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Cross Country



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

Fuego tests the fire of each athlete by way of sandy climbs and flowy singletrack of the Fort Ord National Monument. Your inner spark will ignite with the starting pistol to motivate your mind and body over this challenging and fun course. After traversing Fort Ord’s picturesque hills and trails, Fuego racers roll into *Casa Amigos to swap race highlights over lunch and a beverage.

Choose between three unique cross-country distances — Fuego Short, Fuego XC and the Fuego XL. Medals awarded to the top three finishers in each category, and race winners receive a custom jersey.

Fuego Short Course (Junior Racers Only): Sunday, April 21, 2024
This spectator-friendly 3-mile circuit for our young riders (Grades 4-6) gives juniors a taste of the famous Sea Otter sandy climbs. Participants will start and finish at the Sea Otter Classic bridge with multiple viewing spots for lots of encouragement and support. Parents: after you grab a front-row seat for the sizzling action, you can join your juniors for post-race lunch at Casa Amigos* by purchasing an additional lunch with registration. 

Fuego XC: Sunday, April 21, 2024 
The boiling point is set at approximately 21 miles for this new for 2024 XC course that gains 3,500 feet over sandy climbs, flowy singletrack and Fort Ord’s diverse habitat and beautiful landscape. One of the most long-standing events at Sea Otter, the iconic XC race begins on Sunday and refines rookie riders into seasoned vets from the start to the finish line.

Fuego XL: Friday, April 19, 2024
Turn the burners on high for the exciting Fuego XL, a two-lap marathon event covering approximately 70 miles and 7,800 feet of elevation change and earn the title of El Campeon de FuegoThe Fuego XL also kicks off the 2024 Life Time Grand Prix, the newest off-road cycling series of seven iconic race events. Watch 60 of the best cyclists in the country crank up their 2024 season and compete for a $300,000 prize purse.

Not only will Fuego XL kick off the 2024 Life Time Grand Prix—but it’s also a qualifier for the iconic Race Across the Sky: the 2024 Leadville Trail 100 MTB, in Leadville, Colorado. All participants must start their 2nd lap by 2pm. Course closure for qualifying is at 4pm.



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

Fuego Short: Fees/ Categories / Start Times

Fuego XC: Fees / Categories / Start Times 

Fuego XL: Fees / Categories / Start Times

Registration Info

Registration will open in fall 2024.

Onsite registration at the event starts on Wednesday, April 9, 2025 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. 

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.

What's Included

Race Registration includes:

  • Race course support: Feed Zone, medical team 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary 4-day Festival Pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop – Fuego XL only, details below
  • Secure bike valet 
  • Post-race lunch and complimentary Sierra Nevada beer at the Casa Amigos Rider Lounge. Your lunch must be redeemed on the same day of your race/ride.
  • Virtual Athlete Goodie Bag: special offers and discounts from our Sea Otter Classic partners  

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

Casa Amigos Meal Redemption Information

Be sure to check your email for your unique code to redeem your meal at Casa Amigos!
Please note: if you’ve registered for multiple events, you’ll receive multiple unique codes.

If you encounter any issues with your Casa Amigos redemption code, please reach out to

Leadville Qualifying Information

The Sea Otter Fuego XL is a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. There will be 50 LT100 qualifier coins up for grabs at this year’s race. Half of the total LT100 coins will be distributed based on performance and half of the coins will be given away in the Event Lottery at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Only the Fuego XL distance serves as a qualifier for the LT100 MTB.

Half of the coins will be distributed based on performance:

  • Slots will be distributed to each gender and age group (20-29, 30-39, etc.) based on the percentage of total athletes in those age groups, with a minimum of one slot for every age group.
  • The top athletes in each age group will receive the allocated slots.
  • In the event a top athlete elects not to accept a slot, the slot will roll down to the next athlete in the results within the age group.
  • In the event slots are not claimed after the rolldown in each age group, those slots will be allocated to the Event Lottery, as described below.

Half of the coins will be distributed through the Event Lottery:

  • Finishers of the Fuego XL distance will be eligible to win an LT100 MTB coin in the Event Lottery.
  • All finishers under the predetermined maximum finish time who have indicated their desire to participate in the lottery will be entered in the lottery.
  • Names will be drawn from the eligible lottery athletes and slots will be given out.
  • In the event an athlete opts not to accept a slot, the slots will roll down to the next athlete that is drawn until ALL slots have been distributed.
  • Qualification slots must be claimed in person immediately.
  • Registration for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB must be completed and paid for during the designated time offered.
  • Only solo riders completing the required distance under the allotted cutoff time will be considered as potential qualifiers.
  • All registration fees for the LT100 MTB are non-transferable and non-refundable

Pre-Event Course Talks

February 8: Fuego XL/XC and Fuego SHORT – Course discussions, and Q & A

March 7: Carmelo/Pacifico/Robles – Routes discussion and Q & A

March 13SPECIAL EVENT – Hannah Otto Fuego XL Race Preparation – She’ll discuss race strategies, fueling, event logistics, and more, plus Q & A

April 4: Gravity Events: Downhill, Dual Slalom and Enduro – Course discussions, and Q & A

Register for our Course Talks here!

Start Lists

Course Maps

2025 course maps will be posted on March 1, 2025 – Bureau of Land Management – Fort Ord National Monument, and Monterey County permits pending.

Feed Zone Directions

CLICK HERE FOR: Feed Zone Directions

Bag Drop - Fuego XL

LIMITED GEAR BAG DROP is available! This event will transport athlete -provided gear bag to the on-course aid station at mile 12.  Additional nutrition, water, and any mechanical parts and pieces are acceptable for your gear bag – size of bag is limited to 2′ x 2′, and must be labeled with you BIB number. One (1) bag limit per athlete.
Transport will be from the start/finish at 8:30 a.m  and return of your bag following the race (4pm) will be the Bike Valet location.
As a reminder, the second designated location is within 100 yards of start/finish on the track. Athlete-supplied gear bags are allowed in that location as well, and must be placed prior to race start.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up and registration is located at the Hospitality Pavilion. Please see the Festival Map here.

  • 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.

Switch Categories

Email with any inquiries. 


No refunds or transfers of race registration.

Athletes are allowed to defer entry into the following year. This requires payment of a deferral fee equal to 40% of the original paid entry fee. A race entry can only be deferred one time and only to the following year’s event. Deferrals must be completed no later than Sunday, April 14, 2024. Contact for information. 

If you choose to defer and you have purchased retail items during registration, please note the following. Retail purchases can be refunded if you selected to “Pickup” at the venue. Purchases completed as “Ship” cannot be refunded.  Retail purchases will not carry over in a deferred entry. 

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

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

Prize Purse

Cross Country Prize Purse1st2nd3rd4th5th
Elite Men Fuego XC$500$400$300$150$150
Elite Women Fuego XC$500$400$300$150$150
Elite Men Fuego XL$500$400$300$150$150
Elite Women Fuego XL$500$400$300$150$150
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