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Detailed Route Descriptions

San Diego Century Bicycle Tour

San Diego Century Bicycle Tour May 21, 2011

Detailed Route Descriptions: 37, 66 and 103 miles

THE 37 MILE ROUTE: COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Del Dios (Blue) Course is a 37 MILE loop through Olivenhain, San Elijo, Elfin Forest, Escondido, Del Dios highway around Lake Hodges, Rancho Santa Fe and back up the coast through Solana Beach, FINISHING at MiraCosta College. It is a rolling course with most of the climbing (800’) coming in the first 10 miles. There is aid at 16 miles and at the FINISH. The Del Dios is doable for most cyclists (take your time getting to San Elijo) and very scenic. One of THE traditional training rides for San Diego cyclists.

START – 6:00am – 8:00am from MiraCosta College (MCC)
LEFT out of MCC on Manchester – Police controlled intersection!
RIGHT on Manchester (Manchester northbound closed to through traffic at El Camino Real, 6am-8am),
NORTH on Manchester, changes to Rancho Santa Fe Rd. at Encinitas Blvd. Follow Police instructions!,
NORTH on Rancho Santa Fe Rd. to San Elijo Rd,
RIGHT on San Elijo Rd. to Elfin Forest,
NOTE – there is no official bike lane on the county road through Elfin Forest & Harmony Grove. BE VERY CAREFUL, RIDE SINGLE FILE & BE AWARE OF CARS
LEFT on Elfin Forest, becomes Harmony Grove, follow Harmony Grove

SAG Station #1 is in parking lot of the Church of God, near intersection of Hale and Harmony Grove in Escondido (a traditional stop for SD Cyclists)(16 miles)

RIGHT on Harmony Grove to S. Hale,
RIGHT on S. Hale,
RIGHT on Ave. de Diablo,
LEFT on Citracado,
RIGHT on Valley Parkway, turns into Del Dios Highway, turns into Paseo Delicias
LEFT on Via del la Valle,
STRAIGHT THROUGH on Via De La Valle past Calzado del Bosque (where GREEN & PURPLE COURSES TURN), past the I-5 and the Del Mar Racetrack (watch for busy traffic here!) to PCH (HWY 101) in Solana Beach,
RIGHT on PCH,
RIGHT on Chesterfield (stop light going up the hill after the beaches),
RIGHT on San Elijo (over RR tracks),
LEFT on Dublin
RIGHT on Manchester,
Bear LEFT on Manchester at the San Elijo stop sign
STRAIGHT on Manchester past the I-5. MCC is ½ mile past 1-5 on Manchester on left.
FINISH at MiraCosta College.

NOTE – ALL COURSES SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
FINAL COURSE ROUTE HANDED OUT ON RACE MORNING AT START.

THE 66 MILE COURSE

The Del Sur (Green) Course is a 66 MILE ride that follows the BLUE course around Lake Hodges, but takes a turn to the east at CALZADO DEL BOSQUE (28) miles. The course then brings the rider through Rancho Santa Fe to San Dieguito Rd., through Fairbanks Ranch up the triple hill we call “The Three Witches”, up & down the new roads through Del Sur to Rancho Bernardo, and continues up to the City of Poway, home of the well-loved Tour de Poway. The course then turns back west through Rancho Penasquitos, meets up with the 56 Bike Trail and descends back down through the Ranch to meet up with the BLUE course riders headed to the coast, FINISHING at MiraCosta College.

The Del Sur course offers several interesting climbs and spectacular brand new roads on the way to Poway. Aid stations at 16 miles, 29 miles, 42 miles, 56 miles and the FINISH. For the slightly more experienced cyclist, but quite doable.

