Palm Desert Century


2018 FAQ's:

Where are the details for the day of event?

        View the Rider Instructions, click here
        Download/Print Rider Instructions + Course Strip Map, click here

How do I get my Rider Packet & where is University Park?

    Rider packets are not mailed.  You may pick up your rider packet in-person at University Park (Start/Finish).

Address:  University Park, 74-902 College Drive, Palm Desert, CA  92211 (map it).

Note:  The expo/registration area is set up on the basketball court.

        Friday, Nov 9, '18:      Noon to 8:00 P.M.
        Saturday, Nov 10, '18:  5:45 - 8:00 A.M.

Can I pick up a friend's packet?

    Yes.  Please bring written permission, like a printed email, giving you permission to pick up a friend's packet.

Will there be walk-up registration?

Yes, on Fri & Sat, subject to field limits.  If slots remain open on Fri & Sat, download and complete the
Registration Form.  Cash or Credit Card payments are accepted.  To guarantee entry, and to get the best
    possible price, it's always best to register well in advance.  Visit website to check if Sold Out.

Where can I get Route Maps?

    1. Course Strip Map: 

View all maps, click here
Download Course Strip Map, click here

    2. Course Cue Sheets:  Will be available at packet pick up only

Where can I park?

    Friday:      Temporary parking is permitted in University Village Parking lot adjacent to the park. Do not park
                    in the Homewood Suites parking lot.  Do not double park, or block any road, or entrance.

    Saturday:  Volunteers/signs will guide riders to designated parking areas near the Start/Finish in University
                   Park on Sat.  1st Come, 1st Served!    Heed “No Event Parking” signs.  Please be
                   courteous to local businesses. Do not park in any of the designated Dialysis Clinic, Homewood
                   Suites, Covered/Reserved, or Carl’s Jr spaces.
                   Lots open at 5:30 A.M.  Plan your arrival accordingly.

What's at Rest Stops?

      Final list is subject to change, but this gives you a good idea of what will be available.

          Fresh Water (self serve, in 1 gal containers) 
          Vitalyte premixed and iced in 5-gallon jugs 
          Clif Bars (variety of flavors)
          Clif Shot Bloks (Margarita Flavor with 3X Sodium) 
          Sliced Oranges
          Sliced Bananas 
          Hammer Salt Tablets
          Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches 
          Fig Newtons 
          Red Vines 
          Trail Mix
          Cookies (variety)
          Lip balm   
          Chamois Butt'r
          Suntan Lotion
          Hand Sanitizer
          First Aid Kits
          Floor pumps
          Limited supplies of misc. sized tubes

Lunch Stations:

          All standard rest stop items, plus:           
          Freshly made Subway roast beef, ham, chicken, and veggie sandwiches 
          Potato Chips
          PB & J Sandwiches

 Who is the Official Event Charity?

         For 2018, the Coachella Valley Boys & Girls Clubs are the Official Palm Desert Century Charity. 

What's included in the registration price?


        For 2018:  You will receive entry to the ride, and optional chip timed 25-mile Time Trial (for century riders), access to several strategically positioned, manned rest stops with water and other nutritional items, a  Subway sandwich lunch at either the Start/Finish in Palm Desert, or near Mecca (turnaround point), Custom Medal and Pin, on-course mechanic and SAG support, and route maps with directions and elevation profiles, an expanded Finish Expo/Festival with tables and chairs, DJ Music, Exhibitor and Sponsor booths, and food vendors.


You also receive, primarily, a very unique century ride featuring world-class, wide open pristine desert views on mostly low traffic roads, with minimal stop signs in 100 miles, held at the ideal time of year for low desert cycling.  One more major benefit is the support of the local citizens and businesses of Palm Desert.  This kind of local support is what any century rider lives for!


As with any event, the organizers deal with myriad roadblocks, issues, and expenses such as insurance, law presence, permits, marketing, etc.  The goal of Shadow Tour has always been to host exceptional century rides.   To make this happen, we know no amount of paid advertising will ever match the power, impact, and results of informal individual satisfied previous riders communicating our message to friends and other riders.  We hope to earn your endorsement as we build a wide foundation of local, regional, and national support.


Lastly, we know we can improve.  We welcome constructive comments and suggestions to help make this event even more enjoyable in the future.


When will I receive my optional 2018 Palm Desert Custom Voler Jersey?

        There will be two production runs for Voler jerseys.


        Production Run #1:  Riders who registered and ordered an optional jersey prior to Sep 24, '18 will
          receive their jersey and any additional ordered jerseys at packet pick-up.


        A very limited quantity of jerseys will be ordered for Shadow Tour inventory and will be sold on Fri and
        Sat.  These jerseys are specifically ordered for sales purposes and are not used to fill jersey orders.


        Production Run #2:  After Sep 24, '18, riders may order directly from Voler, using Voler's unique "Print on
        Demand" program.  Free shipping, takes about 1 week, click here.

When will I receive my optional 2018 T-shirt?

        All pre-ordered optional T-shirts will be available at the event, with a few additional for inventory.  Due to
        production time requirements, we must submit our T-shirt order well before the event date.  We try to
        anticipate future orders, but it's not possible to be exact.  Should we run out of T-shirt sizes at the
        event, refunds will be issued on the spot. 

Will Jerseys and T-shirts be available for purchase at the event?

        Yes, a limited inventory will be available at the event on a 1st Come, 1st Served basis.  To get the best
        price, it's always best to order these optional items with your registration.  There will also be Jerseys,
        T-shirts, Medal, and Pins for sale from past Shadow Tour events.