2010 Stagecoach Registered Riders Dec Update Email

Email sent Dec 28, '09

Stagecoach Distressed Gold 380 x 53
  6th Annual 2010
  Stagecoach Century
& 4-person 100 mi TTT
  Sat, Jan 16, '10
  Ocotillo, CA
(80 miles east of San Diego, just off I-8)

Start: 7:00 - 9:00 A.M.

Distances:  26, 50, 73, 84, 90, and 100 miles.  Out-and-back route allows riders to chose own distances.
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Dear Sturdy Riders,

Thanks for registering for the 2010 Stagecoach Century, on Sat, Jan 16, '10, in Ocotillo, CA.  Below are pre-ride updates and preparation tips for registered riders.  A final email will follow in Jan.  The "Final Rider Instructions," which includes the course map, is now posted on the website, all riders need to carefully read before starting the ride.

1.  Countdown:  19 days until Stagecoach rolls!

2.  Rider Levels:  Rider LevelsThis new section on the website is a comprehensive resource for all riders.  Specific tips and advice are provided for a wide variety of rider levels.  You'll also find a detailed course description and details relating to weather, including past weather data.  Future updates will include rider comments and suggestions.  We strongly recommend reading it.
3.  Training:  Time to kick those New Year's resolutions into gear!  The early winter weather has been delightful for riding: cool mornings and mild afternoon temps in So Cal.  Continue building up for the ride by getting those training rides in.  With limited daylight, it's challenging during the week.  On weekends, shoot for rides of 2-4+ hours.

4.  Desert Weather:  Founder Jim rode the Stagecoach course on his birthday, Dec 21, '09.  Started at 5:59 A.M., temp was 49F.  Wore a light base layer + light arm warmers and was fine the whole way.  Finish temps in the mid 60's, with very mild winds.  Result was a lifetime Personal Best Stagecoach time of 4:48.  Hope for similar weather in Jan!

5.  Previous Stagecoach Weather
     2005:  Mild temps 50-70 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                  Sunny and Warm  
     2006:  Mild temps 48-65 F, sustained winds 10-12,
                  gusts to 25 MPH, Sunny. Warm, and Windy
     2007:  Cold temps 28-42 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                  gusts to 15 MPH, Overcast/Some Sun /Cold
     2008:  Warm temps 48-74 F, mild winds 3-9 MPH,
                  gusts to 15 MPH, Sunny, breezy, and Warm 
     2009:  Warm temps 45-82 F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                  gusting to 10 MPH, Sunny and Warm

6.  Bicycle Maintenance:  Stagecoach is no place to take a chance!  Every rider should have their bicycle tuned-up prior to the ride, along with a thorough safety inspection.  If tires are borderline, have them replaced, same for brakes.  You'll enjoy your ride more knowing your bike is mechanically ready.  We have posted bike shops in San Diego, Orange County, and LA on the website.  Some offer Stagecoach riders nice discounts, so be sure to ask!  See updated sponsor offers below.

7.  Friends and Family:  To limit vehicle traffic, promote safety, and comply with permit restrictions, outside support from friends and family in vehicles on S2 is not permitted anywhere on the course.  Friends and family are welcome to cheer at the Start/Finish in Ocotillo.  Picnic areas are available.

8.  Cholla Cactus:  One of the dominant desert cactus plants is the "Jumping Cholla".  These devilish plants are covered in thorny spines that detach and embed themselves in human flesh at the slightest touch.  DON'T GO NEAR OR LEAN BIKES AGAINST THEM!.  See photo below.

9.  Refer a Friend:  Stagecoach is a one-of-a-kind in many ways.  Our #1 source of new riders comes from previous riders telling their friends.  We are very proud and grateful of this fact.  For 2010, more than ever, we need you to encourage more riders to participate.

     a.  Facebook:  Below is a link to the new Stagecoach Facebook page.  You're invited to become a Fan of Stagecoach and invite your friends to join.  You can share stories, post photos, join discussions, and post to the wall.

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     b.  Discount:  Our ambitious goal for 2010 is to attract 1,000+ Sturdy Stagecoach riders.  In this tough economy, we're asking for, and need, your support.  We're offering a special $1o discount for new riders using promocode "GOWEST10" (see coupons below).  Please encourage all your cycling friends to join you at Stagecoach.  Below is a link to easily forward this email to your riding buddies.


8.  Sponsor Corral: 

   a.  Performance Bicycle:  Special 1/2 price Tune-up with coupon (see details below) and 10% off any purchase, excluding bikes, with coupon, at all So Cal Stores.  For online purchases, use promocode "640" for 10% savings.  Offers expire Jan 31 '10.

   b.  SockGuy:  Offering Stagecoach riders a special 20% discount using promocode "Ocotillo" when placing an order on their website.  This sweet deal is valid until Jan 31, '10.  Founder Jim is a huge fan of their high tech "Classic Baselayer".  Check out their cool products here.

    c.  Leucadia Cyclery:  Mention Stagecoach to receive 10% discount off most parts and accessories, including Tune-ups!  Owner Fred is a cool guy, here's the link.

    e.  Attorney Richard Duquette:  Offers some wise legal advice for riders:  "Don't skimp on insurance!".  Check out his article on Under/Uninsured Motorists.  Richard and wife Kim, are avid cyclists, triathletes, and Stagecoach Vets.  Contact Richard at 760-730-0500.  Here's his link.

    f.  Mission Valley Resort:  Host Hotel for Stagecoach.  Offering riders a special price of $69 plus tax.  Details here.
    g.  World Cycles:  Owner Alex is offering all Stagecoach riders 10% off most parts and accessories and 20% off tune-ups.  Ask about internet-based personalized training programs.  Great deals on remaining '09 bicycles! Alex & Daya own the Tandem record of 4:41 at Stagecoach!

    h.  Bicycle Dreams: The Best Cycling Film since "Breaking Away."  "Bicycle Dreams is a beautiful film that probes deeply into the sport's heart of darkness, offering an inspiring glimpse at the high price of glory." USA TODAY
Now on DVD!
  Click here for trailer and purchase details.


Looking forward to seeing all of you in January.  Until then, please ride safely and enjoy your Holidays!

Happy New Year!

Jim and Larry

Managing Members
Shadow Tour, LLC
ST Promotions, LLC


Cholla Cactus

Jumping Cholla Cactus
Photo Courtesy Brightroom.com


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Register today for the 2010 STAGECOACH CENTURY on Sat, Jan 16, '10 in Ocotillo, CA.   We're pleased to offer a special discount to new Shadow Tour riders.
Enter promocode "GOWEST10" (all caps) when you register online.  It's the very last step, so be careful not to miss it.  Active.com software is case-sensitive.  The promocode is also valid for mail-in and walk-up registrations.  Applies to all entry categories, but may not be combined with other promotions and is NOT RETROACTIVE.
Offer Expires:  9:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Jan 16, '10


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Performance In Store Coupon

Offer valid at Southern California stores.  Must bring original coupon.  Click here to download coupon.  Cannot combine with other offers.  Offer valid through 1/31/10.

Offer Expires:  Jan 31, '10