In this issue:
1. Free public Technical Riding Skills Class next Saturday (October 29th) and Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County Open House
2. Monique Sawicki, endurance champ and Warrior’s Society Club member, to present Endurance Seminar at the Huntington Beach REI
3. Core Chiropractic will provide free deep-muscle massage at the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County
4. Trail Work Event/Ride at Bommer Canyon
5. Forest Plan meetings for this week
1. FREE PUBLIC TECHNICAL RIDING SKILLS CLASS NEXT SATURDAY (OCTOBER 29TH) AND SWITCHBACK 6-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY OPEN HOUSE
Next Saturday, October 29th we will be having a free skills class on technical riding and also a pre-ride of the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County course at the Flying B Ranch (after which the course will be open for practice). If you have not heard, we have decided to have an Expert and Novice course at the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County.
The difference in the courses is the Expert course has you turn right after climbing up “Lare-dog” and then do a short steep climb up to, and down, the Warrior’s Trail.
The Warrior’s Trail is best described as being similar to the Luge but with a few steeper drops, a technical “drop in” turn call “Jacknife” and a trail bed that alternates between hard pack to loose and rocky. Those with good technical skills “bomb” down this trail. Those with poor technical skills either walk it or “crash” down it.
In the Novice course you turn left at the top of “Lare-dog” and you descend down a fire road/single track bypass to the bottom of the Warrior’s Trail where you rejoin the Expert riders and resume riding the rest of the course.
At the Open House you will have the opportunity to ride both courses.
The Technical Riding Class is sponsored by the Warrior’s Society Dog Soldiers and our Race Team sponsors: Switchback Cyclery, The PATH Bike Shop, Shimano, Manitou, Clif Bar and Cytomax.
The class will cover bike set up, fire road and technical single track descending as well as how to survive the Warrior’s Trail and the “Jack Knife” drop off – with all the blood and skin you started with.
These classes will be a good way for you to decide if you want to ride the Expert or Novice course in the 6-hour event and also refine your technical skills.
The class and open house will start at 9:00 sharp so arrive early and be ready to ride. Those who participated in the first Open House on October 29th have the option of skipping the class and instead pre-ride the course.
There is a $5.00 entry fee per car to enter the Flying B. Drinks will be provided after the class. Please RSVP if you plan on attending.
Doug at Geoladders has measured the distance of the Expert Course (4.6 miles) and the total elevation gain per lap (1,125). The Novice Course is 4.2 miles long with a total elevation gain per lap of 1,060.
To view the map of the Expert Course, go to the Geoladders web site at:
Applications for the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County are now available at the majority of bike shops in Orange County. Your $35.00 entry fee includes beaded and non-beaded gold, silver and bronze coup feathers; a goodie bag; a lunch of salad, pasta, rolls and drinks (beer or soda).
Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County event t-shirts can be purchased for an additional $10.00.
WE HAVE 50 POSITIONS LEFT BEFORE WE REACH OUR 200 PARTICIPATION LIMIT. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE SWITCHBACK 6-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND (UNLESS WE SELL OUT FIRST).
You can also download and application from our web site at:
Or register on active.com at:
Email the Warrior’s Society to RSVP and for a map to the Flying B if you plan on attending the technical skills course or/and Open House.
2. MONIQUE SAWICKI, ENDURANCE CHAMP AND WARRIOR’S SOCIETY CLUB MEMBER, TO PRESENT ENDURANCE TRAINING SEMINAR AT THE HUNTINGTON BEACH REI
On Monday, October 24th at 7pm, Monique “Pua” Sawicki, Professional Endurance Cyclist and champion mountain biker will be coming to REI Huntington Beach to present a slideshow and training seminar for all skill levels and interests.
In three years, Monique has risen from novice to champion; in her first year of racing professionally (’04), she took the NORBA Marathon Series Title (Marathon is the “Endurance” length mountain bike race- usually 50-70 miles.). In ’05, she already holds 2 national titles, and was the 1st selection to the U.S.A. cycling team to represent the U.S. at the World Cup finals in Norway.
This Clinic is a great opportunity to learn not only how the U.S.’s top female endurance cyclist prepares to race at the highest levels, but how cyclists of any skill or endurance level can apply these tips and training techniques to take their performance to the next level. Topics will include nutrition, equipment and apparel, and training regimens.
We invite you to join us! Please pass this information along to anyone you think would be interested in attending!
REI Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Ave. Ste. 138
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
3. CORE CHIROPRACTIC TO PROVIDE FREE DEEP MUSCLE MASSAGE AT THE SWITCHBACK 6-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY
Core Chiropractic is happy to be a part of the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County. We will provide massage, using a new technology that most professional teams and many elite athletes now use. It’s called DMS (deep muscle stimulator). It vibrates/percusses the muscles 2000 times per minute, giving you a phenomenal massage, without the pain or soreness of traditional deep tissue. In addition, it takes much less time, usually around 25 minutes.
