March 5, 2020 – The Sea Otter Classic, a major bike festival, races, and expo held each year in April in Monterey, California has been postponed due to fears regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus. California Governor Gavin Newsom recently declared a state of emergency in California because of the virus. The announcement followed Tuesday's news that the North American Handmade Bicycle Show has been postponed until August.
Additionally, another event, the Bicycle Leadership Conference, held concurrently, will also be rescheduled.
Dates for the rescheduled events will be announced in the future.
In a statement via email, Frank Yohannan, President & CEO of the Sea Otter Classic said:
Sea Otter Classic Supporters,
After a thorough review of the coronavirus threat, we’ve decided to reschedule April’s Sea Otter Classic. Additionally, People for Bikes and Sea Otter Classic will reschedule the Bicycle Leadership Conference.
We are coordinating with local authorities to determine the best dates to host the 2020 Sea Otter Classic and Bicycle Leadership Conference. We anticipate announcing those dates by the middle of next week.
Information regarding registration refunds and rollovers will be posted on our website once the new dates have been finalized.
Thank you again for your understanding and support during these challenging times.
President & CEO
Sea Otter Classic, Inc.
The Sea Otter is self-described as The four-day “Celebration of Cycling”, and hosts nearly 9,000 professional and amateur athletes and 74,000 fans. The 30th Annual Sea Otter Classic was to have taken place from April 16-19, 2020 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California. For more information visit www.seaotterclassic.com.