Sea Otter Classic adds criterium

California festival held at Laguna Seca raceway

The women's professional field races on the Laguna Seca Raceway in 2008.

The Sea Otter Classic has added a fourth day of road racing to its schedule. A new criterium race will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009, for nearly all amateur and professional categories.


“The additional race makes the Sea Otter Classic an even better value for road cyclists, who now have the opportunity to compete in three different events – road racing, circuit racing, and crit racing,” said Jeff Frost, Director of Athlete Services. “We expect this event to be very popular.”

Brooke Miller (TIBCO Women’s Pro Cycling) explained the benefits for spectators. “The shorter the race, the harder we go,” she said. “There is no warm-up, we go from the gun, and the cheering crowds really keep the energy high. They have all the drama and thrill of a full road race wrapped up into a viewer-friendly, hour-long event!”

The race will be held on the Laguna Seca raceway, with an uphill turn and technical turn-arounds at each end of the one-mile, hotdog-shaped course. Each race will last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the category.


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