We will be at the race, before it starts, during and afterwards. Also, my office would like to offer a special pre-race discount of 50% to anyone who may need some nagging injuries or tension to be released, during the days or weeks prior to the race. Check out our website www.83spine.com or just call (949) 837 7463 to make a reservation. Our address for those who want to get worked on before the race dress is 25542 Jeronimo rd #3, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Hope to see you soon,
Shane, the chiropractor
4. TRAIL WORK EVENT/RIDE AT BOMMER CANYON
Warrior’s Society Club member Adam Maywhort was recently appointed Field Operations Manager for the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust. He is having his first trail work event next Saturday. If you’re not going to attend the technical skills class/Open House at the Flying B please help Adam out.
When:Saturday, October 29th – 8:00 am until Noon
Where: Bommer Canyon – Cattle Camp Staging Area, Irvine
Directions:The Cattle Camp Staging Area is located in the City of Irvine at the end of Bommer Canyon Road (off of Shady Canyon Road)
Trail Work:We will be working to repair some erosion damage at the West Fork Trail, which is the connector trail from Bommer Canyon to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Crystal Cove.
The Ride: a Mountain Bike Ride through the Bommer and Shady Canyons will follow the work with some great climbs, great descents and some hike-a bike thrown in for fun.
The Food: We will finish up with lunch at the Cattle Camp Staging Area provided by the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust.
Just bring your muscles and your bike (helmet required). All tools, gloves, water and lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP so we can assure plenty of food for everyone.
Thank you and I’ll see you on the 29th.
Adam J. Maywhort
Field Operations Manager
Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust
(949) 720-5518 (phone)
(949) 720-5582 (fax)
5. ACCESS ALERT - FOREST PLAN MEETINGS THIS WEEK
The Forest Plan meetings begin this week and we encourage to you attend. We have the meeting dates, times and locations listed after my explanation of what you should be paying attention to at the meetings.
Each parcel of the national forest land has a specific designated land use zone that determines how that parcel will be managed for recreation and other activities.
The Zones are:
DESIGNATED WILDERNESS (EW): These areas are established wilderness areas. Mountain biking is not allowed in wilderness areas.
RECOMMENDED WILDERNESS (RW): These areas are being proposed as new wilderness areas. If congress designates these areas as wilderness mountain biking will not be allowed.
CRITICAL BIOLOGICAL (CB): Areas where the most important habitat for the most threatened species can be protected. Mountain biking is allowed in this zone.
BACK COUNTRY NON-MOTORIZED (BCNM): Areas managed for non-motorized recreation. Mountain biking is allowed in this zone.
BACK COUNTRY MOTORIZED USE RESTRICTED (BCMUR): Roads that are maintained for administrative or permit access but not open to the public. Mountain bikes are allowed in this zone.
BACK COUNTRY (BC): Areas managed for motorized public use. Mountain bikes are allowed in this zone.
DEVELOPED AREA INTERFACE (DAI): Areas adjacent to the forest where development has taken place. Mountain biking is allowed in this zone.
EXPERIMENTAL FOREST (EF): Areas set aside for study. Mountain biking is not allowed in this zone.
It is important that you view the maps showing the various land use zones to determine if any of the trails you ride are in areas that have been changed to any zone that does not allow mountain bike access such as “Recommended Wilderness” and “Experimental Forest” zones. Please contact the Warrior’s Society with any of your concerns.
There is also a current effort to implement a designated route policy for off-road vehicles. In the coming months, the OHV route designation process will be asking the public to review and confirm the inventory of existing routes. Mountain bikers should assist in this effort since many of the existing routes are also accessed by them.
Overall the plans are balanced and we ask that you be sure and thank the Forest Service personal at these meeting for choosing management alternative 4A.
These plans are final and the only option to attempt to change them is during the 90 day appeal process that began September 30th.
The Sierra Club will be out in force at these meetings attempting to deceive the public into opposing this alternative; don’t be deceived and don’t let others be deceived by the Sierra Club’s lies and rhetoric.
You can also view the plans online at:
Below are the meeting dates scheduled for this week for each of the four forests (as well as the dates of future meetings).
LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST
All meetings have been held
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST
West Covina: October 24, 6:00-8:00pm, West Covina Senior Center, 2501 E. Cortez Street
Fullerton: November 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Community Senior Multi-Service Center, 340 W. Commonwealth
CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST
Corona: October 27, 6:00-8:30pm, Corona Public Library, 650 S. Main Street
San Juan Capistrano: October 29, 10:00am -1:00pm, Old Fire Station Complex, 31421 La Matanza Street
Fullerton: November 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Community Senior Multi-Service Center, 340 W. Commonwealth
SAN BERNARDIO NATIONAL FOREST
Hesperia: October 19, 6:00-8:00pm, Holiday Inn Express, 9750 Keypoint Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga: October 26, 6:00-8:00pm, Lions Center West, Felipe Room 9161 Baseline Road
Idyllwild: November 1, 6:00-8:00pm, Idyllwild Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Rm, 26700 Hwy 243