Archive for May, 2008

05/25/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. “The Traverse” wrap-up and finishing times are posted

2. Switchback Cyclery to host a Woman’s only riding clinic on Saturday June 21st

3. Sierra Travel Management Plan Update

1. “THE TRAVERSE” WRAP-UP AND FINISHING TIMES ARE POSTED

Thanks again to all the participants, sponsors and event support who made the 2009 Traverse as success!

Here is the link to the wrap-up and finishing times:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/writeup_traverse2008.html

2. SWITCHBACK CYCLERY TO HOST WOMEN’S ONLY RIDING CLINIC ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST

The clinic will be free of Charge. Here are the details:

Time – 8:00 am to 12:00pm
For – Beginners and Intermediate only
Where – Staging at Irvine Park

We will cover:

1. Handling Skills
2. Descending
3. Climbing
4. How to change a Flat
5. Obstacle Course

Please RSVP to Switchback Cyclery (714) 628-3913 so we make sure we have enough instructors.

Water and snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by the Warrior’s Society

3. SIERRA TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE

The Stewards of the Sequoia continues to have meetings with the Sequoia Forest regarding proposed closures of over 500 miles of trails. At our most recent meeting Forest Staff stated they may not have time to review many existing trails during the Route Designation Process.

Yet they intend on releasing a plan before the end of the year to comply with the arbitrary deadline with the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Division.

The Sequoia travel plan will be based on the limited information they have & may require closure of trails they have not reviewed.

Stewards made it clear that the proposed closure of over 500 miles of trails will:

* Increase impacts
* Increase maintenance costs
* Reduce user satisfaction

This was not the intent of the travel management plan.

Your Green Sticker Funds provided over $11 million to do a complete trail review & thorough trail plan, not close trails due to lack of time.

If you want to do something to help stop closures watch this video & take one hour to show it to your legislator before it is too late.
www.TrailsInTrouble.org

Want more info visit the Stewards of the Sequoia web site:

http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/

Together We Can Keep Our Trails Open

Chris Horgan
Stewards of the Sequoia
Division of CTUC 501c3 Non Profit

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, Sho-Air Racing, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

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

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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05/20/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. “The 2008 Traverse” – hot times in the Santa Ana’s

2. BIKE Magazine names the Vision Quest one of the top 10 toughest events

3. 75th Anniversary 75K ride to celebrate Cuyamaca State Park – May 31st

4. Ride of Silence to honor those who have been injured or killed road riding

5. Sequoia Forest hosts workshops to explain proposed new fees

1. “THE 2008 TRAVERSE” – HOT TIMES IN THE SANTA ANA’S

Our hats are off to all those that participated in the 2008 Traverse. The temps were in the low 100’s and it showed in the attrition rate.

We will have a link to the wrap-up in next week’s news. Thank you to all who participated and helped to support the event to benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children:

http://tinyurl.com/2rotck

Our next event is the 2008 Toad Festival fun ride on Saturday, June 7th:

– Fun Ride Long Course: ($45) (27 miles w/ 5,000 ft. of total elevation
gain) Start time 8:00 a.m. The Fun Ride will have games along the course.
The person(s) with the highest points wins prizes.

– Fun Ride Short Course: ($45 for adults and $25 for kids 13 and under).
10-miles w/ 500 ft. of climbing. Start time 9:00 a.m. This ride is a great beginners and kids ride through the beautiful tree covered trails of O’Neil Park. The Fun Ride will have games along the course. The person(s) with the highest points wins prizes.

The Toad Festival will be a fundraiser for “Talk About Curing Autism”
(TACA):

http://www.tacanow.com/about_taca/taca.htm

TACA has been VERY important in helping parents navigate the world of autism – education, therapy, biomedical information and emotional support.

TACA provides emergency financial assistance to families with a child with autism to cover costs associated with housing, utilities, automobile repair, insurance premiums, food, medical care, prescriptions, daycare, and other items.

