2014 Palm Desert Century Best Deal Deadline Feb 28th!

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~Shadow Tour Proudly Presents~

                 11th ANNUAL                            6th ANNUAL                    4th ANNUAL  
                Sat, Jan 17, '15                           Sat, Jun 7, '14                  Sat, Nov 8, '14

             STAGECOACH                          FIESTA METRIC             PALM DESERT
              "BEST DEAL"                            "SUPER SAVER"              "BEST DEAL"
                Mar 31, '14
                                      Feb 28, '14                     Feb 28, '14
        Registration Open!                     Registration Open!      Registration Open!


EVENT DIRECTOR'S NOTE:  The Fiesta Metric & Stagecoach Century are nearing the "Endangered Ride List".  To keep these exceptionally high quality events on the ride calendar -- in their present form -- rider participation must improve!  At Stagecoach in January, many riders asked how they can help. It's really very simple: just get ONE MORE of your cycling friends to ride with you!  Nothing beats a past participant's referral.  Please forward this email and cross-post on your social media, Club websites, and Facebook Fan/Group pages. Shadow Tour is 100% committed to producing all three current rides!  We're reaching out, to ask you, to amplify our promotional efforts.                             
Many Thanks!                                   Gray 
~Jim                                            *************************     


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Date:             Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Start:            6:30 - 7:30 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Downtown, San Diego, CA
Distances:  20, 45, 60 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
Register:     Now Open! Click here to register.
Limit:           700
Riders:         32
Rider List: 
Click here
  "Best Deal"  Jan 31, '14
                        "Super Saver"  Feb 28, '14
                        "Early Bird"  Mar 31, '14
                        "Spring Prices"  Apr 30, '14  
                        "Standard"  May 31, '14
                        "Last Chance Online" Jun 6, '14
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Jun 7, '14
Details:        Visit Fiesta Metric Century website
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 
Welcome to the 6th Annual Annual Fiesta Metric Century! By far, this is Shadow Tour's most mellow event.  Enjoy the Start/Finish in Downtown San Diego's Harbor District, directly across from the Star of India floating in the San Diego Bay.  The Fiesta Metric is a 100 Km paved recreational road bicycling event. Not a race, just a sweet morning/early afternoon enjoying the best of Summer cycling in San Diego County with your friends.  Optional distances of 20, 45, and 60 miles. Includes a Finish Line Fiesta Mexican Buffet catered by El Indio Restaurant, live music by Manny Cepeda's Salsa Trio, and a Healthy Living Expo. Registered riders receive a Custom Finisher's Medal & Fiesta Pin. A great ride for beginners to expert cyclists.


Host Hotel:                             Mexican Buffet Restaurant:
Official Charity:                      Bike Shop Sponsor:


Date:             Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Start:            6:30 - 8:30 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Palm Desert, CA
Distances:  20, 32, 50, 60, 70, 100, 130 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
                        Optional 15-Mile Solo Chiriaco Summit TT
                        Optional 130-Mile "Super Century"
Register:      Now Open!  Click here to register
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          11
Deadlines:   "Best Deal" Feb 28, '14
                         "Super Saver"  Apr 30, '14
                         "Good Deal"  May 31, '14   
                         "Early Bird"  Jun 30, '14
                         "Summer Prices"  Jul 31, '14
                         "Value Prices"  Aug 31, '14
                         "Fall Prices"  Sep 30, '14

                         "Standard Prices"  Oct 31, '14
                         "Last Chance Online" Nov 7, '14
                         "Last Chance Walk-up"  Nov 8, '14
Details:         Visit Palm Desert Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 

The 4th Annual Palm Desert Century is ideally situated in the Fall cycling calendar. You're invited to enjoy this recreational road bicycle event in the low-to-mid elevation deserts of Coachella Valley. The ride has it's Start/Finish in the ultra-cool destination city of Palm Desert, CA. The course is out-n-back, allowing individual riders to select comfortable distances from 20 to 100 miles. There are unique options too. Full Course riders may participate in the Optional Chip-timed 15-mile gentle 1% grade uphill "Chiriaco Summit Solo Time Trial" from Mecca, 180 ft below Sea Level, to Chiriaco Summit, 1,200 ft el. There's also a "Super Century" Option that stretches the course to 130 miles by riding the Chiriaco Summit segment twice, subject to time cut-offs.  There's also a Club Participation Competition, offering cash prizes to Clubs with the most riders.  Mild Fall temps, mostly low traffic roads, and striking desert scenery flanked by the soaring San Jacinto Mts make this yet another marquee "Safe, Scenic and Sensational century ride on roads less traveled" Shadow Tour century experience.  Roll with us & Ride the Dream! 


