In this issue:
1. Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County Grand Opening Party
2. Thursday evening pre-view ride of the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hour course
3. Parks board lost a powerful advocate
4. It’s going to be a cold winter…
1. SWITCHBACK CYCLERY 6-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY GRAND OPENING PARTY
We had a great time at the Grand Opening Party for the new “Lare-Dog” Trail at the Flying B that will be used in the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County course. This is a whole new course, not the same one used in the 12-Hours of Orange County last spring.
The designers and builders of the trail, as well as special guests, took their first complete ride on the course. The Lare-Dog Trail is a blast going up, as we will be doing the in 6-Hour event, or going down. We also created two new bypasses and a great exchange area for the event that will keep us from dealing with traffic coming and going into the ranch. We will be modifying the last 250 feet of Warrior’s Trail, eliminating “Dan’s Drop” and the cross-traffic problems we were experiencing.
After the ride everyone was given a buffet of Mango Salmon, Beer Sautéed Chicken and Portobello Steak along with salad, home made squash soup, home made potato salad, beer or soda and pie for dessert. Many thanks to our chef’s; Gena, Alex, Tanya and Jesse for preparing and cooking an excellent gourmet dinner.
As I mentioned in a previous email, we will be building two new trails over the winter, “They Killed Kenny” and “You Bastard.” “You Bastard” will be a stunt/downhill trail designed by Jim Sladeck who designed the stunts at Brian Lopes house in Trabuco Canyon.
Eron Boyer and Jason Martin will be designing “They Killed Kenny” which will be used for both cross-country events and downhill events.
Depending on when “You Bastard” is completed, we will have a downhill competition either at the Warrior’s Spring Cross Country Race in April or the Warrior’s Fall Cross Country Race in November or next year.
Many thanks to the following people for building and designing the Lare-Dog Trail:
Larry “Lare-Dog” Branham – Designer
Ken “Dies Many Deaths” Rands – Designer
2. THURSDAY EVENING PRE-VIEW RIDE OF THE SWITCHBACK CYCLERY 6-HOUR COURSE
We’ve already started receiving a lot of registrations for the November 5th Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County (a lot of solo riders) and since this is a new event (and we want to make sure that both the support staff and participants enjoy themselves) we will be limiting registration to 200 participants.
A pre-view ride will be held this Thursday, September 22nd, beginning at 6:00 at the Flying B Ranch. This ride is only open to those already registered in the event. If are already registered for the event and you’re interested in joining us email us to RSVP.
We will have additional pre-view rides scheduled for those registered for the event on Saturday’s or Sunday’s in October.
We estimate the course will be 4.5 miles long with about 1,200 feet of total elevation gain per lap. The course will take expert/pro riders around 30 minutes to complete a lap, intermediates about 35 to 45 minutes to complete a lap and novices 45 minutes to 55 minutes to complete a lap.
Doug at Geoladders will be out on Tuesday to ride the course and provide a 3D map as well as the exact distance and total elevation gain. We’ll have a link to the map and stats in next week’s news as well as an update on the 2006 Pow Wow.
At the event we will also be providing a Bounce House for the kids as well as a free kids race after the 6-Hour event ends at 2:00. There is a playground, field and plenty of shade so bring the whole family out to root you on and enjoy the day. Food will be available for purchase and kids four and younger eat free.
The cost of the event is $35 per person and includes custom beaded gold, silver and bronze coup feathers for the top finishers and a lunch of salad, rolls, veggie or chicken pasta and beer or soda.
Applications for the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County are now available at the majority of bike shops in Orange County. You can also download and application from our web site at:
Or register on active.com at:
3. PARKS BOARD LOST A POWERFUL ADVOCATE
Mike Boeck, our Consultant on the Road through the Santa Ana Mountains and the East Orange Development in Orange, recently resigned from the Silverado Modjeska Recreation and Parks District Board. A story written by Frank Mickadeit of the Orange County Register on his resignation and his reasons for resigning follows my comments.
Mike has fought tirelessly for the Community to provide trails and open space for all the residents of Orange County, including the “Flatlanders” who don’t live in the canyons. Mike was also instrumental in exposing the detrimental effects the Sierra Club’s Conservation Alternative 6 Forest Plan would have on fire management and control as well as on our recreational access.
He was a member of the Sierra Club’s Santa Ana Mountains Task Force until he was asked to resign from the Sierra Club when he openly confronted them for not being honest in their negotiations over the Southern California Wilderness Bill and the effect it would have on recreational access and fire management.
Despite his decision to resign from the Parks District for the Canyons, he will continue to be an advocate for access, trails and open space. Mike has never been, and will never be, in the pocket of anyone and will expose corruption when he confronts it.
We look forward to continue working with Mike as our lead consultant to provide and protect recreation opportunities and multi-use access for the citizens of Orange County.
By FRANK MICKADEIT
The Orange County Register
Friday, September 16, 2005
Mike Boeck, my eyes and ears out in the canyons, abruptly resigned from the Silverado Modjeska Recreation and Parks District this week. It was nasty.
This agency doesn’t sound like a big-deal political entity, but it covers 73 square miles of O.C.’s backcountry, or what is left of it, and has the potential to be a player when it comes to acquiring trails and open space for the rest of us flatlanders to enjoy on weekends. Or, perhaps I should say, had the potential.
Boeck rubs a lot of people in the canyons the wrong way (I hear from them whenever I quote Boeck), but no one can question that he knows O.C.’s backcountry like few others, cares passionately about its future, and that because of his outreach (detractors would say because of his ego), he made this obscure parks board better known to those in a position to help it – like the county Board of Supervisors and environmental nonprofits.
In a scathing letter that accompanied his resignation, he complains that the board president removed him from arguably the board’s most important committee, Trails and Open Space. He also says the board may have violated state laws by misrepresenting in the minutes what happened at the June 23 board meeting where all this came to an ugly head, by ending the tape recording of the meeting and by signing a contract without proper consent.
The minutes, online at www.smrpd.org, say that during the meeting Boeck opined on some matter and that another board member asked him to “stick to the facts.”
Boeck, the minutes say, “stood up and began to shout and gesture toward the chair(man).” He was called out of order but continued his outburst, and the chairman ordered the meeting halted. “Director Boeck was escorted from the room by several members of the audience, and the room was cleared.”
Yikes. I tried calling him yesterday but he was out hiking. That’s so Mike. I tried calling the park district office but just got an answering machine. That’s so Silverado.
4. IT’S GOING TO BE A COLD WINTER
It was October and the Native Americans on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was a Chief in a modern society he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared. But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea.
He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”
“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,” the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
A week later he called the National Weather Service again. “Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?”
“Yes,” the man at National Weather Service again replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.”
The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later the Chief called the National Weather Service again. “Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”
“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever.”
“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked.
The weatherman replied, “The Native Americans are collecting firewood like crazy.”