Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling,” Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists—including national, world, and Olympic champions—attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans. The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children.