2008 Salton Sea Century Final Rider Instructions

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Borrego Springs // Salton City // Borrego Springs, CA

WELCOME to the 2nd Annual Salton Sea Century. Thanks for your participation! 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 Aug 18, ‘08 deadline will receive their jersey at packet pickup. Jerseys purchased after Aug 18 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 17, at Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. or on Saturday, Oct 18 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 the first Rest Stop. To pick up another rider’s packet, please have a note or printed email giving you written permission from the rider.

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 sandwich Lunch meal. If you requested your lunch meal at the Overlook Rest Stop you will find a Green wristband in your rider packet. If you ordered a post-ride meal, you will find an additional Yellow Smiley wristband, in your rider packet. Please affix all wristbands to one 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 help you to locate your bib number.

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.

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 after the Overlook Rest Stop 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 28 mile loop. Riders mark their own bags using bib number only, so be sure to write your bib number on rider bag (magic markers will be available). If you forget your gear bag, we will mail back it to you. Please reimburse our shipping charges.

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 18, 08. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND all century riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

10. Weather: Current forecasts on Accuweather.com call for Mostly Sunny conditions in Borrego Springs on Oct 18 with a high of 94 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 wind direction and speed 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. Timeline and Important Time Cutoffs:

6:45-9:00 A.M: Registration/Packet Pick-up in Borrego Springs
7:00-9:00 A.M: Start window
9:00 A.M: Latest time to start Lap 1
11:00 A.M: Latest time to start Lap 2
1:00 P.M: Latest time to start Lap 3
2:00 P.M: Latest time to continue past Overlook Rest Stop
5:00 P.M. Course closed. All riders must be off the course.

13. Routes: The course is designed to allow of the following distances with full support. Orange traffic cones, signs, chalk on the pavement, and volunteers will help direct you. Please carry and read the cue sheets provided. It’s ok to modify your course if weather conditions change. Desert cycling requires you to listen to your body!

17 mile course Lap 2
28 mile course Lap 1
45 mile course Lap 1 + Lap 2
55 mile course Lap 3
72 mile course Lap 2 + Lap 3
82 mile course Lap 1 + Lap 3
100 mile course Lap 1 + Lap 2 + Lap 3

14. Rest Stops:

Christmas Circle Rest Stop:
Christmas Circle, full rest stop, public restrooms, portajohns
Hot Corner Rest Stop: Corner of Borrego Springs Rd and Yaqui Pass Rd, full rest stop, portajohns
Yaqui Summit Rest Stop: Summit of Yaqui Pass, turn-around point, most rest stop items, portajohn
Overlook Rest Stop: Near mile marker 36 on S-22, full rest stop, Lunch (if selected in advance), portajohns
Salton City Rest Stop: Intersection of S-22 and Hwy 86, most rest stop items, portajohn

15. Route Markings: Signs/arrows, traffic cones, paint on asphalt, 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 sandwich lunch meal, prepared by Kendall’s Café, in Christmas Circle starting at 11:30 A.M. Just show your unstamped Red, White, and Blue wristband. Also at 11:30 A.M., sandwich lunches will be at the Overlook Rest Stop for riders who requested it as their lunch preference in advance (Green wristbands).

19. Post-ride BBQ: Kendall’s Cafe will be preparing the optional post-ride BBQ meal in the start/finish area in Christmas Circle from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Kendall’s Café will also have an “All-u-can-eat Pasta Meal” at their restaurant starting at 4:00 P.M. for $12.

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 and at the start/finish.

21. Ride Momentos: A limited quantity of Jerseys and T-shirts will be available for purchase before and 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 or to swap out for alternate sizes. 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, and Dan Wright who dedicated many hours to help prepare for this ride. Please be courteous and know these volunteers, and volunteers working at all 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 2008 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