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Dear Palm Desert Century Riders,     

The 2018 Palm Desert Century (PDC) rolled as scheduled on Sat, Nov 10th, '18. Beautiful blue skies, Brilliant Sunshine, mild Temps & minimal winds, helped make the 8th Annual PDC even more memorable! This "Round up" email showcases some event highlights.


FIRST OFF, THANK YOU for participating!  We send our Congratulations to all riders, regardless of distance, or time, ridden.  Cycling in the desert can be a harsh & unforgiving--especially for new desert riders! Shadow Tour is proud of every rider for keeping it together, staying safe, riding your plan, following the Rider Instructions, and achieving your personal goals.

Sincere Gratitude to our Title Sponsor, Jet Bicycle Wheels. Many of you met owner Charles Wells at his Fri & Sat Expo Booth at the event. A complimentary Jet Bicycle Wheels patch kit was included in every Rider Goody Bag. Event Director Jim Knight has ridden wheels & bicycles built by Charles for over 9 years & 100,000+ miles. His wheel building skills & technical bicycle knowledge are legendary. His custom built bullet-proof training, and mid-to-high end lightweight/aero race wheels, are State-of-the-Art. He also offers custom builds for a variety of on & off road bicycle options. Please give Charles a call today. Discuss your needs. You'll feel zero pressure, and expect to learn something new. Direct cell: 619-928-5785.  Click here for all his contact info.  

A Very Special "Thank You"  to the Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley (BGCCV).  BGCCV Teen & Adult Volunteers constituted the entire Volunteer base, from Start to Finish!  Without them, this event would not be possible. We Thank them for their enthusiastic contributions during their "longest day" supporting every rider.  Especially noteworthy were organizational and on-site efforts of Staff Volunteers Albert & Jose. This a vital BGCCV fund-raising platform, benefits numerous club programs, including an annual cross-country trip. Your generous onsite &   Online Donations  to their fund-raising efforts are Sincerely Appreciated!

1.  The Field:  There were 282  Final Registered Riders:  185 Full Course + 97 Short Course Riders.  238 riders picked up packets on Fri & Sat. The  Preliminary Full Century Finishers List has 120 riders, including 6 Super Century Warriors. The Full Century Finisher count will rise, as some riders may not have checked in at the finish, or crossed the finish line after the 5:00 P.M. course deadline, or we just missed getting their number at the Finish Line. 

Registered Riders traveled from 20 US States, plus Canada (10) & UK (2):

     California:  213              Alberta, Canada:  5
     Nevada: 9                       British Columbia, Canada:  4
     Arizona:  6                      Herdfordshire, UK:  1
     Massachusetts:  5          Ontario, Canada:  1
     Washington:  5               Suffolk, UK:  1        
     Arizona:  4                       
     Colorado:  4                        
     Maryland:   4                      
     Texas:  3     
     Idaho:  2                      
     Kentucky:  2                   
      New Mexico:  2
     Pennsylvania:  2
     Utah:  2
     Wisconsin:  2
     Illinois:  1
     Minnesota:  1
     Oklahoma:  1
     Oregon: 1
     Virginia: 1  



2.  Full Century Finishers:  Here's the 2018 Full Century Finishers List.  If you registered for the FULL CENTURY, or FULL CENTURY W/TT, and you completed the 100, or 125 mile course, but your name is missing from the list, please send Jim an email with  "100" (Full Century) or "125" (Super Century) and your Name & Bib # in the Subject Line. The Full Century Finishers List will be updated through Fri, Nov 30, '18, then will be locked in.  Note: SHORT COURSE riders are not eligible.

3.  Preliminary Time Trial Results:  CEP Timing & Owner Jason Kornetsky, did another awesome job capturing accurate results for TT Riders. Congrat's to all who opted-in for the 25.3 mile Thermal Solo TT. Preliminary Results are posted on the   CEP Timing website at the links below and will be updated thru Friday, Nov 16, '18, and then will go final:

     * Overall
     * Age Group
     * Tandem
     * Super Century

In the Men's Field, Chris Burke, Santa Barbara, CA,  blazed to victory with a 1:09:03 solo effort.  Over 2 minutes ahead of his closest rival.    

