In honor of the upcoming celebration of all things cycling that is the Sea Otter Classic, it's time to take a look at some fascinating facts about our beloved two-wheeled world.
What's the world's most expensive bike? And how much did it cost? Which country uses bikes for less than 1 percent of all urban trips? And who climbs aboard a two-wheeler for 30 percent of those same trips? Take a guess and then find the answers in the video below.
You'll also find out who achieved the fastest bike trip around the world and how long it took him to pull it off. We can tell you that the gentleman in question averaged just a shade over 200 miles a day.
As for the 23rd annual Sea Otter Classic, which runs Thursday to Sunday at the Laguna Seca Raceway just outside Monterey, California, here are some fun facts to get you pumped for the big event:
- Between its first year in 1991 and 2012, the number of competitors has risen from 350 to 8,500. Organizers expect that number to approach 10,000 this year.
- In that same time frame, the number of attending spectators has jumped from 150 to a whopping 50,000.
- There were no journalists or exhibitors in year No. 1 of the Sea Otter Classic. Last year there were 300 and 325 respectively.
- Competition at Sea Otter includes nearly 200 classes of road and mountain bike racing for all ages and skill levels. There are also non-competitive mountain bike and road gran fondos. Kids in attendance will enjoy the Sea Otter Egg Hunt, Kids' Carnival, Kids' Bicycle Races, and Kids' Bicycle Playground.
- If you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to see what all the hubbub is about, festival admission is free to children ages twelve and under, and free to all registered athletes (both competitive racers and gran fondo recreational riders). All others must purchase festival passes: $12 for a One-Day Pass ($10 pre-purchase on-line), or $35 for a Four-Day Pass ($30 pre-purchase online at SeaOtterClassic.com).
Video courtesy: Global Cycling Network