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Sea Otter Classic 2019 – Bike Demos, Bike Competitions & International Day of Dirt

April 11 - April 14

Cyclists queuing with their bikes at Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival

Turning up the heat at Sea Otter Classic 2019, California, USA | 11-14 April

– Chain Reaction Cycles | presents International Day of Dirt, Free Bike Demos, Bike Competitions and a New MTB Demo Area

Chain Reaction Cycles are getting ready for another sizzling cycling festival at Sea Otter Classic 2019. We are excited to return with a massive display of the latest bike products, and an all new bike demo fleet. Join us in our big blue tent to test ride the latest Nukeproof and Vitus Mountain Bikes and Blank BMXs. We are thrilled to host the MTB Demo Area, the ‘Chain Reaction Cycles Skills Zone’ for a second year. The Skills Zone relocates for 2019 to a more centralized area and features an exciting new custom track.

The fun continues as we present our second inaugural International Day of Dirt at Sea Otter Classic 2019. To mark the occasion, we are giving you a chance to win a Nukeproof Mega enduro mountain bike. Read on to find out more about this and other competitions at Sea Otter Classic.

Sea Otter Classic attracts over 300 cycling brands and 80,000 athletes and fans. Sea Otter Classic is the largest cycling ‘festival’ in North America and is regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival. Sea Otter Classic certainly lives up to its name as a ‘celebration of cycling’ and North Americas season opener. The event runs over four days and features races in almost every discipline, a huge exhibition area filled with your favorite bike brands, and there is even camping on site. There really is something for everyone.

– Activities at Chain Reactions Cycles ‘Big Blue Tent’ –

Free USA Bike Demo + Check out the Demo Bikes >
The Skills Zone Guide >
International Day of Dirt + Win a Bike Competition >
The Latest Bike Products >
Stay Connected on Social + Win >

– Other Useful Info –

Top 10 Packing List Sea Otter Classic >
Bike Cover for Every Ride >

A Row of Demo Bikes at Sea Otter Classic

View Demo Bikes

Free USA Bike Demo

– test ride the latest mountain bikes from Vitus and Nukeproof and BMXs from Blank –

Imagine you’ve spotted your dream bike online. You love clean lines, the price is good, but you hesitate because you’ve never ridden it. We’ve all been there. You want to know how it handles on tight corners, which model suits your riding style, or what size you might need. Join us at Sea Otter Classic for Chain Reaction Cycles’ Free Four Day Only USA Bike Demo and experience riding your favorite bikes first hand. For information on demo sign up and requirements see the Skills Zone Guide and our FAQ section below.

There is no better way to get a sense of what a bike performs like other than hopping on board and giving it a go. We have a brand-new demo fleet for 2019. Call into the big blue tent adjacent to the Skills Zone Demo Area to test ride the latest mountain bikes from Vitus and Nukeproof and BMXs from Blank. The demo fleet comprises enduro and trail full-suspension bikes including carbon models, hardtail MTBs and BMX. There is a full range of adult frame sizes available for bike demo and additionally a selection of kids bike sizes on display for trial and fitting. Check out the Demo Bikes in the section below to find out what’s available.

We have knowledgeable staff on hand to help you with some basic bike set up. The team are there should you have any questions about the latest specs, technical info, how to order or how to set up your bike when it arrives. If there is anything they can’t answer they will be able to direct you to our helpful tech support team.

The Demo Bikes

Circle of Nukeproof, Vitus and Blank Demo Bikes in Tie Die Colors

The Nukeproof Models

The Nukeproof demo models include both the Mega and Scout Ranges in a selection of 27.5” and 29” wheel sizes. The Nukeproof Mega shares the same enduro inspired frame geometry as the Mega Carbon that saw Sam Hill ride to victory in the Enduro World Series in 2017 and 2018. The Scout is a do-it-all hardtail trail bike, with Nukeproof’s trademark gravity focused geometry.

