2010 Stagecoach Final Rider Instructions

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2010 STAGECOACH CENTURY, Saturday, January 16, 2010
Ocotillo // Shelter Valley // Ocotillo, California, USA

and THANKS for joining the 6th Annual 2010 Stagecoach Century. These important points will help insure your safety and comfort. The Stagecoach Century rolls rain or shine.

1.  Packet Pick up/Registration:

Riders may pick up rider packets or register in person on Friday, Jan 15, at the Mission Valley Resort located at 875 Hotel Circle South, just off Interstate 8, in Mission Valley (San Diego) from Noon until 8 P.M., or on Saturday, Jan 16 at the Start/Finish in Ocotillo from 6:45 to 9:00 A.M. Riders may pick up friends’ packets with written permission (such as a printed email). To speed registration on Saturday morning, please arrive with full water bottles and energy items sufficient to make it to Rest Stop #1.

  Riders who purchased a jersey on or before Nov 15, ‘09 will receive them at packet pick up. Jerseys purchased after Nov 15 will be in the 2nd production run to be mailed in Mar ‘10. T-shirts will be at packet pick up for riders who purchased them.

3.  Bike Inspection:  All riders must individually insure their bicycle is mechanically sound and equipped with fully serviceable brakes, wheels, and tires. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE every rider get a professional tune-up and safety inspection prior to the ride. Replace any questionable components, especially tires. Stagecoach is not the kind of century to take a chance on worn-out or damaged tires!

Bib Numbers:
  Bib numbers (aka, helmet numbers) are assigned to each rider and posted on the shadowtour.com website under “Rider Lists”. Please locate your Bib Number before arriving at packet pick up. A cross-referenced alphabetical rider roster will also be posted.

  Please loosely affix your enclosed wristband(s) to either wrist.

     Red/White/Blue:Pass to all Rest Stops. It will be marked at the turnaround point.
     Silver: Lunch location for riders who selected Shelter Valley, near the halfway point. 
     Gold: Lunch location for riders who selected Ocotillo, at the Start/Finish.
     Green: For optionally purchased post-ride pasta meal in Ocotillo.

Start Times:  Teams start 7:00 – 7:05 A.M. Individuals start 7:05 - 9:00 A.M. on Sat. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all 100-mile riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Riders going less than 100 miles may start later than 9:00 A.M. Lunches will be available starting at 11:00 A.M., in Ocotillo; and 10:30 A.M. in Shelter Valley. Plan your ride start time accordingly.

Mechanic Support:  Bike Mobile and World Cycles will be at the Start/Finish on Sat morning. At 8:00 A.M. Bike Mobile will reposition to Rest Stop #1 and will later roam the course.

Full Century Finishers:  Riders completing the full century must have their wristband validated at the turnaround and need to check-in with the DJ at the finish to record successful completion. Names & cities of Full Century Finishers will be posted on the website.

Ride Photos:  Brightroom.com is providing event photography services. They post photos by Bib number. Be sure to affix the helmet sticker on the front of your helmet before the ride. Bib numbers simplify locating your photos.

Helmets/Safety:  All riders must wear a serviceable Snell-approved helmet at all times while riding. Ride on the far right side of the road, single file. There are several fast descents requiring extra caution. No matter what, never gesture at or harass vehicles in any way.

Red Zones:  In designated RED ZONES (potentially hazardous areas) use EXTRA CAUTION. On Red Zone descents, reduce your speed to a maximum of 20 MPH and stay as far to the right as safely possible. The two Red Zones are Sweeney Pass near mile 12 on the way out and Campbell Grade near mile 67 on the return. Both are marked with signs at the beginning and end. At Campbell Grade, CHP Officers and volunteers may ask you to stop before you descend to remind you to use extra caution on the blind right turn near the bottom.

