Rider Instructions & Information

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Rider Instructions

Walk-up entries available Friday 3-7pm at ENDURANCE HOUSE OCEANSIDE, and Saturday 7:30-9:30am at OCEANSIDE CITY HALL.  ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! 

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2017 OCEANSIDE VALENTINE RIDE

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS & INFORMATION CLOSELY

The 2017 Oceanside Valentine Bike Ride will be held on Saturday February 11, 2017 – rain or shine.

PACKET PICK UP AND LATE REGISTRATION:

Friday February 10, 3:00pm until 7:00pm, Endurance House, 401 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 Riders may pick-up packets at this time. If you have not yet registered, in-person registration will be available on a first come, first served basis for available registration spots.

Saturday February 11, 7:30am until 9:30am, Oceanside City Hall. Riders may pick-up packet at this time. If you have not yet registered, in person registration will be available on a first come, first served basis for available registration spots.

Event Day Schedule:

  • Start times:
  •  9:45am – 25 Miles
  • 10:00am – 5 miles

 

  • Riders must go in correct waves; COURSE SIGNS CHANGE BETWEEN GROUPS!
  • Start location: Ditmar and Civic Center Dr – under City Hall arch
  • Ride number: Attach to top tube of bike (self-adhesive strip on back of number)
  • Refreshment: At San Luis Rey Mission and finish
  • Finish location: Ditmar and Civic Center Dr – under the arch • Event/Course closed at 1:00pm GENERAL INFORMATION:
  • Jerseys and Hats: Valentine’s Event merchandise will be available for purchase on Friday between 3pm-7pm at the Merchandise booth located at Endurance House & Saturday between 7:30am-1:00pm at the Expo at City Hall Plaza.
  • Finishers Award: all participants will receive a Finishers Award at the Finish Line. • Costume Contest: awards are available for best costumes in bike ride. Show your Valentine Spirit!
  • Finish Party: join us! Everyone is invited; this event is open to the public.
  • Route/Cue Sheet Riders: courses are marked with signs at all turns and major intersections. Download the route to your GPS or print a copy of the route sheet for your route and bring it with you on the ride. http://valentineride.eventmediainc.us/maps/
  • Bike Course Support: o For serious emergencies during the ride, call 911 o For mechanical breakdowns, call or text the event dispatcher at (760)519-1410. This is an answering service and we will attend to your needs as quickly as possible.

 

BICYCLE RULES – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Follow traffic laws and obey the rules of the road as defined in the California Vehicle Code:

  • Stop at ALL stop signs and lights
  • Wearing earbuds of headphones in both ears is prohibited
  • All riders MUST ride on the right-hand side of the road or bike path, not ride across the centerline and ride single file.
  • All riders MUST wear approved helmets while riding the bike in this event • Class 3 E-Bikes are not allowed in this event
  • PLEASE RIDE SAFELY AND BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS
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Ride Overview

The Oceanside Valentine Bike rides on February 11, 2017 are 2 fun and beautiful courses that tour the beachfront, the Oceanside Pier, Mission San Luis Rey and the Prince of Peace Abbey. Riders finish with chocolate and bubbly (if you’re over 21) at the finish line. All ages are welcome for Valentine-themed fun including fun costume prize categories. It’s sure to be a great time for everyone followed by prizes, food, refreshments, beer/wine garden, music and fun at City Hall and the location of America’s Biggest Heart, a 25′ high inflatable balloon for more fun and photos!

The five-mile ride is a cruise along the beach, under the Pier and back to the finish at the beautiful, Greek-inspired Oceanside City Hall.

The 25-mile route takes place on the vehicle-free San Luis Rey bike trail to the historic Old Mission San Luis Rey where riders are blessed by the Mission’s friars, offered a snack and a photo op and return to City Hall.  Near the end of the 25-mile course is a unique optional challenge. The 25-mile riders will have the option of climbing straight up the three switchbacks to the Prince of Peace Abbey to receive a unique memento of the climb before they descend. The hill is short, but steep and only those who can climb hills, or are willing to walk their bike, should try it.

All finishers receive special gifts – a Valentine’s friendship bracelet, a Valentine’s Week lapel pin and all riders receive a logoed cap. In addition, they will enjoy post-ride complimentary snacks of chocolate and sparkling wine (for those 21 and older). Cookies, candy, music, food and a wine/beer expo round out the finish. A celebrity judges’ panel will award prizes for best individual costumes, best group costumes and best couple costumes, all with a Valentine’s Day theme.  Proceeds from the Oceanside Valentine’s Ride benefit the Oceanside Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity.

Bring your Valentine, create a team of friends, family and co-workers or bring yourself and enjoy the incredible views and the celebration afterwards.

What to bring

Ticket(s): Print your  ticket(s) and have your ID with you when you arrive at check-in. Signed Waiver: Print and sign your waiver before arriving on-site. This will speed up your check-in process. Photo ID: A valid photo ID is required to verify your registration. Your ID must have your picture. You will not be allowed in without proper identification, defined as a government-issued ID with name, signature, photo and birth date such as a driver’s license or passport.Don’t leave your ID in the car – you’ll have to go back and get it.

What to Wear

Bring your bike ready to ride, helmet (mandatory) and layer if needed for the weather.  Gloves and hat (if weather is cold). Valentine costumes. Creativity. A sense of romance and humor. Optional: Hydration system filled with water, not beer or wine (there will be water supplied on course and refreshments at the finish line).

Parking

Plenty of parking facilities are available near the Oceanside Pier and near City Hall.

 Read About All Fun and Love at the Oceanside Valentine Bike Ride 2017

PRESS RELEASE: January 15, 2017
OCEANSIDE, CA

The Second Annual Oceanside Valentine’s Week to Feature Two Unique & Fun Bike Rides
Valentine’s Day Ride to include Costumes, Beaches, Friars, Great Times and One Big Hill

Oceanside, known for its great beaches, iconic pier, historic mission, neighboring marine base and popular restaurant/brewery scene, includes Valentine’s Week with its stable of attractions. A key component is the Valentine Bike Ride that will cap the week of Valentine-themed activities, including one of the largest (26-feet high), heart-shaped balloons in the country.

“The Oceanside Valentine’s Day Bike Ride offers two distances – 5 and 25 miles – very manageable for the casual cyclist,” said event director Jim Curl of Event Media, Inc. “The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment.”

The five-mile ride is a cruise along the beach, under the Pier and back to the finish at the beautiful, Greek-inspired Oceanside City Hall. The 25-mile route takes place on the vehicle-free San Luis Rey bike trail to the historic Old Mission San Luis Rey where riders are blessed by the Mission’s friars, offered a snack and a photo op and return to City Hall. Near the end of the 25-mile course is a unique optional challenge. The 25-mile riders will have the option of climbing straight up the three switchbacks to the Prince of Peace Abbey to receive a unique memento of the climb before they descend. The hill is short, but steep and only those who can climb hills, or are willing to walk their bike, should try it.

All finishers receive special gifts – a Valentine’s friendship bracelet, a Valentine’s Week lapel pin and all riders receive a logoed cap. In addition, they will enjoy post-ride complimentary snacks. Cookies, candy, music, food and a fun time round out the finish. A celebrity judges’ panel will award prizes for best individual costumes, best group costumes and best couple costumes, all with a Valentine’s Day theme. Proceeds from the Oceanside Valentine’s Ride help benefit local 501(c)3 charities.


©2017 Oceanside Valentine Bike, Event Media Inc