If I am racing an event, do I need a license?
Do I need to be an experienced rider?
No, mountain bikers/enduro participants start out as a Category 2 (intermediate) or NOVICE (beginner), and road racers start out as a Novice (Category 5). We have riders as young as 12 years old, and we have some revered elder cyclists who prefer not to state their age! In all age categories, there are varying degrees of ability.
Do I need to qualify to race Sea Otter?
You do not need to qualify to race the competitive events in road or mountain bike.
How do I register by mail?
Sorry, no mailed, faxed, or phoned registrations will be accepted.
2021 Event Registration is now open – Register Here. On-site registration begins at noon PST Wednesday, October 6, 2021 and runs through 7:00pm PST the day before your scheduled race. See the “Registration/Riding” section of our website.
Will I receive any athlete registration material in the mail?
No, you will receive your confirmation via email from our online registration provider Active.com. Be sure to check your spam/junk mailbox as well as your inbox.
On what date do registration fees increase?
All entries will increase by $20 effective September 13, 2021.
How do I view the course maps?
Course maps are posted within each portion of our racing section of the website.
What about safety gear for mountain bike events?
Those racing the mountain bike gravity events should wear clothing designed for gravity racing, including but not limited to closed-toe soft-sole shoes (no sandals or dress shoes), and a helmet. Gloves are highly recommended, though not required. Elbow and kneepads are also recommended.
What are the start times?
Go to the event schedules page. All times are subject to change — be sure to check the website often and on-site at Athlete Registration for changes and updates.
How do I get to the start line?
Learn what your start, and finish, locations are by reading your event’s individual webpage, which is found in the “Registration/Riding” section of our website.
Next, check out the festival map to locate your start and finish locations. If you have any questions, email Jeff Frost, Athlete Services Director: [email protected]
What should I be careful about when pre-riding and riding the cross-country courses?
Refer to the course maps in our racing sections. When inspecting courses for competitive events, please share the trail and yield to other users. Please also respect the land and stay on the trail when you train for and compete in the Sea Otter Classic. To preserve these trails at Fort Ord National Monument for future riders, please:
- Ride only on marked trails
- Do not ride or brake on open terrain
- Do not cut across switchbacks
- And do not use trails when they are wet or muddy
To learn more about these spectacular lands, contact the BLM at (831) 394-8314 or visit www.blm.us.gov.
I’m new, and I have questions. Who ya gonna call?
No worries! If you have any questions, email Jeff Frost, Athlete Services Director, [email protected]; or call the SOC Hotline, (800) 218-8411 or (831) 373-2331.
What are registration and packet pick-up hours?
Athlete registration and packet pick-up hours are listed in the “Racing” and “Gran Fondos & Tours” sections of the website. Review the page for your race or ride to find the applicable times.
Hours for packet pick-up vary, and they are posted on the individual event pages.
How long will it take to get to packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up is at Athlete Registration in the Hospitality Pavilion at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
Your Sea Otter experience will be much more enjoyable if you arrive early. Check out the festival map before even entering Laguna Seca and allow up to thirty minutes to get in off the highway, park your vehicle, and bike/walk to Athlete Registration.
Even for those with a specifically designated parking pass, it could still take up to thirty minutes to get from a parked vehicle to packet pick up.
How long should I allow to get from my car to the start line?
If you have your packet, and you are riding your bike from any Sea Otter vehicle parking area to any start line, it is not necessary to allow any more than ten minutes. This is true even if your vehicle is not parked in an area requiring a specifically designated parking pass.
How can I view my results?
Please visit the “Results” page. FINAL Race results are posted by midnight of race day.
I won an award and I was not able to make the awards ceremony. How do I collect my award?
Athletes must be in attendance at the Awards Ceremony to receive their prizes. Awards (including professional prize money) will not be mailed. Sorry, no exceptions.
How can I see my race registration or transfer it?
Log into your account to view registration & purchase details, complete self-edits such as transfers, and purchase any additional merchandise here: myevents.active.com/seaotterclassic
Are there any camping sites available?
If space is available and we are open for booking, you can reserve your campsite by visiting the “Reserve Your Campsite” tab on the “Camping Adventure” page.
When can I reserve a campsite?
