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Cross Country

Fuego

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 mountain bike racers on a premier course over Fort Ord National Monument’s rolling hills and gravel trails.  Racers have their choice of three distances – Jr. Short 6k, 40k and 80k. 

All riders will receive: 

  • Fully supported race course 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary 4-day Festival Pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop 
  • Secure bike valet 
  • Fully catered buffet lunch 
  • Complimentary Sierra Nevada beer 
  • Commemorative water bottle
  • Exclusive access to the Casa Amigos Rider Lounge 

Fuego XC Short Course (Junior Racers Only)

This spectator-friendly course for all of our young athletes (ages 10-14), starts at the Sea Otter Bridge on the Laguna Seca Raceway track. 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. Parents, join your athletes at Casa Amigos for lunch by purchasing an additional lunch at the door.

Fuego XC 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 and ends at the Tire Bridge, refining rookie riders into seasoned vets along the way.

Fuego XC 80k

Turn the burners on high for the new Fuego XC 80, a marathon event featuring two epic laps, 5,700 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.

Prize Purse

Cross Country Prize Purse1st2nd3rd4th5th
Open Men 40k$500$400$300$150$150
Open Women 40k$500$400$300$150$150
Open Men 80k$500$400$300$150$150
Open Women 80k$500$400$300$150$150

What's Included

Race Registration includes:

  • Fully supported race course 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary 4-day Festival Pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop 
  • Secure bike valet 
  • Fully catered buffet lunch (10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday)
  • Complimentary Sierra Nevada beer 
  • Commemorative water bottle
  • Exclusive access to the Casa Amigos Rider Lounge 

Medals awarded to the top three finishers in each category, and race winners receive a custom jersey.

Fees/Categories/Schedule

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

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

Fuego XC 80k: Fees / Categories / Start Times

 

 

Course Maps

 

COMING MARCH 2023!

 

Information

Online registration opens November 1, 2022. Onsite registration at the event starts on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at noon. Event registration closes at 6:00 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.

Switch Categories

View your registration & purchase details, complete self-edits such as transfers, and purchase any additional merchandise.

Packet Pick-up hours

  • Wednesday noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.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

Policies

All Sea Otter participants will be required to submit a release waiver and assumption of risk form. 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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