Archive for April, 2007

04/29/07 Warrior’s Society 2007 MTB Event Update

In this MTB Event Update:

1. Toad Festival Update – Saturday, May 12th

2. “The Traverse” race across the Santa Ana Mtn’s Update – Saturday June 9th

1. TOAD FESTIVAL UPDATE – SATURDAY, MAY 12TH

YOU MUST REGISTER BY SATURDAY, MAY 5TH TO RECEIVE AN EVENT T-SHIRT

We have many prizes being donated by our industry sponsors including a SANTA CRUZ BLUR LT Frame from Switchback Cyclery, Manitou Shocks, Shimano XTR Pedals and shoes. So far we have received the following cash donations and prizes in addition to the prizes provided by our industry sponsors.

Mark Hardison and El Pollo Loco – major sponsor and catering the whole event!

$50.00 gift certificate from Gabbi’s Mexican Restaurant (in Orange Circle)

A Botox treatment from Dr. Richard Mantell of Premier Medical Aesthetics

Gift certificate to the Fish House

Limo ride from Larry Friedman of Home Pro Realty

Wine basket (great wine!) from the Nadeau Family Winery

Gift Certificate from Angelique at the Luca Bella Salon

Hint Water from Bob Adams

2 hrs of Tai Yoga Massage from Glen Swindler

Mexican theme basket from the DiPasquale Family

Two American Airlines tickets anywhere in U.S. from the DiPasquale Family

Gift certificate for 1 hour of massage at your home from Tammy Strickland, massage therapist

Thanks to Richard and Margaret Stephens for their $500 donation

Thanks to Laura and Tom Daley for their $300 donation

Thanks to Lori Dipasquale for her $800 donation

Thanks to Mitsubishi Digital Electronics donated $300

Donation from Jim Joffe of J & H Asset Property Management

Donation from Paul Heckler of Yosemite Capital Management

Donation from Bruce & Billie Barsotti of Triple B Clays

Toad Festival this year is going to be a benefit fun ride for the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation that works to prevent teen suicide:

www.BPChildresearch.org

Warrior’s Society will be donating all the profits from the 2007 Toad Festival to the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. This Foundation is researching ways to help those afflicted with Juvenile Bipolar Disorder.

The Toad Festival course is 27.5-miles long with 5,000 feet of total elevation gain (we will also have a short 10-mile course with only 500 feet of total elevation gain). We will also offer an easy 10-mile course with 500 feet of total elevation gain. Participants will be responsible to carry all food and water needed to complete the ride. There will be no sag support (except in case of total breakdown or emergency). Support personnel will be stationed at 5 rest stops along the course. Riders will compete in games of chance and skill (darts, horseshoes, helmet toss and Blackjack cards).

Those with the highest combined score will win prizes. You must make the checkpoints in a reasonable time or you will not be allowed to continue. We have many prizes to award so a high percentage of participants will win something.

A Continental breakfast consisting of instant oatmeal, instant hot cocoa, instant coffee and bananas as well as a lunch of El Pollo Loco chicken, rice beans and soft drinks are included in the entry fee. Root beer floats will be served at the West Horse Thief checkpoint.

The entry fee is $45.00 and includes and event t-shirt (IF YOU REGISTER BY SATURDAY, MAY 5TH), lunch and prizes for the top scorers in the games. All proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation.

The Toad Festival Web Page:

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

Active.com online registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1435562

Downloadable app:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/toad-festival-app.pdf

For those of you wanting to make a personal donation to the Juvenile Bipolar Disorder there are three easy ways to do so:

* To make a direct donation to the Juvenile BiPolar Research Foundation click on the link to JBRF. www.jbrf.org

* Mail a check to the Warrior’s Society….made out to the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. We will be posting the donations on our web page.

* Bring cash or check the day of the event to our donation table.

2. “THE TRAVERSE” – RACE ACROSS THE SANTA ANA MTNS UPDATE – SATURAY JUNE 9TH

YOU MUST REGISTER BY SATURDAY MAY 26TH TO RECEIVE AN EVENT T-SHIRT

We thank Rock N Road Cyclery and Scott Tedro of Sho-Air International for each donating $2,000 ($4,000) towards the expert finishing cash. We have 3 Expert Class geared age groups (16 to 30, 31 to 45 and 46 t 59) and a Single Speed Open Class for both men and women. We have an Intermediate class with the same age groups including a 60 and up and Tandem Open Class.

