In this issue:
1. Trail work suicide missions
2. Club member “Pua” Sawicki wins over-all at the 12-Hours of Temecula
3. Help save access to the front country trails in Santa Barbara
1. TRAIL WORK SUICIDE MISSIONS
Pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion or pure pain takes many forms. For some it is the discipline and pain to finish a grueling ride and set a personal best; for others it is a sacrifice of time to clear a trail reclaimed by nature.
There is a certain satisfaction and sense of accomplishment for those that test the demands of a ride – and the demands of reclaiming our trails from nature; in both endeavors sacrifice and discipline plays a big part – especially when it comes to cutting back poison oak.
At our last trail work session brushing Holy Jim and Trabuco, Steve Foster and Ethan Yotter were assigned to cut back the low lying “stringers” of poison oak growing on the Holy Jim Trail. Another member of the Warrior’s Society that has an ongoing furious battle with poison oak, and a love of battling it, was assigned to cut back the poison oak on the Trabuco Trail.
Only a select few are chosen for this “suicide mission” to cut back the areas of trail “taken over” by poison oak. Cutting back poison oak usually entails running a weed wacker with a Teflon blade attached – thus exposing yourself to the oil of the plant that causes the severe infection.
A few are blessed with the ability to fight oak on its own terms, suffering only minor wounds in the battle to reclaim our trails; But others, such as Steve Foster and Ethan Yotter – are not so fortunate as was the case for them both. Steve Foster is also active in trail work and access issues in the county park system and is a valued member of the Warrior’s Society.
The true test of a Warrior is not what he does for personal glory, but what he does to protect the tribe. Sacrifice for personal glory in one’s riding ability is a legacy of self, sacrifice for the benefit of the tribe to protect our access and battle against the ravages of poison oak is a legacy of self-sacrifice and the protection of the tribe. To combine both is a legacy to follow and a lesson to all…
Ya Ta Hey to all our volunteers, who in order to protect our tribe, have brushed the trails felt the slings and arrows of poison oak.
2. CLUB MEMBER “PUA” SAWICKI WINS OVER-ALL AT THE 12-HOUR OF TEMECULA
Pua took the overall solo lead (men & women) on the first lap and is back in the winners circle. She also will be in an upcoming spring issue of Shape Magazine.
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3. HELP SAVE ACCESS TO THE FRONT COUNTRY TRAILS IN SANTA BARBARA
Here is a link to a petition to help us keep access to the front country trails in Santa Barbara. Please send this along to your friends that mountain bike