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AMTRAK Century (OCW) ... anybody riding it?

Old 08-18-14, 11:53 PM
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AMTRAK Century (OCW) ... anybody riding it?

My wife and I are signed up to do the AMTRAK Century from Irvine to San Diego. Anybody else planning to ride it?
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Nope. It wasn't even on the radar for me. I need to calendar all of these rides!!!

There has been talk in the past about doing a C/A specific imitation of this ride, just on a different day.
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There is a calendar on the SoCal board!

I really, really wanted to do this ride this year since I seem to have a free day on the 6th but I clean forgot to register and it sells out in about 15 min. I tried registering 2 years ago but woke up 15 min. late (6 am on a Sunday to register? Really?) and missed it.

Have fun! I hear they also have popsicles at the top of the climb near the end.
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route is super simple, a number of years ago socal bf group had our own ride, bout 40 riders, rolling sag truck we all pitched in for. We had ours in December cuz I remember having to do it the morning after my company xmas party and only had 3 hrs of sleep It was dubbed the Burrito century for those that want to search for it.
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Originally Posted by jsigone
route is super simple, a number of years ago socal bf group had our own ride, bout 40 riders, rolling sag truck we all pitched in for. We had ours in December cuz I remember having to do it the morning after my company xmas party and only had 3 hrs of sleep It was dubbed the Burrito century for those that want to search for it.
I think we need to put something like this together. 102 miles ain't so bad. jsigone - would you be up to this in a few months?

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Old 08-19-14, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
jsigone - would you be up to this in a few months?
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shouldn't be a problem....I'm planning to make my CAM comeback this weekend, hope I survive since I missed Cool Breeze over the weekend. I will get dropped on the club ride both ways again but that is part of working back into it
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I'll be riding the Amtrak Century - will be my first.
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Amtrak Century? Don't expect to finish on time?
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For those who ride it, please give us a full ride report, with pix. We want to live vicariously through those who were smart enough to sign up for this!
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TOMORROW is the day! Sadly after the issues I had throughout summer with legs, I have decided to cheat a bit and not do the entire century. Deb, my wife is riding the entire ride (she has been training and is ready), but her BFF and I are going to start at Dana Point (should be about 65 miles, so just over a metric) and connect with her for the remainder of the ride.
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Have a great ride! Can't wait to hear a full report! Should be a great day!
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Originally Posted by iTrek
TOMORROW is the day!
If you see a big group wearing blk n red Celo kit passing by, I'm most likely hanging on still with them. Yell hi!! I'll be most likely wearing my blk cannondale kit riding my fuji. We'll be riding up to San O and back to Carlsbad + bonus miles.
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Go Deb Go!

Um, do you still get a popsicle at the top of Torrey Pines? Good luck, ride safely & enjoy - it should be a gorgeous day.
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Well.........


Where are the pictures? We want pictures, man!
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He's still waiting for an open spot on the train. Jeez dude, relax.
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While I didn't do the entire ride, it was pretty nuts out there and not sure how many pics u will see unless riders stopped to take them. My club ride goes from Carlsbad to San O power plants and turn around before the bike trail near Basilone and heads back south. Us going north bound was nuts, through the Bike trail that goes from Las Pulgus to the camp grounds is pretty narrow, 2 a breast is max on each lane. Groups were riding 5 wide into on coming traffic and not moving over at all. They got some nice F bombs from me I was only in a group of 3 as I got dropped already at this point. That riding attitude lead to what we saw on the return trip heading south right before the sag at the Las Pulgas gate. 2 riders was laid out, big group around them and head being stabilized by others. Very Very $hitty. In a group of four, we're on the very wide run way before this point since it's "safer". A rider coming up was being a bad looky loo and start veering right into us. I had to scream HEADS UP and that guy finally saw us very close to him, his eye widened. I was happy we got out of the crazy zone, it was sorta calm through the base but lots of slower riders 2-5 a breast had our group nearing on the yellow line to pass. Not much traffic on base so it was sorta OK at that point. While on base we saw the ambulance going to help the guy on the run way. Mind you it was the 3rd one we saw that morning

Oceanside wasn't eventful, in Carlsbad we stopped at the Grand Deli for a Ham n cheese omelet and 2 cokes. I needed fuel pretty good as I was at mile 62 already and had only 2 cliff bars and 4 bottles of water cuz it was humid n hot already. Continued down the coast some more, leap frogging groups when safe to get in the street, actually road in the lanes over the bike line 70% of the time....there was allot of riders out. I had my go pro in my pocket but I was riding pretty defensive since there was so much bike traffic and cars around, so never took it out. Refilled a bottle @ Trek super bikes across from the Solona beach train depot, checked to see if a friend was working, she managed to get a saturday off. All the mechs and sales guys knew me and what happened so they were happy to see I was back in a kit and out there kicking my own but. Bought two packs of sports beans and ate them while chatting. Back on the road, back in the heat. I was a sweating mess. Garmin was reading 88-90* at this point, glad we had a slight tail wind to help push a bit. Going into Torrey Pine hill at mine 80, I felt good at the bottom, my gearing was meant for the flatter stuff, 36/23 was my low gear so I had to climb at 10mph ish or I'd loose cadence and burn what ever matches left off the saddle. Near the top was very hot and no wind at all I was a boiling sweaty blob. Lots of evasive moves made to void other riders that was crawling and zig zagging all over the bike lane and out over the line. Scary!! I saw the popsicle sag stop right over the crest of Torrey Pines hill. OOOO it looked so good, but I pushed on w my 1 full bottle to get me to my stop. I had a family outing at a Chinese buffet I was riding too down off Miramar Road. Grandma just turned 94!! So I was time sensitive about my stops.

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I also saw the riders down near Las Pulgas and as we rode up into Camp Pendelton saw an ambulance on the way. It was a nice day and a good ride, my first century. With so many riders it was a bit crazy in areas where a lot of us were together, especially dealing with afternoon auto traffic in the city of San Diego. Some of the intersections were less than ideal and drivers were a bit overwhelmed dealing with large groups.

It got pretty hot about 1/2 way up Torrey Pines grade, but I felt good, was well hydrated and had no trouble with it. And the popsicle at the top really hit the spot. Seemed like they were frozen close to absolute zero they were so cold. OCW did an impressive job organizing all the moving parts. Train rolled into Irvine about 6:30, exactly 12 hours after I started the ride.
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congrats on your first century!!!
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I'll write more later, but it was a great ride. My wife did the century. I did Metric. Definitely on my radar for doing full century next year.
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