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Title Sponsor:

Jet Bicycle 320 x 320

Official Charity:

Boys & Girls Club

Pearl Izumi Gif Cropped 170 x 156


Nite Rider Blk Jpeg 173 x 130

Desert Recreation Distric 170 x 123

Chamois 188 x 66

Vitalyte Sport Nutrion New 2011 170 x 117

PD Cyclery


Seth Davidson Law

Official Photographer:

captivating photos 300 x 205


Event Hotels:
Miramonte logo 1
Homewood Suites
Hampton Inn Logo

      Residence Inn 180 x 180
      Courtyard 180 x 180

Lunch Meal:

subway 3 200 x 50


Roc's Firehouse Grille 170 x 70

Pueblo Vieja web

        Billy Qs Pizza

Pizzaria Villagio

Official Timing Services:
cep timing

Bike Mechanic Service:

SAG Wagon/Support:

Crankin Time Color



San Diego Traveler:

San Diego


Graphic Design:

Designmaker NEW 2011 196 x 67

Palm Desert




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DONATION LINK (click here)
"Ride The Desert Dream!"

 Date:           Saturday, November 10th, 2018
                     Registration Closed
20/32/50/60/70/100/130 Mile Options
 Options:       Full Course Riders Only:
                     - 15-mi Chiriaco Summit TT/chip-timed
                     - "Super Century" 130 mi
                     2018: (15+15 mile Box Cyn Rd closed)
                       - Opt Solo TT will be 25 miles
                       - Opt Super Century will be 125 miles 
 Location:     University Park
                     74-902 College Drive
                     Palm Desert, CA 92211 (map it)
 Field Limit: 
 Start Time:  6:30 - 8:00 A.M. (wave starts)

Register Now Driving Directions v2
Price List v2 Where to Stay v7
Riders List Final 2
Maps & Profiles
Rider Levels
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Find us on Facebook PDC Fan Page
Find us on Facebook Shadow Tour Group

Brilliant Sunshine and Mild temps & winds greeted us Sat Morning! Temps ranged from Lo 60's F to Lo 80's F, with gentle variable winds, even some very rare ESE tailwinds pushing riders home.  Ideal November Coachella Valley weather!

There were 281 Final Registered Riders237 riders rolled from the Start in Palm Desert. 122 riders completed the Full Century, including 6 Super Century Warriors! 

Preliminary TT Results posted on

Full Century Finishers List

More event details will be posted below soon, and in the PDC "Round Up" email also coming soon.

 to all the incredible Volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, who worked so hard on on Fri & Sat. Their enthusiasm was boundless.  Here's their Donation Link.  

We also send our Sincere Gratitude to all Riders, Title Sponsor, Jet Bicycle Wheels, Supporting  Sponsors, Volunteers, and Municipal & Police Permitting Agencies for making the 8th Annual Palm Desert Century a success.  We look forward to seeing everyone again at Stagecoach in February!


   * Full & Super Century Finishers List (tba)
   * Prelim Time Trial Results on
      -  Overall

      -  Age Group

      -  Tandem
      -  Super Century    

   * 2018 PDC website Flash Photo Gallery posted

   * 2018 PDC Facebook Gallery, posted

   * Round-up email, click here
   * Boys & Girls Club Vol's DONATION LINK

Course Preview
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Ride forecast:
Plenty of Sun
Lo 56, Hi 83F
Winds ENE 5-7 mph
As of: 11-5-18
            ~~ IMPORTANT ~~
              2018 RIDER INSTRUCTIONS


Rider Instructions & Strip Map: Click here
Rider Instr/Strip Map (PDF Download): Click here
Palm Desert Century Maps (all):  Click here
2018 Course Strip Map (PDF Download): Click here 
2018 Strava Route/Elev Profile: Click here
Frequently Asked Questions:  Click here
Rider Levels/Course/Weather:  Click here
Arrival & Venue Map:  Click here
Arrival & Venue Map (PDF Download):  Click here

NOTE: Cue Sheets posted below for all routes. Will also be available at packet pick-up on Fri & Sat.

