Oceanside to San Diego 50 Mile Skate
Saturday, August 9, 2008 8:10 AM
The SD50 - the world-famous
something-less-than-50-mile skate/bike from Oceanside to San Diego will
be held on Saturday, August 9, starting (roll!) at 8:15 at the
Oceanside Amtrak station.
More details to come but here is a
quick outline of the event. We skate and bike from the Oceanside Amtrak
station to the San Diego downtown Amtrak station, mainly along the
Pacific Coast Highway, a route of stunning natural beauty. The skate is
at-your-own-pace but we do keep track of everyone and we do regroup
frequently. The route is almost entirely on the open road with car
traffic and, while most of the pavement is good there are some rough
patches. There are some hills - most notably the challenging climb up
Torrey Pines and some downhills that could be intimidating to some. We
usually have a number of bikes that will help skaters to brake on the
steeper hills. The distance of the skate varies a bit from year to year
- typically it is significantly less than 50 miles square but 50 sounds
much better when boasting on Monday morning to your out-of-shape
colleagues so the official, unverified distance is 50 miles.
We will have maps prepared of the route.
Many people take Amtrak to the Oceanside from the downtown San Diego
station. There is a train that leaves at 6:10am, arriving at 7:01 and
another at 7:05am arriving at 7:55am.
Unfortunately, there are no
trains early enough going south to Oceanside. Many people also drive to
the Oceanside Amtrak station and take the train back to Oceanside at
the end of the skate to pick up their cars. Shoes are required on the train.
If anyone would like to volunteer to drive a SAG vehicle let us know;
otherwise, we're planning on having "course support" but not a SAG
vehicle. "Course support" means that we will have a driver on call is
volunteering to pick up anyone who needs a ride or any sort of
assistance. We will also have a stop at the Solana Beach train station,
approximately the half-way point so anyone who wants to bail out at
that point can hop on the train. We will also have the traditional SAG
station at the top of Torrey Pines with refreshments and supplies.
options: We will have a stop at the Solana Beach Amtrak station,
approximately the half-way point. If you'd like to skate/bike just half
the distance this would be a good point to skate to or from.
festivities: We usually have lunch together in downtown San Diego after
the skate and sometimes more elaborate festivities are planned. More
details to come.
Weather: The temperature will be in the mid-60s
throughout the day, will a firm tailwind blowing down the coast from
Oceanside to San Diego and, although dry and clear, puffy white clouds
will hover directly above the skaters providing delicious, refreshing
shade. This is true, trust us.
PLEASE RSVP! This is will help us
to organize the event. Please provide your cell phone number (cell
phones STRONGLY advised for safety and in keeping the group together)
so we can prepare a list to exchange, and your mode of transportation
(skate or bike). Please pass this information along to other skaters or
Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
We're are always especially glad to have new skaters joining us. The
SD50 is pretty relaxed and a fun event.
updated on 7/15/2008 8:18 PM PST CY
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