11/27/05 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Trail work event at the Flying B Ranch to work on the 2006 Event Courses

2. Many thanks to those that helped brush the Los Pinos Trail

3. Correction on the Christmas/Thanks Ride and party

4. Darin Maxwell’s 2nd Annual Pushkona Ride

1. TRAIL WORK EVENT AT THE FLYING BE RANCH TO WORK ON THE 2006 EVENT COURSES

On Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th we will be having trail work parties at the Flying B Ranch constructing the first of 4 new single track trails and the one downhill course to be used in our 2006 Flying B Event Series.

The majority of the terrain of the first XC single track we are building is on a gentle grassy slope and will require very little benching and no brushing. Trail designers Eron Boyer and Jason Sladeck have laid out two new single tracks that really flow and will be fun to ride both up and down.

Downhill course designer James Sladeck, assisted by Han’s Rey and Brian Lopes, has laid out a great downhill course utilizing the fire road that climbs to the top of the highest ridge at the Flying B Ranch.

Those working this event qualify for our free Christmas/Thanks Ride and Party on Saturday, December 10th at the Flying B Ranch. Our volunteers will have a pre-view ride of the courses that will be used in the 2006 Flying B Series of Events, a prize raffle (or score points in games for prizes) and a great lunch. For more information on this free event for our 2005 volunteers see the announcement in this news release.

If you are free to work on the XC course next Saturday we will meet at the Flying B entrance gate at 9:00 a.m. and end the work at 2:00 p.m. All you have to bring are a pair of gloves and food while you work and we’ll provide pizza and drinks (beer/soda) afterward.

If you can help Saturday please RSVP to Jason Martin at:

mtnbikej@comcast.net

Eron Boyer may be working on Sunday on the XC trails. If you’d like to join him email him for the starting time and meeting location at:

eiboyer@sbcglobal.net

If you’d like to help out in building the downhill course on Sunday contact James Sladeck for information on the meeting location and staging time at:

jimsladeck@cox.net

Those volunteering at the trail construction events at the Flying B will also qualify for the free “Trail Grand Opening Party” once all the single track trails and the downhill course for our 2006 Flinging B Events Series are constructed.

2. MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELPED BRUSH THE LOS PINOS TRAIL

Brushing our backcountry trails, which demand great endurance to hike, much less ride; is a brutal workout. The leader of the trail work, Warrior’s Society Dog Soldier Ned “Lone Wolf” Reynolds, had planned to use gas powered hedge trimmers, but unfortunately, it was dry with temps in the mid to upper 80’s; perfect fire conditions.

The Forest Service, properly, declared a “Red Flay” day – and no power tools are allowed to be operated due to the risk of starting a fire; it would be all hand tools. Even without power tools, they managed to brush the majority of the trail; only a small middle section remains.

Those that showed up for this trail work event have the same spirit of the “Dog Soldier’s” that protected the tribe so many years ago:

They endured, they committed, and they gave back.

Thanks to all of you that participated in this most difficult trail work event.

“Dances With Hornets”

3. CORRECTION ON CHRISTMAS / THANKS RIDE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th

Due to an editing error some of you were sent the news on the Christmas / Thanks ride with two conflicting dates and start times. Here is the correct information:

Our free Christmas /Thanks Ride for all our volunteers will be on Saturday, December 10th meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Flying B Ranch.

We’ll be doing a ride and giving a pre-view of the two new single tracks at the ranch as well as the new downhill course.

The ride will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at around 1:00 after which we’ll have a lunch, a raffle (or games at different locations on the pre-view ride with those with the highest scores winning prizes) and party…

For lunch we’ll have salad, carnitas, chicken asada, rice, beans tortillas and drinks (wine/beer/soda).

If you served as a volunteer at one of our trail work or riding events you qualify to attend this free event.

YOU MUST RSVP if you plan on attending.

We have a ton of prizes to raffle out to our volunteers thanks to the generosity of the following 2005 event sponsors:

Major Sponsors:

Manitou
Shimano
The Other Room Web Design
Clif Bar
Cytomax
Switchback Cyclery
The Path

Contributing sponsors:

Rock N’ Road Cyclery
JAX Bike Shops
Edge Cyclesports
The Bike Company
South County Cyclery
Rainbow Bikes
Oakley
Thrifty Vegetable
Yakima
Voler
Serfas
Pechanga Resort and Casino
Minute Maid / Coca Cola
Titus
Mountain Biking Magazine
Active.com
Dakine

Advocacy Sponsors:

SHARE
Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC)
MTBAccess
Trails4All
Team Basso

4. DARIN MAXWELLS 2ND ANNUAL PUSHKONA RIDE

Club member Darin Maxwell held his 2nd Annual PushKona (so named because the goal was to ride 35 pound + bikes on a long ride, or in some cases, push the bike up the climbs).

This is a tough ride, especially on the day it was held. The temps were in the 80’s with very dry conditions. What the Forest Service call’s a “red flag” day.

Total mileage = 32.2 miles
Average moving speed = 5.1 mph
Estimated total elevation = 5,500 to 6,000 feet

For the story and pictures go to:

http://tinyurl.com/ddf7l

Darin put on a tough ride – and what’s more amazing – is Darin is an insulin dependant diabetic. He has to constantly test his blood to control his blood sugar level and avoid doing the “floppy tuna.” All we have to do is eat and drink.

Darin is also the father of Lacy Maxwell, a member of our Jr. Race Team:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Racing/Bio-Lacey.html

The oldest rider to finish was Bill Hasenjaeger at 51 years old. Bill is the Warrior’s Society’s Washington State Representative.

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