“There is absolutely no reason why capable young women should be starting behind 70-year-old men”

Women racers call for improved gender equality at the Sea Otter Classic

The Fuego mtb race at the Sea Otter Classic
(Image credit: Robert DeBerry / Sea Otter Classic)

The Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, is the biggest cycling gathering in North America drawing some 74,000 people from all over the world to the Leguna Seca Raceway venue.

Part industry show, part racing festival, the four-day event hosts thousands of athletes as they compete in some 300 pro and amateur events, including the first round of the Life Time Grand Prix off-road series

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.