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The Most Diverse Bicycle Club in Orange County
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Bus Return $130.00 Non Member (Membership Not Required)

Bus Return OCW members $124.00
See Member discount code in Amtrak Section, must be logged in

No Bus Return $90.00 Non Member (Membership Not Required)

No Bus Return OCW Members $84.00
See Member discount code in Amtrak Section, must be logged in

Jersey $75.00

Sun Sleeves $35.00

T-Shirt $18.00

Amtrak Train Update 7/18/2018

The OCW Amtrak Century has been the premier cycling event in Southern California for over 40 years. We strive to continue this tradition, but encountered a few unforeseen challenges.

As many of you know we had to delay the release of Amtrak Registration to July 8, due to the many challenges getting this ride to fruition; Some of the issues are stated below: 

The private Amtrak Charter Train was not available this year, so we started negotiations with North County Transportation District (NCTD) using Coaster Equipment.  Before the final negotiations, we were informed of some legal issues and that the Coaster did not allow food and drinks on their trains! What would a party train be without food and drinks?! 

Therefore, another decision has been made. 2018 Amtrak Century riders will ride in style from San Diego to Irvine on deluxe private Party Buses!  Each bus holds 56 passengers, Onboard restroom, Sound system via CD input, (no MP3 or wireless), Large reclining seats, Cold air conditioning, and you will be allowed to bring your snacks and liquid refreshments.

Signed up for Amtrak 2018? If you are not registered on the Camp Pendleton base and wish to take that route during the Amtrak event, you MUST register online by July 22, 2018

No matter when you registered under the old online system, that form of access to the base will end on September 30th (which is after Amtrak 2018).

New cyclists that do not register online before July 22nd and cyclists whose old registration expires will be required to register for a DBIDS bicycle pass.

To get a DBIDs bicycle pass, Individuals will need to go to the Main/Vandegrift Boulevard Visitors Center (South entrance) and are required to show a valid government issued photo ID or passport, as well as having their photograph and fingerprints taken. The visitor's center hours are Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Amtrak Century's primary route continues to include a few miles of the Southbound 5 Fwy shoulder between Las Pulgas and Harbor exits. The wide shoulder is a legal bike route, maintained by Cal Trans and is the most efficient route choice. You decide what route works for you!

For questions regarding base access, please call 760-763-8435.

Message from Daniel de Vise'

The following was sent to OCW from Dan de Vise', our guest speaker at the July General Meeting:

Thank you again for hosting a terrific book talk on July 12 in the O.C.! The tour (twenty cities and counting) has gone great. Along the way, I have met several actual characters from the book (!), including Greg's father and sisters, his friends Cliff Young, Ron Kiefel and Frank Kratzer, and his first team sponsor, Roland Della Santa. The book has also gotten some great press, including reviews in the Washington Post and Seattle Times, excerpts published by VeloNews and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and features in the La Crosse and Reno papers (Kathy's and Greg's respective home towns). I also wrote an article for the Chicago Reader about my own family's experience crossing the country on bicycle in Dust Bowl era. Thank you again to everyone who bought the book: Your generosity in supporting both the talk and the book has been invaluable. And thank you for continuing to support the project - - every purchase, every rating or review on Amazon or Goodreads, and every word-of-mouth recommendation to another potential reader is huge.    

All the best, 

Dan de Visé

The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France


Amber Neben Womens Camp News

Fresh off her 2018 National Championship Time Trial performance, Amber Neben has reached out to our female members to tell us about an exciting camp she is hosting. Here are the details:

Velocious Cycling Adventures is hosting a 4 day women's camp (retreat) in Solvang in October.  They want to keep it small and hands on with a max of 15 riders.  The education will be top notch and will be catered to the interests of the people there, anything from the day to day to planning a season to nutrition to climbing to time trialing to gravel/mtb riding.  The idea is to create a really fun four days for women to learn, hang out, ride bikes, and escape.  Serena Gordon and I will be the pro women.

I wanted to share with your OCW ladies.  We are trying to get some early commitments.  

They can email me or

The weblink is here:

This is a great opportunity to learn from the best. Amber is 43 and has won the past two USA National Time Trial championship so she clearly knows what she is doing when it comes to training and nutrition.


Jensie Gran Fondo September 29, 2018

OCW members are offered a 20% discount off entry for Jensie Gran Fondo September 29, 2018.  Spectacular location in Marin County.  See:

Please contact John Renowden (President) to receive your 20% discount code

New Starting Time for Regular OCW Sunday Rides

Set your alarm clocks forward on Sunday as  our regular Sunday ride will now start at 8:00 AM. It will change back to 9:00 AM after the end of Summer.