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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. Registration includes a four-day festival pass, hydration zone access, chip timing, shuttle service, complimentary parking, medals to the top-three finishers in each category, and custom jerseys for race winners.

View details here for Downhill: Fees / Categories / Start Times 

Early Bird pricing is available through November 30, 2023. Secure the best price and lock-in your Sea Otter race schedule when you register early.

Online registration opens on Monday, October 9, 2023 for public registration. Early registration available on Monday, October 2, 2023 for Life Time members.

Early Bird pricing is available through November 30, 2023. Secure the best price and lock-in your Sea Otter race schedule when you register early.

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.

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

Start Lists posted beginning March 1, 2024, and are updated each Monday with final start list being available on Monday April 15, 2024.

Have Questions? Contact:

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.

Email with any inquiries. 

  • 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.   

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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