2011 Palm Desert Round up

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2011 Palm Desert Century  

     ~ ~ ~ 2011 Round Up ~ ~ ~

Holland Cycles Palm Desert Century

 Saturday, November 12, 2011

 Shadow Tour Logo Palm Desert Century 


  1st Annual 2011

  Palm Desert Century

& Chiriaco Summit TT


Sat, Nov 12, 2011

  Palm Desert, CA

    University Park
    74-902 College Dr
    Palm Desert, CA  92210

    (Just off I-10 at Cook St
     exit,  Map it)

Start: 7:00 - 8:00 A.M.

Distances:  20 - 100 miles

Registered Riders:  845


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Inaugural 2011 Palm Desert Century
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Chiriaco Summit Time Trial

Dear Shadow Tour Riders,  

The 2011 Holland Cycles Palm Desert Century (PDC) rolled as scheduled on Sat, Nov 12, '11.  This "Round up" email reviews some highlights of the event.

First off, we THANK YOU for participating and braving difficult conditions.  Throughout the day, Vol's, Police, Staff, and Spectators commented about the high spirits of riders out on the course.  Shadow Tour is humbled by your Tenacity, Courage, and Determination. 

Congratulations to all who started in the face of a looming November rain storm.  It took 18 events, but Mother Nature finally threw us a rain-soaked curveball.  As late as Friday evening, it appeared that rain would be a late P.M. nuisance, if at all.  We'll just spin this optimistically:  next year's PDC weather can only be an improvment!

Many thanks to Title Sponsor, Holland Cycles. for their tremendous support of the ride. Bill Holland takes great personal pride in crafting each of his bicycles. Learn more by visiting their website, or calling Bill at 619-469-1772.

Roy's Foundation provided 90% of the Vol's from Start to Finish. We thank them for their selfless contributions. Especially noteworthy were the organizational and on-site efforts of Denise Welch and Jim Hicks. Your generous support for their fund raising efforts to assist less fortunate Coachella Valley families is much appreciated. Please read below to learn how to help. 

1.  The Field:  There were 845 Final Registered Riders.  565 Full Course and 280 Short Courses.  732 riders picked up packets on Fri & Sat.  The Preliminary Full Century Finishers List has 254 riders.  This will rise, as many riders did not check in at the finish, or Vol's were not available to record them at the Finish Line.

2.  Full Century Finishers:  If you registered for the FULL CENTURY, or FULL CENTURY WITH TT, and you completed the 102 mile course, but your name is missing from the list, please send Jim an email with "FC" and your Bib # in the Subject Line.  The list will be updated through Dec 12, '11, then locked in.
Note: SHORT COURSE riders are not eligible.

3.  Time Trial Results:  CEP Timing did a fine job capturing accurate for results for riders on the Time Trial.  Congratulations to all who opted in for the 14.65 mile TT up Box Canyon.  Champions Carmen James and David Bruemmer rocked the TT course and set the bar very high with their Wins/Course Records.

To resolve any open timing issues, email CEP Timing prior to Nov 21.  After Nov 21, results are FINAL.

     a.  Time Trial Champions:

           Overall Female:  

           1st Place:  Carmen James, Los Angeles, CA
                                 51:07.7, Female Course Record
           2nd Place:  Carol Lynn Neal, Palm Desert, CA
           3rd Place:  Tamara Goeppel, Whitehouse, VT

          Overall Male:
          1st Place:  David Bruemmer, San Marcos, CA
                                 46:35.4, Overall Course Record  
           2nd Place:  Victor Menayan, Palm Desert, CA
           3rd Place:   Murray Behl, Grand Forks, BC

     b.  Overall Results (Everyone):  Click here
     c.   Overall Results (Age Divisions):  Click here
     d.  Overall Results (Tandems):  Click here

4.  Last Chance Jerseys:   Due to rider requests, we're reopening a short window to order PDC Jerseys.  The deadline for ordering Jerseys in the 2nd Production Run is 3:00 P.M. (PST) this Fri, Nov 18.  To place an order follow the instructions below.  Jerseys take about 8 weeks to produce, and will be mailed in Jan (free shipping).  Ship date will be posted on the website.

     a.  Order:  Send email to Jim with your Size, Quantity,
          and Mailing Address NLT 3:00 P.M. Fri, Nov 18.
     b.  Prepare a Check, or Money Order, for $70/Jersey
           made out to Shadow Tour, LLC.
     c.  Payment:  Please mail check promptly.

                Shadow Tour, LLC
                Attn:  Jersey
                13143 Kellam Ct, #41
                San Diego, CA  92130

5.  Last Chance T-shirts:  Visit Shadow Tour Store to purchase PDC T-shirts.   Only a few remain in stock.

6.  Last Chance Roy's Donations:  As you all know, Roy's provided almost the entire Volunteer crew for the PDC Maiden Voyage.  They willingly gave up their weekend to support your cycling adventure.  Now you can return the favor.  If you were satisfied with the Volunteer efforts, please donate to their cause:  caring for Homeless Families throughout Coachella Valley.

