Princess Promenade Bike Festival
Sunday, October 14, 2013
You may have thought you were among royality before, but, alas, the Princess Promenade is the grandest procession of princesses east of Buckingham Palace. Watch knaves surrender the path as you and your trusty steely steed explore the American River Bike Trail with hundreds of goddess-like sisters in tow. Go forth, princess! And thank you for joining us.
Registration Pick-up & Reception
Pick up registration materials before the ride, Saturday October 13, 3:00-5:00pm or Sunday beginning at 7:00am at Discovery Park, 100 Jibboom Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. You will receive a wrist band and number which is your ticket to ride, access to rest stops, technical support, and lunch at the finish line festival. Please put your wrist band on. Replacement for lost wristband is $10. You may pick up registration materials for other riders with printed registration confirmation signed by rider. (Please note we do not give out a "goody bag" with items you may not want. Pick up any desired items from vendors at the Bike Festival and help reduce unwanted waste).
Along with Saturday's registration check-in will be an optional rider reception with hors dourves, beverages, and a cycle chic fashion show. Order tickets online with event registration or purchase at registration check-in (Adults: $12, Kids $10).
Park entrance fees are $5 and not included in event registration. Come prepared with parking fees to support our community parks.
Note: Last year we had riders check in at 7:00am but their route did not start until 9:30am. Note your route start time and pick up registration materials no later than 30 minutes before your route departs. Or come early an cheer; that's good too!
If picking up registration materials for someone else (kids excluded) bring a signed copy of their registration confirmation with you as proof for pick-up.
Start/Finish is located at The Point picnic area. Cross Jibboom Street Bridge, venue is to your left.
Fees: No refunds or credits. Ride Rain or Shine.
Bring and Carry Photo ID! Photo ID required at check in and we strongly recommend carrying (photocopy) Photo ID on your ride.
Costume Contest - New Rules: We can't do it! It's impossible to choose a "winner" so we are no longer having a contest. We are having a drawing. Everyone registered for the Princess Promenade will be given a ticket for the drawing. Winner's number will be announced at the Festival. What can you win? A $300 spa and shopping spree gift card courtesy of Folsom Tourism.
Average temperature in October is 78 degrees. Ride will be held rain or shine.
Event fee includes one great ride, entry to all food-drink rest stops on the course, participants’ medical insurance, catered meal at the finish, commemorative gift, and services from exhibitors at the Princess Fitness Festival.
No processed, wrapper products provided on course. Please do not litter. Reduce waste. We provide natural foods!
Pre-registration is required. No ride-alongs without registration.
Wristband will be checked required to enter Rest Stops for refreshments, lunch, and ride/run support.
If unable to participate, you may donate your entry to the Virtual Rider/Runner Program and help someone in need or Transfer your registration with $10 processing fee. To transfer registration to another person, you must find the person who wishes to purchase your registration. New participant will pay a $10 transfer fee to event management for processing. Bring signed printout of registration confirmation. Sorry, no refunds. All participants are required to sign of a waiver of liability.
Riders 18 and under must have a parent or guardian sign a release form.
Helmets are mandatory. You should carry water bottles, a spare tube, patch kit, tire pump, cell phone, and identification on your ride.
Emergency support provided. Please cycle/run within your limits for safety.
Tandem riders register for two people. Children 7 and under in ride-alongs, trailers or bike seat FREE.
Please indicate your team name during online registration. A field is offered for that purpose.
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7:00 AM Gates Open, Welcome activities begin
8:00 AM Challenge 64, 55, and 40 mile riders depart
9:00 AM Lady Di 26, 15 mile riders depart
9:05 AM Vendors Set-Up
11:00 AM Lunch service begins
12:00 PM Kids Costume Fashion Show & Prize Drawing
1:00 PM Adult Costume Fashion Show & Prize Drawing
1:30 PM Time Trial and Team Trophy Award
2:30 PM Course Sweep
3:00 PM Royal Trumpets are silent until next October!
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The American River Parkway bike is a fully paved, wide, two-lane bike trail with a painted yellow line down the middle. It was planned for bikes from the start; not as an afterthought. The trail crosses only ONE city street for 32 miles (64 up and back!) which is Del Paso Blvd., about 2 miles from Discovery Park start/finish. The bike trail has a shoulder for walking and jogging. If you need to stop, pull over and completely off the paved trail. The elevation gain from historic Old Sacramento to the gold mining foothills of Folsom is gradual, starting at 25' and ending at about 275' near Folsom Lake. The bike course is a winding, two-lane bike trail with some rolling hills along a 32 mile stretch of the American River. The bike trail is nestled in a natural setting with woods, streams, ponds, marshes, fields, fauna, and beautiful parks sprinkled along the way. The trail has mile markers, telephone, restroom facilities, picnic tables, bridges, parking access, and ranger facilities along the course. The American River Parkway links adjoining communities whose unique character is enjoyed via bicycle.