Cue Sheet 70 - 125 Miles, click here
Cue Sheet 20 - 60 Miles, click here

 2018 Registered Rider Update Emails

 PDC Round up Email:  Click here
 Nov Rider Update:  Click here
 Oct Rider Update:  Click here
     +++++ Latest News +++++

      ~ 2018 had 282 
Registered Riders ~

11-05-18:  Final Rider Instr Email sent, posted
11-05-18:  Cue Sheet 70 - 125 Miles posted
11-05-18:  Cue Sheet 20 - 60 Miles posted
10-31-18:  Rider Instructions Email sent, click here
10-31-18:  Rider Instructions & Strip map posted 09-26-18:  2018 Jersey Draft Posted Click here
09-19-18:  Jet Bicycle Wheels new Shadow Tour                       Century Series Title Sponsor!
08-28-18:  August Price Deadline extended
                 thru Tuesday, September 4th!
08-16-18:  2018 Hampton Inn Special Rider Rates
                 posted! Book early, sells out every year.
07-03-18:  Welcome to Jet Bicycle Wheels
                 Joining 2018 PDC at Expo!
01-10-18:  2018 Registration Open! Click here

*************** 2017 **************

11-06-17:  Final Rider Inst & Updates email sent
10-31-17:  Oct Rider Inst & Updates email sent
10-27-17:  Limited rooms remaining, book today.
                 Miramonte, Indian Wells, book here!
                 Hampton Inn, Palm Desert, book here!
10-16-17:  Hampton Inn Host Hotel Booking link
10-12-17:  2017 Tec T-shirt Design posted
09-13-17:  2017 Jersey Design posted
07-29-17:  Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
                 joins as Event Hotel! "Gear up, Spa
                 Down" with 25% discounts for
                 bookings thru Aug 30th! Click here
01-23-17:  2017 Registration OpenClick here

*************** 2016 **************

11-15-16: 2016 PDC Round-up Email posted
11-05-16: Nov Rider Instr & Update email sent
11-03-16: Official PDC Full Crs GPX Download
11-03-16: Official PDC Full Crs TCX Download
10-06-16: Pearl Izumi Del Mar Store Now hiring!
09-30-16: Sep Rider Instr & Update email sent
09-30-16: 2016 Medal & Pin Designs posted
09-29-16: 2016 T-shirt Design posted
09-24-16: Velofix joins as Official Mechanics!
09-02-16: 2016 Jersey Designs posted
03-29-16: 2016 Registration Opened, click here

*************** 2015 **************
11-20-15: PDC Round-up Email, click here
11-18-15: Prelim Full Cent Finishers, click here
11-15-15: Prelim Time Trial Results, click here
11-10-15: Final Rider Instr/Nov Update email
10-29-15: Oct Rider Update & Instructions email
09-17-15: Palm Desert HS Foundation
Official Charity,Donations Welcome!
09-03-15: 2015 T-shirt Design posted
09-02-15: 2015 Jersey Design posted
06-30-15: Early Bird Deadline Ext thru July 4th!
04-28-15: Virtual 20/50/100 mi Rides! click here
11-18-14: 2015 Registration Opened, click here

*************** 2014 **************

07-17-15: Homewood Suites/Hilton Host Hotel
Special Rates posted. Book Early!
11-11-14: Palm Desert Gallery photos posted
11-11-14: Prelim Full Century Finishers posted
11-09-14: Prelim TT Results posted
11-01-14: Final Rider Instr/Nov Update posted
10-29-14: Event Director's Pre-ride posted
10-15-14: Rider Instr/Oct Update email posted
09-17-14: Deadline to order 2014 Jersey thru extended to Sep 30th.
After Sep 30th, riders may order
direct thru Voler, click here. (Jersey
ships in just 7 days, free shipping!)

