SALINAS, Calif. -

The Sea Otter Classic, billed as a "celebration of cycling," opened Thursday at Laguna Seca.

The four-day cycling festival also features the largest consumer bike exposition in North America.

Thousands of participants are in the region to ride, race and have fun.

Blogger Mari Lynch of the website Bicycle Monterey has posted a helpful guide of tips to this year's event. You can find that list here.