Inaugurated in 1991 as a 350-athlete competitive summit, the Sea Otter Classic has blossomed into a sprawling event with more than 50,000 spectators, 10,000 cyclists, and 300 vendors peddling bikes and gear with demos and samples of new products. Situated within Laguna Seca, the festival draws amateur and professional athletes into competitive mountain- and road-bike races, and recreational cyclists behold Monterey County's striking vistas in three Gran Fondo routes. Children's bike events plant the seeds for the next generation of cyclists with a skill-developing play zone and friendly races.
Just 15 miles from Aptos Village sits the highest point in the Forest of Nisene Marks. From there, a labyrinth of biking trails snake through the redwoods of Soquel Demonstration Forest. There's just one problem: it's an uphill trek from the village. So Shuttle Smith Adventures ferries bikers from Aptos to the mountaintop, then sets them free to conquer the downhill maze that awaits them and their bikes.