It’s Pow Wow Time ! ! !
Check your emails & warriorssociety.org, they are full of the MOST UP TO
DATE information regarding the event.
Changes to event this year:
1. Finish line has moved back to end of Trabuco wash.
2. I.D. will be required upon check-in event morning.
3. Wristbands will be placed on participants at check in
4. Awards and pictures will be done at Finish line
O’Neill Park is NOT open at 5am so plan on leaving your car at Blackstar or having someone drop you off at the start. Carpooling is recommended.
Check in will start at 4:30 am. When you show your picture I.D. you will receive a wristband that you must wear during the event. Only registered riders with number plates will be allowed past the check-point to the start line area. This is a closed course event and only registered riders and support personnel will be allowed on course.
Event Starts promptly at 5:30 am with a mass start from the gate on Blackstar Canyon. SMALL COMMUTER LIGHT RECOMMENDED.
Blackstar Canyon Road has had extreme damage done from all the rains. Be extremely cautious riding up the road as there are wash outs that you will need to walk thru and narrow passage areas with deep ruts.
BE AWARE WHEN COMING DOWN THE DIRT FIRE ROAD FROM HOLY JIM TO THE END OF TRABUCO CREEK ROAD. THE ROAD IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC AND YOU WILL HAVE VEHICLES ON THE ROAD. LOTS OF VEHICLES WILL BE COMING UP THE ROAD AT YOU SO STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD.
Stay on event course at all times, even as you approach the finishing area. Should you cut course or are found disobeying the trail markers you will be given a DNF for your time.
There are checkpoints along the course so you will be tracked as to your location on the course throughout the day.
Cut off Times:
#1 – 9:30 am Aid Station#1 at the bottom of the Motorway
#2 – 11:30 am, Four Corners
#3 – 12:00 pm, Aid Station #2, Holy Jim parking lot
#4 – 12:45 pm, bottom of West horse Thief
#1 – 9:30 am, Aid Station #1 at the bottom of the Motorway
#2 – 11:30 am, Four Corners
If you do not make the cut off time your number plate will be removed and you will not be allowed to continue. You will be directed back down Maple Springs or Trabuco Creek Road depending on which cut off you miss.
AID STATION 2 BAGS – If you want to bring your own supplies to Aid Station 2, we must be able to throw way any left over contents and the bag they are in. All bags will be thrown away after the event. No Aid Station bags, disposable or not, will be taken to Aid Station 1. Your Aid Station 2 bag must be dropped off at the check-in table at 5:00am.
Food and Water will ONLY BE PROVIDED AT Aid Station 1 & 2… that means you need to carry enough water and food to sustain you until you hit Aid Station 1 & 2. There will be water, bananas, oranges, and snacks.
You must cross the finish line with a number plate in order to have your time recorded.
Make sure you pick up your finishing feather before leaving the event. We will not be mailing feathers to finishers You must get it at the event.
El Pollo Loco will be supplying a full meal for you at the venue area in O’Neil Park beginning at 12:00pm. You must show your wristband to receive your meal. Food will be served throughout the day to all participants.
Shuttles will be provided starting at 1pm from the venue area back to Blackstar until we get everyone back to their vehicles.
Parking is limited with in O’Neil Park. Parking will be available in the day use area of the park for $5 per car. The day use parking is approximately 1/2 mile from the venue area. If you choose to have friends or family attending the event have them park legally if they park on Trabuco Creek Road, Trabuco Oaks Road or Rose Canyon. There is no parking allowed on Live Oak.
This is what you have trained for all year, your moment has arrived. Stay focused, stay hydrated, stay well fueled and we will see you at the finish line! At the end you will know why this event is considered one of the toughest mountain bike events in North America. You will never look at the Santa Ana Mountains the same again and you will cherish your finishing feather like no other award!