OCTOBER RIDER UPDATES
Dear Palm Desert Century Registered Rider,
for joining the
8th Annual Palm Desert Century
(PDC)! We're pleased to report a field size of 230+ registered riders. Please check your Name & Bib # on the
for all your help in spreading the word!
There's a special last chance discount coupon for your friends & family at the bottom of this email. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS RIDE TO YOUR CYCLING FRIENDS!
SPECIAL NOTE #1: Recent severe rain storms have significantly damaged Box Canyon Road. Repairs were underway 24/7 when a 2nd, even larger storm, hit in mid-Oct. The road will now remained closed for an entire re-design & rebuild over the next year. While 70 miles of the existing course is unchanged, this email contains details on detours added to replace the closed 15 + 15 mile Box Canyon Rd segment. The solo Time Trial will now take place on the 25-mile Detour #1. Total climbing elevation has been reduced from 2,600 feet to about 1,900 ft. Most other event elements remain unchanged from previous years. Thank You for your patience & understanding in managing these modifications.
SPECIAL NOTE 2:
California & Municipal Permitting & Traffic Control requirements are at an
all time high
due to recent incidents & tragedies at other events.
The cost of producing a Safe & Fully-compliant cycling event has skyrocketed!
Now, more than ever, please encourage all your cycling friends to join you at the Palm Desert Century for a SAFE & ORGANIZED ride. Shadow Tour has ALWAYS PLACED YOUR SAFETY FIRST!
With 11 days until PDC rolls on Sat, Nov 10, '18, it's time to provide very important specifics about the ride.
Please take about 30 minutes to carefully read this email and study your Rider Instructions.
Also review the Course Strip Map, containing vital course and support details. We will send another update email in Oct, then again in early Nov, with final details & updates.
1. Rider Instructions:
the Rider Instructions, or
view them on the website
. Carefully study these 3 pages and the 1-page Course Strip Map. Cue Sheets/turn-by-turn directions for all courses will be at packet pick up.
Highlighted below are some of the most important details:
a. Start/Finish Directions & Location: University Park, Palm Desert, CA
- Address: 74-902 College Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
- Google Maps/Directions:
- Park is newly constructed. Use care with GPS devices & Mapquest.
- Actual Start/Finish: Traffic Circle at the South end of University Park
(near the entrance from Cook St)
- San Diego Riders: We do not recommend driving on CA-79 through
Temecula. Best route to Palm Desert: I-15 to I-215 to CA-60 to I-10.
Cook St is Exit 134 off I-10, then 2 blocks south, turn right into park.
b. Event Parking:
Opens at 5:30 A.M, Sat, Nov 10, '18
- Parking Volunteers/Police will direct arriving riders.
- Be Patient! PDC is a Rage-Free Zone! (it's way too early to stress).
- Primary Parking: University Village Parking Lots
- Do not park in areas marked "No Parking" or "No Event Parking"
- We're very fortunate to have permission to use these lots!
Please be cool out there. Don't park in Homewood Suites spaces
(unless you're a guest), nor in Carl's Jr, the Dialysis Clinic, nor any
reserved spaces. If in doubt, don't!
c. Rider Packet Pick up: Riders may pick up packets on Fri or Sat.
- Fri, Nov 9, '18
University Park, Registration Tent, next to the basketball court
Noon to 8:00 P.M.
May pick up friends' packets with permission note/email
Walk-up Reg's, if not sold out. Visit website first. Cash/Credit Cards.
Fri: 2-hr parking in University Village Lot
-Sat, Nov 10, '18
University Park, Registration Tent, next to the basketball court
5:45 to 8:00 A.M.
May pick up friend's packets with permission note/email
Walk-up Reg's, if not sold out. Visit website first. Cash/Credit Cards.
Sat Event Parking in University Village parking lot until 6:00 P.M.
d. Safety: Rider safety is the most important aspect of the event.
- This is a "Rules of the Road" event, meaning riders must comply with
all Traffic Laws, including stopping at red Light Signals and Stop signs.
- Red Zones: Potentially hazardous areas, max speed of 20 MPH, ride
single file, with Extra Caution, as far to the right as safely possible.
(1) Ave 52 Traffic Circle: Flow only North & South on Jefferson St.
thru Traffic Circle. Traffic Circle is not a course turnaround point.
Use extra care as lanes have been realigned to 2 lanes entering the
Traffic Circle. Use extreme care merging left to the left lane entering
the actual Traffic Circle.
(2) All Left Turns on the course require extra vigilance. Use arm
signals to communicate your intentions to traffic. Announce
"Turning Left!" (and/or Right) to other riders.
- Riders ignoring Traffic Laws will be ticketed by Police, and will be
disqualified from the event, and will not receive credit for completing
the Full Century/Time Trial. PDC is not a race, just take 'er easy!
- Bottom Line: STAY ALERT! Protect yourself at all times. Ride
safely & defensively, like your life depends on it, because it does!
e. Bike Inspection: We strongly recommend a complete Tune up & Safety
Inspection of your bicycle prior to PDC. The desert is no place for worn,
or questionable tires, brakes, cables or wheels. Each rider is responsible
for their own bicycle's condition.
