2013 Fiesta Metric Rider Instructions Email

Email Sent Jun 3, '13

2013 Fiesta Metric Century

2013 Fiesta Metric Century
Rider Instructions

Thanks for joining the 5th Annual Fiesta Metric Century on Sat, Jun 8, '13 in Downtown San Diego, CA. The ride is one week away!  This Rider Update email contains important links to your Rider Instructions and highlights some vital details.  Take about 30 minutes to carefully read every word of this email AND the 2-page Rider Instructions.  Carefully review the Cue Sheet & Strip Map.  Visit the website one final time before departing for the ride.  Any last-minute changes, or updates, will be posted in the "2013 Latest News" section.

There are currently 301 Registered Riders.  Please tell your cycling friends about the Fiesta Metric. There are 199 rider slots open!  See Friends & Family coupon below for a special 15% discount.  

1. General:
Below are highlights of key information for the ride.  All the details are posted on the the Shadow Tour website (www.shadowtour.com).
               Click here to go directly to the Fiesta Metric Century webpage.

2.  Rider Instructions and Course Map:
  For your safety and understanding of important details of the ride, all cyclists must read/review the following items before starting the ride:
      a.  Complete Rider Instructions, Cue Sheet, Strip Map, download here 
      b.  San Diego County Liability Waiver,  download here (bring to packet pick-up) 
      c.  Course Cue Sheet (turn-by-turn directions),  download here 
      d.  Course Strip Map,  download here
      e.  Strava Full Course with elevation profile,   click here
3.  Packet Pick-up/Registration: 

Fri, Jun 7th, Noon - 8:00 P.M.
  Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown (Host Hotel), 1531 Pacific Hwy 
, San Diego, CA  92101.  The Hampton Inn is directly across the street from the Start/Finish area.  Friends may pick up packets for other riders with a signed note or printed email authorizing release of the packets.  Riders may register on Friday with Credit Card or Cash (ATM onsite) only.  Free 30-min parking inside the Hampton Inn underground parking facility.  For information on Special Hampton Inn Rider Rates, click here.

Sat,  Jun 8th, 6:00 - 7:30 A.M.   Front lawn of San Diego County Offices Bldg, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, 92101 (directions).  All day Free parking in the North lot until contracted section of lot is full.  When full, discounted all-day rate of $10 applies.  Parking controlled by ABM Parking & pay kiosks in the parking lot.  Riders may register on Saturday, cash or credit only (ATMs across the street in the Hampton Inn, or at the Holiday Inn, next to Gift Shop).      

4.  Event Master Timetable:
  Sat, Jun 9, '13

5:30 A.M.                        Parking lot opens for riders, North lot of SD Cty Bldg
6:00 - 7:30 A.M.            Registration/Packet Pick-up
6:30 - 7:30 A.M.            Wave starts of 25 riders at 3-minute intervals
10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.   Post-ride Mexican Buffet hosted by El Indio open
10:30 A.M.                      Rest Stop #2, at Lower Otay Lakes, closes
11:30 A.M.                       Rest Stop #3, at Thousand Trails, closes
1:00 P.M.                         Rest Stop #1/#4, at Bonita Plaza/Bikepath, closes
Noon                                 Mandatory turnaround; all riders must be returning
                                          to Start/Finish
2:00 P.M:                        Course/Event officially closes.    

Shadow Tour has contracted with ABM Parking for a limited number of Free Parking Passes for paid riders in the North Parking Lot of the San Diego County Office Bldg at 1600 Pacific Hwy.  The parking lot will open at 5:30 A.M. on Sat, Jun 8th (do not arrive earlier than 5:30 A.M.).  Volunteers will issue Free Parking Passes to arriving vehicles at the parking lot entrance on Harbor Drive, 1st come, 1st served, until supplies are exhausted. 
When all Free Parking Passes have been issued, riders may still park in the North Lot, but MUST PAY $10 for a full-day pass at one of the parking lot pay kiosks.  Do not park in the 50 spaces reserved for County Officials nearest the building.  Other nearby parking lots range in price from $13-25/per day.
D0wntown parking has tightened radically in recent years. No other event we know of provides any free Downtown parking.  This is the best Shadow Tour can do for Fiesta Metric riders. Car-pooling is encouraged to save gas & share parking fees, if applicable.  Many Thanks for your understanding & cooperation!
SUMMARY: To park in the North Lot: (1) Have a Free Parking Pass, OR (2) Purchase a Parking Pass (full day = $10) at one of the parking kiosks. Display your Parking Pass on the front dashboard facing the windshield. Vehicles without passes may be cited, or towed, at owner's expense.

