October 29, 2016
I used to live 5-10 minutes from one of the Fort Ord trailheads and absolutely love the area. Since I moved away many new, well maintained trails have been added. The trail system is a mix of single track and fire roads, and you can ride for 4 hours without hitting the same trail twice. The riding in general is not very technical, with very few rocks, roots or other obstacles. There are a few trails (Goat Trail in particular) that are very fast and fun. A hardtail is quite at home here and I'd suspect that would be the weapon of choice for most pros racing Sea Otter. There are some decent climbs in the area but not what I would consider "mountainous."
Fort Ord is also a great place for roadies too, with many abandoned roads left over after the military moved out. It's nice to ride roads where there is no fear of being hit by a car.
If you are looking for a more technical challenge, Toro Park is right next door on the Salinas Hwy 68 corridor. Steeper hills with generally less well maintained trails = more speed & technical challenge.
None that I can really think of.