The finishing cash for the top three in each Expert Class geared age groups and the Single Speed Open Class will be determined by participation. The event is limited to 300 participants and if we sell out, the Expert finishing cash for each geared age groups will be $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $175 for third place. If we do not sell out the event the finishing cash will be reduced accordingly. There must be a minimum of 5 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined with another age group.

All those who finish will receive an award.

“The Traverse,” is a 44-mile race with 8,000 +- total elevation gain to be held on Saturday, June 9th. Participation is limited to 150 in the expert class and 150 in the intermediate class for a maximum of 300 participants in the event.

Start: 6:00 a.m. at the end of Black Star Canyon Road

Finish: at the intersection of Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road

Course Description:

The ride will begin from the end of Black Star Canyon Road at 6:00 AM. You will ride up Black Star Canyon Road to the Main Divide Road and at this point you will traverse the Santa Ana Mountain range via the Main Divide Road hitting all the peaks (including Modjeska and Santiago Peaks) until you intersect with the Trabuco Canyon Trail.

You will then descend down the Trabuco Canyon Trail to Trabuco Creek Road and out 4 miles to the finish line at Trabuco Canyon Road. You must reach Aid Station 1 located at the intersection of Maple Springs Road and the Main Divide Road (four corners) by 12:00 P.M. to be allowed to finish the course.
You must also reach the intersection of the Main Divide and Lower Holy Jim by 1:30 p.m. to be allowed to finish the course.

Only the expert classes will race for prize money, which will be determined by participation. The event is limited to 300 participants and if we sell out, the Expert payout for each age class will be $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $175 for third place. If we do not sell out the event the payout cash will be reduced accordingly. There must be a minimum of 5 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined with another age group.

All those who finish will receive an award.

The event fee will be $75.00 for expert and single speed open riders, $65.00 for Intermediate and the 16 and under open class riders and $97.00 for Tandem Open riders. The entry fee includes an event awards for top finishers, t-shirt, food after the event and finishing awards for all finishers.

CASH PAYOUT TO THE TOP 3 FINISHERS IN THE EXPERT AGE CATAGORIES AND EXPERT SINGLE SPEED CLASS. THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF FIVE PARTICIPANTS IN EACH AGE GROUP OR THE AGE GROUP WILL BE COMBINED WITH ANOTHER.

We will have the following classes and age groups:

Intermediate Class (male and female):

15 and under (Open)

16 to 30

31 to 45

46 to 59

60 and up

Tandem Open Class

Expert Class (male and female):

16 to 30

31 to 45

46 t 59

Single Speed Open Class (male and female)

From the feedback we’ve been getting we believe this event will sell out like the Pow Wow. If you are serious about participating in “The Traverse”
we suggest you register early.

“The Traverse” Event page on our web site:

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

Active.com online registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1435597

Downloadable application for “The Traverse:”

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/traverse-app.pdf

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

A 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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04/15/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. March Club S&M Ride – The Rim Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains

2. Our volunteer spring “Thanks” ride is next Saturday, April 21st

3. Thanks to all who helped out with the Los Pinos Trail work

4. Protect your health benefits if you are injured while mountain biking

1. MARCH CLUB S&M RIDE – THE RIM TRAIL IN THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS

Suzanne and Mark Wilson led another fun Club S&M Ride in the San Gabriel’s. For the story and pictures go to our web site at:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/News/sm_san_gabriel2.html

2. OUR VOLUNTEER SPRING “THANKS” RIDE IS NEXT SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST

Our “Thanks” ride for those who have volunteered for either our events or trail work since January 1st 2007 is next Saturday, April 21st. This ride will also award club coup feathers to new members and recognize new club Elders. We will also be recognizing those accepted as Warrior’s Society “Dog Soldiers.”

The Warrior’s Society will be providing a Mexican food lunch, drinks and raffle prizes.

Please RSVP if you are a Warrior’s Society volunteer and would like to attend. After you RSVP you will be given the details on the start time where the ride will meet.

3. THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED OUT WITH THE LOS PINOS TRAIL WORK

Brushing our back country trails is always a very difficult task, and when that trail is Los Pinos, you know you will be getting a good workout. This ridgeline trail is characterized by steep ups and steep downs.

17 volunteers, led by backcountry trail work leaders Ned Reynolds, Steve Timm and Mark Wilson were up to the challenge. After nine miles of hiking, hauling in chains saws, gas powered hedge trimmers and a brush saw the trail was brushed.

