Yep, it’s Sea Otter time again. It’s the first big event of the year and so it has a two-fold importance in the bike industry. Due to its springtime date, it’s often the first time that many racers will have appeared, riding for their new sponsors, or in their new team kit – or on special new team bikes. And secondly, it’s often the place where manufacturers will launch new products that are due out immediately, or later in the year. The eagle-eyed can also spot prototype products that are being tested for NEXT product year (so, mindbogglingly that’s now 2011…)
So far, it’s been pretty quiet on the Thursday, the first day proper of the event, but the crowds usually swell on Friday and especially at the weekends (after all, we can’t all skive off a weekday to play bikes…)
There’s still plenty to see though and our cameras unearthed a few gems, with many more to come.