Final Rider Instructions 2006 Old Highway 80 Century

» posted by jeknight2 on June 14, 2006 at 8:49 pm

June 17th, 2006, Pine Valley, CA

WELCOME to the First Annual Old Highway 80 Century. We’re glad that you are participating in the inaugural ride; we have done all we can to make this the safest, most beautiful, well-run cycling event on the planet.  The following important points will help insure your safety and comfort.  Note the ride will take place RAIN OR SHINE.   All riders who registered and ordered a jersey on or before the April 24th, 2006 early bird deadline will receive their jersey at packet pickup.  Riders who registered and ordered a jersey after the early bird deadline will have it made in the second production run and mailed within 60 days.

1. Wristbands:  Please affix the enclosed wristband to either wrist; it serves as your pass to all rest stops.

2. Bib Numbers: At packet pickup, all packets will be sorted by the bib numbers assigned to each rider by and posted on the website under “Riders Lists”. In case you forget your bib number, a rider roster with bib numbers will be posted on a board adjacent to the registration tables to allow you to conveniently get your bib number prior to picking up your registration materials.

3. Ride Photos: Brightroom is providing photography. They post their photos by bib number, so BE SURE TO AFFIX THE BRIGHTROOM BIB NUMBER DECAL TO YOUR HELMET BEFORE THE RIDE. This number will simplify the process of locating your photos once they are posted after the event.

4. Lunch Ticket:  Please be sure to take your enclosed lunch ticket with you.  The ticket is for your included lunch and it must be turned in at the lunch stop at the Jacumba Spa and Resort (81 or 100 miles), or at the Chef’s Hat bar-be-que in Pine Valley (53 miles or fewer).

5. Helmets:  You must wear a Snell-approved helmet at all times while riding.  Please ride on the far right side of the road, single file.  BE CAUTIOUS ON THE DESCENTS, there are several areas of rough road surfaces that you need to reduce your speed to safely navigate.  There are also some fast descents on the course that require your care and attention.  No matter what, do not make any gestures at vehicles—its just not worth risking a vehicle vs. bicycle incident.

6. Red Zones:  In designated RED ZONES (potentially hazardous areas) use EXTRA CAUTION.  On descents reduce your speed to a max of 20 MPH and stay as far to the right as safely possible.

7. Packet Pickup:  All riders may pick up their rider packets on Friday, June 16th, at the Holiday Inn Select located at 595 Hotel Circle South, just off Interstate 8, in Mission Valley (San Diego) from Noon until 10 P.M.  OR  at the Pine Valley Park from 6:00 to 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 17th, 2006.  To speed up registration on Saturday morning, please arrive with full water bottles and sufficient energy items to make it to Rest Stop #1.

8. Parking:  First come, first served.  There is room for just over 100 vehicles inside the 17 acre Pine Valley Park.  If the Park reaches parking capacity, find a parking space in the town of Pine Valley.  Be sure to park legally and don’t block any residence driveways.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

9. Start Times:  Riders are permitted to start from 6:00 A.M. - 8 A.M. on Saturday, June 17th, 2006.  We STRONGLY RECOMMEND all riders doing the 100 or 81 mile routes DEPART AT 6:30 A.M.   The route is fairly easy out to the Desert Tower turnaround point.  The return ride requires significantly more effort due to afternoon prevailing westerly winds and long elevation gains.  We have established important course management time cutoffs to insure our event is completed and all riders are off the course by 5 P.M. as required in our permits.  Please plan accordingly and follow the instructions of Police, Course Officials, and Volunteers at all times.

10. San Diego County Waivers:  All riders must sign the San Diego County Waiver on Saturday morning, even if you pick up your packet on Friday. We know, it’s a pain, but no fighting City Hall on this one!

11. Time Cutoffs: 

12:00 Noon:       Mandatory turn-around at Jacumba Hot Springs and Spa Lunch Stop.  Do not proceed to Desert Tower.
1:00 P.M.:         Mandatory Left at Boulevard Hwy 94/Old Highway 80 intersection for riders climbing up from Rest Stop 2, meaning the ride distance will be about 53 miles.
3:00 P.M.:        La Posta Road closes.  All riders must proceed straight on Old Highway 80 back to Pine Valley, meaning the ride distance will be about 81 miles.

5:00 P.M.:        All riders must be completed and off the bike course.

12. Rest Stops:  This is a partial out-and-back course.  One of the rest stops will serve riders going out and coming back, thus providing six opportunities to eat and refuel.  Rest Stops will have water, ice, HEED Energy Drink (similar to Gatorade, but with less sugar), Hammer Gel, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, Clif Bars,  Bananas, Fig Newtons, E-Caps (sodium capsules with magnesium and potassium), red vines, and perhaps a surprise treat along the way.  Lunch in Jacumba will consist of a Sandwich Buffet with Beef, Turkey, Tuna, Lettuce, Potato Salad, Fruit, and Coleslaw.  Bob Mitchell, the owner of Jacumba Hot Springs Spa and Cabana Club, has opened his resort to our ride.  His massage therapists are offering riders Chair and Table Massages for $1 per minute.  There is also a 10% discount (coupon enclosed) for Day Use of the facilities on Saturday or a future visit.  Lunch/Optional Finisher meal in the Pine Valley Park will be a BBQ provided by Chef’s Hat Grill.

