Mountain bike and road race event at Blue Mountain pushed back to September


The Sea Otter Festival was originally scheduled for July 3-5 at Blue Mountain Resort


Due to the circumstances facing COVID19, Sea Otter Canada will not be taking place this summer at Blue Mountain Resort. Previously scheduled for July 3-5, the exhibit, bike demonstrations, and dirt and road events draw crowds from across North America.

After careful consideration, the organizers of the Sea Otter Canada event have made the decision to preemptively cancel the 2020 iteration of the event.

But good news, there will be a Miniature Sea Otter Festival on September 19 and 20 at the Blue Mountain Resort. It will include the Scarecrow Gravel Ride, the family-friendly Sea Otter Hub & Spoke, children’s races, and a Continental and Subaru-sponsored mini-show area that will be in the village.

“We know people are disappointed to lose so many events in the 2020 racing and riding season,” says Sea Otter Canada co-organizer Simon Williams. “So we wanted to make sure there was still something on the calendar that everyone could look forward to – and what better than a fall festival atmosphere and perfect fall foliage for a gravel event? “

“This is an opportunity to enjoy a scaled down version of the Sea Otter Canada experience,” says Chris Robinson, Sea Otter Canada Co-Organizer. “This will serve to showcase some of our favorite events and remind everyone what to expect when we’re back and bigger than ever in 2021.”

Sea Otter Classic, the flagship event of the Sea Otter family, has already been moved from April 2020 to October 2020.

“The health and well-being of the community is always our primary concern,” said Frank Yohannan, President and CEO of Sea Otter Classic. “We sincerely thank the Sea Otter community for supporting the decisions to reschedule our events that were scheduled in Monterey (USA), Girona (Spain) and Blue Mountain (Canada) this spring and summer.”

Accommodation and many amenities at Blue Mountain Resort are currently closed, in line with the closure of non-essential services in Ontario over the past few weeks, making it difficult to prepare for any major events. “We’re treading very carefully,” says station vice president Stacy Manning. “And while we plan a return to green season operations for summer 2020, this is an unprecedented year. We want to see these events executed as well as possible and the postponement of this summer’s event leaves more time to ensure the best guest experience.

For those looking forward to 2021, mark your calendars July 2-4, 2021 for the return of Sea Otter Canada. The exhibition, bike demonstrations, dirt and road events draw crowds from across North America. From double slalom and downhill to gravel, Gran Fondo and family rides, the weekend attracts cycling enthusiasts of all levels.

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