Directions and Parking | Traveling to Oceanside | Lodging | Download Rider Instruction 2017 (Word Doc)


  • Follow traffic laws: please do not be ticketed as Police and Sheriffs patrol this route.
  • This is a bike ride, not a race, and is held on OPEN ROADS with motor vehicles.
  • All riders must follow the rules of the road, as defined in the California Vehicle Code
  • Stop at ALL stop signs and lights, and ride within the bike lanes unless passing
  • Riders agree to wear approved helmets while riding the bike in this event.
  • All riders MUST have a bike number and wristband on the course for safety and access to SAG.
  • We strongly suggest you bring at least TWO water bottles FULL of water/fluid as well as a cell phone. In consideration of your safety, do not wear earpieces in both ears during the ride.
  • Participants must follow all instructions of law enforcement and/or fire officials
  • Public safety vehicles have the right-of-way at all times!
  • Ride Marshalls will be on bicycles on the course. They will be wearing vests
  • They are cyclists like you, and are present to encourage safe and legal riding and to increase your safety
  • Please follow their advice, if offered
  • Use the toilets provided at the SAG Stops only, please!
  • All riders must ride on the right-hand side of the road, not ride across the centerline, and should ride single file
  • If a rider is unable to continue, he/she should move to a safe place off the road and signal a race vehicle for assistance, or call the dispatcher number provided on the PDF, or on handouts on event day.


2017 Bike The Coast Bike Ride

  1. The 2017 Bike The Coast ride will be held on Saturday November 4, 2017 rain or shine.
  2. CHECK IN – You must check in and pick up your bike number and course ID wristband
    a. FRIDAY Nov 3 – Outside the Bandshell, Oceanside Pier between noon and 7:00pm.
    b. SATURDAY Nov 4 – Betty’s Lot on The Strand, south of the Oceanside Pier, between 5:30am and 9:00am.
    Please walk/bike only on Seagaze Drive, TURN RIGHT use the Strand to get to Betty’s Lot.
  3. You MUST claim your ride number BEFORE THE START TIME OF YOUR WAVE.
    Pick up your ride number 1 hour prior to the wave start time of your distance (see wave start times below).
    – Faster riders should try to get to the first wave of their distance.
    – 100 mile ride waves start at  6:50am (Civil Dawn)
    – 50 mile ride waves start at 7:45am
    – 25 mile ride at 8:45am

  5. Walk-Up Registrations: online registration closes at 11:59pm on Monday prior to Nov 4. If spots are still available, unregistered riders will be able to register outside the Bandshell near the Junior Seau Recreation Center on Friday Nov 3 between noon-7pm, or at Betty’s Lot on Saturday Nov 4 from 5:30am-9am.
    •  First-come, first-served.
  6. Waivers: all riders MUST sign a waiver at check-in before receiving a number. A PRINTED and signed copy is required.
    Download the waiver: Bike the Coast event Waiver
  7. Packet Pickup for Friends and Family: please present the information below to claim a packet for a friend or family member:
    • A printed, signed Pick Up Authorization Form. Download the Authorization Form: Authorization Form
    • Copy of the registrant’s Driver’s License
    • Waiver, signed by the registrant. A PRINTED and signed copy is required. Download the waiver: Bike the Coast event Waiver
  8. Wristband: you will receive a colored wristband when you check in. The wristband will get you into the aid stations on the course for which you have registered.
  9. Bike Number: please attach your bike number (self-adhesive strip on back) to the top tube of your bike. The telephone number for dispatch is printed on the name sticker on your number.
  10. Route/Cue Sheet: 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.
  11. SAG Stops: SAG stops are every 12-13 miles. They are located at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas and at another location to be announced. There is SAG at Seagaze and The Strand at 50 miles for the 100-mile route only, which includes a lunch, at the start of the second loop.
  12. Pre-purchased Clothing: pick up your order at the Merchandise Booth from 12-7pm on Friday or Saturday from 6am-4pm.
  13. T-Shirts, Jerseys, and Hats: Bike the Coast clothing and merchandise will be available for purchase on Friday & Saturday at the Expo.
  14. Finisher’s Award: all riders will receive a Finishers Gift.  Awards, and Lunch Food Coupons will be available at the Food Coupons tent in the Expo after the ride.
  15. Taste the Coast Food Coupons: all registered riders who participate in the event will receive $5 coupons for food from “Taste the Coast” food vendors. Please bring additional money for food, and for the Beer Garden
  16. Finish Party and Expo: join us! Everyone is invited; this event is open to the public. 
  17. Bike Valet Parking: – Free & safe bike parking just past the finish line. Leave your bike, take a bracelet, and enjoy the expo!
  18. Beer Garden: everyone 21 years and older with a valid photo ID will be admitted to the Beer Garden.The Beer Garden benefits NOLAH.
  19. Start and Finish: under the Pier on the Strand (Oceanside Pier, CA 92054)
  20. Parking: exit I-5 at Mission Ave, and head west. There will be free and all-day paid parking. Do not park in 4-hour lots or red zones. (updated 1 week prior to event)
  21. Closing Time: the course and Taste the Coast Expo are closed at 5:00pm
  22. Support: there are on-course mechanical & SAG aid as well as SAG/aid stations.
    • For serious emergencies during the ride, call 911
    • For mechanical breakdowns, if race vehicle has not stopped for you, call the event dispatcher (619) 535-1825..
    • This is an answering service and we will attend to your needs as quickly as possible.
  23. Back-up Plan: please arrange with family/friends to be picked up if you can’t finish the ride. The ride shuttle is slow and can take a while before it reaches any given SAG stop.

