Details Announced for Sea Otter Canada Festival

Jan 24, 2019 at 14:31
by Molly Hurford  
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PRESS RELEASE: Sea Otter Canada

The Sea Otter Classic, the world’s premier cycling festival has been a favorite cycling festival in North America for almost 30 years, and in 2019, it grows even more, expanding with Sea Otter Canada set to take place in Blue Mountain, Ontario, just 90 minutes north of Toronto. The multi-day festival, expo and race will run from July 4 to 7, 2019, and will showcase the best cycling in Ontario, with wild races, fun for the family, and tons of bike demos and opportunities to test out the latest and greatest cycling products. Whether you’re a roadie, mountain biker, downhiller or ebike lover, there will be exciting events for you.

New and Exciting Race Formats
Mountain bike racing at Blue Mountain will include the ever-popular Dual Slalom, as well as Downhill, Enduro and Pump Track racing for all levels. An 8-hour XC Relay that climbs trails around the expo area will blend racing with family fun.

Unique to Ontario, road racers — as individuals or with a four-person teams — can take part in a single-day stage race comprised of three events. Earlier in the week, a downtown night-time Criterium will wow crowds, and a Gran Fondo, gravel race and more recreational rides will be open to the widest range of cycling enthusiasts.

But the real star challenges of the event will be the climbs — on- and off-road. Inspired by Phil Gaimon, the festival is bringing a Hill Climbing Championship to Canada.

To showcase the best the Blue Mountain area has to offer, Sea Otter Canada brought local elite riders out to ‘take down’ the current KOM’s and QOM’s on two of the most feared climbs in the area: Scenic Caves on the road and The Grind on the mountain bike. Both are classed as H3-level climbs, with average grades of over 9 percent for roughly two miles.

Jenn Jackson and Peter Glassford smashed the standing records, setting new Strava QOMs and KOMs and throwing down the gauntlet: Can anyone beat their times?

Peter Glassford, XC racer for Trek Canada and Smart Athlete cycling coach: "Blue Mountain is a great place to come to ride—there's every kind of riding you can possibly imagine. There's lift access at Blue Mountain for downhill, we have endless rocky singletrack, old-school raw mountain biking trails, and endless roads up the Niagara Escarpment, whether you're looking for smooth pavement or gnarly gravel rides.”

Family-Friendly Fun
Sea Otter isn’t just about racing. Children’s activities, an expansive product expo and entertainment program will add to the fun of the long weekend. Local food trucks and craft breweries will be on-site, providing attendees with some of the best made-in-Ontario brews, ciders and — of course — poutine that the area has to offer.

The list of exhibitors is already extensive and is expected to include over 200 leading cycling brands, including Cannondale, Bosch, Shimano, Maxxis, Cervelo, Camelbak, Tacx, Osprey and Sidi, just to name a few. “Over the last decade, Blue Mountain and the surrounding area has really emerged as the true hot-bed for both mountain and road cycling. My partner and I long felt that the area deserved a world-class cycling festival. When the opportunity to bring the number-one cycling festival in the world to Canada presented itself, it was a pretty easy decision," says Sea Otter Canada partner Jesper Wahlberg.

“The response from the community has been incredible and the industry has really stepped up and is supporting the event in a big way, further proving that we were right in our decision to bring the Sea Otter to Blue Mountain.”

Not only will attendees be able to scope new bike models and gear, but they’ll also be able to demo 200+ bikes from leading brands across all categories including Mountain, Road, Gravel and eBikes. Whether attendees want to grab an ebike to buzz around the base of the mountain, shred a downhill trail on a 2020 DH model or try to set a new Strava PR on the most aero of the newest road bikes on the market, there’s something for everyone.

Registration will be open soon, and check for all the details, exhibitors and race schedules as they become available.