Rest Stop 1  Mt Empire H.S. (mile 10.9)           6:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.
Rest Stop 2  Railroad Trestle (mile 25.5)           7:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.  

Rest Stop 3  Jacumba Spa (mile 39.1)               9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.   
Rest Stop 4  Desert Tower (mile 45.8)              9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  (NOTE:  Water Only)
Lunch Stop   Jacumba Spa (mile 52.5)              9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Rest Stop 5  La Posta (mile 69.9)                     10:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. (NOTE: RS3 for 53 mi ride)
Rest Stop 6  Mt Empire H.S. (mile 87.0)           12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M.

13. Routes:  The course is configured to allow you to ride any of the following distances with full support. 

 26 miles:      Past Rest Stop 1 to marker and back to Pine Valley.
 53 miles:      Past Rest Stop 2 to marker in Boulevard and back to Pine Valley.
 81 miles:      To Rest Stop 5 then straight back to Pine Valley on Old Highway 80.
 100 miles:    To Desert Tower and back via La Posta Road after Rest Stop 5.

14. Route Markings:  Signs, orange traffic cones, spray chalk on the pavement, CHP and Deputy Sheriffs, and traffic monitors.  Know your route and don’t depend entirely on our signs (due to wind, vandals, etc.).  Keep your route cue sheet and map with you on the course at all times.

15. Markets/Deli’s:  At mile 30.6 when you merge from Hwy 94 onto Old Hwy 80, you’ll see a Liquor Deli on the left. Mark, the owner, welcomes cyclists, so if you want soda, Gatorade, or anything not provided at the Rest Stops, carry some extra cash so you can stop at the deli and other markets along the route (Al’s Market in Pine Valley and Mike’s Market, also in Boulevard). You will also need cash if you wish to upgrade your included lunch at the Jacumba Hot Springs Spa lunch stop.  We will provide plenty of food items and water.  Sodas can be purchased at the lunch stop and at the finish line.

16. Floor Pumps:  Will be available at each Rest Stop and the Lunch Stop.

17. SAG Support:  A couple of SAG vehicles will be roaming the course. Wave them down if you have a mechanical failure, need water, or bonk and need to be sagged back to the start/finish.

18. Desert Tower: Your access to the Desert Tower has been prepaid as part of your ride registration. Flip flops will be available for your use there so that you can climb up and view the many interesting sculptures and also climb to the top of the tower for a drop-dead desert view. You will enjoy chatting with Ben Schultz, the Tower’s owner as well; he’s a real nice guy.

19. Included Lunch:  Riders riding less than the 81-mile loop will not have lunch at the Jacumba lunch stop (because they didn’t ride that far).  Instead, lunch will be provided at the Chef’s Hat Grill BBQ at the Pine Valley Park (Start/Finish) between 11:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. by presenting their lunch ticket.  

20. Chef’s Hat BBQ:  Chef’s Hat Grill in Boulevard will have a mobile BBQ set up in the Pine Valley Park at the Finish Line. You, your family, and friends are invited to purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and other items at reasonable prices during and after the ride.  Humberto Rodriguez, is the friendly owner and former chef at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  He will be open from 11:00 A.M until about 5 P.M..

21. Telemagica Festival: The Telemagica Art & Music Festival (similar to “Burning Man” will be taking place all weekend near the Jacumba Hot Springs Spa.  A promotional piece describing the festival is included with your ride registration materials. You might want to check it out while you are in the area.

22. Ride Momentos:  A limited number of jerseys, T-shirts, and hats will be available for purchase after the ride in the Start/Finish area. The items being sold were purchased specifically for on-site sales and will not be used to fill orders.  They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

23. Volunteers:  Mt. Empire Men’s Club arranged most of the volunteer support from local citizens and students.  Our sincere Thanks go out to the President, Dave Whittington and Vice President, Mike Trant for all their hard work.  Please be courteous and know these volunteers are giving up their weekend to help you enjoy your ride.  Let ‘em know you really appreciate their help!

24. Emergency Numbers:  If you encounter mechanical or other problems on the course, please call any of the following Shadow Tour staff: Jim (858-692-6220); Larry (858-692-3751); Tom Cody the Bike Mechanic (619-884-4809); Randy (760 801-7203); or Robert (858-518-1815). Cell phone reception is available throughout much of the course.

25. Trash:  Please save all your on-route trash (like Hammer Gel Packets and banana peels) and dispose in trash bags located at all rest stops or at the finish.

THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE 2006 OLD HIGHWAY 80 CENTURY. We hope to see you next year for an even bigger and more elaborate ride. We welcome your feedback on this ride.  We are particularly interested in your suggestions with regard to opportunities to improve your ride experience. Please email your comments to us at our website:

Jim and Larry
Managing Members of ST Promotions, LLC