The SD50: Oceanside to San Diego 50 Mile Skate-Bike

Sunday, October 18, 2009 Roll At 8:30 AM

The SD50 is a recreational skate from Oceanside to downtown San Diego. A bit less than 50 miles is covered, primarily along the Pacific Coast Highway following our stunning coastline. The skate is structured to accomodate any skater provided you are comfortable on the open road and on hills and can cover 50 miles in 5 hours or less. We skate at our own pace but we try to stay in groups and we will have regular regrouping and rest points.

Cyclists are very welcome to join in the fun. Cyclists typically participate fully in the event, riding at the approximate speed of the skaters and, if comfortable, helping lead pacelines and providing a brake down steeper hills.

The event is followed by lunch. This year we will be having lunch at the Karl Strauss brewpub two blocks from the end of the skate.

Meet: Oceanside Amtrak station parking lot. You'll see the skaters.

Start Time: Be ready to roll at 8:30am.

Getting There: There are two Amtrak trains from downtown San Diego (SAN) to Oceanside (OSD) in the morning, one at 6:10 that arrives at 7:01 and one at 7:05 that arrives at 7:55. You can buy tickets online. Tickets are $14. If you arrive by car you can park in the Amtrak parking lot and return by train in the afternoon.

SAG: We do not have a SAG. If anyone is interested in being a SAG driver let us know (a vehicle can be provided). Aside from good karma and eternal gratitude from the skaters we'll provide an excellent lunch at Karl Strauss in token recompense.

Bailing Out: There is a train station in Solana Beach, approximately the half-way point. In the worst case we'll retrieve any stranded skaters by car at the end of the event.

Carrying Stuff: Since we don't have a SAG you'll have to carry whatever you need during the skate. We'll have a car at the San Diego Amtrak station so people going up to Oceanside from San Diego can leave any stuff they need at the end of the skate there.

Length of the event: Participants should be able to complete the event in 5 hours or less so we'll finish by 1:30 at the lastest, assuming all goes well.

Maps: Will be provided at the start.

Refreshment break: We will stop at a cafe at the half-way point (Solana Beach) for a refreshment break.

Finish: San Diego Amtrak Station.

Lunch: At Karl Strauss, 1157 Columbia St, 2 blocks from the finish. Prices: $9 for a Cheeseburger to $30 for the Filet Mignon. Beer!

Getting home: If you are going back to Oceanside there are northbound trains leaving San Diego at 10:35, 12, 12:55, 3, 4, 5:20, 6:20, 8:20 and 9:15. You can buy tickets online. Tickets are $14.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Please RSVP again even if you have RSVP'd earlier. If you didn't RSVP before and you don't RSVP now or ever you can still show up at the event but is helpful to know who is coming ahead of time. Let us know if you are skating or biking. If skating and you are new to SDSE let us know your approximate speed and experience level to help us in planning. A cell phone number would also be very helpful so we can reach you, if necessary, during the skate.

Last updated on 9/28/2009  8:13 PM PST ML
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