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Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race Claims Valuable NRC Spot
Three Days of Road Racing Features 17 Categories to Choose From

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

MONTEREY, 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.

Starting 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.

"Sea 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."

Rivera, 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!

"Now 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."

What you need to know about road racing at the Sea Otter Classic:

The 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 finish.
Detailed information about the SRAM road race can be found here:
SRAM Road Race

The 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 found here:
SRAM Circuit Race

About 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 or by calling 800-218-8411.


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Wendy Booher

Donna Brown (local media)

Chris Worden (Web-related)


Velo Club La Grange

Velo Club La Grange is one of California's largest and oldest cycling clubs with over 400 members nationwide. The club was founded by Raymond Fouquet in 1969 and fields one of the top amateur racing teams in the United States. Past members include a Tour de France stage winner, an Olympic gold medalist, and numerous U.S. National and California state champions. La Grange is the recipient of the USA Cycling 2007 CLUB OF THE YEAR award.

La Grange promotes a doping-free competitive environment. Elite racers sign the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's 'Athlete’s Pledge for Clean Sport & Fair Competition'. La Grange has arranged to have a cardiac screening and assessment provided to Club members and elite racers for no out of pocket expenses.

Along with the Club's dedication to bicycle racing, the club welcomes new and inexperienced riders with a passion for cycling. La Grange is very active in the cycling and fitness communities. Our continuing public policy work with state and local government has led to major improvements in safety for all users of California roads. In addition, the Club has partnered with the Association of Blind Athletes and Meals on Wheels and sponsors an annual scholarship with the help of the Union Bank of California. La Grange enjoys the financial support of several corporations committed to promoting healthy and active living including Kahala Corporation.

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