2012 Stagecoach December Rider Update

Email sent Dec 13, '11

Sunrise in Ocotillo Jan '11
DECEMBER RIDER UPDATE
Official Charity:  Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund   
  8th Annual 2012
  Stagecoach Century
     and Time Trials


Date:
  Sat, Jan 14, '12

Where:
  Ocotillo, CA
(80 miles east of San Diego, just off I-8)

Start Window:

 7:00-7:10 A.M: Time Trial
 7:10-9:00 A.M: All Riders

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,

 

As the Holidays approach, we wish to Thank You for registering for the 2012 Stagecoach Century, on Sat, Jan 14, '12, in Ocotillo, CA.  We also send our Best Wishes for a Safe & Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! 

Stagecoach is a unique event, that requires preparation and commands the respect of all participants.  To assist with your preparations, carefully read this email with important pre-ride updates and tips. Everything below is also posted on the website.  The Final Rider Instructions summarize what every rider needs to know and contains a Course Map.  All riders must carefully read these instructions before starting.  Any last-minute changes will be posted in the "News" section of the Stagecoach webpage.      

         
           Countdown:  32 Days!  
 
Sponsors:
  We thank all Sponsors, Volunteers, and Affiliates who are essential to making Stagecoach possible. Please visit the Sponsor Corral at the bottom of this email for some great deals!  Always mention Stagecoach, for potential discounts at your bike shop.  Be sure to stop by the Pearl Izumi booth on Fri or Sat for Factory Outlet Deals on high tech winter riding apparel & acessories.

Official Charity:  We're proud to announce the addition of The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (SFF) as the Official Charity for the Stagecoach Century.  This outstanding Nonprofit organization has earned Charity Navigator's highest rating of "4 Stars," and is rated "A+" by the American Institute of Philanthropy.  A streamlined structure keeps the SFF overhead at 5%, allowing them to maximize their assistance to Veterans and their Family Members.

The Semper Fi Fund was introduced to Shadow Tour by the So Cal Coasters Bike Club.  Some Club Members work directly with Veterans in the areas of Post Tramatic Stress.  The So Cal Coasters will be riding at Stagecoach, providing Vol's at a Rest Stop, and will have a booth at the Finish with more info about the Semper Fi Fund and their club.

Here's a very special donation link to the SFF fund-raising campaign associated with the Stagecoach Century.  To date, the 2012 campaign has raised $593 to benefit our brave Veterans and their Family Members, with 100% going directly to the Semper Fi Fund.  The goal is $10,000.  Many Thanks to all who have contributed to this genuine and worthwhile cause.

Chip Timing: 
New for 2012!   CEP Timing will be at Stagecoach.  Full Century riders have the option (free) to receive a chip on Sat in Ocotillo.  Only the 100-mi course will be timed.  Riders must have their wristbands validated at the turnaround point at mile 50, past Shelter Valley.  Chips must be returned to the CEP Timing Booth adjacent to the Finish line.  There's an $85 replacement fee for lost or missing timing chips.  Use care at the Finish Line; this is a "Soft & Slow Finish," due to limited space inside the park, and the need to cross the northbound lane of S2 at the entrance to the parking lot.  USE EXTREME CAUTION!    

Start Time: 
On Sat, Jan 14, '12, all riders may start from 7:10 - 9:00 A.M. Time Trial riders launch 1st, from 7:00 - 7:10 A.M. on tight intervals (less than 30 sec). The rest of the field starts immediately after the last Time Trial rider rolls. Use care making the turn onto S2 out of the parking lot.

One Bite at a Time:
  Recognize that riding a century in January is unusual.  We congratulate you on accepting the Stagecoach Challenge.  It's not an easy century, and weather can make it treacherous.  Plan your ride, and ride your plan!  Take it in small bites.  Rest Stop-to-Rest Stop, or even hour-to-hour.  Cold, dry desert air can dehydrate you before you know it.  Rising afternoon temps will too.  Drink and eat at every Rest Stop!  Don't exceed your limits.   You may safely turn around at any point on the course.  Don't compare your June cycling to the January Stagecoach, they're  two different animals.  If this is your first Stagecoach, avoid focusing exclusively on making it to the turnaround.  You need to have enough reserves left to ride all the way back to the Finish.  Watch out for each other, point out obstacles, stay to the right, ride single file, and be safe out there!   

Key Documents:


    a.  Final Rider Instructions & Course Map:  Please read carefully.  Download here.
   
    b.  San Diego Waiver Form:  Save time at packet pick up!  Please print out, complete, date, sign, and bring to Fri/Sat packet pick up.  Download here.
   
    c.  Driving Map:  Basic map showing location of Ocotillo, CA.  Download here.

