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Gravel Race

La Gravilla

This isn’t your typical gravel race — this is flowy singletrack, wide-open fire roads and all the natural beauty of the Fort Ord National Monument. This is La Gravilla. 

From a gnarly climb at the start, racers navigate rolling roads, sandy climbs and rocky pinch points across 65 miles. Test your gravelly grit and elevate yourself to new levels of endurance at this one-of-a-kind off-road event. La Gravilla is categorized by ability and age classes, and we offer Para and Non-binary categories.

Top-three finishers in each category receive medals, and winners receive a custom jersey. All La Gravilla riders will receive: 

  • Fully supported race course 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary four-day festival pass 
  • Complimentary post-race showers 
  • Secure bag drop 
  • Secure bike valet 
  • Fully catered buffet lunch 
  • Complimentary Sierra Nevada beer 
  • Commemorative water bottle
  • Exclusive access to the Casa Amigos Rider Lounge*

*All La Gravilla riders receive access to the Casa Amigos Rider Lounge — an elevated post-race athlete experience complete with showers, catered lunch, unique Sea Otter swag and swapping race highlights and stories with other riders. 

Prize Purse

Gravel Prize Purse1st2nd3rd4th5th
Open Men$500$400$300$150$150
Open Women$500$400$300$150$150

What's Included

Race Registration includes:

  • Fully supported race course 
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary 4-day Festival Pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop 
  • Secure bike valet 
  • Fully catered buffet lunch (10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday)
  • Complimentary Sierra Nevada beer 
  • Commemorative water bottle
  • Exclusive access to the Casa Amigos Rider Lounge 

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

Fees/Categories/Schedule

La Gravilla: Fees / Categories / Schedule 

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

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 Facebook, 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 – 7pm PST – New Carmelo route plus Q&A on all events
Sunday, February 19 – 4pm PST – Participant Q&A on all events
Tuesday, March 8 – 7pm PST – Fuego XL/XC and Fuego SHORT course plus Q&A on all events
Thursday, March 30 – 7pm PST -La Gravilla route plus Q&A on all events
Monday, April 10 – 7pm 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!

Information

Online registration opens November 1, 2022. Onsite registration at the event starts on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 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. No refunds, transfers, or rollovers of race 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.

Switch Categories

Coming soon. View your registration & purchase details, complete self-edits such as transfers, and purchase any additional merchandise.

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

Policies

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

Deferral 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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