2017 PDC Rider Inst / Oct Updates Email

Email sent Oct 31, '17

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Dear Palm Desert Century Registered Rider,


Thank You for joining the 7th Annual Palm Desert Century (PDC)!  We're pleased to report a field size of 270+ registered riders.  Please check your Name & Bib # on the Riders ListMANY THANKS for all your help in spreading the word!  There's a special last chance discount coupon for your friends & family at the bottom of this email.  PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS RIDE TO YOUR CYCLING FRIENDS! 

SPECIAL NOTE:  California & Municipal Permitting & Traffic Control requirements are at an all time high due to recent incidents & tragedies at other events.  The cost of producing a Safe & Fully-compliant cycling event has skyrocketed!  Now, more than ever, please encourage all your cycling friends to join you at the Palm Desert Century for a SAFE & ORGANIZED ride.  Shadow Tour has ALWAYS PLACED YOUR SAFETY FIRST! 



With 11 days until PDC rolls on Sat, Nov 11, '17, it's time to provide very important specifics about the ride.  Please take about 30 minutes to carefully read this email and study your Rider Instructions.  Also review the Course Strip Map, containing vital course and support details.  We will send another update email in Oct, then again in early Nov, with final details & updates.

1.  Rider Instructions:  You may  download the Rider Instructions, or  view them on the website.  Carefully study these 3 pages and the 1-page Course Strip Map.  Cue Sheets/turn-by-turn directions for all courses will be at packet pick up.  

 Highlighted below are some of the most important details:     

a.  Start/Finish Directions & Location:  University Park, Palm Desert, CA


      -  Address:  74-902 College Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211  

      -  Google Maps/Directions:  Click here
      -  Park is newly constructed.  Use care with GPS devices & Mapquest.
      -  Actual Start/Finish:  Traffic Circle at the South end of University Park
          (near the entrance from Cook St)
      -  San Diego Riders:  We do not recommend driving on CA-79 through
           Temecula.  Best route to Palm Desert: I-15 to I-215 to CA-60 to I-10.
           Cook St is Exit 134 off I-10, then 2 blocks south, turn right into park. 


b.  Event Parking:  

-  Opens at 5:30 A.M, Sat, Nov 11, '17
-  Parking Volunteers/Police will direct arriving riders.
-  Be Patient!   PDC is a Rage-Free Zone!  (it's way too early to stress). 
-  Primary Parking:  University Village Parking Lots
-  Overflow Parking:  CSUSB Campus Parking Lot "B" (ONLY), located
    directly across Cook St.  Campus Lot "B" closes at 6:00 P.M.
-  Do not park in areas marked "No Parking" or "No Event Parking"
We're very fortunate to have permission to use these lots! 
    Please be cool out there.  Don't park in Homewood Suites spaces
    (unless you're a guest), nor in Carl's Jr, the Dialysis Clinic, or reserved
    spaces.  If in doubt, don't! 

c.  Rider Packet Pick up:  Riders may pick up packets on Fri or Sat.


       -  Fri, Nov 10, '17

           University Park, Registration Tent, next to the basketball court
           Noon to 8:00 P.M.
           May pick up friends' packets with permission note/email
           Walk-up Reg's, if not sold out.  Visit website first.  Cash/Credit Cards.
           Fri:  2-hr parking in University Village Lot  
         -Sat, Nov 11, '17

           University Park, Registration Tent, next to the basketball court
           5:45 to 8:00 A.M.
           May pick up friend's packets with permission note/email
           Walk-up Reg's, if not sold out.  Visit website first.  Cash/Credit Cards.
           Sat Event Parking in Univ. Village Lots & CSUSB Lot "B" until 6:00 P.M.

d.  Safety:  Rider safety is the most important aspect of the event.  

        -  This is a "Rules of the Road" event, meaning riders must comply with
            all Traffic Laws, including stopping at red Light Signals and Stop signs.
        -  Red Zones:   Potentially hazardous areas, max speed of 20 MPH, ride
            single file, with Extra Caution, as far to the right as safely possible.
            (1)  Ave 52 Traffic Circle:  Flow only North & South on Jefferson St.
                   thru Traffic Circle.  Traffic Circle is not a course turnaround point.
                   Use extra care as lanes have been realigned from 2 lanes to 1
                   entering the Traffic Circle (in 2015).

            (2)  Box Canyon Rd:  Both directions, ride to the right, call out passing
                   vehicles "Car back!", watch for uneven road surfaces, and loose sand
                   on road surface.  USE EXTRA CARE!

            (3)   All Left Turns on the course require extra vigilance.  Use arm
                    signals to communicate your intentions to traffic.  Announce
                    "Turning Left!" (and/or Right) to other riders.
       -  Riders ignoring Traffic Laws will be ticketed by Police, and will be
           disqualified from the event, and will not receive credit for completing
           the Full Century/Time Trial.  PDC is not a race, just take 'er easy!
        -  Bottom Line:  STAY ALERT!  Protect yourself at all times.  Ride
            safely & defensively, like your life depends on it, because it does!

e.  Bike Inspection:  We strongly recommend a complete Tune up and Safety
     Inspection of your bicycle prior to PDC.  The desert is no place for worn,
     or questionable tires, brakes, cables or wheels.  Each rider is responsible
     for their own bicycle's condition.

