Archive for June, 2006

06/18/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Warrior’s Society members Pua & Ron both podium at the second Xterra!

2. 2007 Vision Quest update

3. Sign petition to protect our access in Northern California

4. Hike to Hidden Ranch in Black Star Canyon

5. Help SHARE support the LIVESTRONG® Challenge

1. WARRIOR’S SOCIETY MEMBERS PUA AND RON BOTH PODIUM AT THE SECOND XTERRA!

For the whole story go to:

http://www.teammata.com/news/

2. 2007 VISION QUEST UPDATE

We are already getting questions as to when registration for the 2007 Vision Quest and Counting Coup will open up. Registration for the 2007 Vision Quest and Counting Coup will be first opened up to our trail work and event volunteers, as well as the participants in our last two events of our 2006 Series of events, the October 21st Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County and the November 18th Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic.

Participants in these last two events of our 2006 Series will be allowed to register at these events. Open registration will begin November 19th for any remaining spots.

One change we will be making at the 2007 Vision Quest is you’ll have the option of parking at O’Neill and taking a shuttle to the start, or parking on Black Star Canyon Road at the start and taking a shuttle back to your car after you finish the event. We will also only have one start at 5:30 a.m., and like this year, the event will start on time.

At our last event in our 2006 Series, the Saturday November 18th Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Classic, we will be raffling off $5,000 worth of Felt Bicycles as well as crowing our 2006 Warrior’s Society / Sho-Air Orange County male and female champions. For every event you participate in the championship series you will receive on raffle ticket for the Felt product.

At the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County, in addition to the pasta lunch, we will have hot-dogs and root beer floats served at the 3-Hour mark to hold you over until the pasta is served after the event. All this, including a t-shirt and raffle prizes, are included in the $45.00 event fee.

To register online for the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301312

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/6-hours-oc-app.pdf

For online registration for the Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic and series final got to:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301313

for a downloadable application go to:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/fall-classic-app.pdf

The entry fee for each event is $45.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and a pasta lunch (and hot dogs and root beer floats at the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County). For every event you enter in the series you get one raffle ticket for the $5,000 raffle of bikes from Felt Bicycles to be held at this event, the final event of the series.

These cross country events will take place on a 5.6 mile loop with 1,253 feet of elevation gain per lap.

3. SIGN PETITION TO PROTECT OUR ACCESS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Senator Boxer is again attempting to designate more of our public lands in Northern California as “Wilderness” and we need to let her know we do not support her efforts to do so.

This petition opposing more Northern California BLM and National Forest Lands being designated as “wilderness,” which bans mountain biking, was passed on to us by Todd Brown of the Good Idea Group.

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?boxer&13501

Please take the time to sign it to protect mountain bike access.

4. HIKE TO HIDDEN RANCH IN BLACK STAR CANYON

Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association

Hidden Ranch tour – Black Star Canyon

Saturday, July 15, 2006 – 4 to 9 PM

Host: Joel Robinson, The Wildlands Conservancy and SAMNHA volunteers

Hidden Ranch description:

Join SAMNHA, The Wildlands Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy for a rare opportunity to visit the historic Hidden Ranch. Veiled in mystery, partially because of its remote location, it remains tucked away above Black Star Canyon, against the northern end of the Cleveland National Forest in the Santa Ana Mountains. Local historians have long shared colorful stories about Hidden Ranch’s dark and complex past. It features over eight hundred acres of diverse terrain, plants and animals. Dense chaparral, nearly pristine native grassland, riparian forest, Native American significance.

Reservations requested: Contact Debra Clarke at drclarke@fs.fed.us or 951-736-1811 to make your reservations.

Driving directions: Follow Santiago Canyon Road to Silverado Canyon road. Drive 100 yards on Silverado Canyon road and take first left onto Blackstar Canyon road. Drive about 200 yards to The Nature Conservancy parking lot on the left.

MEET at 3:45 PM. We will leave vehicles parked at The Nature Conservancy lot and shuttle to Hidden Ranch. An early shuttle at 7PM will be available for guests unable to stay until 9PM.

