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  • Approximately 10 miles into the ride (before you ride out Las Pulgas Gate), you'll do a 2.5 mile out and back section. Roch stands at the fire station that marks this first land mark (besides "the hill" that marks the beginning of hammering on the Wednesday Ride) on the course. The section is very gradually up on the way out and a quick gradual downhill on the way back.

    After turning inland on Christianitos Rd. at the North end of Camp Pendleton, views like the one here become common place. This is truly a beautiful ride and a treat to be able to see this part of Southern California in a relatively undisturbed state.

    Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Buzz Mills is the man to talk to if you want to get on the course. Buzz was a great guide and full of information about the various sites along the way.

    In the middle of our ride, we were almost turned around by a base MP (military police) who hadn't gotten the word that we'd be coming through. Luckily we had a couple of officers with us and between Lt. Colonel Buzz, Captain Sam, and Captain Phil, we were able to continue. It was a reminder of the potential problem you could face if you tried to ride on the base without permission . . . getting turned around was better than being run over by a tank or blown up by a howitzer.


    Ironman California Bike Course Preview

    Through the courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps and a little help from some of their officers, a group including Heather Fuhr, Roch Frey, and I (Huddle) got to ride the bike course of the 2000 Ironman California. I'm going to ride the course again this weekend and will try to post a more detailed description next week. For now, the accompanying pictures will give you a glimpse of what you'll be in for if you're planning on doing the event. There's one thing for certain, the bike course will be the defining feature of this event!

    Those athletes who will be coming to our MSSC Ironman California Camp and those in the Ironman California Training Program will also have the opportunity to ride the course firsthand.