2013 Stagecoach December Rider Update

Email Sent Dec 15, '12

Official Charity:  Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

     9th Annual
  Stagecoach Century
     and Time Trials

Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013

  Ocotillo, CA
(80 mi east of San Diego, just off I-8, Driving Map

Start: 7:00 - 9:00 A.M.

Distances:  26, 50, 73, 84, 90, and 100 miles.

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Dear Sturdy Riders,


As the Holidays approach, we wish to Thank You for registering for the 2013 Stagecoach Century, on Sat, Jan 12, '13, in Ocotillo, CA.  We also send our Best Wishes for a Safe & Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! 

The Stagecoach Century is a unique event, which requires preparation and respect of all participants.  To assist you, carefully read this email containing important pre-ride updates & tips.  Everything below is also posted on the website.  The Final Rider Instructions summarize what every rider needs to know and contains a Course Map.  All riders must carefully study these instructions before starting.  Any last-minute changes will be posted in the "News" section of the Stagecoach webpage.

All Registered Riders will receive one more Rider Update Email in early January 2013.            

Stagecoach Countdown = 28 Days!    
Sponsors:  We thank all Sponsors, Volunteers, and Affiliates who are essential to making Stagecoach possible. Please visit the Sponsor Corral at the bottom of this email for some great deals!  Always mention Stagecoach, for potential discounts at your bike shop.  Be sure to stop by the Pearl Izumi booth on Fri for Factory Outlet Deals on high tech winter riding apparel & accessories.

Official Charity:  We proudly continue our association with The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (SFF) as the Official Charity for the Stagecoach Century.  This outstanding Non-Profit organization has earned Charity Navigator's highest rating of "4 Stars" and is rated "A+" by the American Institute of Philanthropy.  A streamlined structure keeps the SFF overhead at 5%, allowing them to maximize their assistance to injured Veterans and their Family Members.

Here's the very special Donation link to the SFF fund-raising campaign associated with the Stagecoach Century.  Please make a tax-deductible contributions before Dec 31st.  Since 2011, the Stagecoach campaign has raised $4,258 benefiting our brave injured Veterans & their Family Members, with 100% going directly to the Semper Fi Fund.  The 2013 Goal is to reach $15,000.  Our Thanks to all who have contributed to this Genuine & Worthwhile Cause.

Chip Timing: 
CEP Timing is returning to Stagecoach.  Full Century riders have the option (free) to draw a timing chip on Sat in Ocotillo.  Only the 100-mi course will be timed.  Riders must have their wristbands validated at the turnaround point (at mile 50), past Shelter Valley.  Timing Chips must be returned to the CEP Timing Booth in the Finish area.  There's an $85 replacement fee for lost or missing timing chips.  For 2013 and beyond, the Official Finish Line is on S2, just prior to making the left turn into the Ocotillo Community Park.  Slow down immediately after crossing the Finish timing mat (which will be marked) and come to a complete stop before making the left turn into the park.  USE EXTREME CAUTION!    

Start Time:  On Sat, Jan 12, '13 Time Trial riders launch 1st, from 7:00 - 7:10 A.M. on tight intervals (less than 30 sec). The rest of the field starts immediately after the last Time Trial rider rolls from 7:10 - 9:00 A.M.  Use extra care making the turn onto S2 out of the parking lot.

One Bite at a Time:  Recognize that riding a century in January is unusual.  We congratulate you on accepting the Stagecoach Challenge.  It's not an easy century, and weather can make it treacherous.  Plan your ride, and ride your plan!  Take it in small bites, Rest Stop-to-Rest Stop, or even hour-to-hour.  Cold, dry desert air can dehydrate you before you know it.  Rising afternoon temps will take a toll too.  Drink and eat at every Rest Stop!  Don't exceed your limits.   You may safely turn around at any point on the course.  Don't compare your June cycling to the January Stagecoach, they're  two different animals.  If this is your 1st Stagecoach, avoid over-focusing on making it to the turnaround.  You need to have enough reserves to ride all the way back to the Finish.  Watch out for each other, point out obstacles, stay to the right, ride single file, and be safe out there!   

Key Stagecoach Century Information:

    a.  Final Rider Instructions & Course Map:  Please study carefully.   Download here.
    b.  San Diego Waiver Form:  Save time at packet pick up!  Please print out, complete, date, sign, and bring to Fri/Sat packet pick up.  Download here.
    c.  Driving Map:  Basic map showing location of Ocotillo, CA.  Download here (don't confuse with Ocotillo Wells, which is over 60 miles away).

    d.  Rider Levels:  No-nonsense advice & tips for a variety of Stagecoach rider levels, Click here.