4 – 6PM – Guests have the option to explore on your own, go on short interpretive hikes or join a very strenuous visit to an awesome gorge. Bouldering required. No children on this one!

6 – 7PM – Potluck; Bring a folding chair and a dish to share. Utensils, plates and drinks will be provided.

7 – 9PM – Evening/twilight hike:

Sunset is just after 8pm on the 15th. Bats can start emerging before then, but we should start looking at least by that time. By 8:30 visibility will be poor since the moon doesn’t rise until after 11pm (unless blacklighting is going on concurrently). Stephanie will bring a pair of night vision goggles and bat detectors to help locate bats, but the best viewing will be in that half hour after sunset, assuming we hit a spot near a roost.

9 PM – Shuttles will return guests to the cars at the County gate.

Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Events:

www.freewebs.com/santaanamountains

5. HELP SHARE SUPPORT THE LIVESTRONG® CHALLENGE

The SHARE Mountain Bike Club will be supporting the LIVESTRONG® Challenge on Sunday, June 25. We will staff an aid station at Aliso Viejo High School to support the bike segment. If you are interested in volunteering, please email:

krands@cox.net.

Also needed are EMTs and bike technicians.

This is the first of five national events this year to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation. The event includes a walk, a run and 10, 40, 70 and 100 mile bike rides.

For more information on the event, check out the website:

www.livestrongchallenge.org

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06/12/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. The write-up for the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of O.C.

2. The last events in the Warrior’s Society / Sho-Air Championship Series.

1. THE WRITE-UP FOR THE ROCK N ROAD / SHO-AIR / SPECIALIZED 24-HOURS OF O.C.

We have the write up for the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of O.C. posted on our web site at:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/2006_24_hour_results.html

Our deepest thanks to all who participated in the event and to all those who helped to support it and make it a success. This event would not have been possible with out the sponsorship of Rock N Road Cyclery, Sho-Air International and Specialized Bikes.

2. THE LAST EVENTS IN THE WARRIOR’S SOCIETY / SHO-AIR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The last two events in the Warrior’s Society / Sho-Air Orange County Championship Series are the Saturday October 21st Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County and the November 18th Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic, which will crown our Orange County Champions.

Currently, Manual Prado and Bernice Pierson hold the male and female expert lead in the series. To view the accumulated series points, go to our web site at:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/xc_championship_info.html

Practice days for the events will be announced at a later date closer to the events. The events will take place on a 5.6 mile loop with 1,253 feet of elevation gain per lap.

* The Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County:

Classes include: Solo Male, Solo Female, 2 Person Team, 3 Person Team, Iron Bike Team (3 Person team all riding the same bike)

The age groups are: 16 and under, 17 to 30, 31 to 45, 46 and up (Special recognition to be given to the oldest rider)

If there are not more than 3 riders or teams registered in any single age grouping for a specific event the rider(s) will get moved up to the next age grouping.

There will also be all male, all female, and coed team divisions. As with the age grouping, if there are not more than 3 teams within a class/gender division they will be combined with another class.

To register online for the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County:

Online registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301312

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/6-hours-oc-app.pdf

Entry fee: $45.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch. For every event you enter in the series you get one raffle ticket for the $5,000 raffle of bikes from Felt Bicycles to be held at the final event of the series, the Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic on Nov. 18th.

* The Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic

Skill levels: Novice – races 2 Laps, Intermediate – races 3 Laps, Expert – races 4 Laps

The age groups are: 16 and under, 17 to 30, 31 to 45, 46 and up, (Special recognition to be given to the oldest rider)

There is also an open Single Speed class limited to expert riders only.

If there are not more than 3 riders registered in any single age grouping for a specific event the rider/s will get moved up to the next age grouping.

For online registration for the Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic and series final got to:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301313

for a downloadable application go to:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/fall-classic-app.pdf

Entry fee: $45.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch. For every event you enter in the series you get one raffle ticket for the $5,000 raffle of bikes from Felt Bicycles to be held at this event, the final event of the series.

