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2011 Palm Desert Century 
~ Shadow Tour Proudly Presents ~
The Inaugural

Holland Cycles Palm Desert Century

 Saturday, November 12, 2011

 Shadow Tour Logo Palm Desert Century 


  1st Annual 2011

  Palm Desert Century

& Chiriaco Summit TT


Sat, Nov 12, 2011

  Palm Desert, CA

    University Park
    74-902 University Park Dr
    Palm Desert, CA  92260

    (Just off I-10 at Cook St
     exit,  Map it)

Start: 7:00 - 8:00 A.M.

Distances:  20 - 100 miles

Registered Riders:  465


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rolls Sat, Nov 12




"PDC10PC" (all caps) 

      10% discount  


Valid on Entry only. Not retro-active, may not combine w/other offers. Exp. Nov 12,'11

    PDC Jersey, T-shirt,
2011 Jersey 


2011 Palm Desert Century Jersey Front



2011 Palm Desert Century Jersey Back 


2011 T-shirt  

2011 Palm Desert T-shirt

2011 Medal

        2011 PDC Medallion


2011 Pin 


        2011 PDC Pin

   Many Thanks to
our Stellar Sponsors
     and Affiliates! 

Event Charity

Roy's Desert Resource Center

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Homewood Suites Palm Desert 


Clif Bar

 Richard Duquette

Pearl Izumi    



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Inaugural 2011 Palm Desert Century
~~ and ~~
Chiriaco Summit Time Trial

Dear Shadow Tour Riders,     

The 2011 Holland Cycles Palm Desert Century (PDC) rolls on Sat, Nov 12, '11.  "Early Bird" deadline is Sep 30th.

Mark your Calendar! The 8th Annual 2012 Stagecoach Century stampede will bust loose on Sat, Jan 14, '12. "Best Deal"deadline is Sep 30th.

See coupons at bottom of this newsletter for extra savings on both events. Register Today & Save!

                               Register Now!          
The latest PDC updates include:
     >  Holland Cycles has joined as PDC Title Sponsor!

     >  New Flash Photo Gallery of the century course, courtesy of Armando Estrada, Master Photographer, and owner of Sport Action Photos, Official PDC Photographer.
      Jersey, T-shirt, Finisher's Medal, and Pin designs are posted,  see left side of this newsletter.
     >  CEP Timing, LLC:  Official timer of the El Tour de Tucson will be providing chip timing services for the optional 15-mile Chiriaco Summit Time Trial.
      >  Clif Bar, Chamois Butt'r, Richard DuquettePearl Izumi, and Vitalyte have joined as strong Sponsors.
      >  The PDC field has 465 Registered Riders.

California deserts are spectacular in November. Deep blue skies, cool nights, and warm days. Past the summer sizzle, yet ahead of the Holidays--the sweet spot for desert cycling. With a Start/Finish in the idyllic City of Palm Desert, the PDC offers unsurpassed desert cycling paired with a World Class destination. Palm Desert is the premier Coachella Valley community, with abundant lodging options at many price points, a wide variety of fine restaurants, El Paseo Drive shopping, and cool family attractions. All within 2-3 hrs of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Tucson, and Phoenix.

The Palm Desert Century route offers an entirely unique Coachcella Valley cycling experience. The out-n-back course design allows riders to select distances from 20 to 100 miles, based on personal conditioning, weather, winds, etc. The gentle start glides southbound through well developed cities of Palm Desert, Indio, and La Quinta, before turning east into the low deserts checkered with Orange and Date Tree groves, and vast fields of crops, at the northern shores of the Salton Sea.

Full Century PDC riders have a rare opportunity to ride Box Canyon Road. Just beyond the quiet desert town of Mecca, east the railroad tracks, Box Canyon Road transforms into a remarkable and scenic 15+ mile desert pass with no feeder roads, stopsigns, stoplights, or intersections. It gradually ascends at a gentle 1-2% incline from 200 ft BELOW Sea Level, to the Chiriaco Summit, nearly 1,300 ft ABOVE Sea Level.

