Dear Sturdy Riders,
It's already time to Stake Your Claim! Stagecoach is Now Open for registration. Now is your chance to rope in "Best Deal" prices.
The 8th Annual 2012 Stagecoach Century is set to roll on Saturday, Jan 14, '12. This is your only chance to ride Stagecoach in 2012. This premier century has consistently been named by Bicycling Magazine as a "Best in Cycling" event. There's no better way to kick off an exciting New Year of cycling!
+ Pristine Natural Desert Scenery
+ 100 Miles, with only 2 Stop Signs
+ Custom Stagecoach Medal & Pin
+ Long Course / Short Course Pricing Options
+ Time Trial Options (Solo/Tandem/Team)
+ Event Charity: Semper Fi Fund (details soon)
Stagecoach Weather: Below are weather conditions from all past January Stagecoach Century rides. Jan is usually ideal for cycling, but it can be cold, windy, or both--that's just the desert being the desert. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, please check out the photo galleries. See for yourself. Riders, in Jan, with short sleeve jerseys, is a fairly good indicator!
2005: Mild temps 50-70 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
2006: Mild temps 48-65 F, sustained winds 10-12,
gusts to 20-25 MPH, Sunny/Windy. Photos
2007: Cold temps 28-42 F, mild winds 5-10 MPH,
gusts to 15 MPH, Some Sun/Cold. Photos
2008: Warm temps 48-74 F, mild winds 3-9 MPH,
gusts to 15 MPH, Sunny & Warm. Photos
2009: Warm temps 45-82 F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
gusts to 10 MPH, Sunny & Warm. Photos
2010: Mild temps 49-74F, mild winds 3-5 MPH,
gusts to 10 MPH. Sunny & Warm. Photos
2011: Warm temps 46-79F, mild winds 3-8 MPH,
gusts to 8 MPH. Sunny & Warm. Photos
Our ambitious 2012 goal is to attract 1,000+ Sturdy Stagecoach riders. In this grinder economy, we sure appreciate your support. We invite you to register for the ride today and score "Best Deal" prices. And to help, we're offering a special 10% discount promocode "OLDWEST10PC" to past riders and members of the Interest List. Once you're in, encourage your cycling buddies to join you.
New Shadow Tour Group
Stagecoach Fan Page
The winter cycling season in San Diego and Imperial County deserts offers mild seasonal temps, deep blue skies, clean air, and spectacular desert scenery with blooming wildflowers, Ocotillo plants, and greenery all along the course, especially near the turnaround in Shelter Valley. All this with minimal traffic!
What makes Stagecoach singularly unique is the remote desert location. The route parallels the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, the "real" Pony Express. Portions of the GSO are clearly visible along the ride. Most of the land is Anza-Borrego State Park or Bureau of Land Management public land, meaning it's our land to enjoy and protect.
The Stagecoach course has no stoplights, very low vehicle traffic, and minimal commercial and residential buildings. The course is on County Route S2, a well-maintained paved road, with mostly excellent road surfaces. It's 50 miles out, 50 miles back, with only 2 lonely stop signs.
This idyllic platform makes many optional distances available to each rider, based on personal conditioning and weather conditions the day of the ride. With 6 carefully spaced, fully-stocked Rest Stops, all riders are well supported in both directions, regardless of distance. Support is never more than 9 miles away. With a little forethought, Stagecoach offers something special for all cycling levels, beginner to expert. Please visit Rider Levels for no-nonsense advice on how to safely and successfully ride Stagecoach.
To sustain this marquee event, reaching new riders is vital. Please post a message & link to Stagecoach on your social networks and club websites. And 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. Many past riders tell us Stagecoach ranks as one of their most memorable cycling achievements. It's well worth the remote desert location. The Start/Finish is in Ocotillo, CA, 80 miles east of San Diego, just off Interstate 8.
Here's what's included with your paid entry:
Rider Email Updates
Detailed Final Rider Instructions
Included Lunch Meal
Cue sheet for all route distances
Free primitive camping nearby
Martin Luther King Long Weekend
6 fully stocked rest stops + included lunch
Dedicated Law Enforcement
Tom Cody's roving Bike Mobile support van
Course sweep vans and vehicles
Lunch option in Shelter Valley or Ocotillo
DJ / Mini Expo / Festivities at the Finish
Rider goodie bag
Gear drop at Start and Rest Stop #1
Optional Post-ride Pasta Meal
Optional Post-ride Hamburger Meal Deal
50 miles out, 50 miles back, that simple!
Start/Finish at the Ocotillo Community Park
Optional 4-Person 100-Mile Team Time Trial
Full Century Finishers names posted online
Comprehensive Round up email
Custom Meal and Pin
Long Course / Short Course Pricing
Solo & Tandem Time Trial Options
a. World Cycles: Save 10% off most parts and accessories and Save 20% off Tune-ups. Great deals on bikes too. Ask Owner Alex about Coaching and Training Systems. Look for the Yellow World Cycles Pick-up at the Start/Finish and along the course!
b. Holland Cycles: Master Framebuilder, Bill Holland, designs, measures, and builds your Holland bicycle optimized for your unique dimensions, geometry, and riding style. Call Bill, Charles, or Cody to learn more at 619-469-1772.
c. Leucadia Cyclery: Mention Stagecoach to receive a 10% discount off most parts and accessories, including Tune-ups! Owner Fred is a cool guy, who has mastered the Art of fixing all things Bicycle.
d. 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 Stagecoach vets. Contact Richard at 760-730-0500.
e. Mission Valley Resort: The Host Hotel for Stagecoach is offering riders a special price. Visit website for details.
f. Sport Action Photos: Official Shadow Tour photographer. Master photographer and avid cyclist, Armando Estrada, specializes in capturing striking action-oriented rider photos.
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Inaugural Palm Desert Century
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Chiriaco Summit 15 Mile Time Trial
|When:||Sat, Nov 12, '11|
|Where:||Palm Desert, CA|
|Start:||7:00 - 8:00 A.M. Start Window|
|Distance: ||20 -100 Miles|
|Riders:||345 Registered Riders|
|Promocode:||DESERT10PC (save 10% on entry)|
California's 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 Coachella Valley desert cycling.
Shadow Tour is proud to introduce the Palm Desert Century (PDC), and welcomes Holland Cycles as Title Sponsor for the inaugural edition.
With a Start/Finish in the beautiful City of Palm Desert, the PDC offers unsurpassed desert cycling paired with a World Class destination located within an easy 2-3
hour freeway drive from most major metro areas.
The course is an out-and-back design. Riders select their own distance from 20 - 100 miles. For Full Century riders, Box Canyon Rd (mile 35) is a gentle 15 mile climb from Mecca to Chiriaco Summit. It also features an optional (free) chip timed solo Time Trial.
The spin back down Box Canyon has striking southwest views to the Salton Sea, and due west, to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mt ranges in the distance.
Palm Desert has abundant lodging options at many price points. It has a wide variety of fine restaurants, El Paseo Drive shopping, and many fun attractions, like the Living Desert, for the entire family to enjoy.
Get in on the ground floor by riding the 1st year! Join hundreds of cyclists who have already registered for this newest Shadow Tour event.
Palm Desert Century Fanpage