Sea Otter race tracks may seem lightweight as compared to, say, an EWS track. but the bottom line is that it's a level playing field. No, there isn't 8,000 feet of elevation gain, nor are there hour-long liaison stages that will crush your soul. But that's because this is the Sea Otter. It's serious racing, for sure, but at the same time, it's meant to be fun, and other than the poor bastard who blew a corner on the bottom of stage 3 right into a massive shrub of poison oak, I'd say that all the racers had a good time pinning it on tracks that give a nod to all aspects of MTB racing at Sea Otter: DH, XC, and Dual Slalom.
This year saw an exact repeat of last year's tracks, which was good, as racers had only 90 minutes of open training on stages 1 and 4 - the Sea Otter DH and Dual Slalom tracks - before it was go time. Stages 2 and 3, on the other hand, were non-technical, heavy pedal XC type tracks that demanded every last ounce of fitness to excel on; but racers could run as many laps as they felt were prudent the day prior to the Classic - ample time to dial in their lines.