including a 4xMEN category and a 4xWOMEN category. The individual race will be a mass start in waves while the team races will be a TT format including no drafting of other teams. The 3 stage course is 97km long with 3600 ft of climbing.
Stage 1 starts at the Expo area and is a 2.7km, 229 meter vertical straight shot up the iconic Scenic Cave climb. 
Stage 2 will see riders and teams ride from the top of Blue Mountain to Kimberley, scaling Grey Rd 40, before coming down via Epping Hill into the finish in Kimberley.
Stage 3 will leave Kimberley, launching into a long climb up to Eugenia right from the start, heading over the Eugenia ‘causeway’ through Feversham and back down the Escarpment via Pretty River and then finishes back at the Expo area.



A Sea Otter staple, this is head-to-head down a custom-built fast track of jumps, roller and berm, the course is designed with all riding abilities in mind, so be sure to give it a shot! We’ll be running this event Canadian style, keeping it relaxed and about the fun. What does that mean? Riders will be able to race against whomever they want, each rider gets two laps and your time will rank you against your age category. Riders registered in the Pro categories will race ‘old-school’, battling head-to-head in heats, to crown the first ever Sea Otter Canada Dual Slalom Champion.


XC RACE RELAY  $95 SINGLE  •  $180   2 PERSON  •  $360 4 PERSON
XCC is the newest addition to the cross-country discipline, often referred to as the “20-Minute Sufferfest”, this event is a 1-1.5km long course that sweeps through the lower mountain and village. It’s a mass-start, action-packed, spectator friendly event and has a whole lot of sprinting. The XCC Elite event is meant for competitive racers only and for good reason, this course is gruelling. For riders looking for more of a multi-lap, relay race, check out the XC Short Track 3hr.

Grind QOM / KOM
It’s finally time to settle that score with your friends. Who can climb to the top of Blue Mountain the fastest! Challenge your friends, try it on different bikes and be a part of the crowning of the King and Queen of the iconic GRIND climb.
Riders in this event self-seed within their respective age category, the fastest and fittest start first.


Call it what you want, but we’re staking a claim that this event should just be titled ‘FUN’. It doesn’t really matter what your time is in this race, it’s more about how hard you ‘send it’! Racing down Blue Mountain Resort’s premier jump trail will certainly have its eyebrow-raising moments, what’s not to love!? Jumps, downhill and speed, this is an event for the whole squad. Open to any age category, be sure you meet the equipment requirements.


This event defines what mountain biking is all about. Adventure. Untimed uphills and timed descents, this event will tour you all across the mountain, riding some of the hardest trails, back-to-back, and linking in trails that are normally closed to the general public.
This enduro adventure is the only Enduro World Series Qualifier event in Eastern Canada and is also a part of the Norco Canadian Enduro Series. By racing in this event you can qualify for the Enduro World Series.




The Sea Otter Canada Expo Festival

will host 200+ brands along with local craft breweries, food vendors, bike demos and a Kid’s Zone. 

Expo Festival Hours:

July 5th – 9:00am – 6:30pm
July 6th – 9:00am – 6:30pm
July 7th – 9:00am – 5:00pm

The expo pass will get you access to the Sea Otter Canada Expo Festival, which will feature 200 plus leading cycle brands, 200 plus demo bikes, demonstrations, kids area, and a wide selection of local food vendors, craft beer and live music.



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