Cycling phenom, 15-year-old Coryn Rivera,
comes to Sea Otter to meet friends and post results
photo courtesy of Velo Club La Grange/Coryn Rivera
Calif. (January 9, 2008) Thanks to its inclusion on a somewhat
pared-down National Racing Calendar, road racing at this
year's Sea Otter Classic, A Celebration of Sport, will attract
racers desperately chasing after precious points in both
the individual and team categories. While Sea Otter has
enjoyed a spot on the NRC since creation, the trimmer 2008
calendar forecasts participation by teams from across the
nation plus key Olympic hopefuls like Christine Thorburn,
Kristin Armstrong and Tina Pic, who will be out to showcase
their talents in this Olympic year.
Thursday, April 17, the SRAM road races invite racers of
all ages and categories to test themselves on both a road
race and a circuit race.
Otter is almost like a party where I can meet all my friends
from other sides of the US and where we can hang out in
the expo," said junior cycling phenom Coryn Rivera,
who started racing at Sea Otter when she was only 13. "I
also come for the racing where I can put out good results."
who holds sixteen national cycling titles at the tender
age of 15, started racing at Sea Otter in 2004 and has since
won five races in different disciplines. Rivera will likely
be the US's next great hope for an Olympic medal in 2012
or 2016. With its myriad events in addition to professional
and amateur racing, the Sea Otter Classic grants juniors
like Rivera the opportunity to race in a setting worthy
of her national champion status. The same goes for men's
masters racers and women, who show up in droves to race
in one of 10 categories for the circuit race alone!
is the time when many racers take a hard look at the year
ahead and find that the Sea Otter Classic provides all the
answers to their demands," said Frank Yohannan, president
and CEO. "Achieving race goals, meeting sponsors, having
fun, and spending time with family can all be checked off
a list of things to do at the Sea Otter Classic."
you need to know about road racing at the Sea Otter Classic:
SRAM road race will take racers on an 8.5-mile loop around
Fort Ord. After completing the required laps for their respective
categories, racers will climb up Barloy Canyon for a mountaintop
Detailed information about the SRAM road race can be found
2.23-mile SRAM circuit race on the Laguna Seca raceway features
a challenging 300-foot climb and a dizzying descent through
the infamous "Corkscrew." Depending upon race
category, racers will have to complete multiple laps in
this race of attrition, which tests power, performance and
often the will to hang on for dear life as racers trade
constant blows in pursuit of victory.
Detailed information about the SRAM circuit race can be
Sea Otter Classic, Inc.
The 18th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be held April 17-20,
2008 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California,
USA. The four-day "Celebration of Sport" is considered
the world's largest cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000
professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. The Sea
Otter Classic benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation, which
supports Parkinson's disease research and wellness, and
IMBA California, which organizes advocacy and trailbuilding
efforts statewide and strengthens California mountain bike
clubs. More information can be found at www.seaotterclassic.com
or by calling 800-218-8411.
online version of this release can be viewed here: http://www.boohermedia.com/SOC/2008/08SOC_PR2.htm
Brown (local media)