2010 Stagecoach Registered Rider Jan Update Email

Email sent Jan 10, '10

Stagecoach Distressed Gold 380 x 53
  6th Annual 2010
  Stagecoach Century
& 4-person 100 mi TTT
  Sat, Jan 16, '10
  Ocotillo, CA
(80 miles east of San Diego, just off I-8)

Start: 7:00 - 9:00 A.M.

Distances:  26, 50, 73, 84, 90, and 100 miles.  Out-and-back route allows riders to chose own distances.
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Dear Sturdy Riders,

Thanks for joining the 2010 Stagecoach Century, on Sat, Jan 16, '10, in Ocotillo, CA.  This email has final pre-ride updates and preparation tips.  The "Final Rider Instructions," including the course map, is posted on the website, all riders must carefully read before starting.   

      Countdown:   6 days until Stagecoach rolls! 

Weather:  Forecasts call for partly cloudy, afternoon high 70F, morning low 44F, with light and variable winds.  Please visit "Rider Levels" for more details.

1.  Packet Pick up:

     Fri:  Noon - 8:00 P.M. Mission Valley Resort Host Hotel
              875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108 
     Sat:  6:45 - 9:00 A.M. Ocotillo Community Park
               266 West Imperial Hwy, Ocotillo CA  92259

San Diego County requires all riders/volunteers to complete a special waiver form.  To save time, please download, complete, date, sign and bring to packet pick up.

What to do at packet pick up:
     a.  Complete San Diego Waiver/drop in "Waiver" box
     b.  Locate your Bib # on the rider lists posted on the wall
     c.  Join the line designated for your Bib #
     d.  Have ID ready to show the volunteer
     e.  Rider packets contain:  helmet number, wristbands, rider instructions, and map.  All riders will receive their included Shadow Tour socks and pin.  Optional jerseys (1st Production Run only) and T-shirts will also be delivered.
     f.  Riders may still order the 2010 jersey.  The 2nd Production Run of jerseys will be mailed in March.  Other Shadow Tour items are also available for purchase. 
2.   Mission Valley Resort offers Stagecoach riders a special $69 p/t rate, based on availability.  Contact hotel for details.
3.    Gas:  There's only one gas station at the exit to Ocotillo.  Their prices are high.  Recommend refueling in San Diego or El Centro, depending on your direction of travel.
4.  Rest Stop Items:  Founder Larry will once again roll out his unique "Anti-bonk Buffet" at each rest stop.  There will be a wide variety of carbs, fluids, and other rider comfort items.  Click here for more details.  Substantial rest stops are a hallmark element for all Shadow Tour rides.
5.  Saturday Morning Arrival in Ocotillo:
     a.  Follow directions of volunteers from the 8 freeway
     b.  From the freeway, the Ocotillo Community Park is
           about 2.1 miles north on S2.
      c.  Main parking is in the adjacent dirt parking lot
      d.  Overflow parking is along S2 and Shell Canyon Rd
      e.  Park completely off the asphalt road surface.
      f.   Do not block residences or businesses
      g.  Do not block the Entry/Exit to the Community Park.
6.  Restrooms:  2 restrooms on the west side of the Community Park bldg and portajohns at the south end of the parking lot.  Hand washing/sanitizing gel is available.
7.  Arrival Coffee & Breakfast Bars:  Provided by the Desert Volunteers of Ocotillo.   Donations appreciated.
8.  Included Lunch:  Subway Sandwiches, click for details.

9.  Key time cut-offs:
     12:15 P.M.   Scissors Crossing closes (mile 45)
     1:00 P.M.     All riders must be returning to Ocotillo
     1:15 P.M.      Lunch in Shelter Valley closes
     5:00 P.M.     Course officially closes

     These time cut-offs are in place to assure riders are done and off S2 by 5:00 P.M.  Darkness sets in rapidly and temps fall dramatically in the desert.  These deadlines are mandatory.  All course support concludes at 5:00 P.M.
10.  FAQ's:  Please visit the FAQsection for more details.
11.  Ocotillo and Shelter Valley Volunteers: These small desert towns at the north and south ends of the course have been wonderful supporters of Stagecoach since the start. This year is their 8th Stagecoach (6 winter + 2 Spring). During difficult economic times, desert communities feel the squeeze more than most.  Community Fund donation boxes will be at the Start/Finish and Lunch Stop. Your completely optional donations are greatly appreciated. If you can help, a little goes a long way. Both communities are non-profit entities. Donations go directly to youth programs. Shadow Tour will continue making donations to both communities as well. Thanks to All!

1.  Rider Levels: 
Rider LevelsThis new section on the website is a comprehensive resource for all riders.  Specific tips and advice are provided for a wide variety of rider levels.  You'll also find a detailed course description and details relating to weather, including past weather data.  Future updates will include rider comments and suggestions.  We strongly recommend reading it.
2.  Training:  Time to kick those New Year's resolutions into gear!  The early winter weather has been delightful for riding: cool mornings and mild afternoon temps in So Cal.  Continue building up for the ride by getting those training rides in.  With limited daylight, it's challenging during the week.  On weekends, shoot for rides of 2-4+ hours.

