That's right, we're holding our favorite ride of the year, the Solana Beach Train Ride! We'll leave the Irvine Amtrak Train Station, do some climbing, and then ride down the coast to Solana Beach. After enjoying some of the best pizza you will ever eat and a beverage of your choice, you'll put your bike on a U-Haul and board a train (Amtrak Train #785 departing at 4:36pm) for the ride back up to Irvine.
We will be riding through Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton which for heightened security reasons has changed their "open access" for cyclicsts through the base. All cyclists who wish to enter Camp Pendleton must now request access before doing so. Cyclists are now only allowed on base between the Las Pulgas Gate and Oceanside Main Gate, on the approved bike route. The request is free, can take 7 days for approval, and must be completed yearly.
For that reason we will be closing the sale of tickets for our Solana Beach ride 2-weeks prior the date of our ride.
This link will take you to the Base Access page which also contains some FAQ's on access to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton:
Click the purple "Camp Pendleton Bike Route Access" button and you will be taken to a short form to fill out. "I understand that persons desiring access to the installation are subject to all security and installation access requirements, including a background check. I also understand that if granted access to MCB CAMPEN for the purpose of recreational bicycling, the duration of this access will not exceed 365 days from the day access was granted."
The route is 63 miles and starts from the Amtrak Station and takes us down through San Juan Capistrano before taking you to San Clemente and on to Solana Beach. If you have ridden about 40 miles and done some climbing, this ride offers the perfect opportunity to increase your mileage, ride some absolutely great roads and increase your training level and overall level of fitness. If you are wondering if you are ready for this ride, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to discuss it with you.
You MUST REGISTER for this ride via EventBright, please note you can only purchase one ticket at a time as each person must agree to the liability waiver. This is our MOST popular ride of the year and space is limited. Registration fee is $25 (plus EventBrite fee) which goes toward the rental of the U-Haul and incidentals required to put on the event. $25 fee does NOT cover the cost of your pizza or the train fare. Pizza and train details will only be provided to ticket holders. DO NOT WAIT TO REGISTER! We anticipate a packed registration. We will not be wait listing anyone! We limit the number of riders based upon bike shipping UHaul capacity so do not miss out on this great riding opportunity!
This is an official OCRA training ride. We will be abiding by ALL traffic laws and by ALL OCRA rules. You must be present and you be ready-to-roll BEFORE the last safety speech. The last safety speech is at 7:30 am. If you have not attended a safety speech prior to route closing you will not be permitted to particpate offically in this ride. Refunds will not be provided under any circumstances.
This is a fully supported ride with sweep vehicles and food stops. It is imperative and a requirement that each rider also bring along the standard following items:
- Spare tire tubes
- Water bottles (1 with water and another with your favorite eloctrolyte replacement drink) or camel back
- Munchies to snack on during the ride (in case you need it) - food and water will be supplied at all rest stops however should you need something between rest stops please always have something on you (Gu or Blocks etc.)