Amtrak Century 2015
At 5:30 am, on the second Saturday in September, participants gathered at the starting line at the Amtrak station in Irvine for the annual Amtrak Century hosted by the OC Wheelmen. The Amtrak Century has been a popular event for cyclists from the West Coast for over 40 years, and registration is usually sold out within the first hour of its opening.
The events’ popularity is due in part to the incredible ocean side views along the 100 mile route. It is also a fairly easy century (as far as centuries go), with minimal climbing involved. Bicyclists start in Irvine and ride through some of the most beautiful coastal cities in California, including Dana Point, San Clemente, and Oceanside. The finish line is in Downtown San Diego, near the San Diego Amtrak station, so bicyclists can rest their legs and ride the train back home. On the way back, hundreds of cyclists filled the cars on the train, merrily celebrating their achievement.