2014 Palm Desert Century Round-up

Email Sent Nov 11, '14



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Dear Palm Desert Century Riders,     

The 2014 Holland Cycles Palm Desert Century (PDC) rolled as scheduled on Sat, Nov 8th, '14. Beautiful blue skies & light winds, helped make the 4th Annual PDC even more memorable.  Some higher than average afternoon temps made it interesting for some riders--that's just the desert being the desert!  This "Round up" email showcases some event highlights.

FIRST OFF, THANK YOU for participating!  We send our Congratulations to all riders, regardless of distance, or time, ridden.  Cycling in the desert can be a harsh & unforgiving--especially for new desert riders! Shadow Tour is proud of every rider for keeping it together, staying safe, riding your plan, following the Rider Instructions, and achieving your personal goals.

We also wish to applaud our Title Sponsor, Holland Cycles, for their tremendous support of the ride. Bill Holland takes great personal pride in crafting each of his titanium bicycles. Learn more by visiting their website, or by calling Bill at 619-469-1772.  Tell 'em ya saw them at PDC.

And a very special Thank You to the Desert Mirage High School ASB Student Volunteers (DMHS).  For the 2nd year in a row, DMHS Student Volunteers constituted the entire Volunteer base, from Start to Finish!  We thank them for their enthusiastic contributions during their long day supporting every rider.  Especially noteworthy were organizational and on-site efforts of the DMHS Faculty Supervisor, Kristie Sauceda.  This is the primary DMHS ASB fund-raising drive, which benefits all 4 classes and numerous school programs & scholarships. Your generous Donations to their fund-raising efforts are very much appreciated.

1.  The Field:  There were 535 Final Registered Riders:  354 Full Course + 181 Short Course Riders.  464 riders picked up packets on Fri & Sat.  The Preliminary  Full Century Finishers List has 219 riders, including 9 Super Century Warriors.  The Full Century Finisher count will rise, as some riders did not check in at the finish, or crossed the finish line after the 5:00 P.M. course deadline.  Registered Riders traveled from 17 US States and Canada:

     California:  443              British Colombia, Canada:  13
     Arizona:  17                    Alberta, Canada:  12 
     Nevada:  9                      Saskatchewan, Canada:  1  
     Idaho:  6                         Manitoba, Canada:  2
     Oregon:  6                     
     Washington:  3                   
     Colorado:  3                      
     Ohio:  2                           
     Minnesota:  3 

     Pennsylvania:  2
     Alabama:  1
     Montana:  1
     New York:  1
     Texas:  1
     Utah:  1
     Virginia:  1
     Wyoming:  1 

2.  Full Century Finishers:  If you registered for the FULL CENTURY, or FULL CENTURY W/TT, and you completed the 100, or 130 mile course, but your name is missing from the list, please send Jim an email with "100" (Full Century) or "130" (Super Century) and your Name & Bib # in the Subject Line.  The  Full Century Finishers List
will be updated through Fri, Nov 14, '14, then locked in.
Note: SHORT COURSE riders are not eligible.

3.  Preliminary Time Trial ResultsCEP Timing did another fabulous job capturing accurate for results for TT Riders. Congrat's to all who opted-in for the 14.65 mile Solo TT through Box Canyon to Chiriacco Summit. Preliminary Results are posted on the CEP Timing website and show Men's Champion Kevin Baxter from Simi Valley, CA, and Women's Champion Kim Callihan from Marana, AZ ripped up the TT course despite pesky hot & dry headwinds! In the Men's Field, Champ Kevin Baxter, posted a very solid 52:33 solo effort, followed by a close chase between John Newton, Kennett Square, PA, (53:01), and Jon Spallino, Redondo Beach, CA (53:10).  Daniel Wanjoh, Oceanside, CA raced to 4th in 55:05.  Tyler Bleszinski, Orange, CA grabbed 5th in 56:46.  In the Women's field, Kim Callihan, Simi Valley, CA posted a strong result of 57:07, placing 6th Overall in the entire field!  Alex Napier, Indio, CA, crossed next in 58:57, holding off 2-time Champ Sally Majiidian, Palm Desert, CA (59:46) and improving upon her 2013 5th place finish. 4th Place went to perennial podium star Jill Theodossi, Carlsbad, CA (1:03:46). Stephanie Tischler, San Diego, CA rounded out the top five Women in 1:06:17.

