2013 Fiesta Metric Final Rider Instructions

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5th Annual FIESTA METRIC CENTURY, Sat, Jun 8th, 2013


WELCOME to the Fiesta Metric Century. Thanks for joining us!  For your safety, carefully read these instructions.  Ride takes place rain or shine. Please check the website any last-minute changes.

  1. Safety:  SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT!  Everyone at the event must be Alert & Focused at all times.  This is a “Rules of the Road” event.  NO ROADS ARE CLOSED!  Share the road by riding on the far right side of the road, single file, point out obstacles to riders following closely behind you, and obey all traffic laws.  Never gesture at, or harass, motorists. Riders must wear a serviceable Snell-approved helmet while riding.

  2. Packet Pick up/Registration:  Riders may pick up rider packets, or register in-person, on Fri, Jun 7, at the Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown located at 1531 Pacific Hwy, right across the street from the Start/Finish, from Noon to 8:00 P.M., or on Sat, Jun 8, at the Start/Finish on the front lawn of the San Diego County Offices Bldg, 1600 Pacific Hwy (facing SD Bay) from 6:00-7:30 A.M. Riders may pick up friend’s packets with written permission (such as a printed email). See item # 14 regarding San Diego Waiver.  Please arrive with full water bottles.

  3. Jerseys/T-shirts:  Riders who purchased a jersey on or before Apr 15, ‘13 will receive them at packet pick up.  Jerseys purchased after Apr 15 will be in the 2nd production run to be mailed in Aug.  Optional T-shirts will be available at packet pick-up.

  4. Bike Inspection:  All riders must individually insure their bicycle is mechanically sound and equipped with working brakes and fully serviceable wheels and tires.  WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND every rider get a professional bicycle tune-up and safety inspection prior to the ride.  Replace any questionable components, especially tires! 

  5. Mechanic Support: Matt from Traction Bicycles and will be at the Start 6:00–7:00 A.M. on Sat. At 7:00 A.M. he begins roving the course.  Please pay Matt directly for any parts provided.

  6. Wristbands:  Loosely affix your enclosed wristband(s) to either wrist.

        Red/White/Blue:  Full Course pass to Rest Stops/Buffet. Validated at RS#3 for Full Course.
    Yellow:  Short Course pass to Rest Stops/Buffet. Short Course riders may not ride Full Metric.
    Blue Stars:  Optional extra post-ride Mexican buffet pass.  Removed after receiving meal.

  7. Bib Numbers:  Bib#’s (aka, helmet #’s) are assigned to each rider and are posted on the shadowtour.com website under “Rider Lists”.  To save time, locate your Bib# before arriving at packet pick-up.  A cross-referenced Alpha Roster will be posted at packet pick-up.

  8. Full Metric Century Finishers Recognition:  Full Course Riders (not Short Course) who complete the 62-mi route, must have wristbands validated at RS#3 and check-in w/vols at the finish to record completion. Names/Cities of Full Metric Century Finishers will be posted online.

  9. Ride Photos:  SCS Photography is providing photography services. They post rider photos for purchase online by Bib #.  Please affix your number on the front of your helmet before starting.

10. Red Zones:  RED ZONES are potentially hazardous areas.  Use EXTRA CAUTION, reduce speed to max of 20 MPH, stay as far to the right as safely possible, and always ride single-file. 
Red Zones for outbound & return sections of the routes:    

Harbor Dr:  Watch for old railroad tracks at mile 3 & 5.6 (Civic Center Dr).  To safely cross, slow down, aim front wheel at 90-degree angle (t-bone technique), or just stop, dismount, and walk bike over tracks. Follow yellow arrows & use extra caution, point out tracks to riders behind you!
Bikepath:  Watch for other riders & walkers in both directions. Use extra caution at entrances.
San Miguel Rd/Proctor Valley Rd:  Narrow roads, stay as far to right as possible.
Otay Lakes Rd:  Higher vehicle traffic at faster speeds.  Use extreme caution, stay to right,
                          ride single-file.  Stop only at Rest Stop #3, at Thousand Trails RV Resort.

11. Parking:  Limited free parking in the north lot of the San Diego County Offices Bldg is available on Sat to paid riders, “1st Come, 1st Served”. When all passes have been issued at the lot entrance, riders may park at the normal rate of $10/day (pay at kiosk). Vol’s will inform arriving riders if they need to pay. Park legally Downtown! Do not block business or residence driveways. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Vehicles may not enter the Start/Finish lane.