This showcase segment of the PDC starts near the 35 mile point and ends at the 50 mile turnaround, at Chiriaco Summit, adjacent to Interstate 10. It will be designated an optional "Chiriaco Summit Time Trial", a one-way uphill Individual Time Trial, from Mecca to Chiriaco Summit. Prevailing winds are usually tailwinds. Timing is completely voluntary. Chip timing services are provided by CEP Timing, the same company that times the El Tour of Tuscon. The summit finish will have a well-stocked Rest Stop and is the Full Century turnaround point. The most immediate reward is a paid-up freewheeling spin back down to Mecca. Sensational sight lines to the Salton Sea are visible though the canyons, near Mecca. The striking profile of the San Jacinto range looms large in the distance.

The route returns along the same roads to Palm Desert with full support. Subtle transitions emerge as riders leave behind the remote, sometimes harsh, and undeveloped low desert vegetation, revisting La Quinta's immaculately groomed, wide peppertree-lined boulevards, past deluxe PGA Golf Courses and Resorts and communities, to a festive finish with music, medals, and exhibitors at the grassy 2.5 acre new University Park in Palm Desert. An included Subway lunch meal will be available here, for riders selecting the finish line option. An optional Post-ride meal will also be served at the finish. Bring folding chairs and blankets to enjoy hanging out post-ride.
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Shadow Tour's ambitious goal is to attract 1,500 ambitious and adventurous riders, friends, and families to the inaugural 2011 PDC. Producing a major new century ride against the headwinds of a tough economy, creates even greater permitting and funding challenges; more than we've ever seen in our previous 17 events.

To foster wider Coachella Valley Goodwill, we are promoting and contributing to fundraising efforts for the Official PDC Charity:  Roy's Desert Resource Center; a vibrant new organization assisting the homeless, focused on families, throughout Coachella Valley, with an enviable 85% success rate in getting folks back on their feet and returned to leading productive lives.

Which leads us right back to our Sturdy Rider base. We're counting on your loyalty and support to help make this Desert Gem Sparkle! We invite you to register for PDC today. To help, we're offering "Early Bird" prices, plus a special 10% discount promocode "PDC10PC" (all caps) to past riders and members of our Interest List.

Shadow Tour has listened carefully and implemented your thoughtful feedback over the years. We offer Long & Short Courses, with separate prices. Jerseys, T-shirts, and Post-ride meals are completely optional, so no need to purchase something you may not want. The innovative Shadow Tour Refund/Rollover/Transfer Policy helps if your plans change unexpectedly, and remains one of the only such policies in the business. We communicate details to riders before, during, and after the event. We maintain previous event Photo Galleries, weather data, and Full Century Finisher Lists for historical continuity. We allow riders to choose online or mail-in registration. We accept walk-up registrations whenever possible.

The PDC represents the capstone for our desert cycling events. Palm Desert offers vast potential for adding many more cool elements in the future.  

Please join us! And once you're in, encourage all your cycling friends to join you. Consider bringing the whole family for an affordable high-quality family adventure with something fun for all. Whether it's visiting the Living Desert, a relaxed family Sunday Brunch at Tommy Bahama's, or a stroll along El Paseo Drive, there are countless reasons to make it a weekend adventure.


To help grow ridership for this marquee event, reaching new riders is vital.  Please post a message and link to Palm Desert Century on your social network, blog, and club websites.  Email your cycling buddies inviting them to  join you.  We're most grateful for your support!

It's easy to spread the word! Just click on the "Forward to a Friend" icon below.  You're invited to Friend PDC and Shadow Tour Facebook pages too.          



