Archive for December, 2005

Warrior’s Society 2006 Down Hill Course Build Day – Sunday, Dec. 18th

Here is an update for the next 2006 Warrior’s Society Down Hill Course build days:

I’ll be putting together a list for the person at the front gate and only those on the list will be able to come in. As many of you know, there has been a lot of talk about this park and it’s on several websites. I have a commitment to the owner of the property and to the Warriors Society to keep things as safe as possible. Controlling who comes in is very important to make this happen.

I will also have a permanent guest list which will include Warrior members, sponsors, pro’s and people that I know personally.

If you are an experienced single track builder, we need to find a way from the VERY top ridge down to the start line of the trails we started to build at the highest pad last week. If we have enough volunteers, lets assemble a scout group to go search for some technical single track on Sunday.

We also need another group to work on the lower single track that Lopes, Hans and Blick built. We need to use sandbags or something else to firm up some washed out corners and the make it super fun.

IMPORTANT—-ALL OF THE TRAILS NEED TO HAVE THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM # OF FIRE ROAD CROSSINGS. Since it will require the rider to slow down and make sure there is not a vehicle coming across, it will really effect the flow of the trail. If there is an option to pedal up a small hill or cross the road we have to go with the pedaling option. On crowded days it will be a major safety issue and we may have to have a volunteer at EVERY crossing.

Only 10 vehicles (trucks/SUV’s) will be allowed to go up the mountain. At the lower parking lot, everybody needs to put bikes and gear in someone else’s truck and then only full trucks can go up.

Here’s a list of people that are going to be in charge of the following on Sunday:

Chris Goodman—“A-line” style DH/MX course—bobcat from 9:00 to noon
Water Trailer—-Jon Levy
Mulch Moving —Mike Wojo (need more trucks and volunteers)
Rhythm Section—Mike Gardner
Free Ride Jump Line—Ryan Mounts
North Shore Stunts (Wood)—Mick Kavran
Upper Singletrack?????? (new)_______________
Lower Singletrack ????????(already built—needs working on)______________
Bobcat Driver for mini slopestyle (on bottom by the dumpster)________________
Someone to BBQ lunch????_______________

If anybody has some big plastic tarps that we can put down in the bed of our trucks please bring them. We may be able to save a lot of shoveling (unloading) the mulch by pulling out the plastic with the mulch on top.

Please DON’T BRING DIRT BIKES!!!!!!!! You won’t be allowed to ride them on the property — Also, there are bathrooms with showers in the RV park that we can use.

In addition, the Bike Co has volunteered to provide some shuttle runs for anybody that wants to stay after lunch. Let’s get some of the jumps finished and the trails more dialed in and we can have some fun.

I’m planning to stay until 3:00 and will have to close everything up on my way out.

Pics from the last event:

http://www.fooriders.com/webmain/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=55957#

Thanks everybody for your help and all the great ideas since the last build days.

Jim Sladeck, Director of DH Events

jimsladeck@cox.net

Manitou and Shimano are the Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Cytomax is the official fluid replacement drink of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of The Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society
A Tax-Exempt organization under 501(c) 4 of the IRS Code
www.warriorssociety.org

An MTBAccess affiliated club

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12/12/05 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Write-ups and pictures of the new cross-country and downhill trails at the Flying B Ranch

2. Positions left in the Vision Quest and Counting Coup Events

3. The Bommer Canyon Trail and Restoration Stewardship Project needs Qualified Trail Bosses

4. SHARE Trail Work Event on Dec. 17th – Cactus Trail in Whiting Ranch

1. WRITE-UPS AND PICTURES OF THE NEW CROSS-COUNTRY AND DOWNHILL TRAILS AT THE FLYING B RANCH

Winston Walker posted a write-up, pictures and a video from the Down
Hill Course work party at the Flying B Ranch on the FooRiders web site:

http://tinyurl.com/8xa8r

We also have a story, with pictures, on the new Scorpion cross-country trail at the Flying B Ranch:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/News/Scorpion.html

The next work day for the downhill course is Sunday, December 18th. If you’d like to volunteer contact James Sladeck at:

jimsladeck@cox.net

James may be limiting the amount of volunteers depending on how many trail bosses he has to help supervise so if you do not RSVP and get a confirmation to that RSVP you will not be allowed into the park.

2. POSITIONS LEFT FOR THE 2006 VISION QUEST AND COUNTING COUP

To help those considering participating in the 2006 Vision Quest and Counting Coup (the 2006 Mountain Bike Pow Wow Events) we are going to be doing weekly updates on the positions left in each of the events:

Vision Quest – 73 spots left (150 total)

Counting Coup – 49 spots left (100 total)

We are getting on average about 15 to 20 applications a week and hope to sell out the events by mid-January.