09-16-14: 2014 Medal & Pin Designs posted
09-15-15: 2014 Jersey Design posted
09-14-14: 2014 T-shirt Design posted
03-20-14: Homewood Suites/Hilton Host Hotel
Special rates posted: click here
01-27-14: 2014 Registration Opened, click here
01-13-14: 2nd Prod Run Jerseys mailed to riders
11-13-13: 2013 Round up email sent &posted
11-07-13: Trophies will be presented to Top 5
Overall Mz & Wz TT at 3:00 P.M.
(est), Sat, Nov 9 @ Reg Tent

11-01-11: Final Rider Instr/Nov Update posted
10-20-13: Updated Arrival & Venue map posted
10-17-13: Rider Instr/Oct update posted
10-10-13: Official Event Charity: Desert Mirage
H.S. ASB. Donation Link posted
09-30-13: 2012 PDC video posted, courtesy
Will Fuller/The Desert Bicycle Club
09-17-13: 2013 Jersey draft design posted
1st Run deadline ext. to Sep 22!
09-17-13: 2013 T-shirt draft design posted
06-11-13: Host Hotel Special Rates posted
02-05-13: Store inventory updated
01-18-13: 2nd Prod Run Jerseys mailed USPS
08-26-11: UpgradedPhoto Gallery to Flash
08-18-11: Viewcool images inPhoto Gallery
06-21-11: Driving Distances to PD posted

       Sponsorship & Exhibitors:
Click here


Lodging Options:

Alliances: Click here for links to lodging options.
Somehotels offerspecial promotional rates.

All riders receive with paid entry:

 •  Ride Registration
 •  Detailed Final Rider Instructions
 •  Distance Options: 20 - 130 miles
 •  Long Course & Short Course Prices
 •  Box Cyn/Chiriaco Summit Time Trial Option
 •  Optional Chip Timing for Time Trial
 •  Cue sheets for all distances
 •  5 Fully stocked Rest Stops
 •  Photography services by SCS Photoworks
 •  Dedicated Law Enforcement
 •  Mobile roving support van
 •  Subway Lunch Meal at turnaround, or finish
 •  Post-ride Music, DJ, Expo, and Exhibitors
     at University Park Start/Finish
 •  Free Parking:1st come, 1st served
 •  Rider Goodie Bag
 •  Refund/Rollover/Transfer (click here)
 •  Gear drop at Start/Finish and Rest Stop #1
 •  Full Century Finishers posted on website
 •  Chiriaco Summit TT Results posted online
 •  Custom Palm Desert Finisher Medal & Pin
 •  Super Century 130-Mile Option
 •  Optional Hanes Cool Dry Custom Tec T's
 •  Trophies for Top 5 Men/Women Time Trial
 •  Club Challenge!


2018 PDC Medal 400 wide
2018 PDC Medal
Pin Shadow Tour 150 x 150
Ultimate Cycling
Adventure Pin

2018 PDC Pin 400 x 400
2018 PDC Pin
Western States
- Ride Calendar
Solvang Century
Solvang Prelude
Tour de Poway
Team in Training
Tour de Poway
BBC Network
Constant Contact
El Tour
2013 PLT at PDC
2013 Palm Desert Century
PLT Club Riders outon the course
Photo courtesy SCS Photoworks

University Park
2011 Start/Finish:University Park in Palm Desert
Photo Courtesy Homewood Suites by Hilton

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Rolling down from Chiriaco Summit on Box Canyon Rd
Photo Courtesy
2012 PDC Trophy Men's Champ
2013 PDC Acrylic Trophies for Men's & Women's TT Champions and 2nd thru 5th Place Overall
Palm Desert Century 351 x 317


8th Annual 2018
Jet Bicycle Wheels
Palm Desert Century
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Palm Desert - Chiriaco Summit - Palm Desert
California, USA

