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About the Ride: FAQ

2019 AMTRAK Registration will open in June of 2019
please check back for updates

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Cruise down the California coast with friends and relax and enjoy the train/bus ride home.


The Ride will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. Ride rain or shine

Questions regarding registration:

Contact Jim Walker for any questions regarding your registration, transfer, or refund.

Jim Walker

Jim Walker


Amtrak 2018

Amtrak 2018

Amtrak Century Bike Ride

Come out and join your fellow cyclists in the most scenic biking event down the Southern California Coast! This is 100 miles of road riding from Irvine to San Diego over flat to rolling terrain with approximately 3200’ of elevation gain. You can also celebrate with your friends on the /bus ride back to Irvine.

The day begins in the cool early morning through the flat lands of Irvine before a short climb up to Portola and then heading south. You’ll pedal through the rolling hills of Lake Forest and Mission Viejo on your way to rest stop #1 in San Juan Capistrano.

You’ll continue south to Capistrano Beach and along Pacific Coast Highway with the ocean on your right and a nice flat stretch into San Clemente. The route then takes you through San Clemente to the bike trail, Old Pacific Coast Highway past the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant and thru the State Park. Exiting the park you will continue to ride on the bike trail with a photo opportunity just before the tunnel under the 5 Freeway.  The last section of the bike trail is on the very smooth and fast concrete runway, ending up at rest stop #2 at Las Pulgas Rd.

After topping off your water bottles and refueling with some light snacks, you will turn right and enter the Freeway for a fast & smooth 8 miles.  This section is an approved bike route riding on a newly paved & swept surface that is 8 feet wide.  After exiting on Harbor Drive into Oceanside, you’ll be stopping at rest stop #3, Rotary Park immediatly south of Oceanside Pier for more refreshments and cold water or Gatorade.  Do not dilly dally here because you still have 40 miles to go, including a little rise in the road called the Torrey Pines Grade.

This next section is probably the most scenic riding with the cool breeze and views of the Pacific Ocean through the beach cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana and Del Mar. Leaving Del Mar you are approaching the last major climb up Torrey Pines Grade and the last rest stop #4. Enjoy the cold refreshments, including a popsicle in preparation for the remaining miles, mostly downhill.

The last section takes you past UC San Diego, to the bike trail. Up a short rise on Balboa/Garnett to Morena Blvd and a birds eye view of Mission Bay. The last few miles along Harbor Dr. has beautiful views of San Diego Harbor, the high-rise buildings in downtown San Diego, and a great tail wind to push you to the finish.
There is a sit down lunch served under the big white tent.  

Don’t Miss the Bus!!

Remember to keep your bike rolling at a steady pace of 15 MPH average to arrive in San Diego by 3:00 P.M.   This pace is based on departing Irvine no later than 6:30 A.M., stopping 15 minutes at each rest stop.  If you fall behind schedule, request SAG support to the next rest stop or risk missing the bus ride home.

Ride-a-Longs Jeopardize the Amtrak Century

Please do not allow other riders to tag along without being registered for this event. Even if they don’t use our rest stops and porta-potties, they add to the congestion on the road and this puts our permits in jeopardy. (Our rider numbers are limited by police departments and cities we ride through.) Thank you for your cooperation.


Check In Information

  1. Riders may check-in from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m.
  2. A photo ID and a signed waiver will be required at check-in.
  3. Your waiver and rider number will be emailed to you  prior to the ride.
  4. All registered riders MUST check-in prior to starting the Amtrak Century ride.
  5. Rider check-in is organized in numerical order by your rider number. Check into  the correct line corresponding to your number to receive your rider packet and all items purchased (T-Shirt and Jerseys).
  6. Make sure you have your signed liability release form and picture I.D. prior to waiting in line.
  7. The rider packet will have route slip and appropriate wrist band(s).
  8. All luggage and coolers are required to be tagged with an alpha tag supplied by OCW prior to loading at the luggage drop off area.
  9. It is your responsibility to attach the tag to your personal gear. The alpha tag is for retrieval of your gear in San Diego.
  10. All riders who are under the age of eighteen (18) MUST be accompanied by an adult per the OCW Liability Release Form.
  11.   The Ride will not be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Ride rain or shine

revised 22Jun17 Lee


Update 7/17/2018 10:50 am

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.


Update 7/11/2018  3:30pm
Spoke with the visitor center at the south entrance to Camp Pendleton.  You may be required at the discretion of the Guards at the north end entrance for a 30 day visitor pass.  Only available Monday-Friday 7:30-3:30 at the Visitor Center.  Suggestion, be sure you have adequate identification to identify who you are.  No copies all original documentation.  Which includes Government issued identification, drivers license, passport, etc.  But please register with the online registration 30 days prior to the ride.

Mike Lee 

Update 7/11/2018

This following was posted to the Facebook page:
The online registration is no longer valid. You must get a pass at the visitor center located at the South entrance (Oceanside). It's only good for 30 days, cannot be renewed online and must be on your person to enter and while riding inside the base.
The visitor center phone number is 760-763-8435

This year the official route will be on the 5 Freeway from Las Pulgas Rd to Harbor Dr. exit.  This is an official bike route riding the 8 foot wide shoulder.  If you wish to ride thru Camp Pendleton as an optional unsupported route you must be registered to traverse the Base. To gain access you must register at least 2 weeks prior to the event which is only valid for 365 days.  See the link below and follow the instructions:  (Note. The Base does not provide confirmation of your registration)

Camp Pendleton Registration