2011 Stagecoach Final Rider Instructions

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2011 STAGECOACH CENTURY, Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ocotillo // Shelter Valley // Ocotillo, California, USA

WELCOME and THANKS for joining the 7th Annual 2011 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 14, 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 15 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 Sat morning, please arrive with full water bottles and energy items sufficient to make it to Rest Stop #1.

2.    Jerseys/T-shirts:  Riders who purchased a jersey on or before Nov 18, ‘10 will receive them at packet pick up.  Jerseys purchased after Nov 18 will be in the 2nd production run to be mailed in Mar ‘11.  T-shirts will be at packet pick up for riders who purchased them.

3.    Bike Inspection:  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 questionable components, especially tires.  Stagecoach is no place for worn-out tires!

4.    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 # before entering the line at packet pick up.  A cross-referenced Alphabetical Rider Roster will also be posted.  

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

      Red/White/Blue: Long Course pass to all Rest Stops (will be marked at turnaround point).
     Yellow:  Short Course pass to all Rest Stops (will NOT be marked).
      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:  Optional post-ride pasta meal, in Ocotillo (benefitting Ocotillo Community Fund).

            6.  Start Times:  All Time Trial riders start 7:00 – 7:05 A.M.  Individuals start 7:05 - 9:00 A.M.  We
                STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all 100-mile riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.  Riders going
                less than 100 miles may start after 9:00 A.M.  Lunches will be available beginning at 11:00 A.M, in
                Ocotillo; and 10:30 A.M. in Shelter Valley.  Plan your ride 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.

            8.  Full Century Finishers:  Full Course 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.  Note:  Short
                 Course riders are not eligible for the Full Century list.

            9.  Ride Photos:  SportActionPhotos.com is providing event photography services. They post photos
                 by Bib #.  Be sure to affix the helmet sticker on the front of your helmet before the ride.  Bib #’s
                 simplify locating your photos.  Be sure to affix firmly to front of helmet.

            10. Helmets/Safety:  Riders must wear a serviceable Snell-approved helmet while riding.  Ride on the
                     far right side of the road, single file.  Never gesture at, or harass, vehicles.
Red Zones:  In designated RED ZONES (potentially hazardous areas) use EXTRA CAUTIONOn
                     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.

12. 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.


13. 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 headwinds 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).  Pesky headwinds on your morning ride north USUALLY will end up as welcomed tailwinds on your return south in the afternoon!


15. 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):

6:30 - 6:55 A.M.     All Time Trial riders 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.    Time Trial riders start window (Solo/Tandem/Team)
7:05 - 9:00 A.M.     Individual riders start window
10:30-1:15 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

17. Routes:  This is an out-and-back course.  The course is designed to allow 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 Shelter Valley 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


18. Rest Stops:  Four static Rest Stops, plus the Lunch/Rest Stop, support riders in both directions and provide 8 chances to re-hydrate, carb up, 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 & 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 10.5) and Rest Stop 8 (mile 80)

     Rest Stop #2/7 (8:00–3:00 P.M.):  Agua Caliente (mile 25) and Rest Stop 7 (mile 75)

     Rest Stop #3 (8:45–12:45 P.M.):   Box Canyon (mile 36.5)

     Rest Stop #4/6/Lunch (9:15–1:15 P.M.):  Shelter Valley (mile 42 and mile 57)
     Rest Stop #5/Turnaround (9:30–1:00 P.M.):  San Felipe Grade, turnaround point (mile 50)

19. 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.


20. Stores:  The Butterfield RV Resort near mile 33 and Stagecoach Trails RV Resort near mile 41 are open if you want sodas, V-8, or other items not available at Rest Stops, please bring cash with you.  Abundant food, water, Vitalyte, and energy items are at all on-course Rest Stops.


21. Floor Pumps/First Aid Kits:  Available at the Start, each Rest Stop, and the Lunch Stop.

SAG Support:  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 other 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.


24. 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.


25. 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.


26. Ride Momentos:  A limited quantity of jerseys, t-shirts, and caps will be for sale after the ride in the Start/Finish area.  Paid riders receive a Custom Pin and engraved Custom Medallion.

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


28. 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.


29. Volunteers:  Many Thanks go out to Jimmy Ray and Eleanor Jones, key Board Members of the Desert Volunteers of Ocotillo, and to Ray Schmitz, 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!


30. 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 and that you’ll recommend us to your friends. We welcome
                 constructive feedback (such as rider input for “Rider Levels”) and are particularly interested in your
                 suggestions for improvement.  Email us.  You may also post to the
                 Stagecoach Fan Page on Facebook.


Enjoy Your Ride!

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

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