2014 PDC Box Cyn
2014 Palm Desert Century riders climb Box Cyn
Photo Courtest SCS Photoworks

2013 PDC
2013 Palm Desert Century inside Box Canyon
Photo Courtesy SCS Photoworks

2018 PDC Jersey Front 350 x 496
2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey Front Design

2018 PDC Jersey Back 348 x 527
2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey Back Design

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Sunrise along Frank Sinatra Drive, near Mile 1
Photos by Armando Estrada

2012 Palm Desert
2012 Palm Desert Century
Photo courtesy SCS Photoworks

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Santa Rosa Mts,PGA West Course, La Quinta, CA
Photo Courtesy Sport Action Photos

2012 Palm Desert 2
2012 Palm Desert Century
Photo Courtesy of SCS Photoworks

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Date Palm Farms, near Thermal, CA
Photo Courtesy Sport Action Photos

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Lower miles of Box Cyn Rd, Riverside County, CA
Photo Courtesy

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Returning on Box Cyn Rd, views to Salton Sea,
Santa Rosa Mts, andSan Jacinto Mts in distance
Photos Courtesy



In Sep, '18 several rain storms swept through the Coachella Valley desert regions, leaving major damage on Box Canyon Road, the ancient flood drain line to the Salton Sea.  Caltrans was working 24/7 to repair the primary road  damage near Mecco.

Repair work on Box Canyon Rd was later halted, in mid-Oct, after another severe rain storm caused massive flooding & mud deposits along most of the 15-mile road. It will be now be closed for a complete re-design & re-build over the next year.

We've received approval to alter the full century route for the 2018 event (70 miles remains unchanged).  There will be 2 new Detours near the Salton Sea, with some fantastic view lines, replacing the 15 mile + 15 mile Box Canyon Rd out-and-back segment.  More info has been provided via email to all registered riders, as details were finalized.

The detour segments are on mostly excellent road surfaces and are in lower vehicle traffic areas of the valley. It's also noted that substantial road improvements were recently completed on Airport Blvd. And new turn lanes have been added at Hwy 111 & 66th Ave & 4th Street near Mecca. These improvements substantial upgrade rider Safety & Comfort. The Solo Time Trial will now be held on the 25-mile Detour #1 loop. Total elevation for the century has reduced from about 2,600 ft of climbing to about 1,900 ft. 

Overall, the modified route is an outstanding desert century, with over 50% situated in remote, lower traffic, East Coachella Valley, showcasing the San Jacinto Mountains and Salton Sea.

Thanks very much for your patience & understanding.

2018 Strava Palm Desert Century Route with Detours:  Click here


Event Director's Century Pre-rides on Strava (Jim's Knight's pre-rides)
Note: clicking on these maps will navigate away from the Shadow Tour website. Use your "back" button to return. More maps, click here.

2016 Official Palm Desert Century Route:Click here to visit Full Course Route created in Strava (no longer possible to embed route on websites).

Download GPX File of Full Course Route: Click here
Download TCX File of Full Course Route: Click here

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Oct 26, '13

Sep 25, '12

Oct 21, '11

New for 2012: Full Course riders may extend the Full Century to a "Super Century". After reaching the 50-mile turnaround, riders may spin 15 miles back down to the start of the Box Cyn/Chiriaco Summit Time Trial and do a 2nd Time Trial back up to Chiriaco Summit. This additional segment adds 30 miles to the century, making it 130 miles. Participation is optional, but is subject a Noon time cutoff for starting the 2nd climb, meaning riders need to be at mile 65 before Noon. The Super Century Option is included with all Full Century registrations.

Ride Description:

California's desert is spectacular in November! Deep blue skies. Cool nights and warm days. Beyond the summer sizzle, and ahead of the Holidays. The sweet spot for desert cycling. With a Start/Finish in the idyllic City of Palm Desert, the PDC offers unsurpassed desert cycling paired with a world class destination. Palm Desert is the premier Coachella Valley community, with abundant lodging options at most price points, a wide variety of fine restaurants, El Paseo Drive Shopping, and cool attractions for the entire family. All within 2-3 hours of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Tucson, and Phoenix.

