Visiting the Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista
If you’re looking for an American Adventure near San Diego head over to the Olympic Training Facility in Chula Vista, CA. This is where some of the top athletes in the world train year round and it’s available to be toured by the public!
Our good friends The Richards met us at the Road Warrior to hang out for awhile. Bill and I went for a bike ride on the trail behind the RV. It leads to a maze of other trails you can take into the mountains. Eventually we headed out to the Olympic Training Facility. It was around 5 miles away from the Pio Pico RV Resort.
You’ve got to drive careful here, especially near the Otay Reservoir. You’ll see a lot of bikers to share the road with. If you like to bike you might want to put this scenic ride on your list of things to do. The Olympic Cyclists take this road on their daily training ride.
The Stats & Facts:
- 155 acres at the Otay Reservoir
- Facilities: archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and cross-training abilities for various winter sports.
- The cafeteria serves 1,000 meals per day
- 3 state of the art BMX tracks
High Tech Tours
They have guided tours on Saturdays at 11am but it’s not needed. You can pull up the URL on your phone that takes you to the self guided audio tour. This way you can go at your own pace, pause and restart from your phone whenever you want to listen to the tour. They have spots on the trail that point out where you are but it’s easy to navigate the audio tour with where you’re walking.
One of the things we found interesting is that teams from all over the world come here to train because the facility is so state of the art. We came later in the afternoon and athletes were still out training.
The BMX Tracks were really impressive. The track is open to the public to bring your bike and test your skills at certain times of the day.
It’s easy to understand why they built this here, the weather is absolutely PERFECT! They adapt the facility to create a replica of what they’ll face when they compete. The BMX tracks are designed after the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Has anyone been to any other training facilities? Are they worth checking out? Let us know in the comments and thanks in advance!