2014 Fiesta Metric Final Rider Instructions

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6th Annual FIESTA METRIC CENTURY, Saturday, June 7th, 2014

WELCOME to the Fiesta Metric Century! Thanks for joining us!  For your safety, carefully read these instructions.  Ride takes place rain or shine. Please check the website any last-minute changes.

1.    Safety:  SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT!  Everyone must be Alert & Focused at all times.  This is a “Rules of the Road” event.  NO ROADS ARE CLOSED!  Share the road by riding on the far right side of the road, single file, point out obstacles to riders following closely behind you, and obey all traffic laws.  Never gesture at, or harass, motorists. All riders must wear a bike helmet.

2.    Packet Pick up/Registration:  Riders may pick up rider packets, or register in-person, on Fri, Jun 6, at the Hampton Inn San Diego-Downtown located at 1531 Pacific Hwy, across the street from the Start/Finish, from Noon to 8:00 P.M., or on Sat, Jun 7, at the Start/Finish on the southwest lawn of the Waterfront Park at SD Cty Ofcs Bldg, 1600 Pacific Hwy (facing Bay) from 6:00-7:30 A.M. Riders may pick up friend’s packets with written permission (such as a printed email). See item #14 regarding San Diego Waivers.  Please arrive with full water bottles.

3.    Jerseys/T-shirts:  Riders who pre-purchased Fiesta Metric Jerseys/T-shirts will receive them at packet pick up.  Jerseys may also be purchased directly through Voler, see website for details.  Limited quantities of Jerseys & T-shirts will be for sale at the event.   

4.    Bike Inspection:  All riders must individually insure their bicycle is mechanically sound and equipped with working brakes & fully serviceable wheels/tires.  WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND every rider get a professional bicycle tune-up & safety inspection prior to the ride.  Replace questionable components, especially tires! Secure your bike at all times at the venue.  

5.    Mechanic Support: Matt from Traction Bicycles and will be at the Start 6:00–7:00 A.M. on Sat. At 7:00 A.M. he begins roving the course.  Please pay Matt directly for any parts provided.

6.    Wristbands:  Loosely affix your enclosed wristband(s) to either wrist.

      Red/White/Blue:  Long Course pass to Rest Stops/Buffet. Validated at RS#3 for Full Course.
      Yellow:  Short Course pass to Rest Stops/Buffet. Short Course riders may not ride Full Metric.
      Blue Stars:  Post-ride Mexican buffet pass.  Removed after receiving meal.

7.    Bib Numbers:  Bib#’s (aka, helmet #’s) are assigned to each rider and are posted on the shadowtour.com website under “Rider Lists”.  To save time, locate your Bib# before arriving at packet pick-up.  A cross-referenced Alpha Roster will be posted at packet pick-up.

8.    Full Metric Century Finishers Recognition:  Full Course Riders (not Short Course) who complete the 62-mi route, must have wristbands validated at RS#3 and check-in w/vols at the finish to record completion. Names/Cities of Full Metric Century Finishers will be posted online.    

9.    Ride Photos:  SCS Photoworks is providing photography services. They post rider photos for purchase online by Bib #.  Please affix your number on the front of your helmet before starting.

10.    Red Zones:  RED ZONES are potentially hazardous areas.  Use EXTRA CAUTION, reduce speed to max of 20 MPH, stay as far to the right as safely possible, and always ride single-file.  
Red Zones for outbound & return sections of the routes:     

Harbor Dr:  Be on high alert for old railroad tracks at miles 3 & 5.6 (Civic Center Dr).  You also cross them on the return ride.  To safely cross, slow down, aim front wheel at 90-degree angle (t-bone technique), or just stop, dismount, and walk bike over tracks. Follow yellow route arrows on asphalt & use extra caution, call out & point out railroad tracks to riders behind you!
Sweetwater Bikepath:  Watch for other riders & walkers in both directions. Use extra caution at entrances.
San Miguel Rd/Proctor Valley Rd:  Narrow road sections, stay as far to right as possible.
Otay Lakes Rd:  Higher vehicle traffic at faster speeds.  Use extreme caution, stay to right,
ride single-file.  Stop only at Rest Stop #3, at Thousand Trails RV Resort.

11.    Parking:  The new Waterfront Park has radically changed parking availability. Limited free parking in the underground lot at the south end (Ash St) of the SD County Offices Bldg is available on Sat to paid riders, “1st Come, 1st Served”. When all passes have been issued at the lot entrance, riders may park at the normal rate of $20/day (pay at entrance).  Remove bicycles from roof racks before entering. If you don’t have a pre-paid pass, you will need to pay for parking. Park legally Downtown! Don’t block businesses/residences. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. More ABM parking lots are located on Pacific Hwy & Broadway.