START – 6:00am – 8:00am
LEFT out of MCC on Manchester – Police controlled intersection!
RIGHT on Manchester (Manchester northbound closed to through traffic at El Camino Real, 6am-8am)
NORTH on Manchester, changes to Rancho Santa Fe Rd. at Encinitas Blvd. Follow Police instructions!
NORTH on Rancho Santa Fe to San Elijo Rd.
RIGHT on San Elijo Rd. to Elfin Forest
NOTE -, county roads do not have a bike lane n Elfin Forest & Harmony Grove. BE VERY CAREFUL, RIDE SINGLE FILE & BE AWARE OF CARS
RIGHT on Elfin Forest, becomes Harmony Grove
RIGHT on Harmony Grove to S. Hale
SAG Station #1 is in parking lot of the Church of God, near intersection of Hale and Harmony Grove in Escondido (a traditional stop for SD cyclists)
RIGHT on S. Hale
RIGHT on Ave. de Diablo
LEFT on Citracado
RIGHT on Del Dios – turns into Paseo Delicias
LEFT on Via del la Valle
LEFT on Calzado Del Bosque
RIGHT on Via de Santa Fe Rd., turns into El Apajo

SAG Station #2 is in parking lot of Nativity Catholic Church, on El Apajo, near intersection of El Apajo & San Dieguito Rd. (29 miles). Continue to San Dieguito and LEFT

LEFT on San Dieguito Rd., (the Three Witches begins here).
LEFT on Camino del Sur, Camino del Sur becomes Camino del Norte,
Camino del Norte goes east and becomesTwin Peaks in Poway
RIGHT on Pomerado Rd & Twin Peaks

SAG Station #3 is in parking lot of Pomerado Rd. Baptist Church, at 13230 Pomerado Rd., 1/5 mile before intersection of Poway and Pomerado Rds. (42 miles)

RIGHT on Poway Rd. – becomes Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. after crossing the I-15 freeway (CAUTION!!)
LEFT on HWY 56 Bike Trail
(CAUTION! – this is a left turn across both lanes of traffic into the mouth of a bike trail and IS IN FRONT OF THE INTERSECTION! – we suggest that you use the walk signal!)
EXIT BIKE TRAIL at Camino Del Sur.
RIGHT on Camino Del Sur. to San Dieguito Rd.
LEFT on San Dieguito Rd.

SAG Station #4 ( 56 miles) requires that you turn RIGHT on El Apajo at the light at the bottom of the San Dieguito hill (“off course”) The SAG is on your left at Nativity Catholic Church, 1/4 mile from the light at El Apajo (same as SAG #2). Turn RIGHT on El Apajo when leaving SAG and RIGHT back onto San Dieguito to resume the course

Right on El Camino Real (CAREFUL OVER TWO-LANE BRIDGE!)
LEFT on Via de la Valle
WEST on Via de la Valle to PCH in Solana Beach
RIGHT on PCH
RIGHT on Chesterfield (stop light)
Right on San Elijo (over RR tracks)
Left on Dublin
RIGHT on Manchester
Bear LEFT on Manchester at the San Elijo stop sign
MiraCosta College Finish -MiraCosta College is ½ mile past 1-5 on Manchester on left

NOTE – ALL COURSES SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
FINAL COURSE ROUTE HANDED OUT ON RACE MORNING AT START.


THE 103 MILE COURSE

The Dos Picos (Purple) Course 103 MILE ride (THE San Diego Century) that follows the BLUE course around Lake Hodges and then the GREEN course up to Poway, but then takes a turn for the worse. Riders TURN EAST and climb up the mountain to Ramona on Scripps Poway Parkway (including The Purple Monster – a 600’ climb in around 2 miles) passing the highest point on the course – “Dos Picos” peak (1855’ elevation) on the road to Ramona. The riders circle Ramona and then descend Scripps Poway Parkway where they rejoin the GREEN course riders for the final 23 miles downhill to the beach and the FINISH at MiraCosta College.

Aid stations at 16, 29 , 42 , 62 , 80 and 92 miles and the FINISH. The Purple Course is a beautiful and quite challenging ride for the well-conditioned cyclist that should not be lightly attempted. Completing the “Dos Picos” course is an accomplishment.