The Vitus Models

The Vitus MTB line up has also won its way to numerous international podiums. Vitus are continually testing their racing pedigree as headline sponsor for the Vitus First Tracks Enduro Cup and the Vitus Gravity Enduro in Ireland. They have also made a few podiums with their new Vitus Pro Cycling Team.

The Blank BMX Models

Blank BMX boast some of their coolest colors to date and stand out as the only BMX brand in our listing.

The Skills Zone Guide

With lots of MTB brands offering demo across the Sea Otter Expo, you will be able to test ride all your favorites at the Chain Reaction Cycles Skills Zone. The Skills Zone is possibly the most noteworthy of four bike demo areas at Sea Otter Classic. Unsurprisingly the Skills Zone is the cycling festival’s MTB Demo Area – the remaining three demo areas cater for e-MTB, Road and Kids bikes.

The Skills Zone is described as a narrow compact dirt track offering a backcountry feel. It takes the form of custom-designed pump track featuring everything from small rollers to larger more advanced obstacles. The track is best suited to intermediate or advanced skill level riders. Above all else, the Skills Zone is a lot of fun so come find us and give it a blast.

You may use any MTB demo bike on the Skills Zone track, with the exception of e-bikes. We will have all the latest Nukeproof, Vitus and Blank Bikes for Demo within the Skills Zone Demo Area. The Chain Reaction Cycles Skills Zone will be open from 9 am to 5 pm from Thursday through to Saturday and closes at 4 pm on Sunday.

To sign up simply pop over to the registration tent adjacent to the Skills Zone. There is no entry fee for the demo areas and it is open to riders of all ages. For the safety of all participants, you’ll need to wear your waiver wristband and an ANSI or Snell approved helmet at all times.

– 5 Bike Demo Requirements –

  1. Waivers & Waiver Wristband

    In order to ride any of the demo areas, you must sign a waiver and wear your waiver wristband. Sign up for the demo areas is adjacent to the Skills Zone. In order to take part in the Chain Reaction Cycles Bike Demo, you must sign a separate waiver at the Chain Reaction Cycles booth. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian may sign the waiver on your behalf.

  2. Identification

    To take part in the Chain Reaction Cycles Bike Demo photographic identification must be provided to prove your name and age. Accepted identification formats are a passport or a driving license. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian may provide their ID and sign the waiver on our behalf.

  3. Credit Card

    There is no charge for taking part in the Chain Reaction Cycles Bike Demo activities. A credit card is held for security reasons only and encourages users to return bikes to the correct vendor. If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian may provide this security on your behalf.

  4. An ANSI-Approved Helmet

    We recommend you always wear a helmet any time you are cycling. The event organizers at Sea Otter Classic have stipulated that wearing an ANSI-approved helmet is mandatory to ride within any of the demo areas.

  5. Bike Etiquette

    When you finish testing a Chain Reaction Cycles Demo Bike, please return it to the Chain Reaction Cycles staff to either demo another bike or collect your security. All bikes must be returned, and all personal bikes and belongings must be collected prior to the Skills Zone closing time. You must observe any safety instructions given by Sea Otter Classic or Chain Reaction Cycles staff.

International Day of Dirt

International Day of Dirt presented by Chain Reaction Cycles returns to Sea Otter Classic on Saturday 13th April 2019 for its second year. International Day of Dirt is an inaugural celebration of cycling conceived with you the rider in mind. It is a call to cyclists all around the world to grab your bikes, gather your buddies, hit the trails and share your experience. As the name suggests, the focus of this event is MTB, Cyclocross, Gravel, and Dirt, but is inclusive of all disciplines and skill levels.

Share your day of dirt cycling story and check out what else is going on around the globe using #dayofdirt and #chainreactioncycles. You can find out more about the event and see the gallery from last year on the Day of Dirt website.

– Win a Bike Competition with International Day of Dirt-

We said earlier that this was a day conceived with the cyclist in mind. To be true to our word we have another amazing bike competition for you! Simply share your cycling experience on Instagram, Facebook or Youtube using #dayofdirt and #chainreactioncycles to be entered into a draw to win an amazing Nukeproof Mega 2019 Bike. Terms and Conditions Apply.

