The famous Sea Otter cycling festival is set to make its debut in Australia next October! The main festival in Monterey, California is celebrating its 30th year in 2020 and is looking to expand the festivities to Mt Stromlo, Canberra. 

Sea Otter Press release

A new cycling festival experience - Sea Otter Australia - is set to debut at Canberra’s Stromlo Forest Park on 2-5 October 2020. The event launched officially this week at Stromlo where organizers, local enthusiasts, government officials and event ambassador, Caroline Buchanan gathered to share the exciting news.


Sea Otter Australia will offer spectators and riders a contemporary cycling adventure like no other, nestled in Stromlo Forest Park, Australia’s premier ‘whole of cycling experience centre’. The event will include all things cycling: a consumer expo featuring all the latest product releases, mountain bike and BMX riding, road and gravel riding, urban riding, demo bikes and much more for all ages and for all levels of riders. Sea Otter internationally is famous for its family friendly programs. 

Sea Otter Australia will be a family friendly festival that celebrates cycling, with a strong emphasis on participation, spectating and an opportunity to see and test the latest industry products. There will also be a range of kids activities and lifestyle events. Attendees will also have the chance to experience the ROMP! Bike Festival: a curated experience featuring music, food, brews of all sorts, cycle chic fashion parades and a film festival.


Industry response to Sea Otter Australia has been very strong with the likes of Bikecorp, Pushy’s, Trek, Bosch, Dawson Sports Group, Bike Box and FE Sports already committed to supporting this great festival, with more set to come as we release further information in coming weeks.

Frank Yohannan, CEO and founder of the Sea Otter Classic, states of the festival, “We have always been about providing quality riding and racing in a family festival environment. So successful is the Sea Otter experience, it is now presented in Europe (Girona, Spain) and Canada (Blue Mountain). “And now, for October 2020, we are very excited to have partnered with BikeSA to host Sea Otter Australia for the first time in the southern hemisphere”, says Yohannan. 


BikeSA Chief Executive Officer, Christian Haag states “We are honored to be bringing this festival to Australia. It’s time that bicycle riders across the Australasian region have the opportunity to experience a totally new cycling festival experience. One that celebrates the breadth of our multi-faceted cycling culture – on-road and off-road, for fun, health, recreation, competition and transport. And of course, the latest bikes and bling, fashion, music and brews in our Expo village.”

Sea Otter Australia website HERE