The Palm Desert Century route offers an entirely unique Coachella Valley cycling experience. The out-n-back course design allows riders to select distances from 20 to 100 miles, based on personal conditioning, weather, winds, etc. The gentle start glides southbound through well developed cities of Palm Desert, Indio, and La Quinta, before turning east into the low deserts checkered with Orange and Date Tree groves, and vast fields of crops, at the northern shores of the Salton Sea.

Full Century PDC riders have a rare opportunity to ride Box Canyon Road. Just beyond the quiet desert town of Mecca, east the railroad tracks, Box Canyon Road transforms into a remarkable and scenic 15 mile desert pass with no feeder roads, stop signs, stoplights, or intersections. It gradually ascends at a 1-2% incline from 200 ft BELOW Sea Level, to the Chiriacco Summit, nearly 1,300 ft ABOVE Sea Level. On the climb, prevailing winds are usually tailwinds.

This showcase segment of the PDC starts near the 35-mile point and ends at the 50-mile turnaround, at Chiriacco Summit, adjacent to Interstate 10. This segment includes an optional chip timed element, a one-way uphill Individual Time Trial, from about 4 miles east of Mecca to the Chiriacco Summit. Timing is completely voluntary. CEP Timing will be providing chip timing services. They also time the El Tour of Tucson, with over 8,000 timed riders. Timing chips must be returned at the Finish Chutes.An$85 replacement fee applies.

The summit finish will have a well-stocked Rest Stop, Lunch for riders who choose this options (vs. Finish in Palm Desert),and is the Full Century turnaround point. The most immediate reward is a paid-up freewheeling spin 20 miles back down to Mecca. Sensational sight lines to the Salton Sea appear though the canyons walls, near Mecca. The striking profile of the Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mt ranges loom large in the distance.

The route continues along the same roads to Palm Desert with full support. Subtle transitions emerge as riders leave behind the remote, sometimes harsh, and undeveloped low desert vegetation, returning through La Quinta and immaculately groomed, wide pepper-tree-lined boulevards, past deluxe PGA Golf Courses and Resorts and communities, to a festive finish with music, medals, and exhibitors at the grassy 2.5 acre new University Park in Palm Desert. An included Subway lunch meal will be available here, for riders selecting the Finish option. An optional Post-ride meal will also be served at the finish. Bring folding chairs and blankets to enjoy hanging out post-ride in the grassy area of the park.

Shadow Tour has listened carefully and implemented thoughtful rider feedback over the years. We offer Long and Short Courses, with separate prices. Jerseys, T-shirts, and Post-ride meals are completely optional, so no need to purchase something you may not want. The Time Trial is a free option. The innovative Shadow Tour Refund/Rollover/Transfer Policy helps if your plans change unexpectedly, and remains one of the only such policies in the business. We communicate details to riders before, during, and after the event. We post a list of registered riders, including their City, State, and their Affiliation. We maintain previous event Photo Galleries, weather data, and Full Century Finisher Lists for historical continuity. We allow riders to choose online or mail-in registration. We accept walk-up registrations whenever possible. We always do our best to arrange for parking at no additional cost.

The Palm Desert Century represents the next major advance for Shadow Tour desert cycling events. The cooperation from the Palm Desert City Council has been phenomenal from the start. Palm Desert offers huge potential for adding many more cool elements in the future. New for 2012: all Full Course riders will have a Super Century option, which involves riding the 15-mile Chiriacco Summit section twice, resulting in 130 miles. The Super Century option is subject to certain reasonable time limits.