In addition to downloading the Vision Quest and Counting Coup apps off our web site, or registering through Acive.com, you can also register for the Pow Wow Events at Switchback Cyclery in Orange. Switchback Cyclery is located in Orange at 8530 E. Chapman (at Prospect Avenue on the southeast corner about a mile and a half east of the 55 Freeway). Their phone number is (714) 628-3913.

We are in the process of negotiating with two other bike shops in Orange County to be the named sponsors of our other 2006 Events. We will be negotiating with those shops to also allow registration at their shop locations for the events they sponsor.

Here’s the info to download apps and to register on Active.com:

To download an app for the Vision Quest go to:

http://tinyurl.com/b8brg

To register for the Vision Quest on Active.com go to:

http://tinyurl.com/cgso9

To download an app for the Counting Coup go to:

http://tinyurl.com/b8brg

To register for the Counting Coup on Active.com go to:

http://tinyurl.com/ajmrb

Your event confirmation will have additional event information including a course description.

3. THE BOMMER CANYON TRAIL AND RESTORATION STEWARDSHIP PROJECT NEEDS TRAIL BOSSES

The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust is hosting a fairly large trail and restoration stewardship meeting on Wednesday morning, January 4th, 2006 from 8:00 am to Noon.

A UCI based service organization has committed over 100 volunteers to the Trust that morning for several projects within the Bommer Canyon area.

They have plenty of volunteers for that morning, but what we could use is a few extra qualified trail bosses to help supervise the groups.

We will be splitting the volunteers into 4 to 6 groups to work on various projects:

* Trail maintenance – erosion prevention and repairs
* Trail maintenance – trail brushing
* Restoration planting of native species
* Mitigation removals of non-native species
* General spruce up of the Cattle Camp area

For more information contact:

Adam J. Maywhort
Field Operations Manager
Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust
(714) 508-4762 (phone)
(714) 508-4782 (fax)
(949) 370-5602 (cell)
amaywhort@irlrtrust.org

4. SHARE TRAIL WORK EVENT ON DEC. 17TH. – CACTUS TRAIL IN WHITING RANCH

Next Saturday, December 17, SHARE will be doing a repair to the Cactus Hill Trail. We will meet at 9:00am at the Santiago Stables (18381 Santiago Canyon Road, about a mile past Cook’s Corner). Bring your bike and ride from the stables to the worksite. Like me, this may be your last chance to ride before the holiday.

For more information contact Ken Rands at:

krands@cox.net

Thank you for supporting SHARE this year and Merry Christmas to all,

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Ken Rands
Volunteer Coordinator
SHARE Mountain Bike Club

Manitou and Shimano are the Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Cytomax is the official fluid replacement drink of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of The Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society
A Tax-Exempt organization under 501(c) 4 of the IRS Code
www.warriorssociety.org

An MTBAccess affiliated club

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12/04/05 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Christmas / Thanks Ride this Saturday, December 10th

2. James Sladeck appointed Warrior’s Society Down Hill Event Director – 2006 Flying B downhill and XC event course construction update.

3. Warrior’s Society Race Team Event Write-ups

4. Note found on the Chiquita Trail at the Viejo Tie intersection

5. Irvine Ranch Docents Needed

6. The Path Bike Shop 1st Annual Christmas Parking Lot Sale

1. CHRISTMAS / THANKS RIDE THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th

Our free Christmas /Thanks Ride for all our volunteers will be this 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

2. JIM SLADECK APPOINTED WARRIOR’S SOCIETY DOWN HILL EVENT DIRECTOR – 2006 FLYING B DOWN HILL AND XC COURSE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Jim Sladeck, our down hill course designer, has also been appointed our Downhill Event Director responsible for all our 2006 Downhill Events at the Flying B Ranch and their sponsorship.

Jim had his first course construction volunteer event on Sunday concentrating on the Pro-Down Hill Course. Turnout was so big Jim had to turn some people offering to volunteer down; even so, things were a bit chaotic because of the overwhelmingly large turnout – and Jim was chasing his tail trying to direct them all.

To address this in future course construction work days, he will be appointing assistants to be in charge of the construction of different sections of the course.

Despite the initial chaos of this first day of construction, the volunteers got enough of the course built to do a few shuttles down it. Jumps still need to be constructed on two large flat areas of the course as well as doing final work on the rest of the course such as widening, adding jumps, and refining it through testing.

If all things go as planned we will be adding a Spring and Fall Down Hill Event series as well as crowning a female and male O.C. Down Hill Champion at the last down hill event in the fall of 2006.