All routes begin at Discovery Park. Rest Stops are located at CSUS Guy West Bridge (mile 8), William Pond Park (mile 13), and Negro Bar State Park (near mile 28). Food served at the rest stops includes organic fresh fruit, whole grain breads and locally baked goods, sandwiches and wraps for the long courses, salty snacks, and other high quality foods. Please note we avoid wrapper-food products to minimize litter.
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Princess Challenge Metric Century( 64 mile) - Start: 8:00 AM
Veteran riders, this one is for you! After winding your way from Discovery Park to the foothills of historic Folsom, a challenge awaits you. As a way to measure your fitness, we have added an optional "Time Your Climb" 3-Mile time trial to Beal's Point at Folsom Lake. The Time Trial is limited to the first 20 riders who check in at the time trial booth just past the Negro Bar Rest Stop in Folsom. Fastest accumulative Team wins the perpetual Princess Trophy. Individual winner receives a $100 Gift Certificate and entry to 2013 Princess Promenade. You will hit the Time Trial with about 28 miles on your legs before facing short hills of 7-9% grade with some relief and a straightaway before a final 4-5% climb to Beal's Point. No rest stop at Beal's Point turnaround. Please return to Negro Bar for rest stop. Recommended for riders above 15mph pace. Plan your return by NLT 11:30.
Double Di (55 Mile) - Start: 8:00 AM
This beautiful ride winds along the American River and crosses the Hazel Avenue Bridge in view of the salmon fish hatchery, to the turnaround at rest stop #3 located at near mile 28, just past Negro Bar State Park. Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments before returning back to Discovery Park, or watch the Princess Challenge riders depart for their time trial. Recommended for riders above 15mph pace. Plan your return by NLT 11:30.
Fergie 40 (40 Mile) - Start: 8:00 AM
This 40 mile route is a good distance working up to the longer courses. You will travel up to Sunrise Bridge near mile 20 and enjoy beautiful views of the American River before returning back to the finish area. Enjoy pacing yourself with the long course riders as you will be departing together.
Lady Di (26 mile) - Start: 9:00 AM
Travel from Discovery Park, enjoy rest stop #1 at CSUS, then continue on to William Pond Park to rest stop #2 at mile 13. Enjoy sunning and snacking before traveling back to Discovery Park for your celebratory finish at the Princess Fitness Festival.
Princess Grace (15 mile) - Start: 9:00 AM
Travel from Discovery Park to our first rest stop; OVER the "mini-Golden Gate Bridge" on the CSU, Sacramento Campus (mile 8 on the bike trail). After enjoying refreshments and an incredible view of the river, return back to Discovery Park for lunch and Festival activities.
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Rest Stop Hours of Operation
Please plan your ride within your abilities and leave sufficient time to reach the rest stops during hours of operation.
Rest Stop #1 CSUS Guy West Bridge, Mile Marker 8. Open: 8:15 AM to 1:30 PM
Rest Stop #2 William Pond Park, Mile Marker 13. Open 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Rest Stop #3 Negro Bar State Park, approx. Mile Marker 28.5. Open 9:30 to 11:00 AM
Time Trial Check-In tent approx. Mile Marker 28.5. Open to first 20 riders, departing in 30 second intervals. No "official" rest stop at Beal's Point. Return to Negro Bar for refreshments.
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Rules of the Road:
We are guests of the area. This ride takes place on the scenic American River Bike trail. Each litter bit will show up against this beautiful backdrop. Drop nothing, even if it is biodegradable. Please stop at all stop signs, ride single file, and obey the rules of the road. Pull completely off the blacktop if you need to stop. And remember your cycling etiquette (listed below).
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Directions to Discovery Park (a historic gold site!)
From San Francisco Bay Area:
Take Highway 80 toward Sacramento
Take Business 80/Highway 50 (Says toward South Lake Tahoe)
Take I-5 North To Richards Blvd.
Exit LEFT under the freeway.
Make a RIGHT on Jibboom Lane.
Park Entrance is straight ahead 1/2 mile
State Parking fees required at ranger station.
Proceed over Jibboom Bridge (look at the view, see event tents to LEFT!).
Ride start is at the Point area on the Waterfront, just LEFT of the bridge.
Event Parking is to your right under 1-5 overpass.
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Dining and Lodging — Welcome to Sacramento!
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
300 J Street, Sacramento
www.Sacramentohi.com The Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza is conveniently located across from Old Sacramento and you may cycle to the event via the pedestrian walkway that links to downtown plaza.
1000 Front Street, Old Sacramento
www.deltaking.com Make it a true princess experience. Prices range from $119 to $259. Bike storage area is available on board the ship.
For additional hotels and packages, contact Sacramento Visitors and Convention Bureau.
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Cycling Etiquette 101
No helmet = NO RIDE (gloves are also a good idea) At all times keep to the right and obey all traffic rules.
