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~Shadow Tour Proudly Presents~

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Date:             Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Start:            6:30 - 7:30 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Downtown, San Diego, CA
Distances:  20, 45, 62 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
Register:     Now Open! Click here to register.
Limit:           750
Riders:         173
Rider List: 
Click here
  "Best Deal"  Feb 28, '13
                        "Super Saver"  Mar 31, '13
                        "Early Bird"  Apr 30, '13
                        "Standard"  May 31, '13
                        "Last Chance Online" Jun 7, '13
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Jun 8, '13
Details:        Visit Fiesta Metric Century website
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 
Welcome to the 5th Annual Annual Fiesta Metric Century! By far, this is Shadow Tour's most mellow event.  Enjoy the 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 62 miles. Includes a 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:


Date:             Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Start:            6:30 - 8:30 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:      Registration Open! Click here to register.
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          49
"Best Deal"  Mar 31, '13
                        "Super Saver"  May 31, '13
                        "Early Bird"  Jul 31, '13
                        "Summer Prices"  Aug 31, '13
                        "Value"  Sep 30, '13
                        "Standard"  Oct 31, '13
                        "Last Chance Online" Nov 8, '13
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Nov 9, '13
Details:        Visit Palm Desert Century website 
Discount:    Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 

The 3rd Annual Palm Desert Century is a popular Fall season recreational road bicycle event in the low 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 some cool 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.  Mostly low traffic roads & pristine 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!


Date:             Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Start:            7:00 - 9:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Ocotillo, CA
Distances:  26, 50, 73, 84, 130 Miles
Options:      Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
                        Optional 15-Mile Solo Chiriaco Summit TT
                        Optional 130-Mile "Super Century"
Register:      Registration Open! Click here to register.
Deadlines:  "Best Deal"  Jul 31, '13
                        "Super Saver"  Aug 31, '13
                        "Early Bird"  Sep 30,'13
                        "Fall Prices"  Oct 31, '13  
                        "Value"  Nov 30, '13
                        "Standard"  Dec 31, '13
                        "Last Chance Online" Jan 17, '14
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Jan 18, '14
Details:        Visit Stagecoach Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 
Welcome to the 10th 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.  The 10th Anniversary will be a Wild West Adventure to remember.  Saddle up!


Date:             Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Start:            6:45 - 8:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:    Start/Finish in Palm Desert, CA
Distances:  20, 32, 50, 60, 70, 100, 130 Miles
Options:     Chip-timed 15-Mile Chiriaco Summit Solo TT
                       130-Mile "Super Century"
                        Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
Register:     Opens Summer 2013.  Click here to register.
Limit:           500
Riders:         Tba
Rider List:  Tba
Deadlines:  "Best Deal"  Tba
                        "Super Saver"  Tba
                        "Early Bird"  Tba
                        "Spring Prices"  Tba
                        "Value Prices"  Tba 
                        "Standard"  Tba
                        "Last Chance Online" Tba
                        "Last Chance Walk-up"  Tba
Details:        Visit Spring Rush Century website
Discount:    Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email
Weather Forecast: "Sunny & Warm", Lo 61F/Hi 86F,
                                         Winds from SE at 5-8 MPH.
Event Description: 

Welcome to the Spring Rush Century, a low desert recreational road bike event held in Coachella Valley, CA.  The City of Palm Desert Start/Finish offers participants many convenient Hotel,  Restaurant, and nearby Family Attractions. The out-n-back course permits riders maximum distance flexibility.  The strikingly scenic route passes through Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, Mecca, past the Salton Sea (180 ft below Sea Level), then climbs a 15-mile easy 1% grade to 1,200 ft. el. at the Chiriaco Summit turnaround.   Spring Rush is a delightful Spring version of the popular Palm Desert Century held in Nov.  There's an Optional Chip-Timed Solo Time Trial on Chiriaco Summit and an Optional 130-Mile "Super Century" (Chiriaco Summit segment twice).  Overall, the course is rated Easy/Medium, depending on temp & wind.
This ride is situated ideally for Spring Desert cycling!  Register Today to secure your slot.  Roll with us!





Sponsor Corner: 

Pearl Izumi: Pearl Izumi is a proud Exhibitor at the Stagecoach, Fiesta, and Palm Desert Century rides. Get some fantastic factory discounts and close-out pricing on Pearl Izumi apparel & accessories.  Cya there!

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


Host Hotels:

Spring Rush & Palm Desert Century Rides:   Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert.  Homewood Suites announce it's return for as Host Hotel for 2013.  Visit Spring Rush Century and Palm Desert Century web pages for special rates & details.

Fiesta Metric Century:  Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown.  Visit Fiesta Metric web page for special rates & details.

Stagecoach Century:  Kings Inn.  Visit Stagecoach Century web page for special rates and details.

Additional Event Hotels:

     Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert
     Residence Inn Palm Desert by Marriott
     Courtyard Palm Desert by Marriott


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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Thanks for your continued loyalty!  We look forward to seeing everyone at upcoming rides in 2013 & 2014.  Please let your friends know about these rides and invite them to join you!  Enjoy your Spring season of cycling.  As always, keep to the right of the white line, ride 100% defensively, use front & rear lights to be seen day & night, always be alert, and expect the unexpected!       



~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. Please visit for corrections, if applicable. As always, I'll work to improve in the future. ~Jim