Because of an outstanding turnout on Saturday we also completed the first of four new single tracks at the Flying B.

The designers of the trail, Eron Boyer and Jason Martin (with the help of our volunteers), have decided to name the trail “Scorpion.” If you volunteered to help build the Scorpion Trail you’d understand why they named it that. Eron described the trail as “Bitchen.” The Scorpion Trail was designed to “flow” and it does. As Jason put it:

“The group we had out there today worked like a machine. It ended up needing more work that we had planned. If these are the kind of turn outs we get for trail building, the rest of the trails will be built in no time. Everyone was so friendly; it was nice to work with everyone. The group did a great job. It came out better than I could have imagined. I think everyone will be pleased with the results.”

Many thanks to all who helped get the Scorpion Trail completed and down hill course constructed – and special thanks to Brian Lopes and Steve Blick of Oakley (for their help in designing the course) and the Bike Company and The PATH Bike Shops (for sponsoring the down hill course construction).

If you were a volunteer helping to build the XC or down hill course you qualify to participate in our volunteer event next Saturday, December 10th.

Please RSVP to:

countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

if you plan on attending.

We’ll another course construction day in two weeks and we’ll carry the details of that construction day in next week’s news. All those who volunteer at the Flying B will be invited to the 2006 Flying B Event Series Season opening party.

3. WARRIOR’S SOCIET RACE TEAM EVENT WRITE-UPS

* DEATH VALLEY DOUBLE CENTURY – A FIXIE ADVENTURE

Warrior’s Racing team member and rigid single speed expert Calvin Mulder writes about his experience racing the Death Valley Double Century:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Racing/Report043.html

* MARIO CORREA ON THE 6-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY.

Warrior’s Racing team member and solo competitor Mario Correa, the record holder for the 12-Hours of Orange County, writes about his experience racing the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Racing/Report044.html

* MY SIX HOUR VISION QUEST

Matthew Nourmohamadian, a 15 year old member of our Jr. Race Team, wrote about his experience at the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County entering as a solos rider:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Racing/Report045.html

* THE 100-Mile SOUL RIDE

Several of our Race Team members took part in the 100 Mile Soul Ride. Team member Leslie Williams has a great write up on our web site:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Racing/Report046.html

4. NOTE FOUND ON THE CHIQUITA TRAIL AT THE VIEJO TIE INTERSECTION

The following written message written on a piece of paper was found on the Chiquita Trail at the intersection of the Viejo Tie:

“Jeb 11.19.05

1:34 pm

I can’t remember how to get back. I tried to follow you, & yelled. But then I came to fork didn’t know which way you went tried to go towards Viejo Tie but came back cause it looked wrong. Im gonna go this way now. If it starts getting dark & I don’t know where I am I’ll try to come back here.

I love you”

I guess whoever wrote this note made it out safely since there have been no reports of people lost in this area – or bodies found.

5. IRVINE RANCH DOCENTS NEEDED

From Adam Maywhort:

We are in the process of developing/finalizing the Mountain Bike Docent program for the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust.

Since the area currently is accessed through Docent led mountain bike tours, the success and quantity of the mountain bike access programs is directly dependent on the success of the Mountain Bike Docent program.

In that spirit, we will be hosting a meeting to kick-off the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust Mountain Bike Docent Program and will begin the application process for interested individuals.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp Staging Area.

Email me at:

amaywhort@irlrtrust.org

For directions to the ranch

We will start the meeting at 9:00 AM and will explain the nature of the Docent program and the opportunities/benefits of the program to the attendees.

There will also be ample time for Q & A; and all information packets, applications, and certification guidelines will be handed out that morning to interested participants.

Note: There will not be a ride that morning, but refreshments will be on hand for the participants.

Please have any interested participants e-mail our Program Manager Ryan Gragnano to RSVP for the meeting at rgragnano@irlrtrust.org

Thanks, and feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Adam J. Maywhort
Field Operations Manager
Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust
(949) 720-5518
(949) 720-5582 (fax)
(949) 370-5602 (cell)
amaywhort@irlrtrust.org

6. THE PATH BIKE SHOP 1ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARKING LOT SALE

Sunday, December 11, 2005 9:00 am. to 5:00 p.m.

Everything on sale: Bikes, Frames, Parts, Clothing, Shoes, Helmets, Eyewear

BBQ

Save Huge $$$$$ up to 50% off

The Path Bike Shop

215 West 1st Street

Suite 102

Tustin, CA 92780

(714) 669-0784

(888) 608-PATH Toll Free

www.thepathbikeshop.com

Mon. – Fri. 10a.m. to 7p.m.

Sat. 11a.m. to 5p.m.

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