Please join us TODAY! And once you're in, encourage all your cycling friends to join you! Consider bringing the whole family for an affordable quality family adventure with something fun for all. Whether it's visiting the Living Desert, a relaxed family Sunday Brunch at Tommy Bahama's, or a stroll along El Paseo Drive, there are countless great reasons to make it a weekend.

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To help grow the ridership for this marquee desert event, reaching new riders is vital. Please post a message and link to Palm Desert Century on your social networks, blogs, tweets, and club websites. And email your cycling buddies inviting them to join you. We're most grateful for your support!

It's easy to spread the word.Just click on the "Send to a Friend" to send them a link to the webpage. You're also invited to Friend the PDC and Shadow Tour Facebook pages.

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2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey, Club Fit, Full Front Zipper, 3 Rear Pockets, Full Color

 2018 PDC Jersey Front 350 x 496  2018 PDC Jersey Back 348 x 527    
    2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey Design (Front)           2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey Design (Back)

See sizing chart below, or visit for more details

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ImportantApparel Ordering Dates:

Voler Jerseys:

Thru Sep 24th: Jerseys ordered by Sep 24th (Online & Mail-in) will be available at packet pickup.

After Sep 24th: Jerseys may be ordered after Sep 24th using a new process. Riders may place orders for the 2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey directly from Voler, using this link. These Jerseys will be mailed directly to riders within 7 days, Free Shipping!

Men's Club Jersey Sizing Chart

X SMALL 26-29 100-120 5'5" and under 33-35 8.5
SMALL 29-31 120-145 5'4" to 5'8" 35-37 9
MEDIUM 32-34 145-170 5'7" to 5'11" 38-40 9.5
LARGE 35-37 170-190 5'10" to 6'2" 40-42 10
X LARGE 38-41 190-220 6'1" to 6'5" 42-44 10.5
XX LARGE 42-45 220-250 6'3" and over 44-46 11
XXX LARGE 46-50 250-260 6'3" and over 46-48 11.5
Woman's Club Jersey Sizing Chart



X SMALL 0-2 22-24 31-32 95-115 5'2" and under 30-32 7.5
SMALL 4-6 25-27 34-36 110-120 5'1" to 5'5" 32-34 7.75
MEDIUM 8-10 27-29 36-38 120-145 5'4" to 5'8" 34-36 8
LARGE 12-14 30-32 39-41 140-165 5'7" to 5'11" 36-38 8.25
X LARGE 16-18 33-35 42-44 160-185 5'10" and over 39-41 8.5
XX LARGE 20-22 36-38 45-47 190-205 5'10" and over 41-43 8.75
XXX LARGE 24-26 39-40 48-50 210-225 5'10" and over 43-45 9

2018 Palm Desert Century "Tec" T-shirt: Hanes Cool Dri tagless, Custom "Tec" T-shirt. Full-Color front, B&W logos on back, extra-wide 14 inch screening. "Tec" T-shirts are the state-of-the art for comfort, wicking properties, and rapid dry interlocking fabric. Extremely comfortable 4.1 oz. Leaves traditional cotton T's in the dust. A great base layer for year-round cycling. Women's sizes have a tapered cut. The first time you pull on a Tec T, you'll understand what the buzz is all about!

T-shirt Sizing:

Men's: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Women's: (no XS), S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

             2018 PDC T-shirt 
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Ride Sponsors, Affiliates, and Volunteers:


Vitalyte 188 x 119

Desert Recreation Distric 170 x 123


Homewood Suites

Desert Mirage ASB
Fluid Replacement Affiliate
Official Energy Bar Host Hotel Official Charity
Pearl Izumi Logo 216 x 216

Hampton Inn 187 x 109

subway 3 200 x 50 Nite Rider Blk Jpeg 173 x 130

Impact Foto

Pearl Izumi Event Hotel Included Lunch Meal
Nite Rider
Event Photography
Crankin Time Color
PD Cyclery

Chamois Butt'r

Designmaker NEW 2011 196 x 67
Sag Wgn/Support
Palm Desert Cyclery Chamois Butt'r
ST Graphics/Designs

