2007 Salton Sea Century Final Rider Instructions

Posted Sunday, Oct 14, 07

2007 SALTON SEA CENTURY, Saturday, October 20, 2007

WELCOME to the inaugural Salton Sea Century. We’re pleased you are participating. Reading the following important points will help insure your safety and comfort on the ride. The ride takes place rain or shine, heat or wind. Riders who purchased a jersey on or before the Sep 2, 07 deadline will receive their jersey at packet pickup. Jerseys purchased after Sep 2 will be included in the second production run and will be mailed in Dec. T-shirts will be available at packet pick-up for all riders who purchased T-shirts with their registration.

1. Packet Pickup/Registration: Riders may pick up their rider packets or register in person on Friday, Oct 19, at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. or on Saturday, Oct 20 in Christmas Circle from 6:45 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. To speed up registration on Saturday morning, please arrive with full water bottles and sufficient energy items to make it to Rest Stop #1.

2. Wristbands: Please loosely affix the enclosed Red. White, and Blue rider wristband to either wrist; it serves as your pass to all Rest Stops and the included Subway sandwich Lunch. If you ordered a post-ride meal, you will find an additional colored wristband, in your rider packet; please also affix this wristband, which serves as your post ride meal ticket, to either wrist.

3. Bib Numbers: Bib numbers are assigned to each rider and posted on the shadowtour.com website under “Riders Lists”. Please look up your bib number before arriving at packet pick-up. An alphabetical rider roster with bib numbers will be posted adjacent to the packet pick-up area to allow you to locate your bib number prior to picking up your rider packet.

4. Ride Photos: Brightroom (www.brightroom.com) is providing event photography services. They post photos by rider bib numbers. Affix helmet sticker on the front side of your helmet before the ride. The numbers make locating your photos simple once they’re posted online.

5. Helmets: All riders must wear a Snell-approved helmet at all times while riding. Please ride on the far right side of the road, single file. There are some fast descents on the course requiring extra care and attention. No matter what, do not gesture or yell at cars—it’s not worth the risk.

6. Red Zones: In designated RED ZONES (potentially hazardous areas) use EXTRA CAUTION. On descents reduce your speed to a maximum of 20 MPH and stay as far to the right as safely possible. There are no currently designated Red Zones on this course. If something changes, we will post signs designating a Red Zone. There is a rough surface section of road as you descend to sea level around mile 40 for about 2-3 miles. We recommend a maximum speed of 25 MPH.

7. Gear Drop: Volunteers will accept rider bags for storage during the ride inside Christmas Circle near the start/finish. Do not leave any valuables, as we cannot guarantee security. This service is primarily for riders wishing to leave their rider bag for pick-up immediately after the ride and to shed outer layers of warm clothing prior to the start of the ride or after the first 17 mile loop. Riders will mark their own bags using bib number only, so be sure to write your bib number on rider bag (magic markers will be available).

8. Parking: Parking is available on the sides of all roads entering Christmas Circle. Park completely off the road surface leaving the bike lane open—you’ll need the space as you ride! One of the Christmas Circle spokes is particularly wide and has no outlet. This is our primary parking lot. Watch for volunteers when entering Christmas Circle directing you to this parking area. Once full, use one of the other roads to find a parking space. Be very careful of other riders and cars in Christmas Circle throughout the day. Parking is first come, first served. Park legally and don’t block residence or business driveways. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

9. Start Times: TTT teams will start from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. Individual riders start from 7:15 A.M. to 9 A.M. on Saturday, Oct 20, 07. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND all century riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

10. Weather: Current forecasts on Accuweather.com call for Sunny and Very Warm conditions in Borrego Springs on Oct 20 with a high of 93 degrees. There will be lots of water on the course, so stay well hydrated and manage sodium levels with pretzels and/or E-caps at all Rest Stops. Typically, temps rise into the afternoon along with widely varying winds. Expect numerous direction changes during the day.

11. San Diego County Waivers: All riders must complete and sign a San Diego County Liability Waiver at packet pick-up. We apologize for the extra step, but it’s a strict San Diego permit requirement.

12. Time Cutoffs:

6:45-9:00 A.M: Registration/Packet Pick-up in Borrego Springs
7:00-9:00 A.M: Start window
1:00 P.M: Rest Stop # 2 (mile 36) closed to outbound riders
3:15 P.M: Lunch Stop/Rest Stop # 4 (mile 72) closed to outbound riders
4:00 P.M: Rest Stop # 5(mile 77) closed to outbound riders
5:00 P.M: Course Closes for all riders

13. Routes: The course is designed to allow you to ride any of the following distances with full support. Orange traffic cones, signs, chalk on the pavement, and volunteers will help direct you.

17 mile course
25 mile course
52 mile course
72 mile course
100 mile course

14. Rest Stops:

Rest Stop #1:
Christmas Circle, full rest stop, public restrooms, portajohns (mile 17/52/72/100)
Rest Stop #2: On S22 overlook, full rest stop, with extra sandwiches, portajohns (mile 36 / mile 56)
Rest Stop #3: Intersection of S-22 and 86 in Salton City, turn-around point, water only (mile 46)
Lunch / Rest Stop #4: Christmas Circle, Lunch and full Rest Stop (mile 72)
Rest Stop #5: "Hot Corner" corner of Borrego Springs Road & Yaqui Pass Rd, water, portajohns (mile 78/85/95)
Rest Stop #6: Summit of Yaqui Pass, full rest stop, portajohns (mile 90)

15. Route Markings: Signs/arrows, traffic cones, paint on asphalt, CHP, and traffic monitors will guide you.

16. Floor Pumps: Will be available at the start/finish , each Rest Stop, and the Lunch Stop.

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

18. Included Lunch: All riders receive a Subway sandwich lunch in Christmas Circle starting at 11:30 A.M. by showing their unstamped wristband.

19. Post-ride BBQ: Borrego Springs Resort will be preparing the post ride BBQ in the start/finish area in Christmas Circle from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

20. Trash: Please keep all your on-route trash (like Hammer Gel Packets and banana peels) and dispose in trash bags located at all rest stops, lunch, or start/finish.

21. Ride Momentos: A limited quantity of jerseys and T-shirts 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.

22. Volunteers: Our sincere Thanks go out to all our volunteers, in particular, Jean Anderson, Jimmy Ray Jones, Todd and Trish Haskell dedicated many hours to helping prepare for this ride. Please be courteous and know these volunteers, and volunteers working at the rest stops, are giving up their weekend to help you enjoy your ride. Let ‘em know you really appreciate their help!

23. Course Marshals: Course marshals are identified by Yellow or Orange Vests. Most volunteers are trained to help only with their particular part of the operation, so please seek out a course marshal if you need higher level assistance.

24. Emergency Numbers: If you encounter mechanical or other problems on the course, please call any of the following: Jim 858-692-6220; Larry 858-692-3751; Tom Cody the Bike Mechanic 619-884-4809; or Robert 858-518-1815. Cell phone reception is limited, but available on some parts of the course.

THANKS AGAIN FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE 2007 SALTON SEA 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 suggestions focused on opportunities to improve your ride experience. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet figured out how to control the weather! Please email your comments to us

Best Wishes,

Jim Knight and Larry Gitman

Managing Members
Shadow Tour, LLC
ST Promotions, LLC