Sea otter, the animal, is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the North Pacific Ocean. It’s frequently found floating and lounging on its back in the waters along the California coastline. Fun fact: Sea otters, like humans, are tool users and have favorite rocks they carry to pry open clams and other crustaceans.

The sea otter is also the namesake of a historic four-day celebration of cycling filled with racing, recreational rides, demos, and a bike expo attended by more than 75,000 people each year in Monterey, California. Here’s another fun fact: Sea Otter is coming to Australia October 1-4! 

We may not have this particular species of sea-faring mammal in Australia, but the spirit of the original event remains the same regardless of the geographic region. Sea Otter Australia is a celebration of all things cycling for riders of all types and ability levels. 

“Sea Otter has grown to be a global event with festivals on three continents, yet its mission remains unchanged. We strive to share the passion for cycling and connect riders from all walks of life through our family-friendly festival,” said Sea Otter Classic founder and CEO Frank Yohannan.

The inaugural Sea Otter Australia will offer attendees a cycling adventure like no other. Nestled in Stromlo Forest Park, Australia’s premier “whole of cycling experience centre”.  This event is designed to cater to riders of all ages and abilities with a consumer expo, mountain, gravel, road, and BMX riding.

“We’re excited to see the energy and excitement of Sea Otter come to Australia. Trek’s mission is to get more people on bikes. Sea Otter Australia will provide a great opportunity for cyclists from all walks of life to come together in celebration of the sport we love,” said Jason Pye, country manager at Trek ANZ. 

Make plans and mark your calendars! Registration for Sea Otter Australia opens March 31st!