Typically, we open early bird for A, B, C and D campgrounds early June for one week ONLY. Then, the whole SOC website, including event camping reservations, goes ‘live’ to the public, in the beginning of November each year. Dates and times are subject to change.
What is the price per night?
You can find this information by visiting the “General Information” tab on the “Camping Adventure” page. Open the “Campground Pricing Sheet” for the current events campsite pricing.
Do you have campground maps I can view before booking?
You can find this information by visiting the “General Information” tab on the “Camping Adventure” page. Individual “Campground Maps” are available on this page, as well as a “Campground Overview Map” for a bird’s eye view of where everything is located.
Are there showers and restrooms available?
You can find this information by visiting the “General Information” tab on the “Camping Adventure” page. Open the “Campground Overview Map” for a bird’s eye view of where everything is located.
Can I put a deposit down on a campsite and pay the rest later?
No. All campsites must be paid in full at time of booking. Have a valid credit card with information at hand when you make your online reservation.
Can I book a campsite for 2 nights only?
All advance reservations require a three (3) night minimum per site in order to book, with a maximum of (4) nights booked through Sea Otter Classic.
I need to book several campsites for a large group. How should I proceed?
Due to high demand, you may only select up to five (5) campsites per transaction. If more than 5 campsites are needed, please create a new transaction for each group of 5 campsites.
Does the price for camping include a festival pass?
No. Camping reservations do not include a festival pass and must get purchased separately.
How do I modify or cancel my camping reservation?
Please review the event specific cancellation policy by visiting the “Reserve Your Campsite” tab on the “Camping Adventure” page. All changes must be in writing and sent via email to [email protected].
Can I rent an RV for Sea Otter camping?
Yes. Visit “Rent an RV” on our “Camping Adventure” page. Family RV makes renting simple and easy and you can even have the RV delivered to your Sea Otter Classic campsite! Alternately, you may pick up the RV in Morgan Hill. For complete details, go to www.familyrv.com or contact them by email at [email protected] or by phone, (408) 365-1991.
Will I receive a reservation confirmation in the mail?
No, you will receive your camping confirmation via email.
Who do I ask if I have questions about camping?
For camping questions, please contact [email protected]
How many parking passes will the teams and exhibitors receive?
Team/Tech Support registrants, as well as exhibitors, will receive parking passes according to booth size. Please see our “Exhibitor Services” page for more information on wristbands and parking passes.
What are the hours of the Expo?
- Thursday, October 7: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Friday, October 8: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday, October 9: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Sunday, October 10: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cars are not allowed in the Expo prior to Expo close each evening. Please move all cars to exhibitor parking throughout the day.
Do you provide security in the Expo area?
Overnight security will be roving on-site from 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5 until 7:00 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021.
Sea Otter Classic is not responsible for any lost or stolen items and does not recommend leaving any merchandise in an unattended booth.
Do you provide canopy support if it gets windy?
Sandbags can be ordered through your Sea Otter Exhibitor Account. Please bring your own tie-straps or other necessary materials. This is an outdoor event on the coast of CA, so please plan accordingly. If you have any questions regarding how to be best prepared contact Sarah Timleck via email [email protected].
1. Is Sea Otter on social media?
- You bet…and tell your friends! They’ll likely appreciate your tip, especially if they win some of the cool swag we sometimes give away via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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YouTube: Click Here
LinkedIn: The Sea Otter Classic
2. Where do the race events take place?
- An overview is below, but the most of the action takes place at Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA 93908. If you are a registered athlete, please also refer to pages for individual race events for the most accurate, specific location information. If you are a spectator, please respect any guidelines provided on-site as to appropriate viewing points; safety first!
Mountain Bike Races
- Cross Country (XC) – is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, Fort Ord National Monument. XC starts on the racetrack at Laguna Seca and finishes on the racetrack or on the Swale at Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
- Downhill (DH) – is on Laguna Seca property and runs parallel to B Road. Finishes at the bottom of B Road below the Gun Range.
- Dual Slalom (DS) – is on the Swale at Laguna Seca.
- Enduro – is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, Fort Ord National Monument.
Road Bike Races
- Circuit – takes place on the racetrack at Laguna Seca.
- Road – takes place mostly outside Laguna Seca (i.e., on Bureau of Land Management/BLM property). Starts on the racetrack at Laguna Seca and finishes on Barloy Canyon Road.