To resolve any timing issues, email CEP Timing prior to Noon on Fri, Nov 14, '14.  After Nov 14, results are OFFICIAL AND FINAL. Custom PDC Acrylic Trophies will be mailed to the Top 5 Men & Women TT finishers after the results are finalized.

     a.  Time Trial Preliminary Results:

Overall Women:

           1st Place:  Kim Callihan, Marana, AZ
                               Women's Champion

           2nd Place: Alex Napier, Indio, CA
           3rd Place:  Sally Majiidian, Palm Desert, CA
           4th Place:  Jill Theodossi, Carlsbad, CA
           5th Place:   Stephanie Tischler, San Diego, CA


          Overall Men:

          1st Place:  Kevin Baxter, Simi Valley, CA
                              Men's Champion 

          2nd Place: John Newton, Kennett Square, PA
          3rd Place:  Jon Spallino, Redondo Beach, CA
          4th Place:  Daniel Wanjoh, Oceanside, CA
          5th Place:  Tyler Bleszinski, Orange, CA


     b.  Overall Results (Everyone):   Click here
     c.   Overall Results (Age Divisions):   Click here
     d.  Super Century Results:   Click here
     e.  Tandem Results:  Click here

4.  Last Chance Jerseys:   There's a new process in place that allows riders to order 2014 Palm Desert Jerseys directly from Voler (the manufacturer).

     a.  Order from Voler:   Orders will be shipped within
          ONE WEEK, with free shipping!  Click here to order.
          Price is $80/Jersey.

     b.  Remaining Inventory:  A few jerseys remain in stock
           at Shadow Tour.  Price is $80/Jersey, free shipping.
          (1)  Sizes in stock:  WXS (1) and WM (1)
          (2) Download & complete the CC Authorization Form.
              -  Fax the form to 858-356-9596, or
              -  Digitize the form and email to Jim, or
              -  Call in Credit Card info/sizes/quantities to Jim
                  at 858-692-6220

5.  Last Chance "Tec" T-shirts:  Many riders were amazed by the soft-as-butter "Tec" Hanes Cool Dri T-shirts!  These T's can easily be worn as a base layer year-round.  Only a few remain in stock, see below, or visit the Store, 1st Come, 1st Served.  Price is $25/T-shirt, plus shipping.  No more T-shirts will be produced for 2014.  See item 4 b. (2) above to complete CC Authorization.

     MS:   2         WM:  1
     MM:  2         WL:   3   

6.  Last Chance "DMHS" Donations:  Desert Mirage H.S. Student Volunteers gave up a big part of their weekened on Fri & Sat preparing & supporting your cycling adventure.  Here's our chance to return the favor!  If you were satisfied with the Vol's efforts all along the route, please Donate to support their school programs.   The donation total reflects last year's contributions ($3,200), due to a system change at Active.com.   So far, only a few (kudos to the few) of 535 riders have made online Donations, raising about $50.  Let's turn this around!  Please click through & Donate today.

A generous tax-deductable donation directly rewards the finest Volunteer group in Shadow Tour history!   These very cool Student Vol's provided enthusiastic support all day out on the course.  They felt the heat just like you did, but they remained at their post stationary in the sun.  All Donation proceeds go to directly to the DMHS school programs for all 4 classes (none to Shadow Tour).  Go ahead, make yourself feel good, click on the Donation link and give what you can right now.

The event goal of $5,000 has not yet been reached (total online + event donations are currently about $1,000). Just think back to your ride, how nice it was to roll into a Rest Stop and have everything you needed ready.  Remember the rousing "Welcome" from Vol's at the Finish Line bringing you home with Cheers, Cowbells, and Medals!  Surely many recall that cup of ice cold water at the Finish Line right after you completed your ride.  That was all DMHS Student Volunteers making it happen.
We all routinely tip restaurant servers, even for average service. For most riders, a 15% tip would be about $10-15.  Here's your last chance to express your gratitude to the Student Vol's who provided such OUTSTANDING service with Genuine Care and Smiles. Please click here to Donate.  Do what you can to help.  Building Goodwill in Coachella Valley benefits all of us!

7.  SCS Photoworks Photos: Scott Stolarz and his crew are busy matching thousands of rider photos and Bib #'s.   Here's the link to the  SCS Photoworks link.  Rider photos will be posted soon.  An email will notify riders when the photos are ready.  You can search for your photo by Bib # or name.  There's also a Missing Bib # section.  The wind gusts caused some helmet numbers to come off.  Be sure to browse threw the Missing Bib # section to locate additional images.

8.  Flash Gallery:  You may visit the 2014 Palm Desert Century Gallery.  All photos are courtesy of Scott Christian Stolarz Photoworks & Photographers Chris Wood, Michael Billena, and Pol Sontas.  All photos are Copyright protected.
9.  Feedback:  We always welcome your constructive comments.  Please email your comments & suggestions to Shadow Tour by visiting the contact page.  We're particularly interested in hearing what worked well for you out on the course and what can be improved.  We're well aware that the Subway lunches were not at the same level as in the past.  A change in the bread recipe (removing some preservatives) and too much ice in the coolers backfired, making the sandwiches too moist.  Event Director Jim Knight has already worked out a new multi-delivery process with the Subway owner for next year.  Thanks for your comments and understanding.  We also encourage input to update the Rider Levels section to improve advice for next year's riders.

