Palm Desert/Stagecoach Jul 31st Deadline & Jim's Solo ST Update

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Date:             Saturday, November 8th, 2014
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:      Now Open!  Click here to register
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          110
Deadlines:   "Best Deal"  Feb 28, '14
                         "Super Saver" Apr 30, '14 
                         "Good Deal"  May 31, '14   
                         "Early Bird"  Jun 30, '14
                         "Summer Prices"  Jul 31, '14
                         "Value Prices"  Aug 31, '14
                         "Fall Prices"  Sep 30, '14

                         "Standard Prices"  Oct 31, '14
                         "Last Chance Online" Nov 7, '14
                         "Last Chance Walk-up"  Nov 8, '14
Details:         Visit Palm Desert Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 

The 4th 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                        


Dear Friends,

***************   Mid-Tour UPDATE  **************

Jim has completed 5 of 10 200-Mile Stages of his 10th Solo Shadow Tour.  Notably, he successfully rode each of the 4 Stages on Palomar Mt with negative time splits on the major climbs, and on each Stage's Total time.  Still some mega-sized climbs ahead at Big Bear Lake, Onyx Summit, and Idyllwild, Stages 8 & 9!

4 Kings    SGPM    EGPM      Cole     Hwy 79  Total    Total

Stages      Climb     Climb      Grade  Epie Rd   Time   Elev 
1  200.12  1:26:58   1:14:34   24:16   n/a   13:36:52   16,837
2  200.27  1:24:21   1:08:10   19:44   n/a  12:51:50   18,377
3  200.11   1:20:41  1:04:20   n/a   16:50  12:45:56   16,726
4  200.27   1:17:29  1:01:40    n/a   14:45  12:41:19   16,939

Link to the 2014 Stage blogs:  Click here
Link to Shadow Tour Summary page:  Click here

Current standing in Strava July MTS Challenge:
      Worldwide = 6th of 112,637 (2,191.4 km)
      USA = 1st of 25,451

Many Thanks to Frederick, Courtney & Karen, and Susan for your kind donations!  Current donations total = $150.

Donation Link:  Click here


Some of you know I've replicated the entire Tour de France 9 times since 2004.  Starting July 5th, I'll attempt my 10th Solo "Shadow Tour" of the Tour de France (TDF).  I plan to complete it in 19 days, vs. 21 for the real TDF.  I do this purely as a mental & physical test.  I'm not racing, nor do I have any elaborate support.  What I have is simply self-discipline & motivation.  Yet, both assets are tested, to the extreme, rolling off each Stage before 4:00 A.M. 

At age 53, this year represents my Capstone Tour.  It's my most ambitious ever; riding TEN Monster 200-mile Stages, in just 19 days, across a wide swath of So Cal, in the blazing July heat.  All  Stages are daunting, averaging about 15,000 ft of climbing  (Stage 7 in Big Bear, has 20,000 ft!).

I'll ride all the distance of the real TDF (2,272 mi), but with much, much, more climbing elevation than what the pro's ride in France.  Here's my 2014 plan.  

I'm also the Event Director for three Century cycling events in So Cal.  I wish to use my Solo Shadow Tour to raise funds for our loyal Volunteers & Non-profit's, including: Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Shelter Valley Citizen's Corp, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Breast Cancer Fund, Desert Mirage High School ASB, among others.   

I've self-funded all 9 previous (and successful) Solo Shadow Tours.  This year, I'm asking for your Donation Support to offset expenses, and to benefit the many outstanding Volunteers who have supported riders for the past 10 years at 26 Shadow Tour Century events.  

I"ll donate 50% of net funds raised to Volunteers!  

Please feel free to contact me with questions, or suggestions to expand this fund-raiser's reach.  During the Solo Tour, my brain gets foggy, but I'll do my best to respond to all your contacts.   Please Note, this is extreme Ultra Distance cycling, and should not be attempted without many years of training & experience.     

I'll post contemporaneous reports for each 200-mile Stage at Jim's daily blogs.  For Strava enthusiasts, last year. I rode my Shadow Tour inside the Powerbar "Take on the Tour" Challenge, finishing 9th of 43,633.  Here's the Strava link.  It was fun to briefly ride in Yellow early in the Challenge.  If Strava has a similar challenge, I'll join it in July.  Here's a link to my Strava profile

I'll provide a progress update in the next Email Newsletter, during my Tour.  My apologies, in advance, for typo's & odd-ball phrasing.  Many Thanks for your support!

Respectfully Yours,

Jim Knight
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                Stage 2, Carmel Valley, CA, 2014 Shadow Tour 

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:          33
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:             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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  "Best Deal"  Tba
                        "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 please to return as the 2014 Host Hotel.  Visit Fiesta Metric web page for special rates & details.

Stagecoach Century:  DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego/Del Mar.  Visit Stagecoach Century for special rate 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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Summer has arrived!  It's time to lock in your Summer & Fall Cycling plans!  Shadow Tour has opened registration for Palm Desert & Stagecoach.
    4th Annual 2014 Palm Desert Century, Sat, Nov 8, '14
    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 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 for corrections, if applicable. As always, I'll work to improve in the future. ~Jim

2014 Palm Desert Century

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Offer Expires:  8:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Nov 8, '14


StagecoachPromocodeEarly movers are rewarded at Shadow Tour events:  Register Right Now and score GOOD DEAL prices!  Register Today for the 2015 STAGECOACH CENTURY on Sat, Jan 17, '15 in Ocotillo, CA.  We're pleased to offer special discounts to past Shadow Tour riders & members of our Interest List.  Sign up Today & Save!

Enter promocode RIDEWEST 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:  9:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Jan 17, '15
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