PDC Oct Rider Updates/Rider Instructions

Email sent Oct 12, '12

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Welcome Palm Desert Century Registered Riders!

Thank You for joining the 2nd Annual Holland Cycles Palm Desert Century (PDC).  We're proud to report a robust field of 575+ Registered Riders.  That's a fantastic start; we send our Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

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With one month until PDC rolls on Sat, Nov 10, '12, 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 & support details.  We'll send one more Rider Update in early Nov with weather info and any last-minute changes/updates.

1.  Rider Instructions:  You may download the Rider Instructions, or view on the websitePlease study these 3 pages.  There is also a 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

      -  Address:  74-902 College Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
      -  Google Maps/Directions:  Click here
      -  Park is newly constructed.  Use care with GPS devices and 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 10, '12

-  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 spaces.  If in doubt, don't! 

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

       -  Fri, Nov 9, '12

           University Park, Registration Tent, on 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 Card.
           Fri:  2-hr parking in University Village Lot  
         -Sat, Nov 10, '12

           University Park, Registration Tent, on 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 only in park.
           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 roads/lanes are not
            closed and riders must comply with all Traffic Laws, including stopping
            at red Light Signals & 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.

            (2)  Box Canyon Rd:  Both directions, ride to the right, single file, call
                    out passing vehicles ("Car back!") and when overtaking other
                    riders ("Passing on your left!"), watch for uneven road surfaces.
                    20 MPH Max speed on descent.  USE EXTRA CARE!

            (3)   Ave 42 U-turn:  On the return to Palm Desert, this turn has been
                    modified from last year to eliminate the left turn off Jefferson.
                    Instead, riders turn right on 42nd Ave, make a u-turn, then
                    proceed back, crossing Jefferson more safely. Be very careful
                    merging making the u-turn.  Never "force" right-of-way.  Be Safe!

            (4)   All Left Turns on the course require extra vigilance.  Use arm
                    signals to communicate your intentions to vehicular traffic.
                    Always announce "Turning Left/Right!" to other riders.
       -  Riders ignoring Traffic Laws may 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, so just take 'er easy!

       -  Ride to the right of the white line whenever safe to do so.  Signal and
           announce your intentions to other riders and vehicles.  Ride single file
           and point out all obstacles & hazards to riders behind you.
        -  Bottom Line:  STAY ALERT!  Protect yourself at all times.  Ride
            safely and 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, or wheels.  Bike parts wear out, it's a fact of
      life.  Each rider is responsible for their own bicycle and needs to carry
      spare tube(s), tire levers, a small pump/C02 inflator. Mechanics will roam
      the course on Sat.  Pay mechanics for any parts they replace

f.  Start Times:  There will be a 'Start Window' from 6:30- 8:00 A.M. on Sat.
     Volunteers will segment riders into waves of 50, 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 from 6:30 to 8:00 A.M, regardless of distance.


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

3.  Desert Recreation District/Trips for Kids: 
The Official PDC Charity is the Coachella Valley Trips for Kids program, sponsored by the Desert Recreation District (DRD) and Desert Recreation Foundation.  These fine organizations assist at-risk youth with mentorship programs, using cycling as the platform for teaching many vital life lessons about responsibility and following the smart path to success.

The bulk of 2012 PDC volunteers are from The Desert Recreation District, recruited by Glenn Miller, Indio's Mayor.  Let's all return the favor!  Here's the Donation link.  Click through for yourself and see some riders who have already opened their hearts.  We send our sincere Gratitude & Thanks.  Donating to the Trips for Kids program also cements the PDC commitment to assist local citizens and fosters Goodwill among the Desert Cities and Local Agencies.

Please reward the DRD volunteers by making a generous donation.  100% of the proceeds go directly to those in need.  It's a wonderful way to help deserving Coachella Valley kids.  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 21st Shadow Tour cycling event.  We've learned things can (and usually do) change at the last minute.  Weather & Routes are good examples. Be flexible!  

6.  Ride Smart:  A 100-mile ride is a supreme single-day endurance test.  Treat it with much due respect.  Break down your ride into bite-sized chunks.  Don't exceed your limits.  Non-emergency SAG's are no fun, 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 Vol's and be Cool:   Vol's are doing their best to support you, but they won't know every event detail.  Be flexible!  It's the DRD's 1st year for PDC.  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 the rules.     

8.  Lodging Options:  We have secured special pricing 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:  Homewood Suites by Hilton, located adjacent to University Park

     b.  Event Hotels:
          (1)  Hampton Inn & Suites, located 1/4 mile from Start/Finish
          (2)  Residence Inn by Marriott, about 1/2 mile from Start/Finish
          (3)  Couryard by Marriott, about 1/2 mile from Start/Finish

     c.  Lodging info, click here for Rider discounts for each property.

9.  Palm Desert Jerseys:  

      a.  1st Production Run: The 1st run of jerseys was submitted to Voler on
           Sep 15, '12.  These jerseys will be available at the event.  Price: $75.

      b.  2nd Production Run:  Includes optional jersey orders from Sep 15 through
            Nov 9th.  These jerseys will be mailed in Jan '13 (free shipping).  Riders will
            have a "last chance" to order jerseys after the event.  The PDC round-up
            email will have details immediately following the ride.  Price: $70.

       c.   Inventory:  A few jerseys will be for sale at the event.  These jerseys are
             not for 2nd Production Run orders.  Price:  $80 (Fri) and $85 (Sat).  


2012 PDC Jersey Front  2012 PDC Jersey Back  

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

               2012 PDC Finishers Medal                  2012 PDC Custom 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 for sale.

                                      2012 PDC T-shirt
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 questions on this new feature.  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 up Box Canyon Rd to Chiriaco Summit (15 + 15 miles), adding 30 miles.  There is a Noon time cut-off at the beginning of Box Canyon Rd.  In order to ride up the hill a 2nd time, riders must be at the start 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.  PDC Gallery:  Click here to visit the flash version of the Palm Desert Century course preview photos.  All photos courtesy of Armando Estrada.

16.  Friend us on Facebook!

      Palm Desert Century Fan Page

      Shadow Tour Group


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

~Jim & Larry

Jim Knight
Larry Gitman

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