- Gran Fondos & Tours
- Gran Fondo Pacifico and Gran Fondo Carmelo – All Gran Fondos start at the Tire Bridge and finish in the Raceway paddock.
- Mountain Bike Tour and Gravel Grinder Tour – All Tours start at the Tire Bridge and finish in the Raceway paddock.
3. Is there any bicycle valet parking?
- Yes! Please refer to “Complimentary Bike Valet” on our “Getting In and Around” page for bike valet location, days, and hours.
4. What are the festival hours?
- Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday, October 7 through Sunday, October 10, 2021.
These hours include the Expo with one exception, on Sunday, the Expo closes at 4 p.m.
5. Festival? I thought Sea Otter was about racing!
- The Sea Otter Classic is “A Celebration of Cycling”! It’s a festival for anybody who enjoys or appreciates the bicycle, for any reason.
That even includes a tot on a trike who’s only looking forward to a bike! This is a festival for tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings. It’s for Gen-Y and Boomers and the Greatest Generation.
Whether a cyclist or a spectator, folks of all ages can share in the excitement and camaraderie of the Sea Otter Classic. If you love the idea of being part of a cool scene with active people who all share a passion for bicycles—people who are all a part of the cycling community—come!
Sea Otter is for road and mountain bikers. It’s for commuter bikers and recreational cyclists, and, yes, the Sea Otter Classic definitely draws the very best racers—both amateurs and pros!
6. What’s the cost of a Festival Pass? Any discounts?
- Please refer to the Sea Otter Classic shop page. Athletes will receive one Festival Pass with their registration. Do not order Festival Passes for athletes. (Note: Athletes do not receive additional Festival Passes with additional race registrations.)
7. Any activities for kids? What’s it gonna cost me?
- Yes, this is a family event with lots of special activities for boys and girls ages twelve and under. Please refer to our “Kids’ Stuff” page. And better yet, most of those kids’ activities are free.
You’ll be happy to know that all children ages twelve and under also get a free Festival Pass. Be sure to write your child’s name and your contact phone number on the inside of the wristband.
A popular activity for girls ages eight to 14 is the Little Bellas Day Camp.
8. Where’s the schedule for all four days?
- The 2021 Event Schedule can be viewed here.
9. Any transportation choices besides driving there?
- Yes! Please refer to our “Getting In and Around” page for specific tips on:
Biking: Some SOC attendees bike all or part-way to Laguna Seca. Our “Getting In and Around” page includes bike route suggestions, where to park your bike at SOC, links to local bike rentals, and links to other local biking resources.
Riding the local bus: Some SOC attendees make use of the Monterey-Salinas Transit Service (“The Bus”). Our “Getting In and Around” page includes bus schedule info for reaching Laguna Seca (limited days and times).
Bike-and-ride: As suggested on our “Getting In and Around” page, if you can’t bike all the way, or take the bus all the way, consider doing the bike-and-ride. For example, make use of bike racks on personal vehicles or on MST buses to bike part-way and ride part-way.
Lots of tips on taking your bike on an MST bus, along with info on some additional bike-and-ride options, are found in the bike-and-ride section of the BicyclingMonterey.com website (an info resource for visiting and local cyclists).
We encourage you to consider these and other alternatives to the car whenever feasible.
10. What’s the traffic like going into Laguna Seca?
- Traffic tends to be a little slow, especially on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To be sure you reach your specific Sea Otter destination by the desired time:
- If traveling by motor vehicle, allow yourself an extra thirty minutes to get through traffic, beyond your normal driving time.
- If traveling by bicycle, you can zip past most traffic jams! Check out the biking tips (as well as tips on using the local bus system) on our “Getting In and Around” page.
Whether arriving by motor vehicle or bicycle, refer to our “Getting In and Around” page on our website.
11. How do I enter Laguna Seca Recreation Area?
- Please refer to our “Getting In and Around” section of our website for directions by all modes of transportation.
12. How much does it cost to park?
- Parking is free all week in Wolf Hill, our general spectator parking area. If you would like to park closer to the action, Parking Passes are available for designated areas inside the park. Please read the details on the “Getting In and Around” section of our website.
13. Will there be ATMs on-site?
- Yes, there will be ATMs throughout the venue. Their locations are marked on the festival map.