For those taking part in their first cycle program or are new to group training, these points will help you avoid falls and gain the confidence of others around you.
Be predictable with all your actions.
Maintain a steady straight line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. Remember that there are riders following you closely from behind. To slow down, gradually apply your brakes and say "slowing." If you are in a paceline, move out to the LEFT into the wind and fall back into your position at the back of the pack. If not in a paceline, simply pull off the road to your right.
Point out and call out any road hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, sticks or stones, parked cars, etc. There are also hand signals for this.
- left arm straight out to signal a left turn
- right arm straight out for a right turn
- palm or fist behind your lower back to signal slowing or stopping
- shake hand side to side in the direction of sand, glass or any other road hazard
Do not overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels with another cyclist and fall. Advanced riders pedal down hill when at the front of the bunch. Experienced cyclists dislike having to ride under brakes (the riders following the leader benefit from her draft, thereby having to pedal less and brake more).
Stay to the right when in front to allow room for others to pass safely on your left, particularly in traffic. Pass other riders on the left hand side whenever possible.
Be smooth with your turns at the front of the group. Avoid surges unless trying to break from the bunch. A group will travel quicker when turns are completed smoothly.
Avoid leaving gaps when following wheels closely (drafting). Cyclists save about 30% of their energy at high speed by drafting another rider Each time you leave a gap (more than 10 inches) you are forcing yourself to ride without the benefit of a draft, and under your own power to bridge the gap. Also, riders behind you will become annoyed and ride around you, especially if the bunch is working together to break away or catch a breakaway group in a race.
When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders often lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill which can cause a sudden deceleration. This can often catch a rider who is following too closely, resulting in a fall from a wheel touch.
Do not panic if you brush shoulders, hands or bars with another rider. Try to stay relaxed in your upper body to absorb any bumps. This is a part of cycle racing in close bunches and is quite safe provided riders do not panic, brake or change direction. Real cycling is a contact sport! There are a lot more minor points that could be mentioned here as becoming a proficient bunch rider takes time and experience to achieve. The most important point however is to be aware of others around you and respect other riders, your actions will have a direct response on theirs.
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Slowing - When someone yells out "Slowing", this means that there is something that is causing the pack to slow down. This can be anything from a light, a slower pack of bikes, a car up ahead. In any event, prepare to slow down. Tap you brakes and repeat the yell "Slowing". This is to indicate to others that you've heard them and you are also slowing. This will also alert those behind you that you are slowing down.
Stopping - When someone yells out "Stopping", this means that there is something that is causing the pack to stop. This can be anything from a light, a slower pack of bikes, a stop sign or a car up ahead. In any event, prepare to stop. Tap you brakes and repeat the yell "Stopping". This is to indicate to others that you've heard them and you are also slowing to a stop. This will also alert those behind you that you are slowing to a stop. It's VERY important not to slam on your brakes especially if there are others behind you!
Hold your line - When someone yells, "Hold your line", this means that you need to stay in a straight line as best you can. In most cases, the person yelling this out to you is attempting to pass or warn you your riding is not steady and predictable. If you swing out or if you don't keep your bike steady, you could cause the other bicyclist trouble or injury.
On your Left - When someone yells, "On your Left", this means that they are passing you on your left. No need to take this personally. Let them pass as they have the right of way. You should never hear "On your Right". That is, a bicycler should never pass on the right. However, there are many bicyclers with varying experience. Be on the look out for those that will pass on your right. If someone does this, kindly remind him or her that they should pass on the left. Also, it is common courtesy to say "Thank You" to the person yelling "on your left". This indicates to them that you've heard them.
Car Up - When someone yells, "Car Up", this means that there is a car up front. It is intended to be a verbal caution indicating that a stop may be necessary. If you hear this, repeat the call so that others know that you are aware of the vehicle up front. It is also common courtesy to repeat this so that others behind you also know about the car.
Car Back - When someone yells, "Car Back", this means that there is a car back behind you. It is intended to be a verbal caution indicating that a stop may be necessary. If you hear this, repeat the call so that others know that you are aware of the vehicle is behind you. It is also common courtesy to repeat this so that others in front of you also know about the car.
Bike Up - When someone yells, "Bike Up", this means that there is a bike up in front of you, either coming toward you (as on a bike trail) or riding at a slower pace. It is intended to be a verbal caution indicating that you may need to pass the cyclist or a stop may be necessary. If you hear this, repeat the call so that others know that you are aware of the bike up front. It is also common courtesy to repeat this so that others behind you also know about the bike.
Bike Back - When someone yells, "Bike Back", this means that there is a bicylist behind you. It is intended to be a verbal caution indicating that a bike may attempt to pass you or a stop may be necessary. If you hear this, repeat the call so that others know that you are aware of the bike behind you. It is common courtesy to repeat this so that others in front of you also know about the bike.
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