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Cross Country


Cross-country racing at Sea Otter is en Fuego (“on fire”). 

Fuego is the fire and passion inside each cross-country rider during long hours of training. It’s the sensation in your muscles when you push your body to the limit. It’s the spark that ignites with the crack of the starting pistol and the flame that abides after you cross the finish line.

The Sea Otter Fuego tests racers by the fire of the Fort Ord National Monument’s rolling hills and gravel trails. The itinerary includes three race distances: Short, 40k, and 100k.

Fuego MTB Short Course (Junior Racers Only)

This spectator-friendly course for all of our young athletes (ages 10-14), starts at the Sea Otter Bridge and climbs the Laguna Seca Raceway’s famous “Corkscrew” before looping back for a closely contested finish. As your juniors get their first taste of the steep climbs and rock gardens along the Fuego’s four-mile short circuit, make sure you grab a front-row seat for the sizzling action. 

Fuego MTB 40k

The boiling point is set at 40 kilometers for this course loaded with sandy climbs, flowing singletrack, and gravel grinding within Fort Ord’s diverse habitat and beautiful landscape. This wave start race starts at Sea Otter Bridge, climbs the “Corkscrew,” and ends at the Tire Bridge, refining rookie riders into seasoned vets along the way.

Fuego MTB 100k

Turn the burners on high for the new Fuego MTB 100, a marathon event featuring two epic laps, 10,000 feet of climbing, and the toughest of all the Fuego courses. Step into Sea Otter history for this uniquely demanding but equally thrilling challenge, and earn the title of El Campeon de Fuego.

Race Registration includes a 4-day Festival Pass, complimentary parking, medals to the top three finishers in each category, and race winners receive a custom jersey.

Prize Purse

Cross Country Prize Purse1st2nd3rd4th5th
Open Men 40k$500$400$300$150$150
Open Women 40k$500$400$300$150$150
Open Men 100k$500$400$300$150$150
Open Women 100k$500$400$300$150$150


Each race is a wave start race categorized by ability and age classes. Race distances vary by ability and age category.

Fuego MTB Short Course, Fuego MTB 40k: Fees / Categories / Start Times 

Fuego MTB 100k: Fees / Categories / Start Times




Online registration opens January 3, 2022. Onsite registration at the event starts on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at noon. Event registration closes at 7:00 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled event. If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your event number on event day – up to 30 minutes prior to event start time. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. No refunds, transfers, or rollovers of race registration.

Registered athletes must pick up your race number in person (must have current, valid PHOTO ID). Pick up your race packet, complimentary 4-day Festival Pass, and purchase event merchandise at Athlete Registration.

Packet Pick-up hours

  • Wednesday noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 6 a.m. to 11a.m. (Pre-registered athlete packet pick-up only. No Registrations.)

Riders that have already registered online can pick-up their packets the same day as their race


All Sea Otter participants will be required to submit a release waiver and assumption of risk form, and additional COVID documentation as required by State/County/City agencies. Save time in line by completing them in advance. All Sea Otter participants are required to wear an approved helmet- no exceptions.

USA Cycling Helmet Policy

Deferral policy

BLM Requirements

The Fort Ord National Monument is open to visitors during Sea Otter. Riders need to adhere to trail rules and passing speed limits when passing a rider going in the opposite direction.  Passing speed limits during the tours (5 mph on single-track and 10 mph on roads) will be enforced.

Learn more here

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