2007 Wells Fargo Stagecoach Century Final Instructions

» posted by jeknight2 on January 9, 2007 at 6:34 am

RETURNING RIDERS: Please note in item 8 below, that this year's ride has a new Start/Finish location and related parking areas.

ALL RIDERS: If you did not previously read the Pre-ride Instructions, please review them, directly following these instructions.

WELCOME to the Third Annual Wells Fargo Stagecoach Century. We're pleased that you are participating in the ride. Rest assured that we have done everything possible to make this the safest, most beautiful, well-organized cycling event in America. The following important points will help insure your safety and comfort on the ride. Please note the ride will take place rain or shine or wind. All riders who purchased a jersey on or before the Nov 26th, 2006 deadline will receive their jersey at packet pickup. Jerseys purchased after Nov 26th will be included in the second production run and will be mailed this March. T-shirts will be available at packet pick-up for all riders who purchased T-shirts with their registration.

1. Packet Pickup/Registration: All riders may pick up their rider packets or register in person on Friday, Jan 12th, at the Holiday Inn Select located at 595 Hotel Circle South, just off Interstate 8, in Mission Valley (San Diego) from Noon until 10 P.M. or on Saturday, Jan 13th at the Start/Finish in Ocotillo from 6:00 to 9:00 A.M. To speed up registration on Saturday morning, please arrive with full water bottles and sufficient energy items to make it to Rest Stop #1.

2. Wristbands: Please loosely affix the enclosed Red. White, and Blue rider wristband to either wrist; it serves as your pass to all rest stops and the included Lunch. If you ordered a post-ride meal, you will find additional wristbands color-coded, brown for BBQ and yellow for Pasta, in your rider packet; please also affix this wristband, which serves as your meal ticket, to either wrist.

3. Bib Numbers: Bib numbers are assigned to each rider and posted on the shadowtour.com website under "Riders Lists". Please look up your bib number before arriving at packet pick-up. An alphabetical rider roster with bib numbers will be posted adjacent to the packet pick-up area to allow you to locate your bib number prior to picking up your rider packet.

4. Ride Photos: Brightroom is providing event photography services. They post photos by bib number, so be sure to affix helmet sticker on the front and the bicycle bib sheet on the front handlebars before the ride. The numbers make locating your photos simple once they're posted online.

5. Helmets: All riders must wear a Snell-approved helmet at all times while riding. Please ride on the far right side of the road, single file. There are some fast descents on the course requiring extra care and attention. No matter what, do not gesture at vehicles-it's not worth risking a vehicle vs. bike incident.

6. Red Zones: In designated RED ZONES (potentially hazardous areas) use EXTRA CAUTION. On descents reduce your speed to a maximum of 20 MPH and stay as far to the right as safely possible. The two Red Zones are Sweeny Pass near mile 13 and the Campbell Grade near mile 70. Both are marked with signs at the beginning and end. At Campbell Grade, CHP Officers and volunteers will ask you to stop before you descend to remind to you to use extra caution because of the declining-radius curves with one blind outside turn on that descent. Take it easy, Go slow, and cross the double yellow lines in the center of the road.

7. Gear Drop: Volunteers in Ocotillo will accept rider bags for storage during the ride at the fenced tennis court in the start/finish area. Please do not leave any valuables, as we cannot guarantee security. This service is primarily for riders wishing to leave their rider bag for pick-up after the ride and for outer layers of warm clothing prior to the start of the ride. An additional gear drop is available at Rest Stop #1 until 11 A.M. These bags, available at the rest stop, will be brought back to Ocotillo and merged with the other bags in the secure tennis court. All bags will be marked and sorted by bib number only, so be sure to write your bib number on rider bag (magic markers will be available).

8. Parking: This year's start/finish location and parking areas are new and different from prior years. Follow the instructions of the CHP and volunteers when you exit the freeway. Signs will mark the way to the parking area and start/finish. Parking is first come, first served, along Shell Canyon Road. Park legally and don't block residence driveways. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

9. Start Times: Riders are permitted to start from 7:00 A.M. - 9 A.M. on Saturday, Jan 13th, 07. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND all 100 mile riders DEPART AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

10. Weather: Current forecasts on Accuweather.com call for Sunny and Cool conditions in Ocotillo on Saturday with a high of 61 degrees. We expect a chilly morning (about 40 degrees) you may encounter winds up to 22 MPH out of the North. We recommend wearing arm warmers and a light vest and riding in small groups in single file pace lines of not more than 10 bikes for safety and for drafting in windy conditions. Have faith, any pesky headwinds on your morning ride north will be welcomed tailwinds on your mostly downhill return south in the afternoon.

11. San Diego County Waivers: All riders must complete and sign a San Diego County Liability Waiver at packet pick-up. We apologize for the extra step, but it's a strict SD requirement.

12. Time Cutoffs:

6:00 A.M: Registration/Packet Pick-up opens in Ocotillo

7:00-9:00 A.M: For all riders, the start window opens at 7 A.M. and closes at 9 A.M.

