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Cycling: Amtrak Century

Find an Amtrak Century interactive map, route profile, and ride description, as well as pictures, personal notes, and more about the Amtrak Century bike ride.
100 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing
Amtrak Century • Route Profile
100 miles 2,700 feet • Recorded with a CicloSport HAC 4

Amtrak Century • Climbs

Mile 78 (cat. 4)

Amtrak Century • Description

The Amtrak Century is a fairly flat and scenic point-to-point ride from Irvine to San Diego, an ideal route for first-timers. Most cyclists return to the starting point in a private Amtrak train, hence the name of the ride.
The start is located at the Irvine Amtrak station. After leading north for a few miles, the ride starts heading south and gradually works its way up to the highest point, Foothill Ranch. The course then descends to the Ocean in Capistrano Beach and follows the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route.
At Las Pulgas (Camp Pendleton), the route continues on Freeway 5 to Oceanside. It then visits a few more beach cities and leads up Torrey Pines. Next, the bike path leads down to San Diego. Instead of heading straight for the Amtrak station, the route passes Sea World and Spanish Landing Park, which offers a great view of the San Diego skyline.

Amtrak Century • Pictures

Amtrak Century • San Diego Skyline
San Diego Skyline
Amtrak Century • Amtrak Surfliner
Amtrak Surfliner

Amtrak Century • Personal Notes

2007
This was Sandra's first century, what a ride.
The most scenic part of the ride overlaps with one of my favorite training rides, Dana Point Century (Southbound).
2008
The cool temperature in the morning and tailwind all day made for a fast ride. I ended up finishing in under five hours riding time (total time was more as I used the stops).
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