All the proceeds go to directly to Roy's Desert Resource Center (none to Shadow Tour).  Some riders have already donated generously.  One made a fabulous anonymous $5,000 donation (Wow!).

Still, the event goal of $10,000 has not been reached (currently $5, 578).  Think back to your ride and how nice it was to roll into a Rest Stop and have everything you needed ready, with Vols standing in the rain, ready to assist you.  Remember the Welcome Crew at the Finish Line bringing you home with Cheers & Cowbells!
We routinely tip Servers at restaurants, even when the service was average.  Here's your last chance to show your gratitude to Roy's Vol's who served you with Genuine Care & Smiles. Please click here.  See what other riders have donated.  Please do what you can to help.  Building Goodwill in Coachella Valley benefits all of us!

7.  Sport Action Photos:  Master Photographer Armando Estrada is busy matching thousands of rider photos and Bib #'s.  Rider photos will be posted soon on SportActionPhotos.com.  An email will notify riders when the photos are ready.  You can search for your photo by Bib #, or by approximate time.  There's also a Missing Bib # section.  The rain caused many stickers to fall  off helmets.  Be sure to browse threw the Missing Bib # section to locate additional images.

8.  PDC Video:  Here's a link to a cool video by Full Century Finisher Kevin Carlson, from Riverside, CA.

9.   Mark your Calendar! The 8th Annual Stagecoach Century stampede will bust loose on Sat, Jan 14, '12. "Early Bird"deadline is Nov 30th.  Save 10% with promocode OLDWEST10PC (all caps).  Valid Online/Mail-in/Walk-up.  Not retroactive, may not be combined with other offers.  Expires Jan 14, '12.

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10.  Feedback:  We welcome your constructive comments.  Please email your comments & suggestions to Jim.  We're particularly interested in hearing what worked well for you out on the course.  We'll be updating the Rider Levels section with your input to improve the advice for next year's riders.
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Sponsor Corner

Pearl Izumi:  Pearl Izumi is a proud sponsor for the 2011 Palm Desert Century!  We will have a booth on Fri and Sat with great deals on Pearl Izumi apparel & accessories.  Cya there!

Vitalyte:  Vitalyte is pleased to continue our Sponsorship of all Shadow Tour events.  We'll have Vitalyte at every Rest Stop to keep you hydrated and feeling great! 


Attorney Richard Duquette offers wise legal advice for riders:  "Dont skimp on insurance!".  Check out his article on Under/Uninsured motorists.  Richard and wife Kim, are avid cyclists, triathletes and Shadow Tour Vets.  Contact Richard at 760-730-0500.


Host Hotel:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert.  Homewood Suites is Sold Out for this year's ride. 

Event Hotel:  Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert  is offering PDC riders special rates, subject to availability. Rates start at $109/night p/t.  Includes breakfast and ToGo Bags for riders.  Visit website for details.   

Sport Action Photos:
  Official PDC Photographer.  Armando Estrado and his crew specialize in capturing unique action rider photos all along the course.   
Smile for the cameras!

Saltstick:  Saltstick is a proud sponsor of the Palm Desert Century!  We're pleased to include samples in all Goodie Bags of our new formulation, Saltstick caps PLUS, with buffered salts, plus Caffeine & Sodium Citrate to help reduce heat stress and muscle cramping, while maintaining electrolyte and energy levels.  All Rest Stops will have additional supplies.  Enjoy your ride!

Traction Bicycle Mobile Repair:  Based in San Diego, Traction is a mobile mechanic service.  We come to your home, office, or even on the road, whenever you need us. Owner Matt McDaniel will be in his vehicle providing SAG support along the PDC route. See Coupon in Goodie Bag. Call for a Tune-up any time! 

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Box Canyon Descent
2011 PDC Full Century Riders Descending Box Canyon


                 Saturday, January 14, 2012
        "Early Bird" Deadline:  Nov 30, '11

    2012 Stagecoach
OFFICIAL CHARITY:  Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Fantastic job to all Palm Desert Century Riders!  We look forward to our next adventure together, the 8th Annual Stagecoach Century, on January 14, 2012.

Enjoy your Holiday Season!


~Jim & Larry


Jim Knight 

Larry Gitman 

Founders/Managing Members

Shadow Tour, LLC   


Editor's Note:   Apologies, in advance, for any mistakes, typo's, oversights, or factual errors in this Newsletter.  Visit shadowtour.com for corrections, if applicable.  As always, I'll work to improve in the future.   ~Jim



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