By press release
Monterey, California – Here’s the scenario: a racer arrives at the Sea Otter Classic, the world’s largest cycling festival, and finishes on the podium. He says he’s dissected and memorized the course dozens of times yet he’s never set foot on Laguna Seca Recreational Area. Sound like fiction? Maybe, but here’s the secret: his win is a result of a custom blend of technology, terrain and training. Garmin International’s line of GPS-enabled fitness devices, in conjunction with its GPS-enabled online mapping service, MotionBased.com, is featured at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. The multi-sport, four-day Celebration of Cycling begins on April 6 at Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California.
Here’s how the scenario evolved. Back in January our racer visited motionbased.com and analyzed the detailed metrics for Sea Otter’s MTB XC course. Then he crafted a workout to mimic the course, strapped on his Edge GPS-enabled personal training system for cyclists, and off he went to train specifically for the MTB XC race. After months of virtual training for his debut at the Sea Otter Classic, when he finally put his tires on the trail at the start of the race in April, it was as if he’d been riding at Laguna Seca all along.
“Combining the new Garmin Edge with MotionBased is the ultimate way to track this year’s Sea Otter cycling event,” said Mike Maxson, sales and marketing manager for Garmin. “Designed specifically for cyclists, this GPS device combined with the growing feature set of MotionBased makes it a no-brainer if you want proof of your results and bragging rights to your friends.”
“Garmin’s products are a perfect fit for Sea Otter’s vast audience of outdoor sports enthusiasts,” said Frank Yohannan, president of Sea Otter Classic. “All it took was one *’3D Fly-through’ of Sea Otter’s world-class courses to realize how this innovative training tool can help athletes achieve their personal best at Sea Otter this year.”
Garmin’s Edge GPS-enabled personal trainer system liberates users from the routine and monotony of their environment with features above and beyond ordinary metrics like heart rate, time, pace and distance. Auto Lap(TM) and Auto Pause(TM) let users measure, calculate and analyze lap times while Virtual Partner(TM) lets users compete against themselves by graphically displaying goal pace/speed compared to current pace/speed. Alerts can be programmed to let users know when to speed up, slow down or stop. Garmin’s Training Center(TM) software enables users to build and schedule advance workouts and then upload them to their device as well as run and analyze data afterward. The Edge 205 is a stand-alone unit, and the Edge 305 incorporates a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, or both. Garmin also offers the Forerunner series of fitness trainers optimized for runners, with the same great functions as the Edge.
Cool so far, huh? Now hold onto your pocket protectors, here’s where the thrill starts. Using GPS data points recorded by either their Edge or Forerunner, users can upload that information to their account at motionbased.com. In addition to getting their data crunched by MotionBased’s complex algorithms to calculate time, distance, speed, and elevation metrics, users can pin their data to any of a variety of maps including street, photo, topo, elevation, Google Maps, and even Google Earth. Then they can print, email or share maps with training buddies, friends, or even with the growing online community at motionbased.com through the TrailNetwork.
*Flash-enabled 3D Fly-through of Sea Otter’s world-class courses can be found by visiting www.motionbased.com/event/seaotter06.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
About Sea Otter Classic LLC
The 16th Annual Sea Otter Classic will be held April 6-9, 2006 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Monterey, California, USA. The four-day Celebration of Cycling is considered the world’s largest cycling festival, hosting nearly 10,000 professional and amateur athletes and 50,000 fans. The Cypress Youth Fund is the Sea Otter Classic’s philanthropic arm. The Fund provides funding to organizations that benefit their communities in the areas of youth, sport, education, and environment. More information can be found at www.seaotterclassic.com or by calling 800-218-8411.1.