The ’84 Olympic Loop

Ride the official 1984 Olympic Road Race course in Mission Viejo, CA. This route offers plenty of climbing and vistas for a great group or training ride. We rode this route and documented the specifics in Issue #135.

The Route – Olympiad, Mission Viejo


ParkingVariety of parking, try O’Neill Regional Park
Distance10-20 mi
Ride TypeDoubletrack/Fire road
Route TypeMountain
NotesAt an elevation of 5,689 feet, Santiago Peak looks out from the Cleveland National Forest in the heart of SoCal as the highest peak in Orange County.

Ride the official 1984 Olympic Road Race course in Mission Viejo, CA. This route offers plenty of climbing and vistas for a great group or training ride. We rode this route and documented the specifics in Issue #135.


Florence Joyner Olympiad Park Mission Viejo – Mile Zero

  • We recommend beginning at the Florence Joyner Olympiad Park at the Alicia Crossroad. The park was named after American track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner, who still holds sprint records she set in 1988. The park has ample parking, water, and bathroom amenities, and you can walk around the garden area to view information on past Olympians.
  • From there, ride north along Olympiad to begin the route. Within a mile, you will come upon the original starting line, tiled on the street with poles on either end. Olympiad will end into Marguerite, where the route turns right. After about 2/3 of a mile, turn left onto Mustang Run, and then the first left onto Crucero, a smaller residential street.
  • Continue along Crucero to Hidalgo, and turn left onto Vista del Lago, which is a steep climb up to the highest point in the course at an elevation of about 940 feet. From here, you can get a nearly 360 degree unbroken view of the Mission Viejo foothills and lake. Descend Vista del Lago, and turn right onto Marguerite for a 2.7-mile long descent to the intersection of La Paz. Here you will find the Mission Viejo Public Library, where much of the vintage photography in this issue is archived.
  • Turn left on La Paz, where you will begin a 1.4-mile climb with about 375 feet of elevation gain back to Olympiad road. Make a left on Olympiad, and one last climb will get you back to Flo-Jo Park. Mission Viejo’s roads are well-paved with generous bike lanes throughout. -VP
You May Also Like
Read More

The Route: Let’s Ride PV

Rancho Palos Verdes has some of the best coastal cycling in Southern California. Due to its proximity to the coast it’s usually cooler than any inland areas during the summer months. It has relatively light motor vehicle traffic and bike lanes on the busier roads.
Read More
Read More

The Catalina Coastal Climber

On this route, you’ll be challenged with paved and dirt climbs but breathtaking views that are worth the pain. The only cars you’ll encounter will be golf carts and the trails are generally pretty sparse with people; you will definitely see some wildlife, with a good chance of buffalo sightings. At the top of the coastal climbs, you’ll hear the barking of sea lions swimming in the oceans below.
Read More
Read More

[VIDEO] Bombtrack At The “3 Peaks Cyclocross” | The Toughest Cyclocross Race in the World

The toughest cyclocross race in the world. Staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park since 1961 the Three Peaks is a grandparent to every adventure race that’s come after. The first off-road event of its kind, it follows in the muddy footsteps and tyre tracks of a 14-year-old Yorkshire schoolboy who first completed the arduous route by bicycle in 1959. Since then the course and event have expanded to become the largest and most feared cyclocross in the UK.
Read More
ferris wheel on pier in ocean
Read More

Pier to Pier: Part III

The third part of the Pier to Pier series, we’re continuing our journey down the coast with a ride from Santa Monica to Seal Beach. Depending on your fitness, penchant for urban riding, and size of your party, we’ve outlined some different ways to traverse the horn that separates LA and Orange counties.
Read More
Read More

The Los Alamos Mission Loop

Take a trip back in time with a 35-mile loop beginning in Los Alamos and set around a visit to La Purisima mission, a state park and historical site. Beginning in Los Alamos, directly off HWY 101 between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, the 35-mile route takes you up notable climbs, Harris Grade Road and Drum Canyon Road.
Read More