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9th Annual 2013 Stagecoach Century
"Best Deal" Deadline Aug 31st

Rolls Saturday, January 12th, 2013  


2nd Annual Palm Desert Century
"Super Saver" Deadline Aug 31st

Rolls Saturday, November 10th, 2012

     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,   

It's already time to Stake Your Claim! Stagecoach is Now Open for registration. Right now is your chance to rope in "Best Deal" prices, through August 31st.


The  9th Annual 2013 Stagecoach Century is set to roll on Saturday, Jan 12, '13. This is your only chance to ride Stagecoach in 2013. There's no better way to kick off an exciting New Year of cycling, so join the Stagecoach Stampede.  REGISTER TODAY!   

     +  Pristine Natural Desert Scenery
     +  100 Miles, with only 2 Stop Signs
     +  Custom Stagecoach Medal & Pin
     +  Long Course / Short Course Pricing Options
     +  Time Trial Options (Solo/Tandem/Team)
     +  Optional Chip Timing
     +  Several Strava Segments marked on the route
     +  Event Charity:  Semper Fi Fund (details soon) 

     +  NEW for 2013:  Marked Strava segments

Stagecoach Weather:   Below are weather conditions from all past January Stagecoach Century rides.  Jan is usually ideal for cycling, but it can be cold, windy, or both--that's just the desert being the desert.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, visit the photo galleries.  See for yourself.  Riders, in Jan, with short sleeve jerseys, is a fairly good indicator! 
   2005:  Mild temps 50-70 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
                Sunny/Warm.  Photos
   2006:  Mild temps 48-65 F, sustained winds 10-12,
                gusts to 20-25 MPH, Sunny/Windy. Photos 
   2007:  Cold temps 28-42 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
               gusts to 15 MPH, Some Sun/Cold.  Photos 
   2008:  Warm temps 48-74 F, mild winds 3-9 MPH,
                gusts to 15 MPH, Sunny & Warm.  Photos 
   2009:  Warm temps 45-82 F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                gusts to 10 MPH, Sunny & Warm.  Photos
   2010:  Mild temps 49-74F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                gusts to 10 MPH.  Sunny & Warm. Photos
   2011:   Warm temps 46-79F, mild winds 3-8 MPH,
                 gusts to 8 MPH. Sunny & Warm.  Photos
   2012:   Mild temps 43-68F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
                gusts to 10 MPH.  Sunny & Nice.  Photos 


Our ambitious 2013 goal is to attract 1,000+ Sturdy Stagecoach riders.  In this grinder economy, we sure appreciate your continued support.  We invite you to register for the ride today, and score "Best Deal" prices.  And to help, we're offering a special 10% discount promocode WILDWEST to past riders & members of the Interest List.  Once you're in, encourage your cycling buddies to join you. 

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The winter cycling season in San Diego and Imperial County deserts offers cool mornings & mild seasonal temps, deep blue skies, clean air, and spectacular desert scenery with blooming wildflowers, Ocotillo plants, and greenery all along the course, especially near the turnaround in Shelter Valley.  All this with minimal vehicle traffic.


What makes Stagecoach singularly unique is the remote desert location.  The route parallels the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, the "real" Pony Express.  Portions of the GSO are clearly visible along the ride.  Most of the land is Anza-Borrego State Park or Bureau of Land Management public land, meaning it's our land to enjoy and protect.


The Stagecoach course has no stoplights, very low vehicle traffic, and minimal commercial and residential buildings.  The course is on County Route S2, a well-maintained paved road, with mostly excellent road surfaces.  It's 50 miles out, 50 miles back, with only 2 lonely stop signs.  

This idyllic platform makes many optional distances available to each rider, based on personal conditioning and weather conditions the day of the ride.  With 6 carefully spaced, fully-stocked Rest Stops, all riders are well supported in both directions, regardless of distance.  Support is never more than 9 miles away.  With a little forethought, Stagecoach offers something special for all cycling levels, beginner to expert.  You're encouraged to visit Rider Levels for no-nonsense advice on how to safely and successfully ride Stagecoach.