Thanks to the following volunteers who worked their rear ends off brushing the trail Saturday and no doubt work up very sore Sunday morning:

Ned Reynolds
Steve Timm
Mark Wilson
Chip Leopard
Tom Jones
Robert Rust
Reed Price – who also shuttled volunteers
Jeroen Bosboom
Carrie Harden
Keith Parsons
Gene Frial
Matt “Disco” Forrest
Matt Nourmahamadian
Preston Drake

And Lare-Dog and Suzanne Wilson who shuttled the volunteers to the trail heads.

4. PROTECT YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS IF YOU ARE INJURED WHILE MOUNTAIN BIKING

Dear Friend of Trails,

Your immediate action is needed to ensure proper health care benefits for trail enthusiasts everywhere!

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) recently introduced S. 616 and Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced H.R. 1076: “The HIPAA Recreational Injury Technical Correction Act.”

This legislation addresses a loophole caused by a Department of Health and Human Services’ rule making it possible for health care benefits to be denied to those who are injured while participating in recreational trail activities. Identical legislation passed the full Senate in the 108th Congress and obtained 177 bipartisan cosponsors in the House.

S. 616 and H.R. 1076 aim at ending health care discrimination for individuals participating in legal transportation and recreational activities— activities like horseback riding, motorcycling, snowmobiling, skiing, and all-terrain vehicle riding— since these activities are listed as ‘risky.’ We think everyone should get behind this bill, even though it doesn’t specify some types of trail users. If this is allowed to continue, it could have more far-reaching effects.

We are urging all trail enthusiasts to notify their Senators and Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor and support this bill.

You can TAKE ACTION now by making an appointment with your Congress member while they are at home on recess or by calling, emailing, or writing them.

To locate your Member online or to find their District Offices:

U.S. House of Representatives:

http://tinyurl.com/32utnt

U.S. Senate:

http://tinyurl.com/32utnt

To call your Member of Congress:

US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

Comprehensive information about Congress, including legislation.

Visit the American Trails website at:

www.AmericanTrails.org

for updates.

Help get this important legislation passed and protect the rights of trail enthusiasts everywhere! This bipartisan legislation will offer outdoor
recreation lovers the protection they deserve.

Please forward this message to your friends. Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

Pam Gluck, Executive Director
American Trails
pam_gluck@americantrails.org
http://www.AmericanTrails.org

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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04/08/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Trail Work Event this Saturday, April 14th

2. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever detected in Aliso Woods Wilderness Park

1. TRAIL WORK EVENT THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH

This Saturday, April 14th we will be having a trail work event working on the Los Pinos Trail. We will be meeting at the Lower San Juan Trail parking lot at 7:00 a.m.

To get to the Lower San Juan Trail parking lot take the I5 Freeway to Ortega Highway and drive 12.5 miles east to Hot Springs Canyon Road (there is a sign at this intersection for the Lazy W Ranch as well as a Ranger Station). Turn left on Hot Springs Canyon Road and drive about a mile to the Lower San Juan parking lot.

We plan on splitting the volunteers into two groups with one group being shuttled to the top of the trail where it begins off the Main Divide and the other group working from the bottom of the trail located near the Lower San Juan Parking Lot.

As I previously mentioned, the work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and we plan on finishing by 2:00 p.m. with lunch served afterward. Please bring a pair of gloves and water for during the work (we’ll have Clif Bars to snack on). In order to plan the work please RSVP to:

Countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

Thanks!

2. ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER DETECTED IN ALISO WOODS WILDERNESS PARK

Last week the County of Orange received conformation that one of the Dermacenter ticks that were collected in Aliso Woods Wilderness Park was positive for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The county believes this is not an isolated incident.

* What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bacterial infection that’s transmitted to people by tick bites. It is not transferred from person to person.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever occurs most often during months when ticks are active – usually in spring and summer months, between April and early September.

* What Causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by an infection with bacteria that infect humans through tick bites. Usually, the tick needs to be attached to you for several hours to transmit the bacteria.

Crushing a tick with your fingers can also transmit the infection to you if tick juices enter your body through a cut or other broken skin on your finger.

The bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is called Rickettsia rickettsii.

* What are the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

There are many symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Initial symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever initial include:

A sudden fever
Nausea
Vomiting
Headache
Muscle pain
Loss of appetite

Later symptoms include:

Rash
Abdominal pain
Joint pain
Diarrhea

Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and without prompt and appropriate treatment it can be fatal.

* How is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Treated?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is usually treated with antibiotics

This information on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever was taken from:

http://www.mamashealth.com/infect/rocky.asp

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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