12.    Start Times:  Start window is 6:30 – 7:30 A.M.  The City of San Diego requires wave starts of approximately 25 - 50 riders, beginning at 6:30 A.M. about every 3 minutes until 7:30 A.M.  We strongly recommend Full Course 62-mile riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.  

13.    Weather:   Weather forecasts will be posted on the Shadow Tour website as the event nears.  Temperatures will be much warmer inland, so be sure to drink lots of water at all Rest Stops.
14.    San Diego County Waivers:  All Riders & Volunteers must download, complete, and sign a San Diego County Liability Waiver at packet pick-up.  This is a strict San Diego County requirement.  If picking up a friend’s packet, they must still complete and sign the waiver form prior to starting.

15.    Timeline & Time Cutoffs (Sat, Jun 7, ’14):
         5:45 A.M.                 Underground Park Lot opens, at South end of Waterfront Park (Ash St.)
         6:00 - 7:30 A.M.        Registration/Packet Pick-up in southwest lawn area of Waterfront Park
         6:30 - 7:30 A.M.        Wave starts of approximately 25 riders at 3-minute intervals
         10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.  Post-ride Mexican Buffet in Start/Finish venue
         10:30 A.M.                Rest Stop #2, at Lower Otay Lakes, closes       
         11:30 A.M.                Rest Stop #3, at Thousand Trails, closes
         Noon                        Mandatory turnaround; all riders must be returning to Start/Finish
         1:00 P.M.                  Rest Stop #1/#4, at Plaza Bonita Sweetwater bike path entrance, closes
         2:00 P.M:                 Course & event officially closes.  All riders must be off the bike course.

16.    Routes:  This ride is an out & back course, designed to allow you to ride any of the following distances with full support. Yellow route arrows on the road are the primary markers for the route.
        20 mile course:      To Rest Stop #1, near mile 9, and back to Start/Finish
        45 mile course:      To Rest Stop #2, near mile 22, left on Otay Lakes Rd, and back to Start/Finish
        62 mile course:      To Rest Stop #3, near mile 32, and back to Start/Finish
17.    Rest Stops:  Four static Rest Stops support riders going out and coming back and provide opportunities to re-hydrate, carb-up, and get course info.  All Rest Stops have floor pumps, 1st Aid Kits, and a small supply of tire tubes.  Always position bikes completely off main roads.
        Rest Stop #1 (7:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.):  At Plaza Bonita entrance to Sweetwater Bikepath (mile 9)
        Rest Stop #2 (7:30 – 10:30 A.M.):  On Wueste Rd (mile 22) in Lower Otay Lakes boat landing/park
        Rest Stop #3 (8:00 – 11:30 A.M.):  On Otay Lakes Rd, (mile 32) at Thousand Trails Store
        Rest Stop #4 (7:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.):  At Plaza Bonita entrance to Sweetwater Bikepath (mile 52)

18.    Route Markings/Cue Sheets:  Yellow paper arrows on the road surface and yellow/black arrow signs are used to mark course turns.  Riders also receive a Cue Sheet and Course Strip Map.

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

20.    Included Lunch:  All paid riders receive an included post-ride Mexican Buffet at the Start/Finish. Buffet is open 10:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.  Cost for extra meals is $15 in advance and $18 on Sat.

21.    Trash:  Please keep all your on-route trash.  Trash bags are located at all rest stops.

22.    Ride Momentos:  A limited supply of Jerseys and T-shirts will be on sale in Start/Finish area.  Paid riders receive a Custom Fiesta Finishers Medal at the Finish Line and Pin at packet pick-up.
23.    Sponsors/Vols:  Our sincere Thanks to Moment Cycle Sport, Team Fun, and all Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Volunteers.  Vol’s are giving up their weekend to help you enjoy yours.  Be courteous and let ‘em know you appreciate them!

24.    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.

25.    Share the Road:  Ride single file at all times and stay alert for passing vehicles. Give extra room, if safely possible.  Ride to the right of the white line when safe to do so.  Keep your cool if motorists honk, or behave aggressively. Use care and watch road surface for hazards.

26.    Emergency Telephone:  For emergencies dial 911. For mechanical/minor issues on the course, call Shadow Tour Staff/Vols: Jim (Staff) 858-692-6220; Matt (Traction Bicycles) 619-379-5150.