      Shadow Tour proudly welcomes Velofix back as Official Event Mechanics!
      Velofix mobile mechanics can come to your home or office (most major   
      markets) , and offer pick-up/drop-off service options.  Velofix will roam the
      course Saturday. 

      Please pay mechanics directly for any parts they replace.


f.  Start Times:  There will be a 'Start Window' from 6:30- 8:00 A.M. on Sat.
     Vol's will segment riders into waves of about 30, starting every 2-3 min.
     This is a mandatory Permit requirement.  Full Century Course riders
     should be in position near the park Traffic Circle Start Line by 6:30 A.M.  
     All riders may start 6:30-8:00 A.M, regardless of distance.

2.  Volunteers Needed!!  Anyone interested in volunteering at PDC please
        contact Jim.  Please visit PDC Vols page for positions available.  Thanks!


        2017 Open Volunteer Positions:

        a.  Overnight Expo Guards, Fri Nov 10, 10:00 pm - Sat, Nov 11, 5:00 am (vol)
        b.  Sag Wagon Driver, Sat, Nov 11, 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. (vol)
        c.  Support Crew:  1 strong dude, Fri & Sat, need Driver's License, ($200) 

3.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley: 

The Official 2017 PDC Charity is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley (BGCCV).  This is a BBGCCV major annual fundraiser.  The entire Volunteer base for the 2017 PDC Vol's are Boys & Girls Club Youths, Counselors, and Parents.  Let's all return the favor!

Here's their  2017 Online Donation Link . 

Please click thru and see riders who have already opened their hearts.  We send our sincere Gratitude.  Donating to the Boys & Girls Club cements the PDC commitment to assist local citizens and fosters Goodwill among the Desert Cities & Local Agencies. Other fundraising efforts at the event  include:

    a.  Arrival Coffee:  Next to Reg Tent on Sat morning.   Have a cup of hot Starbucks coffee!  No cost, however Donations to BGCCV gladly accepted. :)


    b. Post-ride Expo:  Ice cold sodas and donated items will be for sale at the B&G Club Tent in the Expo, next to the Reg Tent. You're invited to stop by & learn more.  Please help fill the BGCCV Donation Jar!

Many Thanks!


4.  Rider Levels:  This webpage provides a wealth of no-nonsense advice on how to prepare and ride PDC.   There are comprehensive details about the course, weather factors, hydration techniques, and more.  Your input is requested following the ride to improve this advice for future riders.

5.  Preparation:  Preparation is the key to a successful desert ride.  That includes the obvious, being well-conditioned for the distance you wish to ride, but it also includes mental prep.  Become well-informed about the event.  Study the Rider Instructions ahead of time.  Knowing what to expect builds confidence and leaves less to chance.  It also widens the safely margin.  Have a Ride Plan in advance.  Use a checklist before leaving home to ensure you have your helmet, shoes, gloves, full water bottles, etc.  Make the last checklist item a final visit to the Palm Desert website for last-minute changes, or updates.  PDC is the 33rd Shadow Tour cycling event.  We've learned things can (and usually do) change at the last minute.  Weather is a good example.  Be flexible!  

6.  Ride Smart:  A 100-mile ride is a supreme single-day endurance test.  Treat it with much due respect.  Break your own ride distance into bite-sized chunks.  Don't exceed your limits.  Non-emergency SAG's are no fun, sitting on the floor of a bumpy cargo van.  Ride one Rest Stop at a time.  Plan your Ride & Ride your Plan!

7.  Go Easy on Vols & be Cool:   Vol's are doing their best to support you, but they won't know every event detail.  Be flexible!  We'll listen carefully and implement your constructive feedback in future years.  Perfection is our Goal, not our Promise.  Take care of yourself and be safe.  Help other PDC riders needing assistance if you can.  Be the Rock Steady Rider who reads the instructions, knows what to expect, and follows all the rules.        

8.  Lodging Options: 
Special pricing is available at a few nearby hotels.  All rooms and special prices are subject to room availability.  Now is the time to make your reservations.  These hotels sold out last year and will do so again.      
     a.  Host Hotel:  Hampton Inn & Suites, located 1/4 mile from Start/Finish.
                                  Rider Special rates apply, based on availability.  Booking Link.
     b.  Event Hotels:

            (1)   Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa:  About 4 miles from Start/Finish.
                    Rider Special rates apply, based on availability.   Online booking link.
            (2)  Residence Inn by Marriott, about 1/2 mile from Start/Finish
                   No special rates offered.
            (3)  Courtyard by Marriott, about 1/2 mile from Start/Finish
                   No special rates offered. 
            (4)  Homewood Suites by Hilton, located adjacent to University Park
                   Availability is limited, book your rooms today!  No special rates offered.
     c.  Lodging info, click here for details for each property.