3.  Desert Weather:  Founder Jim rode the Stagecoach course on his birthday, Dec 21, '09.  Started at 5:59 A.M., temp was 49F.  Wore a light base layer + light arm warmers and was fine the whole way.  Finish temps in the mid 60's, with very mild winds.  Result was a lifetime Personal Best Stagecoach time of 4:48.  Hope for similar weather in Jan!

4.  Previous Stagecoach Weather
     2005:  Mild temps 50-70 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                  Sunny and Warm  
     2006:  Mild temps 48-65 F, sustained winds 10-12,
                  gusts to 25 MPH, Sunny. Warm, and Windy
     2007:  Cold temps 28-42 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                  gusts to 15 MPH, Overcast/Some Sun /Cold
     2008:  Warm temps 48-74 F, mild winds 3-9 MPH,
                  gusts to 15 MPH, Sunny, breezy, and Warm 
     2009:  Warm temps 45-82 F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                  gusting to 10 MPH, Sunny and Warm

5.  Bicycle Maintenance:  Stagecoach is no place to take a chance!  Every rider should have their bicycle tuned-up prior to the ride, along with a thorough safety inspection.  If tires are borderline, have them replaced, same for brakes.  You'll enjoy your ride more knowing your bike is mechanically ready.  We have posted bike shops in San Diego, Orange County, and LA on the website.  Some offer Stagecoach riders nice discounts, so be sure to ask!  See updated sponsor offers below.

6.  Friends and Family:  To limit vehicle traffic, promote safety, and comply with permit restrictions, outside support from friends and family in vehicles on S2 is not permitted anywhere on the course.  Friends and family are welcome to cheer at the Start/Finish in Ocotillo.  Picnic areas are available.

7.  Cholla Cactus:  One of the dominant desert cactus plants is the "Jumping Cholla".  These devilish plants are covered in thorny spines that detach and embed themselves in human flesh at the slightest touch.  DON'T GO NEAR OR LEAN BIKES AGAINST THEM!.  See photo below.

8.  Refer a Friend:  Stagecoach is a one-of-a-kind in many ways.  Our #1 source of new riders comes from previous riders telling their friends.  We are very proud and grateful of this fact.  For 2010, more than ever, we need you to encourage more riders to participate.

     a.  Facebook:  Below is a link to the new Stagecoach Facebook page.  You're invited to become a Fan of Stagecoach and invite your friends to join.  You can share stories, post photos, join discussions, and post to the wall.

                             Facebook page

     b.  Discount:  Our ambitious goal for 2010 is to attract 1,000+ Sturdy Stagecoach riders.  In this tough economy, we're asking for, and need, your support.  We're offering a special $1o discount for new riders using promocode "GOWEST10" (see coupons below).  Please encourage all your cycling friends to join you at Stagecoach.  Below is a link to easily forward this email to your riding buddies.



   a.  Performance Bicycle:  Special 1/2 price Tune-up with coupon (see details below) and 10% off any purchase, excluding bikes, with coupon, at all So Cal Stores.  For online purchases, use promocode "640" for 10% savings.  Offers expire Jan 31 '10.

   b.  SockGuy:  Offering Stagecoach riders a special 20% discount using promocode "Ocotillo" when placing an order on their website.  This sweet deal is valid until Jan 31, '10.  Founder Jim is a huge fan of their high tech "Classic Baselayer".  Check out their cool products here.

    c.  Leucadia Cyclery:  Mention Stagecoach to receive 10% discount off most parts and accessories, including Tune-ups!  Owner Fred is a cool guy, here's the link.

    e.  Attorney Richard Duquette:  Offers some wise legal advice for riders:  "Don't skimp on insurance!".  Check out his article on Under/Uninsured Motorists.  Richard and wife Kim, are avid cyclists, triathletes, and Stagecoach Vets.  Contact Richard at 760-730-0500.  Here's his link.

    f.  Mission Valley Resort:  Host Hotel for Stagecoach.  Offering riders a special price of $69 plus tax.  Details here.
    g.  World Cycles:  Owner Alex is offering all Stagecoach riders 10% off most parts and accessories and 20% off tune-ups.  Ask about internet-based personalized training programs.  Great deals on remaining '09 bicycles! Alex & Daya own the Tandem record of 4:41 at Stagecoach!

    h.  Bicycle Dreams: The Best Cycling Film since "Breaking Away."  "Bicycle Dreams is a beautiful film that probes deeply into the sport's heart of darkness, offering an inspiring glimpse at the high price of glory." USA TODAY.  Now on DVD!  Click here for trailer and purchase details.


Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!

Happy New Year!

Jim and Larry

Managing Members
Shadow Tour, LLC
ST Promotions, LLC


Cholla Cactus

Jumping Cholla Cactus
Photo Courtesy Brightroom.com


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