Gear Drop:Volunteers in Ocotillo will accept rider gear bags for storage on Sat morning in the start/finish area. Do not leave any valuables, as we cannot guarantee security. This service is primarily for riders wishing to leave rider goodie bags for pick-up after the ride and for outer layers of warm clothing worn just prior to the start. An additional gear drop is located at Rest Stop #1 until 10:00 A.M. These bags will be returned to Ocotillo at 10:30 A.M. and stored at the start/finish. Gear bags are marked and sorted by Bib #. Be sure to pick-up gear bags after the ride. Gear bags left at the event will be returned at rider’s expense.

Parking:  Follow volunteer instructions after exiting the freeway. Volunteers/signs will mark the way to the parking area at the Ocotillo Community Park (Start/Finish). Parking inside the parking lot is 1st come, 1st served. Overflow parking is along S2 and Shell Canyon Road. Park legally, well off the S2. Don’t block residence driveways. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Weather:  Forecasts will be posted on the Shadow Tour website as the event nears. Expect a cool morning and head winds on your ride north. We recommend arm warmers, full-finger gloves, a base layer, an outer layer, and riding in small single-file pace lines of less than 10 bikes (if windy conditions). Have faith, pesky headwinds on your morning ride north USUALLY will end up as welcomed tailwinds on your return south in the afternoon!

San Diego County Waivers:  All riders and volunteers must complete and sign a San Diego County Liability Waiver at packet pick-up. We apologize; it’s a strict SD County requirement.

Timeline and Time Cut-offs (Sat, Jan 16, ’10): 

     6:30 - 6:50 A.M. Team Time Trial team captains check-in with Timing Marshal at DJ tent 
     6:45 - 9:00 A.M. Registration/Packet Pick-up in Ocotillo
     7:00 - 7:05 A.M.
Team Time Trial start window
     7:05 - 9:00 A.M. Individual riders start window 
     10:00-1:15 P.M. Lunch open in Shelter Valley for riders opting for lunch in Shelter Valley
     11:00-5:00 P.M. Lunch open in Ocotillo for riders opting for lunch in Ocotillo
     11:00-5:30 P.M. Optional Post-ride Pasta Meal in Ocotillo
     Noon Rest Stop #2, north of Aqua Caliente, mile 25, closes to outbound riders 
     12:15 P.M. Scissors Crossing, mile 45, closes to outbound riders, No Exceptions

     12:45 P.M. Rest Stop #3, Box Canyon, mile 36, closes to outbound riders
     1:00 P.M. Mandatory turnaround, all riders must be riding south to Ocotillo
     1:15 P.M. Lunch in Shelter Valley closes
5:00 P.M. Course closes. All riders must be off the bike course

Routes:  This is an out-and-back course. The course is designed to allow you to ride any of the following distances with full support (distances are approximate). 
     26 mile course: To turn-around point near mile 13 and back to Ocotillo
     50 mile course: To Rest Stop #2 and back to Ocotillo
     73 mile course: To Rest Stop #3 and back to Ocotillo
     84 mile course: To Lunch Stop and back to Ocotillo
     90 mile course: To Scissors Crossing (intersection of S2 & Hwy 78) and back to Ocotillo
     100 mile course: To turnaround point at mile 50 and back to Ocotillo

Rest Stops:  Four static Rest Stops, plus the Lunch/Rest Stop, support riders in both directions and provide 8 chances to re-hydrate, eat, and get course info. Use extra caution riding in rest stop areas. If you are stopping, announce “Stopping!” to avoid rear-end crashes. Move bicycles completely off S2. To limit vehicles, promote safety, and comply with permit restrictions, outside support from friends and family in vehicles is not permitted anywhere on the course. Do not touch/lean bikes near prickly jumping cholla cactus!
     Rest Stop #1/8 (7:30–4:30 P.M.): Badlands (mile 10) and Rest Stop 7 (mile 80)
     Rest Stop #2/7 (8:00–3:00 P.M.): Agua Caliente (mile 25) and Rest Stop 6 (mile 75) 
Rest Stop #3 (8:45–12:45 P.M.): Box Canyon (mile 36) 
     Lunch/Rest Stop #4/6 (9:15–1:15 P.M.): Shelter Valley (mile 42 and mile 57)
     Turnaround/Rest Stop #5 (9:30–1:00 P.M.): Water, energy items, and portajohn (mile 50)