9.  Palm Desert Jerseys:  
      a.  1st Production Run: The 1st run of jerseys submitted to Voler on
           Sep 10, '17.  These jerseys will be available at the event.  Price $85. 
      b.  New Process!  After Sep 10, riders may purchase 2017 Palm Desert
           Century Jerseys directly from Voler (jersey manufacturer).  These jerseys
           will be mailed in one week, with free shipping!  Click here.  Price: $90.

       c.   Inventory:  A few jerseys will be for sale at the event.
             Price:  $90 (Fri) and $95 (Sat).  

10.  Custom Finishers Medal and Pin:  All registered riders receive a custom
        Finishers Medal and Pin.



11.   Fineline Custom T-shirt:  Pre-ordered optional "Tec" T-shirts will be available at the event.  A limited supply of inventory T-shirts will be available. Price:  $30 pre-ordered, Fri & Sat: $32/$35.



12.  Time Trial Clarification:  The Red Zone designation for Box Canyon Rd (both up & down) imposes a Max Speed of 20 MPH.  However, Riders participating in the Time Trial may exceed the 20 MPH limit ON THE ASCENT ONLY.  It's difficult to reach 20+ MPH riding uphill, but the fastest riders will find the flat spots and may exceed 20+ MPH.  However, all riders must use common sense and not cause any unsafe situations to develop.  Ride as far to the right as possible and always call out "Passing!" when overtaking riders.  Only pass when it's absolutely safe to do so.  Be mindful that the road narrows with riders and vehicles flowing in both directions.  Check ahead and behind before passing.
13.  Time Trial Timing Chips:  The optional 15 mile Time Trial (TT) on Box Canyon is timed using microchips attached to ankle bracelets. Paid "Full Century with TT" Riders need to pick up their timing chip at the Reg Tent on Fri & Sat.  Riders first pick up their rider packet, then go to the CEP Timing booth co-located at the Reg Tent to draw a timing chip.

Once issued, the rider is responsible to return the chip at the Time Trial finish line at Chiriaco Summit.  Chips may also be turned at the Start/Finish in Palm Desert.  If  picking up timing chips on Fri, don't forget to wear the chip on Sat, i.e, don't leave it in your room!  No replacement chips will be issued. Chips not returned at the event will result in an $85 replacement charge.  Paid "Full Century" Riders may upgrade to "Full Century w/TT" on Fri & Sat (no charge) and draw a timing chip.  "Short Course" Riders are not eligible for the Time Trial, but may upgrade on Fri & Sat for $15.

14.  Super Century Option: 
We've received some questions on this. Here's how it works:  paid "Full Century" & "Full Century w/TT" may ride the 130-mile Super Century.  There is no additional fee.  The course uses the same 100-mile century route, with the addition of an extra round-trip on Box Canyon Rd to Chiriaco Summit (15 + 15 miles), adding 30 miles.  There is a Noon time cut-off at the Rest Stop #3 at the start of Box Canyon Rd.  In order to ride up the hill a 2nd time, riders must be at the start (Rest Stop #3) NLT Noon.  All Super Century Riders need to insure their wristbands are marked (twice) at the Chiriaco Summit Turnaround and must check in at the Finish Line and let Vol's know you rode the Super Century in order to be recorded as completing it. 

15.  Club Challenge:  Competition among Clubs, Teams, and Organizations (Clubs) for most PDC registered riders.  Encourage your Club leaders to visit Club Central for more details about Club Discounts, Free Exposure, and the Club Challenge! 
16.  PDC Galleries:  Click here to visit the flash version of the Palm Desert Century course preview photos (courtesy of Armando Estrada).

     a.  2011:  Click here.  Photos courtesy of Armando Estrada
     b.  2012:  Click here.  Photos courtesy of SCS Photoworks.
     c.  2013:  Click here.  Photos courtesy of SCS Photoworks.
     d.  2014:  Click here.  Photos courtesy of SCS Photoworks.
     e.  2015:  Click here.  Photos courtesy of SCS Photoworks.
     f.  2016:  Click here:  Photos courtesy of Impact Foto.

17.  Friend us on Facebook!

      Palm Desert Century Fan Page

      Shadow Tour Group


We'll be in touch again with a Final Rider Update in early Nov.  Until then, continue to enjoy your fall cycling season.  And please always keep it safe out there!


Jim Knight

Event Director/Managing Member
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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There's still time to register for the 7th Annual 2017 PALM DESERT CENTURY on Sat, Nov 11, '17 in Palm Desert, CA.   We're pleased to offer a special last chance discount to past Shadow Tour riders, their friends & family, and members of the Interest List.  Sign up Today & Save!


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Offer Expires: 8:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Nov 11, '17

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