Packet Pick up Details:  Friday and Saturday options.  Riders may pick up friends' packets with written permission, such as a printed email authorizing release.

     a.  Fri, Jan 11, '13:  Noon - 8:00 P.M. at Host Hotel, Kings Inn, 1333 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108 (Exit 4A off Interstate 8 Freeway).  Free/easy parking at Kings Inn. Riders may register in-person, Cash or Credit Card.  There's an ATM in the lobby.

     b.  Sat, Jan 12, '13:  5:45 - 9:00 A.M. Ocotillo Community Park, 266 West Imperial Hwy, Ocotillo, CA  92259 (map it).  Riders may register in-person.  Cash or Credit.  Portajohns are available onsite.  Arrival coffee & breakfast is provided by the Desert Vols of Ocotillo. Donations are appreciated and help feed less fortunate Ocotillo families.

     c.  What to do at packet pick up:

      *  Complete San Diego Waiver & drop in Waiver Box
      *  Locate your Bib # on the posted Rider Lists
      *  Pick up Rider Packet
      *  Have ID ready

      *  Rider packet contains:  Helmet #, wristbands, rider instructions, and map.  Riders also receive a Custom Pin & pre-ordered optional items. Medals are given at Finish Line.

 Upgrades:  Riders may upgrade from Short Course to Long Course on Fri or Sat.  Cost is $15.

Host Hotel:  Shadow Tour welcomes the Kings Inn as the new Official Host Hotel for the Stagecoach Century.  Kings Inn is offering Stagecoach riders a special $59 p/t rate, based on avail.  Click here for details.

Detailed Driving Directions:  Here's a link to Googlemaps and a basic map showing the location of Ocotillo, CA.  Caution:  Do not confuse with "Ocotillo Wells", which is about 60 miles away from the Start/Finish!

 Ocotillo Exit off Interstate 8:  From the west, it's the Ocotillo exit right after the Calexico exit.  From the east, it's the Ocotillo/Imperial Hwy exit. Vol's/signs will guide you from the freeway exit to the Ocotillo Community Park approximately 2 miles north on S2. 

Restrooms in Ocotillo:  Portajohns will be postioned at the south end of the parking lot at the Ocotillo Community Park.  Sanitizing gels are available.

Weather:   Forecasts will be posted on the website starting approximately one week prior to the event. 

     a.  Variable conditions:  Weather in the desert WILL vary widely.  Expect winds to shift around all along the route and to gust in the afternoon.  The north end of the course is about 15 degrees cooler than Ocotillo, due to its 2,200 ft elevation. 

     b.  Morning Chill:  Regardless of forecasted high temps, it WILL be cold in the morning.  See clothing below.  We do not recommend sleeping in a car overnight.  We've tried it in the past, the wind & cold temps make it very uncomfortable.

Clothing:  Wearing the right clothing is almost important as drinking plenty of Vitalyte/water, and replacing carbs!  Pearl Izumi will be at the Fri packet pick up if you need to purchase last-minute high tech clothing items. Below is our recommended clothing plan:

     a.  Early A.M:  It will be cold in the morning.  We recommend starting with a high-tech base layer (not cotton!).  A jersey, bib shorts, arm and leg warmers, or tights, a wind-breaker, and light weight/medium weight full finger gloves.

      b.  Mid-morning:  Most riders warm up on the 10.5 mi gradual climb up to Rest Stop 1, or down in the low elevations of Carizzo Badlands.  Once the sun rises, you'll feel much better and may wish to remove outer layers.

       c.  Lunch:  Shelter Valley is at mile 42.   We recommend riding past the Community Center to the turnaround point before stopping for lunch.  While eating lunch, remove outer layers.  The main food area is heated.  Don't camp out too long!  If it's chilly when you start riding, put your outer layer back on.  You should warm up before Rest Stop 7 (mile 75). 

      d.  Late afternoon:  Coming back through the low desert areas south of Agua Caliente and in the Badlands, if temps rise, you should remove arm/leg warmers, vest, and other outer layers.  Be sure to re-apply lip balm and sunscreen on exposed skin. See Rider Levels for many more tips.

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 

Time cut-offs insure riders are safely off S2 by 5:00 P.M. Darkness falls rapidly & temps plunge in the desert right at sunset. These deadlines are mandatory. All course support ceases at 5:00 P.M.


Bicycle Maintenance:  Stagecoach is no place to take chances on any worn bike parts.  If in doubt, get a tune-up.  Ask your mechanic to replace any questionable parts, especially tubes & tires!  Bike Shop Links:  San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange CountyTraction Mobile Bike Repair will be at the Start in Ocotillo and roaming the course.  Owner Matt McDaniel can provide full tune-ups prior to the event at your home or office.

Frequently Asked Questions:  Here's the link to learn more about camping, Rest Stop items, parking, etc.

Referrals:  Please encourage your friends to join you at Stagecoach.   You may pass along the special Holiday promocode WILDWEST to new riders (see coupon below). The promocode provides a special 10% discount.

Event Directors:  Shadow Tour Co-Founders Jim Knight & Larry Gitman are passionate and active cyclists. They continue to  improve their cycling skills, fitness levels, as well as upgrading the quality of their cycling events. Rest assured their Tips & Advice are based on direct, first-hand experience.

Jersey:  Voler is once again producing the optional Stagecoach jersey.  Riders who ordered jerseys prior to the Nov 15, '12 deadline will receive them at packet pick up.  All other orders are in the 2nd Production Run, which will be mailed in Mar, '13 (free shipping).  A small quantity of jerseys will be for sale at the event.      