These cross country events will take place on a 5.6 mile loop with 1,253 feet of elevation gain per lap.

Manitou and Shimano are the Major Component Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Cytomax is the official fluid replacement drink of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of The Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society
A Tax-Exempt organization under 501(c) 4 of the IRS Code
www.warriorssociety.org

An MTBAccess and Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

“Some Americans need hyphens in their names because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.”

Woodrow Wilson

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06/05/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. The SHARE El Moro Poker Ride

2. Warning regarding safety at the Blue Jay Campground

3. 24-Hour Finishing Times and write-up to be posted later this week

1. THE SHARE EL MORO POKER RIDE

This year’s annual El Moro Poker Ride, presented by The Path Bike
Shop, is this weekend, Sat. June 10th starting at 8am. If you are not yet registered please go to SHARE Mountain Bike Club’s website.

and do so soon.

There will only be registration at the event if we do not sell out before this Thursday. This year’s prizes are bigger and better than ever including a full suspension mountain bike from KHS and a bike frame from The Path Bike Shop.

Something else new this year is cold beer from New Belgium Brewing
Co. Come and have the familiar Fat Tire Amber Ale or try their new lighter Skinny Dip. Please note that beer will only be sold as part of a lunch package which includes a hot dog, chips and two 12oz beers for $8.00.

After the ride, which covers trails in El Moro and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, we will be raffling off over 50 great prizes. For the kids there will be a bike safety clinic and short mountain bike ride followed by a plant and animal presentation by Crystal Cove’s
Interpretive Ranger, Winter Bonnin.

There should be some nice cool ocean breezes in the park but please remember to bring some sunscreen and don’t forget a beach chair for the raffle and lunch.

See you on Sat.

Keith Eckstein,
SHARE President

2. WARNING REGARDING SAFETY AT THE BLUEJAY CAMPGROUNDS

We received the following email from Dawn Celepino:

“I just wanted to share an experience we had at Blue Jay campground so you can warn your friends about camping there. My friends and I went up over the Memorial Day weekend and we (Jim, my friend and I) left Sunday. My two other friends and their 3 month old baby stayed Sunday night.

I guess a bunch of kids came in and terrorized the campground in the middle of the night. They tore my friend’s camp apart, burnt their chairs, all of their wood, and tore apart all of their kitchen stuff (thank god their bikes were locked up). I guess the terrorists saw the baby bottles in the campsite so they said not to “jump on the tent” to just tear up the camp. The guys beat up the 4 guys in the next camp site and tore down their tent.

They were driving through the campground blasting music and terrorizing all of the campers. One of the campers left and called the sheriff’s dept but nobody ever came. My friend called at 5 a.m. and when the sheriff finally showed up they basically just made the guys leave. They were on drugs and really drunk.

The cops told my friends to never go up there without a gun because this happens a lot. Another camper came up and told my friends that this is the 3rd time that this has happened to him in that campground over the last few years and that he will never go there again.

Just wanted to give you the scoop because I know you all camp. Who would ever think that you would have to deal w/ that crap while camping. It really sucks.

Dawn Celapino”

It is sad to read about Dawn’s friends experience but due to the remoteness of the campground people feel, rightly that they can raise hell and get away with it; this is not an isolated occurrence. The Forest Service is understaffed with only two law enforcement officers patrolling the whole forest and the sheriff’s about 45 minutes or more away so you’re pretty much on your own.

Debra Clark of the Forest Service recommends that WHENEVER anything happens such as this they should ALWAYS contact forest law enforcement as well as 911. The number for Dispatch is (619)-557-5262 Even if they do not arrive in time, documenting the information helps to confirm the need to more coverage.

3. 24-HOUR FINISHING TIMES AND WRITE-UP TO BE POSTED NEXT WEEK

We will post the results and write-up for the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hour of Orange County later this week. You’ll be amazed at the amount of laps and the total elevation these solo riders and teams were able to accomplish in the 95 to 100 degree heat.

Thanks to everyone who participated in and helped to support one of the toughest 24-Hour Events this year.

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