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Oceanside

Oceanside Double Century

May 05 2019
Oceanside, California, USA

Beautiful climbs up Montezuma and Mesa Grande with an awesome 4,000 Foot descent down Banner Grade to lunch!! This ride has it all starting near the Ocean, climbing to the Mountains, descending to the Desert, climbing to the Mountains, and descending back to the Ocean.

The Borrego and Oceanside Double Centuries are the only California Triple Crown Double that showcases the desert, mountains, and the ocean featured on the California Triple Crown Logo, all in one day.

The logistics of this ride are made more convenient for many riders with a start and finish in the beautiful city of Oceanside. Miles: 194, with a 130 & 150 option that leaves out the loop to the Borrego desert.  Total elev. is 14,600 for the double. This is the perfect double for those who like to enjoy moderate 4-6% grades of climbing.  One advantage is you can opt to leave the driving to Amtrak, or Metrolink, as the train station is one mile to the ride start/finish, & other motels. Oceanside will welcome you with it's beautiful lighthouse and harbor.  Hearing the ocean waves crash as you begin your trek south, will be your good morning welcome to the Oceans' side as you travel south to Encinitas.  Then east bound, you'll start a very gradual, pleasnat ascent with continual changes in scenery.  Your goal is 4 moderately sustained climbs.  These are not steep, nor are they rolling, they are sustained 5 mile 4-6 grades, which become flat to the next one.

First is Ramona, then Old Julian Rd., then up to Julian.  All smooth pavement, & scant traffic when you'll be riding it, in the morning.

From Julian, you will soar down 4,000 feet on the awesome 17 mile Banner Grade heading out of the mountains towards the back side of Borrego Springs. The lunch in Borrego Springs will power you right up the 11 mile Montezuma grade.  Montezuma could be hot, & or could be windy, which is why you are starting early, to beat both; 4am, which you will be thankful for when you are on it.

From the summit, you will soar down towards Lake Henshaw, for RS 4, then a 20 mile flat stretch along the bottom of Mt. Palomar, which you by-pass.  A 5 mile descent & on over to Cole Grade Rd., for your Fresh Fruit Smoothie stop. Just ahead is the last significant climb and, it is the steepest one, but do NOT let it intimdate you!  3.5 miles, which is 8, and the last one mile is 9 %, hidden from your view, as you start up this bowl-shapped climb.  Cole Grrade steers you away from the roads with casinos & climbing with constant traffic buzzing by.

Your main road back is Lilac is winds around quite a bit,  but is only about a 2-3% grade.  When you cross over the fwy. on a very high-up bridge you' continue another 5 mile of descent to Bonsal, RS 6.  The last 13.5 miles are flat.  When you get on the bike path for the last seven mile stretch, you'll begin to smell the ocean!  One more mile and you are in, Finished!  Dinner is served in the Breakfast nook of the motel, where you check in at the Finish line! 

This entire course has smooth paved roads, very few signals,light traffic,lots of variety in scenery, great food, excellent water, great supplements at every Rest Stop. and terrific Volunteer support!  


Oceanside Double Century 2017

 
Routes: 194 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Entry Limit: 150
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

Start Time: 4:00 am to beat the heat later in the day, on the climb out of the desert.

You may start earlier than 4am.  Stage Racers start @ 4:30 am; picture at 4:40am.same place/ below pier.  These pics might be put on the jersey if they turn out, w the extra lighting.

Group Photo at 4:10am infront of the ocean, south of the Oceanside Pier, which will be above you.

Finish: 20 hrs to finish.  Midnight is the cut off time.

What's Included?

There are 6 Rest Stops plus dinner & breakfast on Sunday @ the motel Ride Start/Finish, Days Inn,

1201 Carmelo, Oceanside, CA. (there are two Days Inn's in Oceanside.)

Prize / Race Categories

There are trophies for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Winners of the Oceanside Stage Race.

You must have signed up in the Stage Race category and completed Mulhuland D.C. before this one.

The 3rd Stage Race is the Terrible Two, in June.

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Sign On Desk
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Downloadable GPS files
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
 
Start Address: Oceaside Days Inn 1501 Carmelo Drive ,Oceanside, CA. 92054
 
 
 
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May 05 2019 - EVENT: Oceanside Double Century