Sea Otter 2014: It’s a wrap!

Two new Leagues, the Bicycle Leadership Conference, Camelbak, GU, Primal and the mysterious case of the tagged Sea Otter.


Left to right: Eddie Freyer (Alabama League director), Grace Ragland (founding committee member), Austin McInerny (NICA executive director), and Jeremiah Bishop (Virginia League founding committee). Credit: Paul Skilbeck/02 Active Marketing.

Sea Otter has come and gone and though we could pen a novella of highlights, the brightest news in Monterey is always the sun!  Another year of no rain!  If you’ve ever spent a rainy day at Sea Otter you know that blue skies are a ten-fold joy.

Serving on the panel – Youth, the Face of Cycling’s Future – at this year’s Bicycle Leadership Conference was our fearless leader, Executive Director, Austin ‘Coach Bobo’ McInerny.  Austin delivered the stats, the philosophy and the current state of the revolution to a packed room of the bike industry’s movers and shakers.

After months of anticipation and with the help of long time sponsor, Primal Wear, Virginia and Alabama were welcomed to the NICA family in front of a festive Sea Otter crowd. Virginia native, devoted League backer and Sho-Air/ Cannondale rider Jeremiah Bishop,  was on hand and all smiles, while Alabama native Cal Giant/Specialized Meredith Miller was socializing the news. Virginia kicks off their race series this fall; Alabama kicks off in Spring of 2015.  Spread the word!


Good going GU Energy!  Hands-down the best ‘donate-some-dollars-give-a-way’ of the event was the GU/NICA aluminum cold-cup. These cups were so pro it hurt to hold your cold bevvie! Thank you GU for your ceaseless support to get more kids on bikes!  But where o’ where was Salty the Yeti?  Saturday morning’s Breakfast at Camelbak was even better, we predict, than Breakfast at Tiffany’s…and the tips? They were ours to keep!  Thank you Camelbak for serving us up as the beneficiary. With fresh espresso and tasty breakfast treats to greet, there was no such thing as ‘getting up on the wrong side of bed.’

And look who got tagged!  It was the always-jolly Otter! Does this guy ever have a bad hair day?

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