14. Will there be official Sea Otter Classic merchandise for sale on-site?
- Yes, we will have event merchandise available at the official merch booth. Look for “Sea Otter Boutique” on the festival map. You can also SHOP NOW and order your 2021 Merchandise.
15. I pre-ordered merchandise, where do I pick up my stuff?
- Please pick up your preordered merchandise in the Athlete Registration building, also known as the Hospitality Pavilion. Look for “Athlete Registration” on the festival map.
16. What type of food is offered at the event?
- There are plenty of yummy foods available for purchase at Sea Otter along with refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Food choices range from fresh salads made from Monterey County produce to other vegetarian options to chicken, traditional American hot dogs, and barbecued meats. Refer to the “Brews & Eats” page.
Outside of event hours, when you’re off-site, you’ll find food choices ranging from farmers markets to fine dining.
Are you bringing or renting a bicycle? On Sea Otter’s Opening Day (as on Thursdays year-round), people who bike can get discounts from elegant and casual restaurants, coffeeshops, wine rooms, and more. (Discounts are also provided on lodging, educational attractions, entertainment, and related places.) How? Through the HER Helmet Thursdays project at BicyclingMonterey.com.
17. What are my options for lodging?
- Camping right at Laguna Seca is a fun way to experience the Sea Otter Classic! For information, see the “Camping Adventure” page.
For hotels and other lodging, check out our list of hotel partners. These provide special discounted rates to Sea Otter Classic visitors. Please refer to the “Lodging Comfort” page of our website.
Camping outside of Laguna Seca? You may wish to refer to the “Campgrounds and RV Parks” section of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau/See Monterey website: SeeMonterey.com. Camping info is also found at BicyclingMonterey.com.
More hotel/lodging options: If you’re bringing a bicycle, or renting one in Monterey County, you can get a discount on your Thursday night stay (Sea Otter’s Opening Day–as on Thursdays year-round) from lodging providers in the HER Helmet Thursdays project. See “How to get a lodging discount” at BicyclingMonterey.com.
Still more lodging options are provided in the “Lodging” section of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau website, SeeMonterey.com.
18. What are the hours of camping check-in?
- The camping check-in hours are posted on the schedule.
19. Are dogs allowed at the Sea Otter Classic?
- Please see “Dog Policy/Local Resources” located above on this page. The Dog Policy will be strictly enforced.
Dogs are only allowed in campsites, with restrictions. If you will be camping at Laguna Seca and want to bring your dog, please carefully review “Camping Guidelines” in the “Camping Adventure” section.
20. What will the weather be like?
- October in Monterey is typically a lovely month. The mornings and evenings are often brisk, and the afternoons tend to be sunny. Laguna Seca is far enough inland that fog is not usually a part of most Sea Otter events.
While Laguna Seca is less likely to experience fog, other parts of the county will at times. It’s most common to find the fog in Big Sur, Carmel, Marina, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach. Monterey and Seaside usually experience less fog.
Inland locations, such as Carmel Valley and Salinas, typically get the most sunshine.
21. What type of clothing should I bring?
- In Monterey County, at every time of year, it’s smart to dress in layers. Why? If you travel around the county, you’ll find many different microclimates. Beyond that, from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep, you may experience weather changes repeatedly throughout the day.
A Monterey County day may include chilly morning fog, warm temps after the fog burns off, then cool temps again when fog rolls back in. And that pattern isn’t necessarily predictable! It’s not even uncommon to have 90-degree days in December (our winter) or cold days in July.
Although October weather here is usually quite pleasant, the weather is unpredictable. Anticipate a great day that may include a variety of temps—dress in layers!
Packing a rain jacket is a good idea. While winter months usually bring the most rain, it is possible to experience April showers.
22. I lost something! Where’s Lost and Found?
- Lost and found can be found at one of our information booths shown on the map. Please refer to the “Lost Items” tab above on this page for more information.
23. How do I sign up as a volunteer?
- Thank you for asking! Please contact Jeff regarding volunteer opportunities. Jeff Lindenthal may be reached via email at: [email protected].
You may also wish to refer to the “Sea Otter Classic Foundation and Volunteers” tab on the “Our Community Involvement” page.
24. How can I contact a Sea Otter staff member?
- We’d be happy to hear from you! Contact us, by email or phone, with questions or comments.
The “Contact Us” page contains information on how to reach out.