To print out a downloadble application or to register online at Active.com go to the event web page at:

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

2. BIKE MAGAZINE NAMES THE VISION QUEST ONE OF THE TOP 10 TOUGHEST EVENTS

The current issue of Bike Magazine has a list of “The 10 toughest races in the world”. Vision Quest made the list. Here is a quote from multi- Vision Quest top 10 finisher Jason First:

Southern California locals know: Vision Quest packs more pain per mle than most any race. The stats tell part of the story, but not all: Racers climb 11,000 feet in 56.5 miles. “It takes most people at least hours to finish,” Says semi-pro Jason First. Named after Native American ritual that involved wilderness journeys, personal growth and hallucinogens, the race crushes competitors with steep climbs and rough, shaley descents. “It’s hard to get through without at least one thing going wrong”, First says. Near the end, on the precipitous upward slopes of the West Horse Thief trail, severe exhaustion is known to produce stranger visions than any peace pipe ever could.

3. 75TH ANNIVERSARY 75K RIDE TO CELEBRATE CUYAMACA STATE PARK – MAY 31ST

The MBAU (Mountain Bike Assistant Unit) and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park are doing a 75K ride on the Trails and fire roads on Saturday, May 31st to celebrate the parks 75th Anniversary this year. This Ride will start and finish in Paso Picacho Campground Day use area. Start time will be at 8:00 am and the event will be limited to 75 riders.

The cost will be $50.00 and each rider will receive a T-shirt, support station for food and drink half way though and barbecue afterwards (veggie and meat). Riders whom complete the ride will get a commemorative poster art of the 75 year anniversary.

Any money made will go to CRSPIA (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association) non-profit group which helps better the Park for the Public. Any interested Riders sign-up on Active.com at:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1571229

4. RIDE OF SILENCE TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED OR KILLED ROAD RIDING

WHEN – Wednesday, May 21, 2008
TIME – 6-8pm (Ride at 6:30 pm)
WHERE – Irvine Civic Center In IRVINE – Orange County – California ROUTE – Flat 9.7 mile loop around Irvine; on-street bike lanes and off street bike way: Repeat of the 2006 & 2007 route run East on Alton with several regroups then return on the San Diego Creek bikeway so we can fully regroup by the time we get back to the start. (if the San Diego Creek bikeway is not usable between Sand Canyon & Jeffrey the Irvine Police will escort our detour)

For more information go to:

http://www.sellin.com/silence/

5. SEQUOIA FOREST HOSTS WORKSHOPS TO EXPLAIN PROPOSED NEW FEES

The Sequoia Forest will be holding four recently announced workshops to explain the proposed new fee program which would charge $10 a day or $50 year to forest users in many areas. Make your views known. The Forest is requesting public comment.

Sequoia Meeting Locations & Dates all meetings 5:30-8:30 pm:

BAKERSFIELD June, 4 – Wednesday East Bakersfield Vet’s Hall, 2101 Ridge Road
KERNVILLE June, 5 – Thursday Ranger District Office, 105 Whitney Road
PORTERVILLE June, 9 – Monday Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1839 South Newcomb
RIDGECREST June, 11 – Wednesday Kerr McGee Center, 100 West California Avenue

Many of you may not be aware that the Sequoia Forest has been working on a Campground plan called the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan or RSFMP for short. Stewards of the Sequoia have been attending meetings & providing comments on the plan in order to preserve public access.

You can read more about the proposed new fees & Plan highlights here:

http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/Alert-RSFMP.html

In addition, many of you may not be aware that the Sequoia Forest has been working on a Campground plan called the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan or RSFMP for short. Stewards of the Sequoia have been attending meetings & providing comments on the plan in order to preserve public access.

The Sequoia just held workshops & you can read more about the proposed new fees & Plan highlights here:

http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/Alert-RSFMP.html


Chris Horgan
Stewards of the Sequoia
Division of CTUC 501c3 Non Profit

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, Sho-Air Racing, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

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

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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