In the Women's Field, Michelle Seidel, Irvine, CA, hammered her way to the top of the podium with a winning time of 1:11:11, over 5 min ahead of 2nd Place. Her fantastic time also placed her 2nd Overall in the entire field!
 
Congrat's to 2018 Champions Michelle & Chris!

To resolve any timing issues, please  email CEP Timing prior to Noon on Fri, Nov 16, '18.  Results are OFFICIAL & FINAL at Noon Fri, Nov 16, '18.

     a.  Time Trial Preliminary Results:

          Overall Women:
           
          1st Place:    Michelle Seidel, Irvine, CA
                             1:11:11
                             Women's Champion
          2nd Place: Lisa Von Zabern, Riverside, CA
                               1:16:17
          3rd Place:  Stephanie Tischeler, San Diego, CA
                               1:17:48
          4th Place:  Courtney Mikamo, Torrance, CA
                               1:23:48
          5th Place:  Karen Finkelstein, Carlsbad, CA
                               1:23:58

           Overall Men:
           
          1st Place:    Chris Burke, Santa Barbara, CA
                             1:09:03
                             Men's Champion 
          2nd Place: Eric Reeed, Vista, CA
                              1:12:28            
          3rd Place:  Brett Tischler, San Diego, CA
                               1:13:26
          4th Place:  Nathan Kupsch, Heritage Point, AB
                               1:15:12
          5th Place:  Jeff Von Zabern, Riverside, CA
                              1:16:16         

     b.   Overall Results (All TT Participants):  Click here
     c.  Age Group Results:  Click here
     d.  Tandem Results:  Click here
     e.  Super Century ResultsClick here

4.  Last Chance Jerseys:  There are two ways to score your 2018 Palm Desert Century Jersey: 

     a.  Order directly from Voler:  Orders shipped within 
         ONE WEEK, with free shipping!  Click here to order.
          Price is $90/Jersey.  All sizes are available.

     b.  Remaining Shadow Tour Inventory:   
           Price is  $85/Jersey, free shipping.
        
        (1)  Sizes in stock:  MM (3), ML (6), M2XL (1)
                                         WXS (1), WS (1), WM (1)   
       
        (2) Download/Complete CC Authorization Form
               -  Digitize form &  email to Jim, OR
              -   Call in Credit Card/info/sizes/quantities to Jim
                   at 858-692-6220
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5.  Last Chance "Tec" T-shirts:  Many riders were amazed by the soft-as-butter "Tec" Hanes Cool-Dri T-shirts!  These Tec T's can easily be worn as a base layer year-round. Only a few remain in stock, see below, 1st Come, 1st Served. Price is $30/T-shirt, free shipping. No additional 2018 Tec T-shirts will be produced.  See item 4 b. (2) above to purchase.

                M2XL:  3              WL:  1    

6.  Last Chance "Boys & Girls Club" Donations: 

Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley Volunteers gave up a big part of their long weekend on Fri & Sat preparing & supporting your cycling adventure.  Here's our chance to return the favor!  If you were satisfied with the Vol's efforts all along the route, please Donate to support their club programs.  So far, there have been ZERO online Donations.  Let's turn that around!  About $750 cash was donated at the event.  Wow! & Many Thanks!! (Shadow Tour has donated $750 directly).

            Please click through & Donate today .

The event goal of $5,000 has not yet been reached.  Total event donations are currently about $1,500. Just think back to your ride, how nice it was to roll into a Rest Stop and have everything you needed ready.  Remember the rousing "Welcome Home" from Vol's at the Finish Line bringing you in with Cheers, Cowbells, and Medals!  That was all Boys & Girls Club Volunteers making it happen.
 
We all routinely tip restaurant servers, even for average service. For most riders, a 15% tip would be about $10-15.  Here's your chance to express your gratitude to our Wonderful Vol's who provided truly OUTSTANDING service with Genuine Care & Smiles. Please click here to Donate.  Do what you can to help.  Building Goodwill in Coachella Valley benefits all of us!