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To sustain this marquee event, reaching new riders is vital.  Please post a message & link to Stagecoach on your social networks, club, and company websites.  And email your cycling buddies inviting them to  join you.  We're most grateful for your support!

It's easy to spread the word, just click on the "Forward to a Friend" icon below.  Many past riders tell us Stagecoach ranks as one of their most memorable cycling achievements.  It's well worth the remote desert location.  The Start/Finish is in Ocotillo, CA, 80 miles east of San Diego, just off Interstate 8.      


Here's what's included with your paid entry:

     Ride Registration
     Rider Email Updates
     Detailed Final Rider Instructions
     Included Lunch Meal
     Cue sheet for all route distances
     Free parking
     Free primitive camping nearby
     6 fully stocked rest stops + included lunch
     Photography services
     Dedicated Law Enforcement
     Roving mechanical support
     Course sweep vans and vehicles
     Lunch option in Shelter Valley or Ocotillo
     DJ / Mini Expo / Festivities at the Finish
     Rider goodie bag
     Gear drop at Start and Rest Stop #1
     Optional Post-ride Pasta Meal
     Refund/Rollover/Transfer Options
     50 miles out, 50 miles back, that simple!
     Start/Finish at the Ocotillo Community Park
     Optional 4-Person 100-Mile Team Time Trial
     Optional Solo & Tandem Time Trial
     Full Century Finishers names posted online
     Comprehensive "Round-up" email
     Custom Finisher's Medal & Pin  
     Long Course / Short Course Options & Pricing    
     NEW for 2013: 
Marked Strava segments (KOM's)  


Sponsor Corral:

Pearl Izumi: Pearl Izumi is a proud exhibitor for the 2013 Stagecoach Century!  We will have a booth on Fri & Sat with great deals on Pearl Izumi apparel & accessories.  Cya there!

Holland Cycles:  Master Framebuilder, 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.
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.


Mission Valley Resort:  The Host Hotel for Stagecoach is offering riders a special price.  Visit website for details.

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

SCS Photoworks:  Official Stagecoach photographer.  More details coming soon! 


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There's still time...




2nd Annual Palm Desert Century

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 Chiriaco Summit 15-Mi Solo Time Trial


When: Sat, Nov 10, '12
Where: Palm Desert, CA
Start: 6:30 - 7:30 A.M. Start Window
Distance:  20 -100 Miles
Riders: 297 Registered Riders
Promocode: PDC10PC (save 10% on entry)

California's deserts are spectacular in November!  Deep blue skies. Cool nights and warm days.  Past the summer sizzle, yet ahead of the Holidays.  The sweet spot for Coachella Valley desert cycling.

Shadow Tour is proud to introduce the Palm Desert Century (PDC), and welcomes Holland Cycles as Title Sponsor for the inaugural edition.

With a Start/Finish in the beautiful City of Palm Desert, the PDC offers unsurpassed desert cycling paired with a World Class destination located within an easy 2-3
hour freeway drive from most major metro areas.

The course is an out-and-back design.  Riders select their own distance from 20 - 100 miles.  For Full Century riders, Box Canyon Rd (mile 35) is a gentle 15 mile climb from Mecca to Chiriaco Summit.  It also features an optional (free) chip timed solo Time Trial.

The spin back down Box Canyon has striking southwest views to the Salton Sea, and due west, to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mt ranges in the distance.

Palm Desert has abundant lodging options at many price points. It has a wide variety of fine restaurants, El Paseo Drive shopping, and many fun attractions, like the Living Desert, for the entire family to enjoy.

Join hundreds of cyclists who have already registered for this newest Shadow Tour event.  

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We look forward to seeing all of you at Stagecoach & the Palm Desert Century.  Until then, enjoy your Summer and Fall cycling, keep to the right of the white line, and always ride safely! 




~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 "Best Deal" 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 and 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 "Best Deal" prices is Midnight PST Aug 31st! 

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


Still time to catch "Super Saver" prices for the 2nd Annual 2012 PALM DESERT CENTURY on Sat, Nov 10, '12 in Palm Desert, 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 PDC10PC (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 "Super Saver" prices is Midnight PST Aug 31st! 

Offer Expires:  8:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Nov 10, '12