2007 Wells Fargo Stagecoach Century Pre-Ride Instructions

» posted by jeknight2 on December 14, 2006 at 10:49 pm

WELCOME to the third annual 2007 Wells Fargo Stagecoach Century.  Thank You for participating in “America’s First Ride.”  We have done all we can to make this the safest, most beautiful, well-run cycling event on the planet. With one month to go, we are contacting you to provide some helpful information to assist you plan for the ride.  We will update you one more time, just before the ride, with important on-course instructions.

1. Packet Pick-up:  Riders have two options: 

a .  Holiday Inn:  Pick up rider packets on Friday, January 12th, 2007, from Noon to 10:00 P.M. at the Holiday Inn in San Diego, located at 595 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108.  It’s just off the south side of Interstate 8 in Mission Valley—you can see it from the freeway. 

b.  Ocotillo:  Pick up your packet on Saturday morning, January 13th, 2007, in Ocotillo at the registration tent located at the Ocotillo Museum from 6 A.M. to 9 A.M.  From the exit off Interstate 8 traveling east, the Ocotillo Museum is on the south side of the freeway about 500 yards west on the frontage road (signs will direct you).  Registration volunteers have worked hard preparing for your arrival and your patience is appreciated as they work quickly to get everyone checked in and out onto the course.

2. Lodging:  Our website lists numerous lodging options.  Click on this link and scroll all the way to the bottom for lodging details:  http://www.shadowtour.com/cms/content.php?cid=1004

Here are some of the popular lodging options:

a. Holiday Inn San Diego – Zoo Area, Host Hotel, (80 miles):  Special rate of $95 (max 4 guests per room).  1-800-Holiday (433-2131) or Front Desk:  619-291-5720.  Be sure to use the code “WFS” to get the discount.  Address:  595 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108.  Website:  http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/sanmv?_requestid=192516

b. Best Western Seven Seas San Diego (80 miles):  The Best Western Seven Seas is located just a few blocks away from the Holiday Inn.  The special rate available to all WFSC riders is $79 plus tax per room per night (max 4 guests per room).  The confirmation number to receive the special rate is “909131.”  Toll Free Booking:  800-328-1618, Front Desk:  619-291-1300.  Address:  411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA  92108.  Website:  http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=05281#null

c. Ramada Inn (27 miles) 760-352-5152.  1455 Ocotillo Drive, El Centro, CA 92243

d. Holiday Inn Express (27 miles) 760-352-6666.  350 Smoketree Drive, El Centro, CA 92243

e. Comfort Inn & Suites (27 miles) 760-352-3502.  2354 South Fourth Street, El Centro, CA 92243

3. Camping:  Please visit our FAQ section on our website for all the specifics on camping options:  http://www.shadowtour.com/cms/articles.php?a=read&aid=3

4. Jerseys:  Below are images of the 2007 Wells Fargo Stagecoach Century Voler Jersey.  Jerseys ordered on or prior to November 19th, 2006 will available at packet pick-up.  All others will be part of the second production run and will be mailed in March 2007.


2007 Voler Jersey Front         2007 Voler Jersey Back   

5. Food and Energy Items:

Rest Stops:

Fresh Water
Hammer HEED (like Gatorade, but less sugar) premixed in 5-gallon jugs
Hammer Gel packs
“Who’s Your Daddy” King of Energy Drink (similar to Red Bull)
Variety of Clif Bars
E-Caps (salt tabs, plus potassium and magnesium)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Fig Newtons
Red Vines
Trail Mix or Pretzels
Cryogel (Vita-minerals topical analgesic)
Suntan Lotion
First Aid Kits
Port-a-Johns or restrooms
Lunch Station: 
All standard rest stop items, plus:   
Freshly made ham and chicken sandwiches, full garnish table
Sodas, ice tea, water
Limited quanitites of hot vegetable soup and chili (with and w/o meat)

Special Note for 25- and 52-mile riders:  Riders who do not ride to the Shelter Valley lunch station (therefore missing the lunch station) will still receive a chili or spaghetti lunch meal upon returning to Ocotillo.   Just show your unmarked wristband to the post-ride food station volunteer and inform them you did not receive a lunch meal.  
Post Ride:  Purchase with registration for $10 in advance, $12 day of event (subject to availability)

Pasta Meal
BBQ Meal

6. Training:  The Stagecoach Century is now just one month away.  With holidays directly in front of us, now is a great time to get an early start on your 2007 riding season.  The Stagecoach Century course is front-loaded in terms of difficulty, meaning there are several long climbs to the turn-around point, with a fast, mostly descending return to the finish.  Nonetheless, any century ride is a long ride, even for experienced and well-conditioned cyclists.  We encourage you to begin your training early and use common sense—don’t try to overdo it.  The course is much more enjoyable when you ride a distance and speed commensurate with your level of conditioning and weather conditions present on January 13th, 2007.

We send our very best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

Jim and Larry

Managing Members
Shadow Tour, LLC/ST Promotions, LLC