The Latest Bike Products

With all the hottest bikes, cycling brands and California sunshine there is no ‘otter’ bike event like it! We have been listening to all your requests, so we can bring you more of the things you love and that matter to you. You will be able to check out some of the latest kit from:

  • dhb: A range of MTB and Road performance focused cycling clothing, with the Lab Range at the pinnacle of the dhb offering. The lab range is worn and put to the test by the Canyon dhb road cycling team.
  • Nukeproof Ride Wear: MTB ride wear inspired by the same podium-topping mindset as their bike lineup.
    Nukeproof Components: Everything from Carbon Bars to Ti Pedals including the Sam Hill Signature Series.
  • Mobi: All the best kit to keep your bike clean and running smoothly from washes to lubes including two award-winning 12V portable pressure washers, the Mobi V-15 Portable Bike Pressure Washer and Mobi V-17 Portable Bike Pressure Washer.
  • Lifeline: All of your cycling essentials including an impressive line-up of trail worthy light sets at direct sale prices.
  • X-tools: Everything the home mechanic will ever need to keep our bike running peak performance.

Stay Connected on Social + Win

Sea Otter Classic is a fun event that you will want to remember. Whether you have spotted your dream bike, cleared the table top, shredded a berm at the Skills Zone, or spotted your favorite cycling personality – grab a snap, selfie or video and join the conversation!

Share your Sea Otter Classic story with us for a chance to win spot prizes using #dayofdirt, #chainreactioncycles. To be entered into the competition for a spot prize you will need to be present at Sea Otter Classic 2019 USA, post a photo or video of you or your friends doing something cool at Sea Otter Classic on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube and use both of the hashtags above in your post. Why not also share with all of your buddies at Sea Otter Classic using #seaotterclassic.

We will pick our favorites and contact you on social media if you have won a prize. All entrants using the above hashtags will also be entered into the free draw to win a Nukeprooof Mega – READ MORE.

Top Ten Things to Pack for Sea Otter Classic

  1. Your Helmet –

    There are 4 Bike Demo Areas at Sea Otter Classic. To ride the Demo Areas it is mandatory to wear an ANSI-approved helmet.

  2. Sunglasses | Protective Eyewear –

    The season begins to change in Monterey around April following a cooler, wetter period. Although not yet summer, the afternoons can still be incredibly sunny and with dryer weather, the dust can really kick up on the Skills Zone and MTB Trails. It is worth packing sunglasses to avoid those wrinkle lines, and if you are racing or riding demo bikes, some protective eyewear will ensure you really enjoy your experience.

  3. Your Bike –

    This goes without saying if you are racing, but if you are not racing there are plenty of opportunities to ride your bike both at the event and in the scenic surroundings of the Monterey Bay Area.

  4. Sunscreen –

    April is not the hottest month, but the sun in Monterey is still very strong – said the writer from ‘a very red nose’ experience. If you spend any time in the direct sun, you will be happy you packed your sunscreen and favorite snapback cap.

  5. Cycle Insurance –

    In our digital era you probably don’t carry around your paper documents, but it is worth checking you and your bike kits are properly covered before you head off to Sea Otter Classic. To make sure you get the right cover to meet our specific requirements, you can get a tailored quotation at Chain Reaction Cycles Insurance. Whether you are leisure or adventure riding, joining a ride out or sportive, competing in a cycle race, traveling with your bikes or camping there are lots of customized options to protect you and your pride and joy.

  6. Your Cowbell –

    Did I hear ‘More Cowbell’? The Dual Slalom and Downhill races attract big crowds and the fans like to make a lot of noise. If you have been to Sea Otter Classic before, don’t forget to pack your Chain Reaction Cycles cowbell into your day pack. If you are new to the event, call by the Chain Reaction Cycles booth and sign up for a chance to win amazing prizes and collect a complimentary cowbell (while stocks last).