Bike the Coast Parking 300x225 Click on the image to view/download the Oceanside Parking Map. Many lots are available near the Pier. Prices (Free, $2, $5, $8)


Start Location Saturday, Nov 4

Location for Nov 4 registration, packet pickup and start line – Betty’s Lot on The Strand, south of the Oceanside Pier. Closest address: 300 N. The Strand, Oceanside CA 92054

NOTE: All riders proceeding to the start with bikes MUST enter the check-in and start off of Pacific and Seagaze. Other entrances to the Strand will be blocked.

Driving/Parking Directions to the Start Saturday, Nov 4

Before 6:30am – From NB or SB I-5, exit at Mission Blvd. and head west on Mission Ave cross Coast Highway (PCH/101). Check-In and Start are on the Strand, on the beach.

After 7:00am – Traffic on Mission WB gets heavy and close-in parking (west of RR) gets slim. Try exiting at Harbor (from north) or Oceanside Blvd. (from south) and taking Pacific St. to either the Breakwater lots (#20 & 21) or the Myers lots (enter at Wisconsin).


There is NO PARKING on the Strand for this event – please do not waste your time.

There is plenty of parking near the start and surrounding area. See map on this page that lists the public parking lots and fees.

Lots 28, 29 and 30 are not available during the event.

Recommend you do not park in lots or street parking with 2 hour limits so you can enjoy the after ride activities on the Strand.

If parking on the streets ensure you note the parking hour limits.

Lots 21, 22 and 27 are the lowest cost per all day lots and provides hundreds of spaces.


All-Day Free Parking: (distance from check-in/Start)

Lots 23 and 36 are free all day as is the Civic Center Parking Structure and the Transit Center Parking Structure.

  • Oceanside Transit Center (in garage building only – outside lots to the north are four-hour!! NCTCD lots to the south are all-day) – corner of Cleveland and Seagaze (east of RR tracks – Parking Structure on map) – (1/3 mile).
  • Civic Center parking at N. Ditmar and Civic Center Dr. – inside building (1/2 mile)
  • On-street parking – mostly east of Coast Highway or south of Mission (1/2 mile – 1 mile).

All-Day Pay Lots  – Not expensive for beach parking. Please pay – they will ticket.

  • 200 Surfrider Way (at Cleveland – lot 22) – $$ All Day (1/4 mile)
  • 900 N Pacific (at Breakwater – lot 20) – $$ All Day (1/2 mile)
  • 600-800 N Pacific (east of N Pacific – lot 21) – $$ All Day (1/3 mile)
  • 200 N Meyers St (south of Pier View and west of RR tracks – lots 24 and 24A) – $$ All Day (1/4 mile)
  • 100 S Meyers and 100 N Meyers (south of Mission – lots 25 and 26) – $$ All Day (1/3 mile)


  • On-street parking on Pacific near the Pier is metered with a four-hour maximum.
  • Most of the lots EAST of the RR tracks and North / South of Mission (off Cleveland) are four-hour maximum (lots #23, 32 & 33). Four-hour lots cannot be “fed”.
  • Avoid 4 hour lots unless you only plan on being here for four hours or less.


Oceanside is San Diego County’s most accessible city. It is as close to Orange County as it is to downtown San Diego by I-5. Additionally, it is the northernmost of the Five Cities of North County San Diego offering easy access to the attractions in Carlsbad (Legoland), Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar. It is also served from the east by freeway access on Highway 78 which makes the Wild Animal Park, Palomar Mountain, the Indian Casinos of Pala and Valley Center and the Santa Cruz mountains just a quick ride away. Oceanside is reachable directly as well through its Amtrak/Coaster/Sprinter station and many surface bus routes.

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  • Sponsorship & Expo Information

    Sponsorship & Expo Information Bike The Coast – Taste The Coast has great opportunities for onsite exposure to riders, family and friends along with our outreach to cyclists in Southern California. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available along with booth rentals at the Taste the Coast Festival. For information on packages for the Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Volunteer

    Volunteer Helping to put on an event can be just as fulfilling and fun as doing one. We have all sorts of jobs with a wide range of times, physical requirements and interests. Paperwork, customer service, lift & carry, safety monitors, food and drink stations (big favorite); you name it, we need people with good attitudes to help us with it.Contact us, we look forward to hearing from you! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!
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  • Charity


    NOLAH, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization conceived and founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by five San Diego residents with deep roots to the affected areas of the South.  When disaster strikes, much is done in the name of relief efforts to bring immediate comfort to the victims who have lost everything.  Less was being done long-term to help those families and communities rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. NOLAH strives to fill that need through a network of architects, contractors, labor, donors and volunteer activities.  Our mission has expanded to include helping our disabled veterans adapt to their situation by completing needed ADA alterations to their homes at no cost to them.  Please visit our website,, for more details about our mission, our projects and ways to help us rebuild.

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