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Here's what's included with your paid entry:

     Ride Registration
     Rider Email Updates
     Detailed Final Rider Instructions
     Included Lunch Meal
     Cue sheet for all route distances
     Free parking
     Veteran's Day Long Weekend
     5 fully stocked rest stops + included lunch
     Photography Services
     Dedicated Law Enforcement
     Roving Mechanical Support
     Course sweep vans & vehicles
     Lunch option at Halfway point or Finish
     DJ / Expo / Band / Festivities at the Finish
     Rider Goodie Gag
     Gear drop at Start and Rest Stop #1
     Optional Post-ride Meal
     Options for Refund/Rollover/Transfer
     50 miles out, 50 miles back
     Start/Finish at the University Park
     Optional Chip Timed Chiriaco Summit Time Trial
     TT Results posted on website
     Full Century Finisher names posted on website
     Comprehensive Round-up email
     Custom Finisher's Medal and Pin  
     Long Course / Short Course Pricing

Sponsor Corner

Pearl Izumi:  Pearl Izumi is a proud sponsor for the 2011 Palm Desert Century!  We will have a booth on Fri and Sat with great deals on Pearl Izumi apparel & accessories.  Cya there!

Vitalyte:  Vitalyte is pleased to continue our Sponsorship of all Shadow Tour events.  We'll have Vitalyte at every Rest Stop to keep you hydrated and feeling great! 


World Cycles:  Save 10% off most parts & accessories. Save 20% on Tune-ups.  Great deals on bikes.  Ask Owner Alex about Coaching and Training Systems.   Look for the Yellow World Cycles Pickup at the Start/Finish and along the course!  


Attorney Richard Duquette offers wise legal advice for riders:  "Dont skimp on insurance!".  Check out his article on Under/Uninsured motorists.  Richard and wife Kim, are avid cyclists, triathletes and Shadow Tour Vets.  Contact Richard at 760-730-0500.


Host Hotel:  Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Desert.  Homewood Suites is offering PDC riders special rates, subject to availability.  Rates start at $109/night p/t.  Includes a special early complementary light buffet breakfast.  Visit website for details.

Event Hotel:  Hampton Inn & Suites Palm Desert  is offering PDC riders special rates, subject to availablility. Rates start at $109/night p/t.  Includes breakfast and ToGo Bags for riders.  Visit website for details.

Sport Action Photos:  Official PDC Photographer.  Armando Estrado and his crew specialize in capturing unique action rider photos all along the course.   Smile for the cameras!                                 

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Box Canyon PDC
Box Canyon Road returning downhill from summit

                 Saturday, January 14, 2012
        "BEST DEAL" Deadline:  Sep 30, '11

    2012 Stagecoach
OFFICIAL CHARITY:  Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Palm Desert  and Stagecoach Century rides.  Until then, enjoy your Summer and Fall cycling, keep to the right of the white line, and always ride safely! 


Many Thanks,


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


Early movers are rewarded at Shadow Tour events.  Register today for the 2011 PALM DESERT CENTURY on Sat, Nov 12, '11 in Palm Desert, CA.  We're pleased to offer a special discount to past Shadow Tour riders and members of our Interest List.  Sign up Today & Save with "Early Bird" prices!

Enter promocode "PDC10PC" (all caps) when you register Online.  It's the very last step, so be careful not to miss it. software is case-sensitive.  The promocode is also valid for Mail-in Registrations and Walk-ups on Fri/Sat, Nov 11/12. The discount is valid only for Entry Categories.  It may not be combined with other offers, and is not retroactive.
Offer Expires:  9:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Nov 12, '11


Early movers are rewarded at Shadow Tour events.  Now is the
Best Time to register for the 2012 STAGECOACH CENTURY on Sat, Jan 14, '12 in Ocotillo, CA.  We're pleased to offer a special discount to past Shadow Tour riders and members of our Interest List.  Sign up Today & Save with "Best Deal" prices!

Enter promocode "OLDWEST10PC" (all caps) when you register Online.  It's the very last step, so be careful not to miss it. software is case-sensitive.  The promocode is also valid for Mail-in Registrations and Walk-ups on Fri/Sat, Jan 13/14. The discount is valid only for Entry Categories.  It may not be combined with other offers, and is not retroactive.
Offer Expires:  9:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Jan 14, '12