Packet Pick up Details:  Friday and Saturday options.  Riders may pick up friends' packets with written permission, such as a printed email authorizing release.

     a.  Fri, Jan 13, '12:  Noon - 8:00 P.M. at Host Hotel, Mission Valley Resort, 875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108 (Exit 4A).  Riders may register in-person.  Please bring cash or credit card.  There's an ATM in parking lot.

     b.  Sat, Jan 14, '12:  5:45 - 9:00 A.M. Ocotillo Community Park, 266 West Imperial Hwy, Ocotillo, CA  92259.  Riders may register in-person.  Cash or Credit.  Restrooms and Portajohns are onsite.  Arrival coffee & breakfast is provided by the Desert Vols of Ocotillo. Donations are appreciated and help feed less fortunate Ocotillo families.

     c.  What to do at packet pick up:

      *  Complete San Diego Waiver and drop in Waiver Box
      *  Locate your Bib # on the rider lists posted
      *  Pick up Rider Packet
      *  Have ID ready

      *  Rider packet contains:  Helmet #, wristbands, rider instructions, and map.  Rider's also receive Custom Pin and pre-ordered optional items. Medals are given at Finish Line.

 
Upgrades:  Riders may upgrade from Short Course to Long Course on Fri or Sat.  Cost is $15.

Host Hotel:  Mission Valley Resort offer Stagecoach riders a special $69 p/t rate, based on avail.  Click here for details.

Detailed Driving Directions:  Here's a link to Mapquest and a basic map showing the location of Ocotillo, CA.  Caution:  Don't confuse with "Ocotillo Wells", which is about 60 miles away from the Start/Finish!

 
Ocotillo Exit off Interstate 8:   From the west, it's the exit after the Calexico exit.  From the east, it's the Ocotillo/Imperial Hwy exit.  Vols/signs will guide you.

Restrooms in Ocotillo:  Two restrooms on the west side of the Community Park Bldg & portajohns at the south end of the parking lot.  Sanitizing gels are available.

Weather:   Forecasts will be posted on the website starting approximately one week prior to the event. 

     a.  Variable conditions:  Weather in the desert WILL vary widely.  Expect winds to shift around all along the route and to gust in the afternoon.  The north end of the course is about 15 degrees cooler than Ocotillo, due to its 2,200 ft el. 

     b.  Morning Chill:  Regardless of forecasted high temps, it WILL be cold in the morning.  See clothing below.  We do not recommend sleeping in a car overnight.  We've tried it in the past, the wind & cold temps make it very uncomfortable.

Clothing:  Wearing the right clothing is almost important as drinking plenty of Vitalyte/water, and replacing carbs!  Pearl Izumi will be at the Fri & Sat packet pick ups if you need to purchase last-minute high tech clothing items.

     a.  Early A.M:  It will be cold in the morning.  Recommend starting with a high-tech base layer (not cotton!).  A jersey, arm and leg warmers, or tights, a wind-breaker, and light weight/medium weight full finger gloves.

      b.  Mid morning:  Most riders warm up on the 10.5 mi gradual climb to Rest Stop 1, or below Sweeney Pass in the low elevations of Carizzo Badlands.  Once the sun rises, you'll feel much better, and may wish to remove outer layers.

       c.  Lunch:  Shelter Valley is at mile 42.   We recommend riding past the Community Center to the turnaround point before stopping for lunch.  While eating lunch, remove outer layers.  The main food area is heated.  Don't camp out too long!  If it's chilly when you start riding, put an outer layer back on.  You should warm up before Rest Stop 7 (mile 75). 

      d.  Late afternoon:  Coming back through the low desert areas south of Agua Caliente and the Badlands, if temps climb you should remove arm/leg warmers, vest, and other outer layers.  Be sure to use reapply lip balm and sunscreen on exposed skin.  See Rider Levels for many more tips.

Key Time Cut-offs:

      12:15 P.M.   Scissors Crossing closes (mile 45)
      1:00 P.M.     All riders must be returning to Ocotillo
      1:15 P.M.      Lunch in Shelter Valley closes
      5:00 P.M.     Course officially closes 

The time cut-offs are in place to insure riders are done and off S2 by 5:00 P.M.  Darkness falls rapidly and temps plunge in the desert right at sunset.  These deadlines are mandatory.  All course support ceases at 5:00 P.M.   
 

Bicycle Maintenance:  Stagecoach is no place to take chances on any worn bike parts.  If in doubt, get a tune-up.  Ask your mechanic to replace any questionable parts, especially tubes & tires!  Bike Shop Links:  San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange CountyTraction Mobile Bike Repair will be at the Start in Ocotillo and roaming the course.  Owner Matt McDaniel can provide full tune-ups prior to the event at your home or office.

Frequently Asked Questions:  Here's the link to learn more about camping, Rest Stop items, parking, etc.

Referrals:  Please encourage your friends to join you at Stagecoach.   You may pass along the special Holiday promocode SADDLE15PC to new riders (see coupon below).  The promocode provides a special 15% discount.

Event Directors:  Shadow Tour Co-Founders Jim Knight & Larry Gitman are passionate and active cyclists. They continue to  improve their cycling skills, fitness levels, as well as upgrading the quality of their cycling events. Rest assured their Tips & Advice are based on direct, first-hand experience.