Shadow Tour proudly welcomes Velofix back as Official Event Mechanics!
Velofix mobile mechanics can come to your home or office (most major
markets) , and offer pick-up/drop-off service options. Velofix will roam the
Please pay mechanics directly for any parts they replace.
f. Start Times: There will be a 'Start Window' from 6:30- 8:00 A.M. on Sat.
Vol's will segment riders into waves of about 30, starting every 2-3 min.
This is a mandatory Permit requirement. Full Century Course riders
should be in position near the park Traffic Circle Start Line by 6:30 A.M.
All riders may start 6:30-8:00 A.M, regardless of distance.
2. Volunteers Needed!!
Anyone interested in volunteering at PDC please
. Please visit
PDC Vols page
for positions available. Thanks!
2018 Open Volunteer Positions:
a. Overnight Expo Guards, Fri Nov 9, 10:00 pm - Sat, Nov 11, 5:00 am (vol)
b. Start/Finish area Vol's, Sat, Nov 10, 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. (vol)
3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley:
The Official 2018 PDC Charity is the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley
(BGCCV). This is a BBGCCV major annual fundraiser. The entire Volunteer base for the
2018 PDC Vol's are Boys & Girls Club Youths, Counselors, and Parents. Let's all return the favor!
2018 Online Donation Link
Please click thru and see riders who have already opened their hearts. We send our sincere Gratitude. Donating to the Boys & Girls Club cements the PDC commitment to assist local citizens and fosters Goodwill among the Desert Cities & Local Agencies. Other fundraising efforts at the event include:
a. Arrival Coffee: Next to Reg Tent on Sat morning. Have a cup of hot Starbucks coffee! No cost, however Donations to BGCCV gladly accepted. :)
b. Post-ride Expo: Ice cold sodas and donated items will be for sale at the B&G Club Tent in the Expo, next to the Reg Tent. You're invited to stop by & learn more. Please help fill the BGCCV Donation Jar!
4. Rider Levels:
provides a wealth of no-nonsense advice on how to prepare and ride PDC. There are comprehensive details about the course, weather factors, hydration techniques, and more. Your input is requested following the ride to improve this advice for future riders.
Preparation is the key to a successful desert ride. That includes the obvious, being well-conditioned for the distance you wish to ride, but it also includes mental prep. Become well-informed about the event. Study the Rider Instructions ahead of time. Knowing what to expect builds confidence and leaves less to chance. It also widens the safely margin. Have a Ride Plan in advance. Use a checklist before leaving home to ensure you have your helmet, shoes, gloves, full water bottles, etc.
Make the last checklist item a final visit to the Palm Desert website for last-minute changes, or updates.
PDC is the 35th Shadow Tour cycling event. We've learned things can (and usually do) change at the last minute. Weather is a good example. Please be flexible!
6. Ride Smart:
A 100-mile ride is a supreme single-day endurance test. Treat it with much due respect. Break your own ride distance into bite-sized chunks. Don't exceed your limits. Non-emergency SAG's are no fun, sitting on the floor of a bumpy cargo van. Ride one Rest Stop at a time. Plan your Ride & Ride your Plan!
7. Go Easy on Vols & be Cool:
Vol's are doing their best to support you, but they won't know every event detail. Be flexible! We'll listen carefully and implement your constructive feedback in future years.
Perfection is our Goal, not our Promise.
Take care of yourself and be safe. Help other PDC riders needing assistance if you can.
Be the Rock Steady Rider who reads the instructions, knows what to expect, and follows all the rules.
8. Lodging Options: Special pricing is available at a few nearby hotels. All rooms and special prices are subject to room availability. Now is the time to make your reservations. These hotels sold out last year and will do so again.
b. Event Hotels:
c. Lodging info,
for details for each property.
9. Palm Desert Jerseys:
1st Production Run: The 1st run of jerseys submitted to Voler on
Sep 24, '18. These jerseys will be available at the event. Price $85.
After Sep 24, riders may purchase 2018 Palm Desert
Century Jerseys directly from Voler (jersey manufacturer). These jerseys
will be mailed in one week
, with free shipping!
. Price: $90.
A few jerseys will be for sale at the event.
Price: $90 (Fri) and $95 (Sat).
10. Custom Finishers Medal and Pin: All registered riders receive a custom
Finishers Medal and Pin.
11. Daybreak Custom T-shirt: Pre-ordered optional "Tec" T-shirts will be available at the event. A limited supply of inventory T-shirts will be available. Price: $30 pre-ordered, Fri & Sat: $32/$35.
12. Solo Time Trial Modifications: Because Box Canyon is closed for repairs this year, the Optional Chip-Timed Solo Time Trial will occur on Detour #1, a 25-Mile, loop thru Thermal. The "Thermal TT" will Start & Finish at Rest Stop #2, at mile 25, of the century. This a solo effort, chip-timed, event element, riding against the clock, not each other! Only Registered Full Course Century riders are eligible. Short Course riders may upgrade at the Reg Tent on Fri or Sat for $15.