7.  Rider Photos:  Captivating Sports Photos was the Official Event Photographer out on the course.  They will email riders with links to the their event photos available for purchase. Riders may also click here to visit their Palm Desert Century Galley to search by Rider Bib #, and to search Lost & Found Male & Female photos (no visible Bib #'s).

8.  Flash Gallery:  You may visit the 2018 Palm Desert Century Flash Gallery on the ShadowTour.com website for rider photos. These photos are also posted on the Palm Desert Facebook Page in the 2018 Palm Desert Century Photo Album.  More photos will be added thru Nov 30th. 
                           
9.  Feedback:  We always welcome your constructive comments.  Please email your comments & suggestions to Shadow Tour by visiting the contact page. We're particularly interested in hearing what worked well for you out on the course and what can be improved.  We also encourage input to update the Rider Levels section to improve advice for next year's riders.

10.  Review the Event: We welcome your Facebook review & Star Rating on the  Palm Desert Century Facebook page.

11.  Mark your Calendar!  The 15th Annual Stagecoach Century stampede will bust loose on Sat, Feb 23, '19.  See Special Discount coupon for Palm Desert riders below! 

We're most grateful for your support!

                                   ******************
Riders have asked about Box Canyon Road for 2019.  Riverside Transportation has indicated that Box Canyon Road will likely be repaired by next year's ride. We appreciate your understanding & patience navigating this year's full century detours. We'll keep you posted, and look forward to having Box Canyon back on the full century route next year!
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15th Annual 2019 STAGECOACH CENTURY

Date:              Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Start:              8:00 - 10:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:      Start/Finish in Ocotillo, CA (map it)
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:          30
Deadlines:   "Best Deal"  Mar 31, '18
                           "Great Value"  May 5, '18
                          "Spring Prices" May 31, '18
                          "Super Saver"  Jun 30, '18
                          "Early Bird Prices"  Jul 31, '18
                           "Summer Prices"  Aug 31, '18
                          "Value Prices"  Sep 30, '18
                         "Fall Prices"  Oct 31, '18  
                          "Good Deal"  Nov 30, '18
                          "Holiday Prices"  Dec 31, '18                     
                           "Standard Prices" Jan 31, '19
                          "Last Chance"
                               Online: 9:00 P.M. (PST) Feb 22, '19
                          "Last Chance" Walk-up's:
                               Tba, Noon - 7:00 P.M.
                               Trek Bicycle Superstore, Solana Beach, CA
                               Sat, Feb 23, 7:00 - 10:00 A.M.
                               Start/Finish, Octillo, CA

Details:          Visit Stagecoach Century website 
Discount:      Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email
Event Description: 

Welcome to the 15th 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-February 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 26-150 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 150-Mile extended route, subject to time cut-offs.
New for 2019:  Later roll times!

At STAGECOACH, it's always been all about PRIDE.  With great Challenge, comes great Reward.  WE INVITE YOU TO SADDLE UP & EARN YOUR SPURS! 

                                 
Host Hotel:                       Volunteers:               
               
Official Bike Shop & Early Packet Pick-up:


            2016 Stagecoach Century Splendid Weather!
 

9th Annual 2019
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PALM DESERT CENTURY


Date:              Saturday, November 9th, 2019 (tentative)
Start:             6:30 - 8:00 A.M. (All distances)
Location:     Start/Finish in Palm Desert, CA ( map it)
Distances:   20, 32, 50, 60, 70, 100, 125 Miles
Options:       Custom Jerseys & Tec T-shirts
                         Optional 25-Mile Solo Thermal TT
                         Optional 125-Mile "Super Century"
Register:      Opening Soon!  Click here to register
Limit:            1,000
Riders:          tba
Deadlines:
 "Best Deal"  Jan 31, '19
                         "Winter Saver"  Feb 28, '19
                         "Spring Prices"  Mar 31, '19
                         "Super Saver"  May 5, '19
                         "Good Deal" May 31, '19    
                         "Early Bird"  Jun 30, '19      
                         "Summer Prices"  Jul 31, '19
                          "Value Prices"  Aug 31, '19
                         "Fall Prices"  Sep 30, '19
                         "Standard Prices"  Oct 31, '19
                         "Last Chance Online:
                           - 8:00 P.M. (PST) Nov 8th, '19
                         "Last Chance Walk-up"
                           -  Fri, Nov 8, Noon - 8:00 P.M.
                           -  Sat, Nov 9, 5:45 - 8:00 A.M.                   
                        