T-shirts:  
Optional T-shirts will be available at packet pick-up.  A limited quantity of inventory T-shirts will be available for purchase. (2011 design displayed) 

       2011 Stagecoach Tshirt
Jersey:
  Voler is once again producing the optional Stagecoach jersey.  Riders who ordered jerseys prior to the Nov 19, '11 deadline will receive them at packet pick up.  All other orders are part of the 2nd Production Run, which will be mailed in Mar, '12 (free shipping).  A small quantity of jerseys will be available for sale at the event.      

Larry at Chiriaco Summit Nov 24 '10
2012 Jersey Front

Larry at Chiriaco Summit Nov 24 '10
2012 Jersey Back
 
Rider Levels:  Be sure to visit and read the section on the website titled "Rider Levels".  It's a comprehensive resource for riders to learn about the course.  Specific tips & advice are provided for a wide variety of rider levels and objectives.  You'll also find a detailed course description and details relating to weather, including past weather data.  Future updates will include your comments and suggestions.  Reading carefully is strongly recommended.                        

  

                                    Rider Levels   

 

Training:  The fall weather has been mostly nice for riding;
with cool mornings and mild afternoon temps in So Cal.  It's important to start building up for the ride now.  Translation:  get those training rides in!  With limited daylight, it can be challenging during the week.  But, on the weekends, shoot for rides of 2-4+ hours.

Desert Weather:  Co-Founder Jim rode the Stagecoach course on Dec 10, '11.  At 6:56 A.M, the temp was 45F.  He wore a base layer/vest/arm warmers, and was fine the whole way.  Finish temps were in the upper 50's, not a cloud in the sky. Mild swirling winds--hope for more of that in Jan!

Previous Stagecoach Weather :
                     
 
    2011:   Warm temps 46-79 F, mild winds 3-8 MPH,
                  gusting to 10 MPH, Sunny & Warm
    2010:  Mild temps 49-74F, mild winds 3 - 5 MPH, gusts
                  to 10 MPH.  Sunny & Warm.
    2009:   Warm temps 45-82 F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                  gusting to 15 MPH, Sunny/Warm/Winds
    2008:  Warm temps 48-74 F, mild winds 3-9 MPH,
                  gusting to 15 MPH, Sunny/Warm/Winds
     2007:  Cold temps 28-42 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                  gusting to 15 MPH, Cold/Overcast/Some Sun
     2006:  Mild temps 48-65 F, sustained winds 10-12,
                  gusting to 20-25 MPH, Sunny/Cool/Windy
     2005:  Mild temps 50-70 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                   Sunny & Warm

Photos Galleries:  A picture is worth a 1,000 words.  Please visit the galleries from past rides to get a sense for the course and what the weather was like.  Photos are courtesy of Sport Action Photos and Brightroom.

     Stagecoach Course Preview (flash)
     2011
     2010
     2009
     2008
     2007
     2006
     2005      

 
Referrals: 
Stagecoach is a unique event in many ways.  Our #1 source of new riders comes from previous riders telling their friends.  We are very proud of this.  For 2012, more than ever, we need your referrals to encourage more riders to accept the Stagecoach challenge by registering.


     a.  Facebook:  Below is a link to the Stagecoach Facebook page.  We invite you to become a Fan of Stagecoach and invite your friends to join.  It's a great way to share stories, post photos, and join discussions.

                             Facebook page

                                                             

 

 

 Sponsor Corral:

   a.  Pearl Izumi:  Pearl Izumi is back as a Proud Sponsor of the Stagecoach Century!  We will have a booth set up on Fri and Sat at packet pick up.  Stock up on high tech winter cycling gear at great prices.
   
   b.  Leucadia Cyclery:  Mention Stagecoach to receive 10% discount off most parts and accessories, including Tune-ups!  Owner Fred is a cool guy with incredible knowledge.

    c.  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

    d.  Mission Valley Resort:  The Host Hotel for Stagecoach is offering riders a special price of $69 plus tax.  Click here for more details.

    e.  Sport Action Photos:  Official photographer, specializing in capturing unique action-oriented rider photos at affordable prices.

    f.  Traction Bicycles Mobile Repair:  Will be at Stagecoach providing SAG support.  We specialize in all bicycles, from a child's first bike to high-end tri-bikes.  Call Matt for an appointment at 619-379-5150.     
    

 

  
                               

 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Jan!  Please always ride safely, to the right of the white, and stay alert at all times.  Good luck with your Stagecoach preparations! 

Enjoy your Holidays!
   

 

Jim & Larry

  

Managing Members 

Shadow Tour, LLC 

Larry at Chiriaco Summit Nov 24 '10  

            Stagecoach Century Sign in Ocotillo
        Congrats Dan McGehee and Team Broadcom!
          

 

 
Save 15%
Register today for the 2012 STAGECOACH CENTURY on Sat, Jan 14, '12 in Ocotillo, CA.   We're pleased to offer a special Holiday Discount to new Shadow Tour riders.   

Enter promocode SADDLE15PC (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 may also be used on mail-in and walk-up registrations.

The discount is valid for all entry categories.  This offer is not retro-active and not be combined with other promotions.   
Offer Expires:  9:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Jan 14, '12