Route Markings/Cue Sheets:  Orange arrows/signs, traffic cones, chalk, CHP, and volunteers will guide you. All riders are given a map/cue sheet detailing courses/Rest Stops.

Stores:  The Butterfield RV Resort near mile 33 and Stagecoach Trails RV Resort near mile 41. If you want sodas, V-8, or other items not available at rest stops, please bring cash with you. We provide plenty of food, water, Vitalyte, and energy items at all on-course Rest Stops.

Floor Pumps:  Will be available at the Start/Finish, each Rest Stop, and the Lunch Stop.

SAG Support:  Marked SAG vehicles will be roaming the course marked with orange magnetic signs. Flag them down if you have a mechanical problem, need water, or need assistance.

Included Lunch:  All riders receive an included sandwich lunch. For riders selecting lunch in Shelter Valley, it is recommended to ride to the 50-mile turnaround point, then return to Shelter Valley for lunch to avoid the 12:15 P.M. Scissors Crossing cut-off time. For riders selecting lunch in Ocotillo, lunches will be served starting at 11:00 A.M. Please plan your ride start and finish times accordingly. Lunch wristbands will be removed when received by riders.

Post-ride Pasta Meal:  Ocotillo volunteers host an optional post-ride pasta meal, 11:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 on Sat. Proceeds benefit the Ocotillo Community Fund.

Trash:   Please keep all your on-route trash (especially Clif Bar wrappers, gel packets, and banana peels). Use trash bags located at all Rest Stops, the Lunch Stop, and the Start/Finish.

Ride Momentos:   A limited quantity of jerseys, t-shirts, and caps will be for sale after the ride in the Start/Finish area. The 2010 Stagecoach inventory jerseys will not be used to fill orders.

Course Marshals:  Course marshals are identified by Yellow Vests. Most volunteers are trained only with their station’s operation. For higher support, ask for a course marshal.

Share the Road:  Vehicle traffic on S2 is usually light. There will be local traffic and out-of-town RVs, and vehicles pulling trailers. Ride single file at all times and stay alert for passing vehicles. In groups, announce “Car back!” and give extra room, if safely possible. Use extra caution at Scissors Crossing; come to a complete stop at stop signs. Ride to the right of the white line at all times when safe to do so. Keep your cool if vehicles honk/behave aggressively. Inform CHP Officers at Scissors Crossing of unsafe drivers.

Volunteers:  Many Thanks go out to Jimmy Ray and Eleanor Jones, key Board Members of the Desert Volunteers of Ocotillo, and to Jean Anderson, President of the Shelter Valley Citizen’s Corporation, for all their hard work. These outstanding community leaders personally recruited, trained, and managed their volunteers. They spent many hours of preparation and were instrumental in welcoming us into their respective communities. Volunteers are giving up their weekend to help you enjoy yours. Be courteous and let them know you appreciate them!

Emergency Numbers:  If you encounter mechanical or other problems on the course, call any of the following Shadow Tour staff/volunteers: Jim (858) 692-6220; Larry (858) 692-3751; Tom Cody, Bike Mobile Mechanic (619) 884-4809; Jimmy Ray (858) 204-2277, or Robert (858) 518-1815. Cell phone coverage is limited, but is available on some parts of the course.

. We hope to see you again soon. We welcome your feedback and are particularly interested in your suggestions for improvement. Please email us.

Enjoy Your Ride!

Jim and Larry
Managing Members
ST Promotions, LLC / Shadow Tour, LLC

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