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Presented by Bosch

Friday, April 19, 2024

The Bulls eMTB Race presented by Bosch is built to challenge modern eBikes and their riders. Steep climbs and technical descents make the course as difficult as normal bike racing, only different. An exciting spectator sport, racers will complete one hour of racing on circuits within the Laguna Seca venue. All race categories finish on the overall race leader’s lap. The eMTB race is categorized by ability and age and we offer Para and Non-binary categories.

See below for race inclusions.


View details here for eMTB Race: 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 course support
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary 4-day Festival Pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop
  • 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

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

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

Register for our Course Talks here!


We have (2) classes for racing

  • Age-graded classamateur, participatory and fun
    • All amateur categories, including novice categories are eligible.
    • Men and Women Age Groups; 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • Elite class

Course Map

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

Equipment Regulations

Age-graded: E-bike with a Class 1 Label (and as follows)

  • Pedal-assisted e-Bikes must have Class 1 label
  • Only a single battery allowed (no spares) and battery range extenders are prohibited.
  • A pedal assist bicycle only. No pedaling, no power assist.
  • Top speed with power assist is 20 mph and power assist stops if speed is above 20 mph
  • Maximum 750w output, no throttle allowed
  • Aftermarket e-Bike kits /modifications are prohibited.

Open: E-bike with a Class 1 Label (and as follows):

  • Only pedal-assisted E-bikes with motors from the following verified manufacturers are allowed:  
    • Bosch
    • Bafang
    • Brose
    • Shimano
    • Yamaha
    • Fazua
    • Aventon Ramblas
    • TQ Motors
  • *Manufacturers of other brands that can demonstrate compliance with these principles can petition for start recognition by 
  • submit information to prior to event day.
  • Equipment present in the inspection corral may be tested and possibly ridden to verify equipment
  • A pedal-assist bicycle only. No pedaling, no power assist.
  • Top speed with power assist is 20 mph and power assist stops if speed is above 20 mph
  • Maximum 750w output, no throttle allowed
  • Aftermarket e-Bike kits /modifications are prohibited.

​Race staff will complete equipment inspections post-race to the top three in the Elite Category, and random pre-race equipment inspections for all race categories.

Limited demo eMTBs may be available from BULLS for use during the race.  When registering online for the race, you can request to be contacted by BULLS for information regarding their demo program.

eMTB Race Regulations

We recognize e-bikes as human powered bicycles and encourage the operation of e-bikes in a manner that maintains the human powered bicycle characteristics in order to continue to enjoy and advocate access to public lands where allowed. The principles of design are to assist with the normal power and acceleration ranges of the human rider. E-bikes that are modified or designed to reach limits beyond normal human riding power outputs, high power output, and power-assisted speeds greater than 20 mph or excessive acceleration assistance, are not allowed, nor welcomed, as they jeopardize access of the sport on public lands.

Pre-race Inspections: All bicycles and racer helmets must be taken through Inspection prior to competing for the purpose of inspecting timing chip function, helmet, number assignment, and equipment contingency eligibility. Safety equipment and bicycle eligibility are the sole responsibility of the racer.

Racers must be in the race start area prior to their assigned start time to allow for pre-race inspections by race officials. Equipment will be visually inspected to insure all equipment is in compliance with posted Race Regulations.

Post-race Inspection/Impound: After the race inspection, the top three overall racers, as well as any other racer requested by the event official to do so, must leave their bicycle at a designated impound area until released by the official. The Impound Area will be located adjacent to the Finish Area. Top finishers will be directed to Impound at the completion of the race to await post-race inspection and testing. Racers may request to test ride another competitor’s bicycle while in Impound in order to confirm bike eligibility.  Bicycles may not be removed from Impound until directed by the race official.

Results: Racers have 20 minutes to finish the race after the overall winner takes the checkered flag. A racer may question the results within the 30-minute period following posting of the final results. After 30 minutes, awards will be given out and results will be final unless a protest is pending; provided, however, that the issuance of official results does not exempt racers who competed in the event from penalties for rules violations issued by Life Time Sea Otter Classic following the protest period.

Protests must be in writing and forwarded to the race director. Racers may only protest matters regarding a class in which they were a registered competitor.

Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the Race Director based on the severity of the offense and may include one or more of the following: position(s), lap(s), time adjustment, or disqualification.

Start List

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

Prize Purse

eMTB Prize Purse1st2nd3rd
Elite Men$500$400$300
Elite Women$500$400$300
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