12. Start Times:  Start window is 6:30 – 7:30 A.M.  The City of San Diego requires wave starts of approximately 25 - 50 riders, beginning at 6:30 A.M. about every 3 minutes until 7:30 A.M.  We strongly recommend Full Course 62-mile riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. 


13. Weather:   Weather forecasts will be posted on the Shadow Tour website as the event nears.  Temperatures will be much warmer inland, so be sure to drink lots of water at all Rest Stops.

14. San Diego County Waivers:  All Riders & Volunteers must download, complete, and sign a San Diego County Liability Waiver at packet pick-up.  This is a strict San Diego County requirement.  If picking up a friend’s packet, they must still complete and sign the waiver form prior to starting.


15. Timeline and Time Cutoffs (Sat, Jun 8, ’13):


6:00 - 7:30 A.M.         Registration/Packet Pick-up in south lot of SD County Offices Bldg
6:30 - 7:30 A.M.         Wave starts of approximately 25 riders at 3-minute intervals
10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.   Post-ride Mexican Buffet in Start/Finish area
10:30 A.M.                 Rest Stop #2, at Lower Otay Lakes, closes      
11:30 A.M.                 Rest Stop #3, at Thousand Trails, closes
Noon                         Mandatory turnaround; all riders must be returning to Start/Finish
1:00 P.M.                   Rest Stop #1/#4, at Bonita Plaza Sweetwater bike path entrance, closes
2:00 P.M:                  Course & event officially closes.  All riders must be off the bike course.


16. Routes:  This ride is an out & back course, designed to allow you to ride any of the following distances with full support. Yellow arrows on the road are the primary markers for the route.

20 mile course:   To Rest Stop #1, near mile 10, and back to Start/Finish
45 mile course:   To Rest Stop #2, near mile 24, left on Otay Lakes Rd, and back to Start/Finish
62 mile course:   To Rest Stop #3, near mile 33, and back to Start/Finish

17. Rest Stops:  Four static Rest Stops support riders going out and coming back and provide opportunities to re-hydrate, carb up, and get course info.  All Rest Stops have floor pumps, 1st Aid Kits, and a small supply of tire tubes.  Always position bikes completely off main roads.

     Rest Stop #1 (7:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.):  At Bonita Plaza entrance to Sweetwater Bikepath (mile 10)
Rest Stop #2 (8:00 – 10:30 A.M.):  On Wueste Rd (mile 24) in Lower Otay Lakes boat landing/park
Rest Stop #3 (8:30 – 11:30 A.M.):  On Otay Lakes Rd, (mile 33) at Thousand Trails Store
Rest Stop #4 (7:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.):  At Bonita Plaza entrance to Sweetwater Bikepath (mile 53)

18. Route Markings/Cue Sheets:  Yellow paper arrows on the road surface and yellow/black arrow signs are used to mark course turns.  Riders also receive a Cue Sheet and Course Strip Map.

19. SAG Support:  Marked SAG vehicles will be roaming the course marked with orange magnetic signs. Wave them down if you have a mechanical problem, need water, or need assistance.


20. Included Lunch:  All paid riders receive an included post-ride Mexican Buffet at the Start/Finish. Buffet is open 10:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.  Cost for extra meals is $15 in advance and $18 on Sat.


21. Trash:  Please keep all your on-route trash.  Trash bags are located at all rest stops.


22. Ride Momentos:  A limited supply of Jerseys and T-shirts will be on sale in Start/Finish area.  Paid riders receive a Custom Fiesta Finishers Medal at the Finish Line and Pin at packet pick-up.

23. Sponsors/Vols:  Our sincere Thanks to Moment Cycle Sport, Luna Chix, So Cal Coasters, Team in Training, and all Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Volunteers.  Vol’s are giving up their weekend to help you enjoy yours.  Be courteous and let ‘em know you appreciate them!

24. Course Marshals:  Course Marshals are identified by Yellow Vests. Most volunteers are trained only with their station’s operation.  For higher support, ask for a Course Marshal.

25. Share the Road:  Ride single file at all times and stay alert for passing vehicles. Give extra room, if safely possible.  Ride to the right of the white line when safe to do so.  Keep your cool if motorists honk, or behave aggressively. Use care and watch road surface for hazards.


  1. Emergency Numbers:  For emergencies dial 911. For mechanical/minor issues on the course, call Shadow Tour Staff/Vols: Jim (Staff) 858-692-6220; Matt (Traction Bicycles) 619-379-5150.