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Sea Otter Classic Cross Country Fuego
Thu April 20 - Sun April 23
Fuego tests the fire of each athlete by way of sandy climbs and flowy singletrack of the Fort Ord National Monument. Your inner spark will ignite with the starting pistol to motivate your mind and body over this challenging and fun course. After traversing Fort Ord’s picturesque hills and trails, Fuego racers roll into *Casa Amigos to swap race highlights over lunch and a beverage. Choose between three unique cross-country distances — Fuego Short, Fuego XC and the Fuego XL. Medals awarded to the top three finishers in each category, and race winners receive a custom jersey.
Fuego Short Course (Junior Racers Only)
This spectator-friendly 3-mile circuit for our young riders (Grades 4-6) gives juniors a taste of the famous Sea Otter sandy climbs. Participants will start and finish at the Sea Otter Classic bridge with multiple viewing spots for lots of encouragement and support. Parents: after you grab a front-row seat for the sizzling action, you can join your juniors for post-race lunch at Casa Amigos* by purchasing an additional lunch with registration.
The boiling point is set at approximately 26 miles for this XC course that gains 3,900 feet over sandy climbs, flowy singletrack and Fort Ord’s diverse habitat and beautiful landscape. One of the most long-standing events at Sea Otter, the iconic XC race begins on Sunday and refines rookie riders into seasoned vets from the start to the finish line.
Turn the burners on high for the exciting Fuego XL, a two-lap marathon event covering approximately 70 miles and 7,800 feet of elevation change and earn the title of El Campeon de Fuego…The Fuego XL also kicks off the 2023 Life Time Grand Prix, the newest off-road cycling series of seven iconic race events. Watch 70 of the best cyclists in the country crank up their 2023 season and compete for a $250,000 prize purse. Not only will Fuego XL kick off the 2023 Life Time Grand Prix—but it’s also now a qualifier for the iconic Race Across the Sky: the 2023 Stages Cycling Leadville Trail 100 MTB on August 12, 2023, in Leadville, Colorado. Course closure for qualifying is at 3pm. Learn How to Qualify here, or in the drop-down below.