10.  Mark your Calendar!  The 11th Annual Stagecoach Century stampede will bust loose on Sat, Jan 17, '15.  The

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2014 Palm Desert Century
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Date:             Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Start:            7:00 - 9:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Ocotillo, CA
Distances:  26, 50, 73, 84, 90, 100, 150 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
                        100-Mile Solo/Team/Tandem Time Trials
                        150-Mile "Super Century"
Register:      Now Open!  Click here to register.
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          112
Deadlines:  "Best Deal"  Mar 31, '14
                        "Super Saver"  May 31, '14 
                        "Good Deal"  Jun 30, '14 
                        "Early Bird"  Jul 31, '14
                        "Summer Prices"  Aug 31, '14 
                        "Value Prices"  Sep 30, '14 
                        "Fall Prices"  Oct 31, '14
                        "Standard Prices"  Dec 31, '14
                        "Last Chance Online" Jan 16, '15
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Jan 17, '15
Details:        Visit Stagecoach Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 



Welcome to the 11th Annual Stagecoach Century! Kick off your New Year at America's Wild West cycling stampede! Just 80 miles east of sunny San Diego, CA. Enjoy undisturbed natural scenery, legendary Volunteer support, just 2 lonely stop signs, and low vehicular traffic.  The out-n-back route maximizes rider's distance options.  Mid-January is an ideal season for pristine desert cycling.  Usually cool/cold starts, with warm/sunny finishes.  Temperature, Wind, and Low Humidity can make this "Average" difficulty ride much more challenging!  Fear & Respect have always ridden side-by-side at Stagecoach.  Ride 26-112 miles. Options include Solo, Tandem, and Team Chip-timed Time Trials.  Trophies for Champions in the Men & Women Overall Solo & Team Time Trial.  Riders may ride the Optional 112-Mile extended route, subject to time cut-offs.  At STAGECOACH, it's all about PRIDE.  With great Challenge, comes great Reward.  Make the 11th Stagecoach YOUR YEAR to SADDLE UP! 

Host Hotel:                       Volunteers:




Date:             Saturday, November 7th, 2015 (tentative)
Start:            6:30 - 8:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Palm Desert, CA
Distances:  20, 32, 50, 60, 70, 100, 130 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
                        Optional 15-Mile Solo Chiriaco Summit TT
                        Optional 130-Mile "Super Century"
Register:      Now Open!  Click here to register
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          tba
Deadlines:   "Best Deal"  Feb 28, '15
                         "Super Saver" Apr 30, '15  
                         "Good Deal"  May 31, '15    
                         "Early Bird"  Jun 30, '15
                         "Summer Prices"  Jul 31, '15
                         "Value Prices"  Aug 31, '15
                         "Fall Prices"  Sep 30, '15
                         "Standard Prices"  Oct 31, '15
                         "Last Chance Online" Nov 6, '15
                         "Last Chance Walk-up"  Nov 7, '15
Details:         Visit Palm Desert Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email


Event Description: 


The 5th Annual Palm Desert Century is ideally situated in the Fall cycling calendar. You're invited to enjoy this recreational road bicycle event in the low-to-mid elevation deserts of Coachella Valley. The ride has it's Start/Finish in the ultra-cool destination city of Palm Desert, CA. The course is out-n-back, allowing individual riders to select comfortable distances from 20 to 100 miles. There are unique options too. Full Course riders may participate in the Optional Chip-timed 15-mile gentle 1% grade uphill "Chiriaco Summit Solo Time Trial" from Mecca, 180 ft below Sea Level, to Chiriaco Summit, 1,200 ft el. There's also a "Super Century" Option that stretches the course to 130 miles by riding the Chiriaco Summit segment twice, subject to time cut-offs.  There's also a Club Participation Competition, offering cash prizes to Clubs with the most riders.  Mild Fall temps, mostly low traffic roads, and striking desert scenery flanked by the soaring San Jacinto Mts make this yet another marquee "Safe, Scenic and Sensational century ride on roads less traveled" Shadow Tour century experience.  Roll with us & Ride the Dream! 