1:00 P.M: Mandatory turn-around; you must be riding south toward the start/finish in

              Ocotillo at 1:00 P.M. Lunch in Shelter Valley also closes at 1:00 P.M.

4:30 P.M: All riders must be off the bike course.

6:00 P.M: Official close of event.

13. Routes: This ride is an out-and-back course. The course is designed to allow you to ride any of the following distances with full support. Orange traffic cones, signs, chalk on the pavement, and volunteers will direct you.

25 mile course: To Rest Stop 1 and back

53 mile course: To Rest Stop 2 and back

79 mile course: To Rest Stop 3 and back

90 mile course: To Lunch Stop and back

96 mile course: To Scissors Crossing (Route 78) and back

100 mile course: To Scissors Crossing, return to Lunch Stop, one more lap to Scissors Crossing

14. Rest Stops: Three rest stops plus the lunch/rest stop support riders going out and coming back and provide seven opportunities to re-hydrate, eat, and get course info.

Rest Stop 1: Badlands (mile 13) AND Rest Stop 7 (mile 88) Aids/Lifecycle Volunteers

Rest Stop 2: Agua Caliente (mile 27) AND Rest Stop 6 (mile 74) Knickerbiker Volunteers

Rest Stop 3: Box Canyon (mile 40) AND Rest Stop 5 (mile 61) SD Century Riders


Lunch/Rest Stop 4: Shelter Valley (mile 45 of 90 mile; mile 51 of 96 and 100 mile courses)

                            Shelter Valley Volunteers

15. Route Markings: Orange signs/arrows, traffic cones, white chalk on the asphalt, CHP and Deputy Sheriffs, and traffic monitors will guide you.

16. Stores: Rest Stop 2 is co-located with a store at the entrance to the Agua Caliente Park at mile 27. The Butterfield Ranch store is located at mile 37. If you want sodas, Gatorade, or other items not provided at the rest stops, please carry cash with you. We, of course, will provide plenty of food, water, and energy items.

17. Floor Pumps: Will be available at the start/finish , each Rest Stop, and the Lunch Stop.

18. SAG Support: SAG vehicles will be roaming the course. Wave them down if you have a mechanical failure, need water, or need to be sagged back to the start/finish.

19. Included Lunch: All riders receive the sandwich buffet Lunch in Shelter Valley, prepared by citizens of Shelter Valley, and will have their wristbands stamped. For riders doing less than 90 miles, who did not have their wristbands stamped at the Lunch Stop (because they didn't ride that far), will still receive an included lunch, which will be a pasta lunch at the start/finish starting at 11 AM, by showing their unstamped wristband.

20. Post-ride Chef's Hat Grill BBQ: Chef's Hat Grill from Boulevard, CA will have a mobile BBQ set up in the start/finish area in Ocotillo serving post-ride BBQ meals. Humberto Rodriguez, is the friendly owner and former chef at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.

21. Postride Pasta Feast: The citizens of Ocotillo are preparing the post-ride Spaghetti meal. Proceeds benefit their community fund to build a new community center. 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.

22. Trash: Please keep all your on-route trash (like Hammer Gel Packets and banana peels) and dispose in trash bags located at all rest stops, lunch, or start/finish.

23. Ride Momentos: A limited quantity of jerseys and T-shirts will be available for purchase after the ride in the Start/Finish area. The items being sold were purchased specifically for on-site sales and will not be used to fill orders. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

24. Volunteers: Our sincere Thanks go out to the Kathleen (KT) Thayer, President of the Ocotillo Community Council, and Diane Schmitz, President of the Shelter Valley Citizen's Corporation for all their hard work. Each of these outstanding women personally recruited, trained, and managed their volunteers and donated many hours of preparation and were instrumental in welcoming us into their respective communities. Please be courteous and know these volunteers, as well as the aforementioned volunteers working the rest stops, are giving up their weekend to help you enjoy your ride. Let 'em know you really appreciate their help!

25. Course Marshals: Course marshals are identified by Yellow Vests. Most volunteers at trained to help only with their station's operation, so please seek out a course marshal if you need higher level assistance.

26. Emergency Numbers: If you encounter mechanical or other problems on the course, please call any of the following Shadow Tour staff: Jim (858-692-6220); Larry (858-692-3751); Tom Cody the Bike Mechanic (619-884-4809); Randy (760 801-7203); or Robert (858-518-1815). Cell phone reception is very limited, but available on parts of the course.

THANKS AGAIN FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE 2007 WELLS FARGO STAGECOACH CENTURY. We hope to see you next year for an even bigger and more elaborate ride. We welcome your feedback on this ride. We are particularly interested in your suggestions with regard to opportunities to improve your ride experience. Unfortunately, we haven't yet figured out how to control the weather! Please email your comments to us

Jim and Larry

Managing Members

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Shadow Tour, LLC