“A mix of pavement, gravel, sand singletrack oaks and manzanita with plenty of climbing.”
— Darius Rike
Race - Apr 22, 2018
A nice descent, a little too much pavement, some fun singletrack, a beach, a climb through the trees, some more pavement, some more fun singletrack climbing to the rock, descending through some tight twisty turns, some gravel road, another climb, some more road climbing the last two sisters, another singletrack descent, a long grind and then a final descent and tough singletrack climb out to the Laguna Seca Raceway.
Need to Know
Turn by turn instructions will be posted on the Sea Otter Site one week before the race. Also, keep in mind that the course may change at the last minute due to race day conditions.
This years course starts out on the Laguna Seca Raceway, heads out onto Barloy Canyon road for a little and then up to the top of Lookout Ridge Road
. As usual the course takes you down Lookout Ridge Road
but for the Cat 2 riders this year you get to head up trail 50 and then head out Sandstone Ridge Road
to drop down the beach, climb 82, do the full 49, climb up 42 (Red Rock).
At the top of 42, you'll turn right on Three Sisters Road
and then drop down Trail 43 (Ewok)
and then take a left to start your climb back to Laguna Seca via the grind (Pilarcitos Canyon Road). Of course just when you think youre done climbing youll get diverted on Skyline Road
for a bonus loop to drop down into Coach Canyon on trail 47 and do the final climb out to Laguna Seca.
History & Background
This mountain bike racing event has been going on since 1991, was named the Sea Otter Classic in 1993 and is regarded as the worlds premier cycling festival. It's a big deal.