  • + 20
 "90 minutes north of Toronto"??? what time of day are driving at? 1 am?
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 1am ten years ago lol!
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 if it takes you more then an hour and a half to drive to Blue from Toronto your taking the long way lmfao
  • + 13
 Brought to you by 'the place people ride when they can't get out West... Or to Quebec... Or to vermont... Or upstate new York...' Hmm... 'Brought to you by Torontonians looking for a tree'
  • + 5
 In all fairness Blue has roughly the same amount of vertical as Highland bike park, the trails just arent as good. They aren't bad though...actually quite fun still.
  • + 3
 @inverted180: they're ok, but you spend as long riding along the highway from the top of the chairlift to trailhead as you do riding down.
  • + 4
 @mgrantorser: Ya they really need to get the south chair running. Its not the end of the world on a trail bike ....but I hear ya.
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 @inverted180: Just here to support this idea. Maybe they'll build a couple new DH trails for the event...
  • + 2
 @mgrantorser Look , I dislike Toronto as much as the next Canadian, but if you're going to thrown insults, they might as well be well informed :
plenty of trees to see in the city (There are even great trails very close to downtown)
  • + 2
 @DGWW: well I'll be damned... Maybe it's the smell and congestion they're fleeing? Have you spent much time riding in the Don valley? Better than not-trails, yes, but great they are not.

Don't get me wrong, Toronto has some great things going for it (arts, culture, nightlife, food etc.) but none of those things involve the outside.
  • + 1
 @inverted180: and don't forget cant ride blue if it rains...or for days after it rains!!!
  • + 7
 I thought Kamloops already has the River Beaver Classic?!
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 Direct from the famous Canadian mountain biking hot spot of the central Niagara Escarpment.
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 In all seriousness though, it's sweet to see another event like this in Canada, even if it is at a 'mountain' with a paved country highway at the top.
  • + 4
 I sure hope they off the multitude of e-bike xc races and 75 cats like the Monterrey event. Everyone gets a podium!
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 It's been my dream to travel to Ontario from the Rockies to mountain bike.
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 I was pleasantly surprised with the Canada Cup DH track a few years back short but rad. I can’t see it being much for you guys to pull off a better venue then Cali. All the best as your event grows!
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 Put your money where your mouth is Tony. See you in July
  • + 0
 It hurts my eyes to watch that video. OMG seriously, that lower outfit is offensive - LOL. Shave the eye brows too, cut the balls off - it will make you a point something faster and lighter Wink LOL Scare the people away, that's right.
  • + 0
 Blue is pretty shit... it's my local hill and its plagued by the insane Ontario laws that allow anyone to sue anyone despite disclaimers and a management that clearly doesn't give a f*ck about mountain biking (despite an awesome trail crew that does its best against all the odds) It's bizarre that it's being hosted here it really is.
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 @poosk if you want to see "insane laws that allow anyone to sue anyone..." look no further than our southern border.
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 @DGWW: depends on the State....just like it depends on the province here.
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 Sea otter ?
Wasnt the Hudson Bay founded on the lush beaver pelts of the surrounding area?
It should be called the Beaver Dam Jam?
  • + 2
 Ontario! The epicenter of Mountain biking in Canada! Next up The sea otter classic in Louisiana!
  • + 1
 Ugh. That place is such a hassle to ride. Will all of the racers have to do the not one BUT two ridiculous competency tests AND watch the Wade Simmons Video?
  • + 1
 Somethings about the endless canadian flags in this comment section is really unsettling and im one of them.
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 If it's supposed to be a mountain bike festival why is it it Ontario? Why not some place with mountains?
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 Because festivals need people, and $$... there isn't much of either in western Canada unfortunately.
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 @DGWW: You are joking right?
  • + 1
 @flyin-ryan: nope. The majority of Canada's population is concentrated in the golden horseshoe , BC and Alberta's economies pale in comparison unfortunately (believe me , I wish it weren't true ) bc relies heavily on tourism for incoming $$ , crankworks is a great example.
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 @DGWW: No argument there. There are more people/money in that area.
A mountain bike festival needs mountain bike enthusiasts. I'm pretty sure there are more mountain bikers out west. Including the north western US states mountain bikers that would make the journey to Canada for a event.
Example: Crankworx.
That said, I'm happy to see large bike events coming to Canada.
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 @flyin-ryan: Only time will tell , but if the massive surge of Joey's on southern ontario trails are any indication of the number of "enthusiasts" (read customers ) , it should be a success. In the end we're all just speculating on something which is the basis of this whole announcement. I'd have at least some trust that those who organized this event (and have skin in the game ) have got solid research supporting their investment.
  • + 1
 Couldn’t think of a more awkward place.
  • + 1
 Seems as if there are a lot better locations that Canada has to offer...
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 @Tmackstab: The running of the Mosquitoes
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 Bro let us have this one
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 SEA OTTER AT BLUE!?!? Lets goooo

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