START – 6:00am – 8:00am
LEFT out of MCC on Manchester – Police controlled intersection!
RIGHT on Manchester (Manchester northbound closed to through traffic at El Camino Real, 6am-8am)
NORTH on Manchester, changes to Rancho Santa Fe Rd. at Encinitas Blvd. Follow Police instructions!
NORTH on Rancho Santa Fe to San Elijo Rd.
RIGHT on San Elijo Rd. to Elfin Forest
NOTE -, county roads do not have a bike lane n Elfin Forest & Harmony Grove. BE VERY CAREFUL, RIDE SINGLE FILE & BE AWARE OF CARS
RIGHT on Elfin Forest, becomes Harmony Grove
RIGHT on Harmony Grove to S. Hale

SAG Station #1 is in parking lot of the Church of God, near intersection of Hale and Harmony Grove in Escondido (a traditional stop for SD cyclists)

RIGHT on S. Hale
RIGHT on Ave. de Diablo
LEFT on Citracado
RIGHT on Del Dios – turns into Paseo Delicias
LEFT on Via del la Valle,
LEFT on Calzado Del Bosque,
RIGHT on Via de Santa Fe Rd., turns into El Apajo,
SAG Station #2 is in parking lot of Nativyt Catholic Church, on El Apajo, near intersection of El Apajo & San Dieguito Rd.(29 miles).
LEFT on San Dieguito Rd., (the Three Witches begin here).
LEFT on Camino del Sur, Camino del Sur becomes Camino del Norte,
Camino del Norte east to Twin Peaks
RIGHT on Pomerado Rd.

SAG Station #3 is in parking lot of Pomerado Rd. Baptist Church, at 13230 Pomerado Rd., 1/5 mile before intersection of Poway and Pomerado Rds. (42 miles)

STRAIGHT on Pomerado Rd. to Scripps Poway Parkway
LEFT on Scripps Poway Parkway to CA-67.
LEFT on CA-67 to Dye Rd.
Past Dos Picos Park Rd. – highest point on the ride – 1855’!
RIGHT on Dye to Ramona
LEFT on Ramona to Warnock
RIGHT on Warnock to San Vicente
LEFT on San Vicente (10th)

SAG Station #4 is in parking lot of St. Mary’s in the Valley Episcopal Church, on San Vicente (62 miles)

2010 CHANGES TO ROUTE!!
LEFT OUT OF SAG ONTO SAN VICENTE.
RIGHT FROM SAN VICENTE ONTO WARNOCK
WARNOCK BECOMES RAMONA WHICH BECOMES DYE
LEFT ONTO (CA-67) FROM DYE.

CA-67 past Poway Rd. to Scripps Poway Parkway RIGHT on Scripps Poway Parkway to Pomerado Rd. RIGHT on Pomerado Rd.

SAG – GO STRAIGHT PAST POWAY ROAD ¼ MILE TO LEFT TURN AT LIGHT AT ROBISON

SAG Station #5 is in parking lot of CROSSPOINTE Baptist Church, at 13230 Pomerado Rd (80 miles).

SAG Station #5 is in parking lot of CROSSPOINTE Baptist Church, at 13230 Pomerado Rd (80 miles). RETURN to Poway Rd.

RIGHT on Poway Rd. – becomes Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. after crossing I-15
LEFT on HWY 56 Bike Trail
(CAUTION! – this is a left turn across both lanes of traffic into the mouth of a bike trail and IS IN FRONT OF THE INTERSECTION! – we suggest that you use the walk signal!)
Exit Bike Trail – RIGHT on Camino Del Sur. to San Dieguito Rd.
LEFT on San Dieguito Rd.

SAG Station #6 requires that you go”off course”. Turn RIGHT on El Apajo at the light at the bottom of the San Dieguito Rd. hill. The SAG is on your left at Nativity Catholic Church, 1/4 mile from the light at El Apajo (same as SAG #2). Turn RIGHT on El Apajo when leaving SAG and RIGHT back onto San Dieguito to resume the course.

RIGHT on El Camino Real (CAREFUL OVER TWO-LANE BRIDGE!)
LEFT on Via de la Valle
WEST on Via de la Valle to PCH in Solana Beach.
RIGHT on PCH
RIGHT on Chesterfield (stop light)
Right on San Elijo (over RR tracks)
Left on Dublin
RIGHT on Manchester
Bear LEFT on Manchester at the San Elijo stop sign
MiraCosta College is ½ mile past 1-5 on Manchester on left

Finish at MiraCosta College

NOTE – ALL COURSES SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
FINAL COURSE ROUTE HANDED OUT ON RACE MORNING AT START.