Title Sponsor:                             Official Charity        

Host Hotel                                   Event Hotel                        


Date:             Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Start:            7:00 - 9:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Ocotillo, CA
Distances:  26, 50, 73, 84, 90, 100, 150 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
                        100-Mile Solo/Team/Tandem Time Trials
                        150-Mile "Super Century"
Register:      Now Open!  Click here to register.
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          Tba
Deadlines:  "Best Deal"  Mar 31, '14
                        "Super Saver"  May 31, '14
                        "Good Deal"  Jun 30, '14

                        "Early Bird"  Jul 31, '14
                        "Summer Prices"  Aug 31, '14
                        "Value Prices"  Sep 30, '14 
                        "Fall Prices"  Oct 31, '14
                        "Standard Prices"  Dec 31, '14
                        "Last Chance Online" Jan 16, '15
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Jan 17, '15
Details:        Visit Stagecoach Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 
Welcome to the 11th Annual Stagecoach Century! Kick off your New Year at America's Wild West cycling stampede! Just 80 miles east of sunny San Diego, CA. Enjoy undisturbed natural scenery, legendary Volunteer support, just 2 lonely stop signs, and low vehicular traffic.  The out-n-back route maximizes rider's distance options.  Mid-January is an ideal season for pristine desert cycling.  Usually cool/cold starts, with warm/sunny finishes.  Temperature, Wind, and Low Humidity can make this "Average" difficulty ride much more challenging!  Fear & Respect have always ridden side-by-side at Stagecoach.  Ride 26-112 miles. Options include Solo, Tandem, and Team Chip-timed Time Trials.  Trophies for Champions in the Men & Women Overall Solo & Team Time Trial.  Riders may ride the Optional 112-Mile extended route, subject to time cut-offs.  At STAGECOACH, it's all about PRIDE.  With great Challenge, comes great Reward.  Make the 11th Stagecoach YOUR YEAR to SADDLE UP! 

Host Hotel:              Volunteers:



Sponsor Corner: 

Pearl Izumi: Pearl Izumi is a proud Exhibitor at the Stagecoach and Palm Desert Century rides. Get some fantastic factory discounts and close-out pricing on Pearl Izumi apparel & accessories.  Cya there!

Vitalyte: Vitalyte is pleased to continue Sponsorship of all Shadow Tour events.  Ice cold Vitalyte is at every Rest Stop to keep you hydrated & feeling great!

Nite Rider:  Nite Rider has joined Shadow Tour as a Series Sponsor!  Please friend us on Facebook and learn more about our complete line of Technical Lighting products. 


Host Hotels:

Palm Desert Century:   Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert.  Homewood Suites announced it's return as Host Hotel for 2014.  Visit Palm Desert Century web pages for special rates & details.

    Additional Event Hotels:
    Hampton Inn & Suites (Palm Desert)
    Residence Inn Palm Desert by Marriott (Palm Desert)
    Courtyard Palm Desert by Marriott (Palm Desert)

Fiesta Metric Century: Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown is please to return as the 2014 Host Hotel.  Visit Fiesta Metric web page for special rates & details.

Stagecoach Century:  DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego/Del Mar.  Visit Stagecoach Century for special rate details.

SCS Photoworks;
 Official Shadow Tour Photographer.  Scott Stolarz & crew specialize in capturing action rider photos all along the course.  Bring on your smiles

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 provides SAG support at all Shadow Tour events. See Coupon in Goodie Bag. Call for a Tune-up any time! 619-379-5150

Sponsorship Opportunities!  Contact Jim Knight about Sponsorship, Exposure, or Exhibitor information at all Shadow Tour events.


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February is flying by, so it's already time to think about your Summer & Fall Cycling plans!  Shadow Tour has opened registration for all three rides:  2014 Fiesta, 2014 Palm Desert Century, and 2015 Stagecoach Century.  Register early & SAVE $$$.

EVENT DIRECTOR'S NOTE:    The Fiesta Metric & Stagecoach Century are nearing the "endangered ride list".  Keeping these high quality events on the ride calendar, in their present form, means rider participation must improve!  Many riders have asked how  they can help.  It's really very simple:  just get ONE MORE of your cycling friends to ride with you!  Nothing beats a past participant's referral.  Please forward this email and cross-post info about these rides on your social media, club websites, and Facebook Fan/Group pages.  Shadow Tour remains 100% committed to producing all three current rides.  We're reaching out to ask you to help amplify our promotional efforts. Many Thanks!

The 6th Annual San Diego Fiesta Metric Century rolls Saturday, June 7th, 2014.  Gather your friends and come join the party at San Diego's most Mellow Metric!  Register Today & Save!

Please continue riding safely and be especially attentive to all vehicular traffic.  Road Raging is at an all-time high.  Impatient drivers look for any excuse to behave foolishly around cyclists.  We urge you to use a rear view clip-on mirror for enhanced road awareness.  As always, keep way to the right of the white line, ride 100% defensively.  No single finger salutes, or any other form of push-back! Use front & rear lights at all times (Nite Rider makes many excellent models!) to be seen day & nightAlways stay alert & expect the unexpected!          





Jim Knight
Event Director    

Founder/Managing Member

Shadow Tour, LLC   

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

 2013 Fiesta Metric Century