Leucadia Cyclery jpeg


Roc's Firehouse Grille 170 x 70

Leucadia Cyclery Traction Bicycles Event Restaurant

Sample Design Logo 2
Pizzaria Villagio

Dent Dude
ST Logo Designer

Event Restaurant

Toni DiLorenzo

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Course Maps & Elevation Profiles:

All Palm Desert Century Maps:
Click here

2013 Palm Desert Century Course Strip Map
(download as PDF, click here):

2013 PDC Strip Map v2 743 x 574

Driving To Palm Desert: From most locations, it'sInterstate Freeways all the way to Palm Desert.

Palm Desert Driving Distances

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Registrationnow open!

Register NOW

We encourage all riders to register early and SAVE BIG!

• Concerned about committing early? Please visit our Refund, Rollover and Transfer Policy

Payment by Credit card entries: processed online through Riders receive a confirmation email from when their entry has processed successfully. For riders without computers, call Customer Service at 1-877-228-4881 to register by phone.

Payment by Check entries: download the registration form complete, sign and mail with check.

IMPORTANT EMAIL & SPAM NOTICE: All our rider correspondence is through email. Please insure we always have a valid email for you or a friend who can relay messages to you. Additionally, be sure your spam filter allows inbound email from these two sources:

support "@" active.comAND support "@"

Regrettably, we cannot verify bounced emails from spam filters requiring the sender (us) to actively respond (type a response). We are not responsible for missed emails caused by rider spam filters. We understand and support controls of unwanted spam. However, with thousands of emails to our riders, it is impossible for us to individually respond to these kinds of active response spam filters.

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Box Canyon / Chiriaco Summit Time TrialOptions:

TT Categories:

Road Bike
Mountain Bike
Tandem Male
Tandem Female
Tandem Mixed
Fixed Gear
Hand Cycle

TTAge Groups:

Individual Men (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)
Individual Women (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)
Tandem Open (2 men, 2 women, or mixed)

Optional Chip Timing: There is no additional fee to participate in the Time Trial. However, riders are 100% responsible for returning the high-tech timing chip at the Finish Chute. There is an $85 replacement charge for unreturned chips, which will becharged toriders who do not return their timing chip.CEP Timing, is providing timing services at the PDC. They are the same company which times the El Tour of Tucson, with over 8,000 riders. The replacement chip fee is identical to the policy at the El Tour event. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Registration Categories and Prices:

Palm Desert


Last Chance
Online &
Jan 31 Feb 28 Mar 31
Apr 30 May 31
Jun 30
Jul 31
Aug 31
Sep 30
Oct 31 Nov 9
Nov 10
Entry Categories:
Full Course +
Time Trial
(to 130 miles)
$75 $80  $85
$110 $115
$125 $130
Full Course
(to 130 miles)
$75  $80 $85
$90 $95
$100 $105 $110
$115 $120 $125 $130
Short Course
(20-60 miles)
$60  $65 $70
$75 $80
$85 $90 $95
$100 $105 $110 $115

Optional Extras: (Incl tax)
Hanes CoolDri
Custom Tec-T
$30  $30 $30
$30 $30
$30 $30 $30
$30 $32 $35
Voler Custom Jersey $85  $85 $85
$85 $85
$85 $85 $85
$85 $90 $95

Registration Notes:

1. Ride takes place rain or shine, wind, heat, or cold
2. Refunds, Transfers, and Exchanges are permitted per Shadow Tour Policy 
3. Lunch Meal is INCLUDED with all ride distances
4. Carefully review all prices & associated deadlines
5. Short Course Riders may not ride Full Course. Upgrades may be made at the Start ($15)
6. Riders receive instructions and weather conditions by email (support at ShadowTour dot com)
7. Jerseys: Riders purchasing Jerseys by Sep 23 will receive them at packet pickup.
8. T-shirts: Riders purchasing T-shirts receive them at packet pick up. Refunds issued if sizes run out.
9. All riders register as individuals, Online, or Mail-in, this includes Tandems, Teams, and Clubs
10. Chiriaco Summit Time Trial is optional for Full Course riders. No additional fee, subject to time cut-offs.
11. 130-Mile "Super Century" is optional for Full Course riders. No additional fee, subject to time cut-offs.
12. Unclaimed Gear Bags/Jerseys/T-shirts: Returned upon receipt of $10 to cover shipping expenses.