Title Sponsor:                             Official Charity        

Host Hotel                                   Event Hotel                        





Date:             Tba June 2014
Start:            6:30 - 7:30 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Downtown, San Diego, CA
Distances:  20, 45, 60 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
Register:     Coming Soon!
Limit:           800
Riders:         Tba
Rider List: 
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                        "Super Saver"  Tba
                        "Early Bird"  Tba
                        "Spring Prices"  Tba   
                        "Standard"  Tba
                        "Last Chance Online" Tba
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Tba
Details:        Visit Fiesta Metric Century website
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 



Welcome to the 7th Annual Annual Fiesta Metric Century! By far, this is Shadow Tour's most mellow event.  Join the first cycling event to use the brand new Waterfront Park as it's venue!  Enjoy a Start/Finish in Downtown San Diego's Harbor District, directly across from the Star of India floating in the San Diego Bay.  The Fiesta Metric is a 100 Km paved recreational road bicycling event. Not a race, just a sweet morning/early afternoon enjoying the best of Summer cycling in San Diego County with your friends.  Optional distances of 20, 45, and 60 miles. Includes a fantastic Finish Line Fiesta Mexican Buffet catered by El Indio Restaurant, live music by Manny Cepeda's Salsa Trio, and a Healthy Living Expo. Registered riders receive a Custom Finisher's Medal & Fiesta Pin. A great ride for beginners to expert cyclists.



Host Hotel:                             Mexican Buffet Restaurant:
Official Charity:                      Bike Shop Sponsor:


Sponsor Corner: 

Pearl Izumi: Pearl Izumi is a proud Exhibitor at the Stagecoach and Palm Desert Century rides. Get fantastic factory discounts & close-out pricing on Pearl Izumi apparel & accessories.  Visit the Del Mar Heights store for fantastic discounts & close-outs as well as current year inventory.  Cya there!

Vitalyte: Vitalyte is pleased to continue Sponsorship of all Shadow Tour events.  Ice cold Vitalyte is at every Rest Stop to keep you hydrated & feeling great!

Nite Rider:  Nite Rider has joined Shadow Tour as a Series Sponsor!  Please friend us on Facebook and learn more about our complete line of Technical Lighting products. 


Host Hotels:

Palm Desert Century:   Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert.  Homewood Suites announced it's return as Host Hotel for 2014.  Visit Palm Desert Century web pages for special rates & details.

    Additional Event Hotels:
    Hampton Inn & Suites (Palm Desert)
    Residence Inn Palm Desert by Marriott (Palm Desert)
    Courtyard Palm Desert by Marriott (Palm Desert)

Fiesta Metric Century: Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown is pleased to return as the 2014 Host Hotel.  Visit Fiesta Metric web page for special rates & details.

Stagecoach Century:  New Host Hotel for 2015!  Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown is proud to be the Official Host Hotel for the 2015 Stagecoach Century.  Visit Stagecoach Century for special rates & details.

SCS Photoworks;
 Official Shadow Tour Photographer.  Scott Stolarz & crew specialize in capturing action rider photos all along the course.  Bring on your smiles

Traction Bicycle Mobile Repair: Based in San Diego, Traction is a mobile mechanic service.  We come to your home, office, or even on the road, whenever you need us. Owner Matt McDaniel provides SAG support at all Shadow Tour events. See Coupon in Goodie Bag. Call for a Tune-up any time! 619-379-5150

Sponsorship Opportunities!  Contact Jim Knight about Sponsorship, Exposure, or Exhibitor information at all Shadow Tour events.


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A final Thanks & Congrat's to all Palm Desert Century riders.  You should be justifiably proud of your achievement.  It's also time to Stake your Claim for Stagecoach and score a special Palm Desert Century rider discount.

Stagecoach is a worthy Century goal, adding purpose & focus to your cycling training programs.  Stagecoach is open for registration now. 

                         Register TODAY & SAVE!
    11th Annual 2015 Stagecoach Century, Sat, Jan 17, '15

                       Register Early & SAVE $$$

Please continue riding safely and be especially attentive to all vehicular traffic.  Road Rage is at an all-time high.  Impatient drivers look for any excuse to behave foolishly around cyclists.  We urge you to use a rear view clip-on mirror for enhanced road awareness.  As always, keep way to the right of the white line, ride 100% defensively.  No single finger salutes, or any other form of push-back! Use front & rear flashing lights at all times (Nite Rider makes many excellent models!) to be seen day & nightAlways stay alert & expect the unexpected!          





Jim Knight
Event Director    

Founder/Managing Member

Shadow Tour, LLC   

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


StagecoachPromocodeEarly movers are rewarded at Shadow Tour events.  We're pleased to offer Palm Desert Century participants a special 20% discount through Nov 30, '14.   Register Today for the 2015 STAGECOACH CENTURY on Sat, Jan 17, '15 in Ocotillo, CA.  Sign up Today & Save!


Enter promocode PALM20 when you register Online.  It's the very last step, so be careful not to miss it.  The promocode is also valid for Mail-in & Walk-up Registrations. Discount is valid only for Entry Categories.  It may not be combined with other offers, and is not retroactive.

Offer Expires:  Midnight (PST), Sun, Nov 30, '14