Larry at Chiriaco Summit Nov 24 '10
2013 Jersey Front

Larry at Chiriaco Summit Nov 24 '10
2013 Jersey Back
Rider Levels:  We encourage all registered riders to visit and read the website section "Rider Levels".  It's a comprehensive resource for riders to learn about the course.  Specific tips & advice are provided for a wide variety of rider levels and objectives.  You'll also find a detailed course description & details relating to weather, including past weather data.  Future updates will include your comments and suggestions.                          


                                    Rider Levels   


Training:  The fall weather has been mostly nice for riding; with cool mornings and mild afternoon temps in So Cal.  It's important to start building up for the ride now.  Translation:  get those training rides in!  With limited daylight, it can be challenging during the week.  But, on the weekends, shoot for rides of 2-4+ hours.

Previous Stagecoach Weather :                      

   2012:   Mild temps 43-68F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                gusts to 10 MPH.  Sunny & Nice.  Photos      
   2011:   Warm temps 46-79F, mild winds 3-8 MPH,
                 gusts to 8 MPH. Sunny & Warm.  Photos    
   2010:  Mild temps 49-74F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                gusts to 10 MPH.  Sunny & Warm.  Photos
   2009:  Warm temps 45-82 F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                gusts to 10 MPH, Sunny & Warm.  Photos
   2008:  Warm temps 48-74 F, mild winds 3-9 MPH,
                gusts to 15 MPH, Sunny & Warm.  Photos 
   2007:  Cold temps 28-42 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
               gusts to 15 MPH, Some Sun/Cold.  Photos 
   2006:  Mild temps 48-65 F, sustained winds 10-12,
                gusts to 20-25 MPH, Sunny/Windy. Photos 
   2005:  Mild temps 50-70 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                Sunny/Warm.  Photos

Photos Galleries:  A picture is worth a 1,000 words.  Please visit the galleries from past rides to get a sense for the course and what the weather was like.  Photos are courtesy of Sport Action Photos and Brightroom.

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Stagecoach is a unique event in many ways.  Our #1 source of new riders comes from previous riders telling their friends.  We are very proud of this.  For 2013, more than ever, we need your referrals to encourage more riders to accept the Stagecoach challenge by registering.

     a.  Facebook:  Below is a link to the Stagecoach Facebook page.  We invite you to become a Fan of Stagecoach and invite your friends to join.  It's a great way to share stories, post photos, and join discussions.

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Sponsor Corral:

Pearl Izumi:  Pearl Izumi is back as a Proud Exhibitor at the Stagecoach Century! We will have a booth set up at Friday's packet pick up at Kings Inn. Stock up on high tech winter cycling gear at Factory prices.  Cya there!

Holland Cycles:  Master Frame builder, Bill Holland, designs, measures, and builds your Holland bicycle optimized for your unique dimensions, geometry, and riding style. Call Bill, Charles, or Cody to learn more at 619-469-1772.

Kings Inn:  We're proud to announce the Host Hotel for the 2013 Stagecoach is Kings Inn, in Mission Valley. Kings Inn is offering Stagecoach riders a very special $59 p/t rate based upon availability. Book your reservations early to lock in these great prices. Visit Stagecoach website for details.  

SCS Photoworks:  Official Stagecoach photographer.

Traction Bicycles Mobile Repair:  Will be at Stagecoach providing Mechanic & SAG support. Traction Bicycles specializes in all bicycles, from a child's first bike to high-end tri-bikes. Call owner Matt McDaniel for an appointment at 619-379-5150.

Leucadia Cyclery:  Mention Stagecoach to receive a 10% discount off most parts and accessories, including Tune-ups! Owner Fred is a cool guy, who has mastered the Art of fixing all things Bicycle.

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We send our Sincere Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season & Happy New Year.  We look forward to seeing all of you at Stagecoach in January. Until then, enjoy your Fall & Winter cycling.

As always, please ride defensively in traffic, point out hazards & obstacles to your cycling buddies following behind you, stay right of the white line, be on high alert at all times, and always watch out for the unexpected! 


Happy Holidays,


~Jim & Larry


Jim Knight
Larry Gitman 

Founders/Managing Members

Shadow Tour, LLC   

Editor's Note: 
Apologies, in advance, for any mistakes, typo's, oversights, or factual errors in this Newsletter.  Visit shadowtour.com for corrections, if applicable.  As always, I'll work to improve in the future.   ~Jim



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Rope in "Standard" prices by registering now for the 9th Annual 2013 STAGECOACH CENTURY on Sat, Jan 12, '13 in Ocotillo, CA.   We're pleased to offer a special discount to past Shadow Tour riders and members of the Interest List.  Sign up Today & Save!

Enter promocode WILDWEST (all caps) when you register online.  It's the last step, so be careful not to miss it. Active.com software is case-sensitive. The promocode is also valid for Mail-in and Walk-up Registrations. The discount applies to entry fee only.  May not be combined with other offers, and is not retro-active.

Deadline for "Standard" prices is Midnight PST Dec 31st! 

Offer Expires:  9:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Jan 12, '13