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Robles Tour

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Cover a diverse collection of terrain across a 26-mile off-road trek in the Robles Tour. Uniquely designed for both MTB and gravel riders, Robles combines forest service roads and smooth trails for a stunning ride among the oaks across the historic Fort Ord National Monument. Choose your riding adventure on this untimed recreational ride for all ages and abilities (including eBikes). Take in the scenic vistas at a comfortable pace or crank up the heat and push yourself to the limit.

NEW FOR 2023 Robles riders can choose to ride the full 26-mile course or sample the shortened 15-mile course that is designed for the whole family to ride. 

All riders will receive:

  • Fully supported race course (four aid stations with snacks and water)
  • Route mechanical support
  • Complimentary parking 
  • Complimentary four-day festival pass 
  • Complimentary post-ride showers 
  • Secure bag drop 
  • Secure bike valet 
  • Fully catered buffet lunch (10 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday–Sunday)
  • Complimentary Sierra Nevada beer 
  • Commemorative finisher medal
  • Exclusive access to the Casa Amigos*

*All Robles riders receive access to the Casa Amigos — an elevated post-ride athlete experience complete with showers, catered lunch and swapping ride highlights & stories with other riders. 


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:

REGISTER HERE and then watch your spam folder in case your confirmation email with call details lands there.

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

Start List

CLICK HERE to view the start list. This list is updated each week on Monday.

Have Questions? Contact:

Course Map


The start location is the Sea Otter Bridge. Here is how to get to the start/finish: See the FESTIVAL MAP.

Course Map is here:

This route can be downloaded in the following formats: GPX, KML, TCX, FIT, JPEG, JIF, PNG, or PDF. 

Turn by turn instructions are located on plotaroute. 



The start location is the Sea Otter Bridge. Here is how to get to the start/finish: See the FESTIVAL MAP.

Course Map is here:


This route can be downloaded in the following formats: GPX, KML, TCX, FIT, JPEG, JIF, PNG, or PDF. 

Turn by turn instructions are located on plotaroute. 

Registration Info

Online registration opened November 1, 2022. 


You must register at least one day before your scheduled event.


No refunds or transfers of ride registration.

Registration packets must be picked up in person and you must present a valid photo ID. Pre-registered riders may pick up registration packets on race day morning. See ride schedule.

Packet Pick-up

Arriving at the Venue 

Whether you plan to arrive at Sea Otter via car, bike or public transportation, you should review the directions to the venue before you set out. Many roads surrounding Laguna Seca will be closed to traffic during the event so you should plan your route in advance and allow ample time when you arrive at Sea Otter to get to your destination. Gran Fondo routes start at the Tire Bridge and finish in the Raceway Paddock.

  • 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 ride. 


Rider Support includes mechanical and SAG support (including mobile tech) along the way. Enthusiastic volunteers provide fuel and hydration at the rest stations that dot the course. We also offer bike-and-bag valet service which you can take advantage of before and after the ride.


Children aged 12 and up are welcome to participate in the Robles Tour when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pedaling children only; no trailers allowed.

Rider Safety Rules

For your safety and the safety of other riders and pedestrians on the course, please familiarize yourself with the following safety rules: 
  • Obey all traffic laws. Riders are required to be familiar with California bicycle safety laws. Violators may be ticketed by local law enforcement, removed from the ride, or banned from future Life Time Sea Otter events. Visit here for more information:
  • Yield to those with the right of way. All recreation trails and roads within the Gran Fondo routes are open to the public. Please be courteous to other users and yield when necessary. 
  • Ride safely and predictably. This includes riding single-file. Any rider found to be riding illegally, unsafely, recklessly, or discourteously will be removed from the Gran Fondo and banned from future Life Time Sea Otter events. 
  • Helmets are required for all riders. Only ANSI- or Snell-approved helmets are allowed. 
  • No headphones allowed. 
  • Bicycles only, including tandems. No tricycles, trailers, or other rigs. No personal support vehicles. No passengers allowed. 
  • No unregistered participants. All riders must display their Gran Fondo number (on jersey and handlebars) and wear their Gran Fondo wristband. Unregistered riders will be prohibited from accessing certain areas of the course and will not have access to refueling stations and post-ride activities. 
  • Be prepared for all weather conditions. Gran Fondo rides are held rain or shine. Life Time Sea Otter Classic maintains the right to alter the routes based on permit restrictions, current conditions, or construction impacts.

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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 ride entry can only be deferred one time and only to the following year’s event. Deferrals must be completed no later than Sunday, April 16, 2023. 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

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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