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Presented by Bosch

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 2-mile circuits within the Laguna Seca venue and Fort Ord National Monument trails.  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.

Race Registration includes a 4-day Festival Pass, demo bike available, chip timing, complimentary parking, medals to the top three finishers in each category, and race winners receive a custom jersey.

Prize Purse

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


Pre-Event Course Talks

We will be hosting a series of Course Talks to discuss the routes and prepare you for the Sea Otter Classic 2023!. Professional athletes and course designers will join us to provide special tips and insight. You are invited to participate via Zoom or join us when you arrive on site in April. Links and details will be emailed to all registered athletes. Bring your questions and get them answered by the Sea Otter team!

On-line Course Talks:

Monday, January 23 – 6pm PST – New Carmelo Route plus Q&A on all events
Monday, January 23 – 6pm PST – New Route! Gran Fondo Carmelo presented by Outside plus Q&A on all events
Sunday, February 19 – 4pm PST – Participant Q&A on all events
Tuesday, March 8 – 6pm PST – *Fuego XL/XC and Fuego SHORT course plus Q&A on all events
Thursday, March 30 – 6pm PST -La Gravilla route plus Q&A on all events
Monday, April 10 – 6pm PST – Athlete parking, race number pick-up plus Q&A on all events


In-person/on-site Course Talk at Casa Amigos
Thursday April 20 – 7pm PST – Final routes, how best to prepare for your event plus Q&A on all events


Course Map


Coming March 2023!


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.


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+
  • Open class

Equipment Regulations

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

  • Bikes must have Class 1 label
  • Only a single battery allowed (no spares)
  • 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 eBike kits /modifications are prohibited.

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

  • Only E-bikes with motors from the following verified manufacturers are allowed:  
    • Bosch
    • Bafang
    • Brose
    • Shimano
    • Yamaha
    • Fazua
    • *Manufacturers of other brands that can demonstrate compliance with these principles can petition for start recognition by submitting information 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 eBike kits /modifications are prohibited.

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

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.

Registration Info

Online registration opened November 1, 2022. Onsite registration at the event starts on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at noon. Event registration closes at 7:00 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.

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

Switch Categories

Email with any inquiries. 


No refunds or transfers of race registration.

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

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