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Beginner, Intermediate, Para, Non-Binary, Hardtail, Juniors: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Expert, Elite: Sunday, April 21, 2024 

Race against the clock alongside other riders of similar age and ability at the Sea Otter Downhill. After shuttling to the top of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, gravity athletes will gaze across miles of rolling hills and roaring crowds before descending down the big berms and technical turns of the sandy Monterey hillside.

After overhauling the upper section of the course in 2023, BMX pro and shovel wizard Alex Fowler is back with his wrecking crew from Action Sports Construction to continue the course improvements in 2024. Get ready for big air, sprints to the finish and plenty of chances to SEND IT down the untried terrain.

Downhill is categorized by ability and age classes, and we offer Para, Non-binary and Hardtail categories. See below for race inclusions.

For the safety of all athletes, parents/coaches are not permitted to run/ride/accompany junior athletes on the course.

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.

Coaches or parents are welcome to register to accompany their Junior racer. Registration allows access to practice sessions during the designated Juniors practice sessions only.

Coaches/parents must be ages 18 and over. Registration includes all benefits, including post-race meal at Casa Amigos. Coaches and parents are not permitted on the course during any races.

To register, click here.

  • Race course support
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary 4-day Festival Pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop 
  • Secure bike valet
  • Participant shuttle (bikes and racers only) 
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

Register for our Course Talks here!

ThursdayElite / Expert / Jr. Expert (Includes Jr. Expert boys/girls 15-16/17-18) 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ThursdayJuniors (NO Jr. Expert boys/girls 15-16/17-18) 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ThursdayIntermediate / Beginner / Para/ Non-Binary/ Hardtail5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
FridayElite 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
FridayJuniors (NO Jr. Expert boys/girls 15-16/17-18)10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
FridayExpert/Jr Expert (Includes Jr. Expert boys/girls 15-16/17-18)1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
FridayIntermediate / Beginner / Para/ Non-Binary/ Hardtail3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SaturdayIntermediate / Beginner / Para/ Non-Binary/ Hardtail8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
SaturdayJuniors (NO Jr. Expert boys/girls 15-16/17-18)12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
SundayElite 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
SundayExpert /Jr Expert (Includes Jr. Expert boys/girls 15-16/17-18)11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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.)

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.   

For the safety of all athletes, parents/coaches are not permitted to run/ride/accompany junior athletes on the course.

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.

Prize Purse

Downhill Prize Purse1st2nd3rd4th5th
Elite Men$500$400$300$150$150
Elite Women$500$400$300$150$150
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