  7. Autograph Book –

    Being the World’s Premier Cycling Festival, some of the big personalities of cycling will be there riding their bikes, hosting demonstrations, hanging out with the fans and of course signing autographs.

  8. Spare tubes, chains & brake-pads –

    If you are racing or cycling to and from the event make sure you pack the essential spares. There are a few vendors at Sea Otter Classic selling products or offering bike repairs, but with many vendors only exhibiting it’s not always possible to get your hands on the necessary spare in a hurry. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and pack a few basics in your saddle bag or hydration pack. If you are really stuck call by the big blue tent and we will help as best we can.

  9. Camera | Camera-Phone –

    Sea Otter Classic is a fun event that you will want to remember over and over again. There are so many opportunities to get the perfect snap or video of your dream bike, clearing a tabletop or railing a berm at the Skills Zone, selfies with your favorite cycling personality, and don’t forget to check out the photo competitions in the Chain Reactions Cycles booth. To capture all your favorite moments pack your camera phone, action camera, digital camera, your chargers, memory cards and (TOP TIP) a power bank and spare batteries.

  10. Your Lunch Money –

    You have just passed a food stand, and something smells delicious, all of a sudden hunger hits you, but where was that ATM you passed? There are ATM’s within the Sea Otter Classic grounds, and some vendors will have card readers, but to beat the long queues or the long walk to the ATM (if you can remember where you saw it) it is a good idea to organize your pocket money before you arrive at the venue. Even if you have a packed lunch you will inevitably see a deal you can’t pass up, a cap you can’t resist, or something quirky you simply must have.

Cycle Insurance

Whether you are racing, cycling to and from Sea Otter Classic, or traveling to the venue with your bike make sure both you (the cyclist) and the love of your life (your bike) have the right insurance cover.

Accidents and loss can happen, but you can take comfort in knowing you have the right cover both on and off the bike. We all have a different story and individual cycle insurance requirements, get a tailored quote for your specific needs at Chain Reaction Cycles Insurance.

Many homeowners or renters policies won’t cover theft or damage away from home or racing. Chain Reaction Cycles insurance provides a policy that was designed to give you the cyclist the specialized cover you need. See our easy to use insurance comparison.

Insurance is available to Chain Reaction Cycle customers. Insurance policies are sold through Sundays Insurance Agency LLC (Producer License Number CA #0K60995 and NY #1405598) and Sundays Insurance LLC (NPN #17669712) 1000 N West Street, Ste 1200 Wilmington, Delaware 19801. Coverage is provided by Markel American Insurance Company and underwritten by Markel Service, Inc.


Where is Sea Otter Classic?
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908

Must I wear any safety wear to ride in the Skills Zone?
It is a requirement to wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet – READ MORE.

What bikes can I ride in the Skills Zone?
You can ride any MTB demo bike loaned to you by any exhibitor from within the Sea Otter Classic Expo Zone, so long as the exhibitor has registered with Sea Otter Classic to provide demo bikes. E-MTBs cannot be ridden within the Skills Zone, they must only be ridden on the e-MTB Demo Track – READ MORE.

How much will it cost to demo a bike in the Skills Zone?
Sign up on the day is free of charge for both the Chain Reaction Cycles USA bike demo event and use of the Chain Reaction Cycles Skills Zone. No pre-registration is required however, you will need to purchase a Festival Pass for entry to the Sea Otter Classic cycling festival – READ MORE.

Where is the Skills Zone?
The mountain bike demo area is adjacent to the Chain Reaction Cycles tent. No pre-registration is required however, you will need to purchase a Festival Pass for entry to the Sea Otter Classic cycling festival – READ MORE.

Where do I sign up for the Skills Zone?
You can sign up at the registration tent adjacent to the Chain Reaction Cycles Skills Zone – READ MORE.

Do I need ID or a Credit Card to ride the demo bikes?
Don’t forget to bring along a valid ID and Credit Card for identity and security purposes – READ MORE.


Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy
Monterey, CA CA93908 United States
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