Details:         Visit Palm Desert Century website 
Discount:     Scroll down to coupons at bottom of email

Event Description: 

The 9th 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 "Earn it!" Shadow Tour century experience. 

You're Invited to Ride the Palm Desert Dream! 

                              
                                
      Event Hotel               Event Hotel           Official Charity
        
                                   
                                      Restaurants:


                    2017 Palm Desert Century Start Line
 
Sponsor Corner: 

Jet Bicycle Wheels:  Shadow Tour Welcomes Series Title Sponsor Jest Bicycle Wheels to the 2018 Palm Desert Century!  Stop by & chat with Owner & Master Wheel Builder Charles Wells. His wheel building skills & customized bicycles are legendary!  Shadow Tour is proud to Welcome Jet Bicycle Wheels as a Palm Desert Century Exhibitor!

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.

Velofix:  Velofix is proud to join as the Official Mechanics for Shadow Tour events. Velofix has the largest fleet of mobile bike shops in America, and growing! Book your service today.  We'll come to your home or office (On-site or Pick up/Delivery) at a time that's convenient to you!   We're happy to assist with Routine Service, Tune-up, or Overhaul so you're ready to tackle Shadow Tour desert century rides! 

Trek Bicycle Superstore Solana Beach:  Trek's Solana Beach store is the Official 2019 Stagecoach Bike Shop.  Early Rider Packet Pick-up will be at the store (date tba).  Ask about Stagecoach Specials.  Also offering 10% discounts on bike Tune-ups, plus a $40 Safety Tune-up for all Registered Riders! 

Host Hotels:

Palm Desert Century:
   Please visit Palm Desert Century web pages for special rates & details.

Palm Desert Century Event Hotels:
   
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa:  Rooms available,  Book here!

Hampton Inn & Suites:  Few rooms remain. Book here!

Residence Inn Palm Desert by Marriott (Palm Desert)

Courtyard Palm Desert by Marriott (Palm Desert)

Stagecoach Century:  Host Hotel Courtyard Marriott San Diego/Del Mar/Solana Beach!  Visit Stagecoach Century for special rates & details.

Sponsorship Opportunities!  Contact Jim Knight about Sponsorship, Exposure, or Exhibitor information at all Shadow Tour events.

We're most grateful for your support!

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Many Thanks to all early registrants!  We sure appreciate your commitment! Please take a moment and recommend our events to your cycling buddies.  Referrals from Shadow Tour riders represent the ultimate marketing channel.  Thanks again!

Shadow Tour has streamlined its event calendar to focus exclusively on desert full century rides.   The current line up includes the Palm Desert Century & Stagecoach Century.

Fall & Winter desert cycling is ideal!  Lock in your future ride plans today!  Ride the "Desert Dream" at Palm Desert, and "Earn Your Spurs" at Stagecoach. Beat pricing deadlines by registering today & SAVE $$$!

Worthy Century cycling goals add purpose & focus to your cycling training programs.  Shadow Tour has your back, c'mon out and see for yourself.

2019 Stagecoach Century is wide open for registration right now! 2019 Palm Desert Century registration opens soon. Make your accomplishment even more memorable by inviting all your cycling buddies to roll with you!
                             15th Annual 2019 Stagecoach Century, Sat, Feb 23, '19  
 
                        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 flashing lights at all times ( Nite Rider makes many excellent models!) to be seen day & nightAlways stay alert & expect the unexpected!          

Tailwinds!
  
~Jim
 
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 ShadowTour.com for corrections, if applicable. As always, I'll work to improve in the future. ~Jim 

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