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Bicycling Event Expanded with Festival, Foodie Activities

16 Oct, 2013


Bike The Coast-Taste The Coast Scheduled for Nov. 2

The fourth annual Bike The Coast – Taste The Coast presented by Tri-City Medical Center (www.bike-the-coast.com) on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Oceanside offers so much more than a bike ride.

In addition to a choice of five routes – a 7 & 15-mile along the San Luis Rey Bike Trail and 25, 50 and 100-mile bicycle rides through the spectacular San Diego North County beach towns – the event offers an expanded beer garden, live music and a spectacular sports expo.

“It will be one big party,” said Jim Curl, Event Director. “We’ve added many features to keep riders and visitors entertained the whole day.”

The Oceanside Ale Works beer garden, open from 10 am till 5 pm, benefits the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Meanwhile, live music will be provided by Spanish-style group Gipsymenco on the main stage next to the beer garden. An array of culinary options will be available as well.

In addition, a green screen sponsored by Tri-City Medical Center, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and Visit Oceanside will provide riders with a free photo with choice of background at the conclusion of the race.

The sports expo will feature an array of sports, fitness and health vendors, including Tri-City Medical Center, the event’s presenting sponsor.

Noted voiceover artist, Matt Hill, who has enjoyed 25 years in film and TV playing everything from Raphael in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Jackie Chan’s deputy in Shanghai Knights, returns as master of ceremonies. He is also the voice of Ed in the popular show Ed, Edd & Eddy. In addition, Miss Oceanside, Tatiana Robinson, and Miss Teen Oceanside, Tatumn Torres, along with their courts, will be on hand to present medals to the participants.

Entries for the 2013 event are filling up fast and will be capped at 2,500 riders. To secure your place, register today by visiting the event website:  www.bike-the-coast.com.

About Tri-City Medical Center: Tri-City Medical Center is a Gold Seal-approved, full-service, acute-care hospital with two advanced clinical institutes and physicians practicing in 60 specialties. The hospital, a leader in robotics and minimally invasive technologies, has served the community for more than a half-century. It is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, which includes parts or all of Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and San Marcos. For more information about Tri-City Medical Center, please visit www.tricitymed.org.

About Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast: On Saturday, Nov. 2, Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast presented by Tri-City Medical Center starts with a bicycle ride where riders of all ages and abilities can choose from 7, 15, 25, 50, and 100-mile rides. Cycling routes start and finish on the beach at the Oceanside Pier where all can enjoy the Taste the Coast festival. The festival includes local ‘street vendor’ cuisine, an expanded charity beer garden, and a sports/fitness/health expo with the participation of Tri-City Medical Center. The cycling courses include the San Luis Rey Bike Trail and San Diego’s North County beaches of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast is part of a series of events, including the San Diego Century (May 31, 2014), Jake’s Off Road Triathlon in Jamaica (April 12, 2014) and the Encinitas Sports Festival (May 17-18, 2014), organized by Event Media.

Proceeds from the ride support the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition - www.sdcbc.org -- a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making bicycling better in greater San Diego.  The ride is supported locally by the Oceanside Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. For more information including course maps, event schedule and registration, visit: www.bike-the-coast.com.  For Oceanside travel information, www.VisitOceanside.org or call 760-721-1101.

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