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2011 Final Rider Instructions

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1.     The 2011 San Diego Century Bike Ride will be held on Saturday May 21, 2011, rain or shine.

2.     You must check in and pick up your bike number and course ID wristband

a.    FRIDAY May 20 – B&L Bike & Sport, 211 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach CA noon to 7:00pm.

b.    SATURDAY May 21 – MiraCosta College (MCC), 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff (Encinitas) between 6:00am and 8:00am

3.     ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSED SUNday 5/15/11 at Midnight. Riders not yet entered will be able to late register at B&L on Friday noon-7pm or MCC on Saturday 6am-8am. First come, first served. Limit 1500.

4.     WAIVERS. All riders MUST sign two waivers at check-in before being issued a number.

5.     FRIENDS AND FAMILY PICK-UP. Packets MAY be picked-up for pre-registrants if they present the following at Packet Pick-up/Registration:

a)    A copy of the Drivers License of the registrant

b)    Two (2) signed waivers. The SDC Event Waiver and County of San Diego Waiver can be found at

6.     WRISTBAND. You will receive a colored wristband when you check in. The wristband will get you into the aid stations on the course for which you have registered.

7.     SDC Clothing.  You can pick up your order or purchase additional merchandise at the Merchandise Booth at either B&L on Friday between noon and 7pm or MCC on Saturday between 6 am and 5pm.

8.     FINISHERS AWARD – All riders receive a medal when they cross the finish line.

9.     TASTE THE HILLS FINISH PARTY – All registered riders who participate in the event will receive $5 in coupons for food from “Taste the Hills” vendors.  You will receive them with your medal upon finishing.

10.  THE RIDE STARTS AT 6:00 AM. You may start your ride from MCC whenever you wish BETWEEN 6:00AM AND 8:00AM. THE COURSE AND MCC FINISH IS CLOSED AT 6:00PM. Aid stations along the course will close earlier: 16 mile @ 10:30am; 66 mile @ 3:00pm and 80 mile @ 5:00pm. Riders unable to maintain pace on the course should not expect course aid or aid stations available past these times. IF YOU ARE RIDING FAR AND/OR SLOWLY, PLEASE START EARLY!

11.  SUPPORT. There are on-course mechanical & SAG aid as well as SAG/aid stations on course. For emergencies during the ride call 911, for mechanical breakdown call the event dispatcher at

760-542-8709. This is an answering service and we will attend to your needs as quickly as possible.

12. BACK-UP PLAN. Please make arrangements with family/friends to be picked up if you can’t finish the ride.  The ride shuttle is slow and can take a while before it reaches any given SAG stop.

13.  EVENT PICTURES. Brightroom will take pictures on the course. Attach the helmet number to the FRONT of your helmet.


a)    This is a BIKE RIDE not a race and is held on an OPEN ROAD with motor vehicles. All riders must follow the RULES OF THE ROAD.

b)    All Police and Fire vehicles have right of way at all times.

c)     All numbered riders MUST wear a helmet and bike number on the course.

d)    We strongly suggest you bring two water bottles FULL of water/fluid as well as a cell phone.

e)    Use the toilets provided at the SAG Stops, please!

f)     All riders must: stay on the right hand side of the road, not cross the centerline and ride single file.

g)    Please go to the website at

to download the Course Map and Course Description/Mileage Points.

San Diego County Bicycle Tour


1.   Participants will follow the instructions of law enforcement and/or fire officials at all times. Emergency vehicles have unimpeded access to all roads at all times.

2.   Participants acknowledge that a bicycle tour is inherently dangerous and they are to be extra cautious of traffic, road conditions (especially water & debris) and weather affecting this event.

3.   This bike tour is held on an “OPEN ROAD” with everyday vehicular traffic sharing the road at all times.  PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL OF THE “RULES OF THE ROAD” and all regulations as defined in the California vehicle code.

4.   Riders MUST ride as far to the right as is safe unless inside a designated and marked bicycle lane.

5.   Riders MUST ride single file unless passing.

6.   Riders must ride wearing a standard bicycle helmet buckled at all times WITH THE BIKE HELMET NUMBER attached to the front.

7.   Riders MUST stay to the right of all road centerlines (unless as directed by authorized traffic detour or use of a separate path or trail).

8.   If the rider cannot continue, he/she should move to a safe place off the road and signal a ride vehicle for assistance.