The Beach City event starts and finishes in Irvine, California. Irvine offers a system of bicycle lanes and trails to encourage the use of bikes as a means of transportation. It has 44.5 miles of off-road bicycle trails and 282 miles of on-road bicycle lanes. The City of Irvine is one of the most bicycle-friendly and safest communities in America.
The Beach City Double Century was inspired and made possible by Chuck Bramwell. It is well tested and proven since it is mainly based on the “Long Beach Century”, the “Olympic Road Race Century”, and the “Oceanside Century” which Chuck has been leading in Orange County for many years with the Orange County Wheelmen as training rides for the Double Centuries.
The Beach City Double route goes through Santigo Canyon, Live Oak Canyon, Florence Joyner Olympiad Park, Laguna Canyon, Laguna Beach, Inspiration Point, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA), Seal Beach, Long Beach, and turns around at the Queen Mary, then back to Newport Bay and through the Back Bay to Irvine for lunch. After lunch then the route goes through Mission Viejo to Wagon Wheel Canyon, San Juna Capistrano, Capo Beach, down to a beautiful ocean view park in San Clemente, and then back to Irvine via Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, and Lake Forest.
The Beach City Double Century is a fully supported ride with aid stations every 25-30 miles, roving SAGs, and it has a 19-hour time limit. The time limit is soft if more time is need it will be provided within reason and safety limits. The route is an estimated 186 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing.
Hydration and nutrition are important. You are expected you to have two large water bottles and/or a high capacity hydration system, and you should be experienced with using a hydration supplement. Bring that supplement with you and use it. A double century event is not the place to experient with hydration and/or nutrition. You should be using the hydration and nutrition that you train with on your daily rides on this event.
We will have seven well stocked and well placed aid stations. We will have some Hammer product, snack and fruit.
The Century route goes across Irvine and joins the Double Century route at the Florence Joyner Olympaid Park and onto the beautiful vista points in Laguna Beach, Inspiration Point, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA), Seal Beach, Long Beach, Queen Mary and back to Newport Beach, then goes through the bay back to Irvine.
The Metric Century route goes the Newport Beach Bay and joins the Double and Century routes through the beautiful vista points in Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA), Seal Beach, Long Beach, back to Newport Beach, then goes through the bay and back to Irvine.