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See 5 Cycling Legends 11/2 at Bike the Coast - Taste the Coast

Bike the Coast - Taste the Coast presented by Tri-City Medical Center

Bike the Coast to feature ‘Friday Night Legends of California Cycling’

October 2, 2012

Bike the Coast to feature ‘Friday Night Legends of California Cycling’
Greatest names in California cycling to kick off weekend event in early November


The third annual Bike The Coast – Taste The Coast presented by Tri-City Medical Center (, set for Saturday, Nov. 3, will showcase some of the greatest names in cycling on Friday evening, Nov. 2 at the ‘Legends of California Cycling’ event at the Pier/Bandshell in Oceanside. The ‘Legends’ event, a panel featuring world-class cyclists showing and discussing their famous races, headlines an evening including a food festival, beer garden and sports/fitness expo at the Bandshell.

The ‘Friday Night Legends of California Cycling’ panel will include Amber Neben, John Howard, Pete Penseyres, Steve Hegg, and Mark Johnson. Each brings a unique perspective to the sport. The master of ceremonies for the event will be the multi-talented Matt Hill of TV and movies.

“We’re really looking forward to having these tremendously accomplished cyclists share their knowledge and experiences with participants in this year’s event,” said event organizer Jim Curl of Event Media, Inc. “It’s not often you have a chance to bring these noted riders together at one venue to tell their stories.”

About the ‘Friday Night Legends of California Cycling’

Amber Neben is the reigning U.S national time trial champion, winner of the UCI (International Cycling Union) world time trial championship in 2008 and U.S. national road race champion in 2003.

John Howard has a vast and impressive resume, including winning the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon (1981), setting the bicycle speed record of 152.2 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats (1985), riding on three Olympic teams (1968, 1972 and 1976) and being named Competitive Cycling Magazine’s Cyclist of the Decade (1970’s).

Pete Penseyres was the winner of the Race Across America in 1986, setting the still existing world record of 3,107 miles at 15.40 miles per hour. He finished in 8 days, 9 hours, and 47 minutes. Penseyres is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Oceanside Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

Steve Hegg represented the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California where he won the gold medal in the 4000m individual pursuit and silver in the 4000m team pursuit. In road bicycle racing, Hegg became the first three-time winner of the United States national individual time trial championship, winning the elite men’s race in 1990, 1995 and 1996 as well as the U.S. Pro Road Championships.

Mark Johnson is a rider, photographer and author of the book Argyle Armada that follows the 2011 Garmin team through the European Cycling Union season. He will display images from his compelling book at the Friday event.

Matt Hill, who will serve as emcee, is a legend in his own right. The native of Vancouver has completed Ironman Canada seven times and has run some 300 marathons while running across Canada and around the perimeter of America on a tour called Run for One Planet. A noted voiceover artist, Matt 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. Matt is the voice of “Ed” on “Ed, Edd n Eddy.”

About Bike the Coast – Taste the Coast

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 or 100-mile rides. Cycling routes start and finish on the beach at the Oceanside Pier where you can enjoy the Taste the Coast festival. The festival includes tasty local cuisine, a 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. Proceeds from the ride support the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition - — 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: For Oceanside travel information, or call 760-721-1101.

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  1. tracy johnson -

    Go Bikes!!..



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