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Nearby Lodging properties for The Palm Desert Century

Property Name Dist to S/F Website Rooms

Homewood Suites by Hilton .1 miles Homewood Suites by Hilton 128

Event Hotel

Homewood Suites by Hilton
36999 Cook St
Palm Desert, CA

Direct: 1-760-568-1600
Fax: 1-760-568-1608

Homewood Suites Photo

Homewood Suites
200 ft from Expo & Start/Finish at University Park


No special rates available

Nov is the start of high season in the desert. Riders are encouraged to book their rooms well in advance. The Homewood Suites has sold out every year the Palm Desert Century has been held.

Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert
.2 miles
Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert
Host Hotel/Special Rates Available

Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert
74-900 Gerald Ford Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Driving Directions: Click here

Direct: 1-760-340-1001
Fax: 1-760-340-9050

Hampton Inn Palm Desert Photo

Hampton Inn 187 x 109

Special rates! Single room & Suite options, subject to availability.

Hotel is 100% non-smoking. Free Internet, Pool & fitness room. Above rates include complimentary hot breakfast and To-Go Breakfast Bags for riders.  Breakfast will open 1 hour early on Sat for PDC Riders. Please check with hotel for times.

Rates expire on Nov 2, '18. So book early! Rates are based entirely upon availability and are not guaranteed if the block is booked, or if the expiration date has passed.

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Residence Inn Palm Desert by Marriott
.3 miles
Residence Inn Palm Desert
Event Hotel/Advanced Booking Rates

Residence Inn Palm Desert
38305 Cook Street
Palm Desert CA 92211

Driving Directions: Click here

Direct: 1-760-776-0050
Fax: 1-760-776-1806

Residence Inn Photo

Residence Inn 180 x 180 PALM DESERT CENTURY RATES:

 No special Palm Desert Century rates offered. Book rooms online for best possible savings. All rooms & rates are subject to availability.

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Marriott Reservations: 1-800-228-9290

Courtyard Palm Desert by Marriott
.5 miles
Courtyard Palm Desert
Event Hotel/Advance Booking Rates

Courtyard Palm Desert
74895 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Driving Directions: Click here

Direct: 1-760-776-4150
Fax: 1-760-776-1816
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Courtyard 180 x 180 PALM DESERT CENTURY RATES:

No special Palm Desert Century rates offered. Book rooms online for best possible savings. All rooms & rates are subject to availability.

Book Rooms Online: Click here

Marriott Reservations: 1-800-228-9290

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa 6.2 miles Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Event Hotel / Advance Booking Rates

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
45-000 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Driving Directions:  Click here

Direct: 760-341-2200
Well Spa: 760-837-1652



Miramonte logo 1 2017 Special Rider Rates!

"Gear Up then Spa Down!" 

Early Booking Special:  Book by August 30th and receive 25% discount and a $25 Gift Card towards any WELL SPA service!  All rooms & rates subject to availability.

Just a short drive from University Park (Start/Finish) in Palm Desert lies Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa – a beloved oasis of style, comfort. Centrally located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley, Miramonte offers easy access to Palm Springs as well as University Park. With 215 rooms, the award-winning Well Spa and a signature restaurant for California cuisine, Miramonte has something for everyone. 

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        Southbound train near Mecca, the 30 mile point of the ride. Photo Courtesy Sport Action Photos

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