6.  Red Zones:
  RED ZONES are potentially hazardous areas and require 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 & rough road surfaces.  To safely cross RR tracks, aim front wheel at 90-degree angle (t-bone technique), if necessary, stop & walk over.  There are RR tracks at miles 3 & 5.  There are also many sections of rough pavement inbound & returning.  Use extra caution in these areas.  Point out all obstacles & RR tracks to riders following closely behind you.
Harbor Dr & Civic Center Dr Intersection:  There is a set of diagonal railroad tracks on Civic Center Dr, immediately after turning right off Harbor Dr.  OBEY THE STOP SIGN prior to the RR tracks!  All riders must come to a complete stop.  Stay right, single file, and point out tracks to riders following closely behind. 
Watch for riders/walkers. Ride single file, extra caution at entrances.
San Miguel/Proctor Valley Rd:  Narrow roads, stay as far to right as possible.  On return section of San Miguel Rd, watch for uneven curb cement on the descent.
Otay Lakes Rd:  Higher vehicle traffic at faster speeds.  Use Extreme caution, stay to right, ride single file.  Don't stop on Otay Lakes Rd until Rest Stop #3.
7.  Weather:  Current AccuWeather San Diego forecast calls for "Pleasant with areas of low clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny" with a Hi of 77F, Lo of 63F. Please arrive with full water bottles, as it will be warmer inland. Water & Vitalyte (Citris & Grape flavors) will be at all rest stops, so stay well hydrated. Limited supplies of ice will be on-hand to chill Vitalyte only. Water is in individual 1-gal jugs for rapid self-service. For sanitary reasons, do not handle ice at rest stops. Staff & Vol's will add more ice if temps climb into the 90's F (not expected).

8. 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 take their bicycle in for a professional tune-up and safety inspection prior to the ride.  Replace questionable components, especially tires. Matt, owner of Traction Bicycles, will be providing mechanic support on the course.  He also offers mobile services and can service bicycles at your home or office.  Traction Bicycles will be at the Start/Finish early  Sat morning before he begins patrolling the course.  Please pay mechanics directly for parts they provide.  All riders need to carry (at the minimum) a spare tube, tire levers, and a mini pump, or air cartridges with valve adapter. 


9.  Full Metric Century Finishers:  Riders registered for the "Full Course," who complete the 62-mile route, need to check in with the Volunteers at the Finish to show validation stamp from the Rest Stop #3 turnaround point.  Your Name and City will be added to the Official Full Metric Century Finishers list.   The final list will be displayed on the Shadow Tour website.  Short course riders are not eligible to receive credit for riding the full course.

10.  SCS Photoworks:  Scott & photographers from SCS Photoworks will be on the course and at the Finish snapping your pictures, so be sure to say cheese and style for the cameras!  Please affix your Helmet # to the FRONT OF YOUR HELMET.  

11.  Help Spread the Word:
  There is no better way to grow the Fiesta Metric Century than for registered riders to encourage friends to sign up.  Thanks for spreading the word via email and Facebook!
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12.  Post-ride Meal
  All paid riders receive an included post-ride Mexican Buffet in the Finish area (limited to one pass through the buffet line).  The meal is catered by El Indio Restaurant.  The buffet runs 10:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.  Cost for extra meals is $15 in advance/$18 on Sat.  Manny Cepeda's 3-man Salsa band will be providing live Salsa music in the Finish area post-ride.  Dancing is encouraged! 

13.  Official Event Charity:  For 2013, we're Honored to Welcome the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) as the Official Fiesta Metric Charity.  The BCF Mission is to

work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.  Please visit the Donation Link and show your support with whatever level of contribution you can afford.  There's even an easy way to reach out to Friends & Family to form your own personalized campaign.  Luna Chix Team Members are spear-heading this BCF fund-raiser.  They will be operating the full-day Rest Stop #1 / #4.  They will also have a booth at the Finish Expo where items, such as Nite Rider Lighting Systems, will be raffled to generate donations.  Let's rally at Fiesta and make Donations online and by visiting the BCF/Luna Chix Expo Booth post-ride!

14.  Sponsors:
  We wish to acknowledge the outstanding support of our wonderful Sponsors & Exhibitors .  We extend our deep gratitude to all Sponsors, Volunteers, and Expo Exhibitors who helped make this ride possible.


     Moment Cycle Sport  Visit our Expo Booth and save 10%! 

     Clif Bar 


     Breast Cancer Fund 

     Chamois Butt'r
     Nite Rider
     Team Luna Chix 

     Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown 

     El Indio Restaurant
     Manny Cepeda's Ritmo Caribe Salsa Band
     SCS Photoworks  
     So Cal Coasters     
     Traction Bicycles 
     Holland Cycles 


     Design Maker Studio   
     San Diego Maritime Museum

15.  Memorabilia:
  A limited supply of extra 2013 Fiesta T-shirts and Jerseys will be available on Fri & Sat at the Registration Booth, 1st Come, 1st Served. Past Shadow Tour T-shirts, Jerseys, Medals, and Pins will also be on sale.  Stop by to catch some great deals on past inventory items!  Credit Card & Cash only. 

16.  Volunteers: 
 We always need volunteers!  Please contact Jim if you know someone interested in helping.  Many Thanks! 

Thanks again to all Fiesta Metric riders.  We appreciate your patronage.  Thanks also for taking time to read this email and for thoroughly studying the Final Rider Instructions & Maps in advance of the ride.  We hope you have a safe, enjoyable ride, and leave with positive memories from the 2013 Fiesta Metric Century


Jim & Larry
Shadow Tour, LLC


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Shadow Tour / ST Promotions, LLC
Tel:   858-692-6220
Fax:  858-356-9596

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