Grand Tour 2017 Updates Letter

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Grand Tour Riders,
Unfortunately, due to construction, we have been informed at the last minute that our start/finish venue for the Grand Tour will be unavailable this year. We have scrambled to make suitable alternative arrangements on very short notice. As a result, we have decided to make the following changes to this year’s Grand Tour.  We apologize for any inconvenience these changes will cause and would like to assure you that the Grand Tour will be back in its traditional format next year for its 60th anniversary.
New Start/Finish Location: The start/finish will be outside the Starbucks (23755 West Malibu Road) located in the shopping mall on the west side of PCH just north of Webb Way and across from the Malibu Civic Center.  Directions: Take PCH north to Malibu, turn left at Webb Way to shopping center entrance on right The Starbucks is near the north end of the mall near the Ralphs.
Parking: Unfortunately, except for short periods to drop off riders or to check in, you CANNOT park in the mall parking lot.  There is a limited amount of parking in the immediate area of the mall, but adequate parking a short distance away.  WARNING: Be sure to check parking restriction signs before you park. We cannot be responsible for any parking tickets or fines.  There is plenty of parking on PCH north of Pepperdine or on Malibu Road. We would suggest parking in these areas and then riding back to the start/finish to check in.
Check In: You must check in before you start your ride to receive your wrist band, route sheet etc. and to sign the standard waiver.  You may check in at the above location at these times:
Friday, June 23rd between the hours of 4pm & 9pm.  If you check in on Friday, you will not have to check in Saturday morning which means you will be able to simply park and start your ride at your leisure without riding first to the start/finish. (NOTE: Opening times for the rest stops will be on the route sheet. If you start too early, you may arrive at rest stops before they are open.)
Saturday Morning, June 24th between the hours of 4am & 6am.  All riders should plan on being on the road no later than 6:30am.
Other Changes to This Year’s Grand Tour:  Due to the lateness of the above change in venue, we have reluctantly decided to make the following changes in the format of this year’s Grand Tour:
  • Route.  We have decided to only offer one route this year. It will essentially be the route used for the Dead of Winter Double which basically rides the traditional lowland route to Ojai (with an additional loop)  and then the highland route through Casitas Pass from Ojai.  The return back down the coast remains the same. Unfortunately, we will not be offering the triple century, quadruple century or the double metric routes this year.
  • Rest Stops. There will be 6 rest stops stocked with Hammer products and water.  Lunch will be at the 100 mile mark in Ventura and have sandwiches, snacks, etc.  There will be the usual support on the course.
  • Ride Finish. Upon completion of your ride, check in will be back at the Starbucks location indicated above.  All riders must check in to be deemed an official Grand Tour finisher and receive CTC credit. Because we do not have a formal finishing venue, we are sorry, but we will not be able to provide the usual post-ride meal and entertainment.  NOTE: The finish location will only be staffed only until 9:00 p.m.  If you finish after this time, you’ll need to e-mail (to ikucheck@nullgmail.com) the link to your Strava report or the photo of your bike computer screen.  That is correct.   We will accept either of the above for ride completion and CTC credit.  Could be onto a new trend here 
  • Fee. Because of all these changes, we are reducing the fee for this year’s Grand Tour to $50. For those who have already paid a higher fee, you have the following options: (a) You can receive a refund of the difference between the fee already paid and $50. Or (b) We will give you a Grand Tour Jersey (a $50 value) in lieu of a cash refund.  If you want the jersey, please email us (ikucheck@nullgmail.com) and provide your size.
Again, we apologize for all these changes and want to thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and patience.  If you find these changes unacceptable, tell us now via e-mail at the addresses below (no later than June 10th) and we will refund your complete registration fee.   
If you have any questions e-mail – ikucheck@nullgmail.com or call Kermit – 310-367-0458.