Disposable Chips will be issued at the Reg Tent in Palm Desert. The chips need to be accurately cross-referenced to the Rider's Bib #. Please double-check this when you pick up your chip from the Vol's. Please affix chip to left ankle, on non-drive side of bicycle.
To receive an accurate time, it's required to turn left
INTO Rest Stop #2 at mile 25 at the Desert Mirage H.S. / Las Palmitas Elem. complex. There will be a timing mat(s) set up that serve as the TT Start & Finish. It's required to roll over these mats
AT BOTH START AND FINISH of the TT segment, so that chips are read by the timing equipment. There's no "work around" if riders do not correctly roll over these timing mats WITH a correctly issued disposable Timing Chip. CEP Timing will be onsite at Rest Stop #2 to oversee this entire operation.
On the actual TT Course there are several
STOP SIGNS. ALL RIDERS MUST STOP! These roads are in a lower traffic area of Coachella Valley, so the stop times, and 2 turnarounds, will be very similar for all participants. If any Rules of the Road are ignored, riders are subject to immediate event disqualification. Infractions such as blowing through Stop Signs endanger the Rider, vehicular traffic, and the entire Event.
Almost the entire TT road surface is excellent. There's a slightly rougher segment, with possible sandy patches, on the 1.7 mile + 1.7 mile out & back at 77th Ave. Please use extra care on these roads. Riders wishing to ride the "Super Century" ride the entire Detour #1 twice, back-to-back. Chip timing for lap 1, lap 2, or both, is totally optional. Super Century Riders must start the 2nd lap prior 11:00 A.M. cutoff time.
13. Time Trial Disposable Timing Chips: The optional 15 mile Time Trial (TT) on Box Canyon is timed using disposable microchip bracelets attached to the left ankle. Paid "Full Century with TT" Riders need to pick up their timing chip at the Reg Tent on Fri & Sat. Riders first pick up their rider packet, then go to the CEP Timing booth co-located at the Reg Tent to draw a disposable timing chip. Insure the Volunteer accurately records both your Bib # and the timing chip number.
Paid "Full Century" Riders may upgrade to "Full Century w/TT" on Fri & Sat (no charge) and draw a timing chip.
"Short Course" Riders are not eligible for the Time Trial, but may upgrade on Fri & Sat for $15.
14. Super Century Option: We've received some questions on this. Here's how it works: paid "Full Century" & "Full Century w/TT" may ride the 125-mile Super Century. There is no additional fee. The course uses the same 100-mile century route, with the addition of an
extra 25 mile lap on Detour #1. There's an 11:00 A.M. time cut-off at Rest Stop #2 for starting the 2nd optional lap on Detour #1. All Super Century Riders need to insure their wristbands are marked (twice) at the Rest Stop #2 Start/Finish and must check in at the Palm Desert Finish Line and let Vol's know you rode the Super Century in order to be recorded as completing it.
15. Club Challenge:
Competition among Clubs, Teams, and Organizations (Clubs) for most PDC registered riders.
Encourage your Club leaders to visit
Club Central for more details about Club Discounts, Free Exposure, and the Club Challenge!
16. PDC Galleries: Click here to visit the flash version of the Palm Desert Century course preview photos (courtesy of Armando Estrada).
a. 2011: Click here. Photos courtesy Armando Estrada
b. 2012: Click here. Photos courtesy SCS Photoworks.
c. 2013: Click here. Photos courtesy SCS Photoworks.
d. 2014: Click here. Photos courtesy SCS Photoworks.
e. 2015: Click here. Photos courtesy SCS Photoworks.
f. 2016: Click here: Photos courtesy Impact Foto.
g. 2017: Click here: Photos courtesy Shadow Tour, LLC
17. Friend us on Facebook!
Palm Desert Century Fan Page
Shadow Tour Group
We'll be in touch again with a Final Rider Update in early Nov. Until then, continue to enjoy your fall cycling season. And please always keep it safe out there!
Event Director/Managing Member
Shadow Tour, LLC
Editor's Note: Apologies, in advance, for any mistakes, typo's, oversights, or factual errors in this Newsletter. Visit ShadowTour.com for corrections, if applicable. As always, I'll work to improve in the future. ~Jim
There's still time to register for the 8th Annual 2018 PALM DESERT CENTURY on Sat, Nov 10, '18 in Palm Desert, CA. We're pleased to offer a special last chance discount to past Shadow Tour riders, their friends & family, and members of the Interest List. Sign up Today & Save!
Enter promocode LASTCHANCE20 when you register online. It's the last step, so be careful not to miss it. The promocode is also valid for Mail-in and Walk-up Registrations. The discount applies to entry fee only. May not be combined with other offers, and is not retro-active.
Offer Expires: 8:00 A.M. (PST), Sat, Nov 10, '18