Archive for March, 2006

The Warrior’s Society 2006 Series of Events

In this 2006 Warrior’s Society Event Update:

1. The Warrior’s Society Orange County XC Championship Series

2. The Saturday, April 22nd Cytomax Spring Mountain Bike Classic

3. The Saturday, May 13th JAX Toad Festival

4. The Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday June 4th Rock and Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of Orange County.

5. The Saturday, October 21st Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County

6. The Saturday, November 18th *Sho-Air / Rock and Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic and the crowning of the Orange County male and female XC Champions

7. Oakley dropped as a sponsor of the Warrior’s Society 2006 Series of Events.

1. THE WARRIOR’S SOCIETY ORANGE COUNTY XC CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

After this news item is the information on our 2006 Series of Events. All the events in the Flying B Series (marked with *) will have points counted to name a 2006 OC Male and Female Mountain Bike Champion with cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third place. If all our series of events are highly attended the prize money will double.

Those competing in the Orange County Male and Female Championship must ride solo in the Rock and Road/Sho-Air/Specialzed 24-Hours of Orange County and Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County.

All of our event fees include an event t-shirt, awards, raffle prizes, lunch and beer/soda’s after the event(s). For each event you participate in you will receive a raffle ticket for $5,000 dollars in product from FELT Bicycles. We will have a raffle at the last race of our season, the Sho-Air / Rock and Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic. The more events you enter, the greater your chances to win a bike.

Our first practice day for the Cytomax Spring Mountain Bike Classic will be on Sunday April 9th with a second practice day on Saturday April 15th.

Shimano, Felt, Manitou and Clif Bar are our overall major sponsors of our 2006 Event Series. We thank them, our “named” event Major Sponsors and Minor Sponsors for helping us to develop the Flying B into a 1st class facility for XC Mountian Bike Events.

1. THE SATURDAY, *APRIL 22ND CYTOMAX SPRING MOUNTAIN BIKE CLASSIC

Limited to 250 participants. The $45.00 entry fee includes a t-shirt, prizes and lunch.

We will have practice days on Sunday, April 9th and again on Saturday, April 15th. The course will be between 6 and 7 miles long. Geoladders will be out to GPS the course and we will update you on this information once it’s available.

Laps per class will be determined after getting your feedback at the practice sessions. Under current consideration are two laps for Novices, three laps for Intermediates and four laps for Experts. We will determine the laps per class after we get you feedback after you ride the course on the practice days.

We are finishing a new single track with dual solum sections that will be a great addition to our course(s). The Warrior’s Society Race Team and the Sho-Air Race Team will be testing the new single track to get it dialed in.

Registration closes: April 20, 2006 11:59 PM Pacific Time or when the event sells out

Online Registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301295

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/spring-classic-app.pdf

This cross country event will take place on a 6 mile loop with 2,000 feet of elevation gain per lap.

Pros will average around 45 minute laps and beginners over 1 hour laps.

Skill levels: Novice – races 2 Laps

Intermediate – races 3 Laps

Expert – races 4 Laps

The age groups are:

16 and under

17 to 30

31 to 45

46 and up

Special recognition will be given to the oldest rider and any other outstanding participant.

There is also an open Single Speed class limited to expert riders only.

If there are not more than 3 riders registered in any single age grouping for a specific event the rider/s will get moved up to the next age grouping.

2. THE SATURDAY, MAY 13TH JAX TOAD FESTIVAL

Limited to 250 Participants. Registration closes May 11, 2006 11:59 PM Pacific Time or when the event sells out:

Online registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301297

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/toad-app.pdf

Entry fee: $35.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch.

27.5 +- miles, 5,000 +- of elevation gain

This event is not for beginning or novice riders. Participants will be responsible to carry all food and water needed to complete the ride. There will be no sag support (except in case of total breakdown or emergency).

Support personnel will be stationed at 5 rest stops along the course. Riders will compete in games of chance and skill (darts, horseshoes, helmet toss and Blackjack cards).

You must make the checkpoints in a reasonable time or you will not be allowed to continue. We have many prizes to award so a high percentage of participants will win something (tires, a shock, bars, stems, gift certificates and other accessories).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event. Alcohol is not allowed at the park and we ask that you do not litter. Please help us by doing your part to keep the trails and park clean during and after the event.

Additional information can be found on the Warrior’s Society web site.

www.warriorssociety.org

3. THE SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD AND SUNDAY JUNE 4TH ROCK AND ROAD / SHO-AIR / SPECIALZED 24-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY

Limited to 300 participants. Registration closes June 1, 2006 11:59 PM Pacific Time or when the event sells out.

Practice days will be announced later. We will have additional new single tracks constructed for this event.

Registration: $85.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch.

Online Registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301311

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/24-hours-oc-app.pdf

We plan having a course that will take Pro’s around an hour and novices around and hour and a half to finish a lap.

Additional information can be found on the Warrior’s Society web site.

www.warriorssociety.org

Classes include: Solo Male, Solo Female, 2 Person Team, 5 Person Team, 5 Person Single Speed Team, Iron Bike Team (5 Person team all riding the same bike)

The age groups are: 16 and under, 17 to 30, 31 to 45, 46 and up (Special recognition to be given to the oldest rider)

If there are not more than 3 riders or teams registered in any single age grouping for a specific event the rider(s) will get moved up to the next age grouping.

There will also be all male, all female, and coed team divisions. As with the age grouping, if there are not more than 3 teams within a class/gender division they will be combined with another class.

4. THE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST SWITCHBACK 6-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY

Limited to 300 participants. Registration closes October 19, 2006 11:59 PM Pacific Time or when the event sells out.

Practice days will be announced later. We will have additional new single tracks constructed for this event.

Entry fee: $45.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch.

Online registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301312

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/6-hours-oc-app.pdf

This cross country event will take place on a 7 to 8 mile loop with 2,000 to 2,500 feet of elevation gain per lap.

Classes include: Solo Male, Solo Female, 2 Person Team, 3 Person Team, Iron Bike Team (3 Person team all riding the same bike)

The age groups are: 16 and under, 17 to 30, 31 to 45, 46 and up (Special recognition to be given to the oldest rider)

If there are not more than 3 riders or teams registered in any single age grouping for a specific event the rider(s) will get moved up to the next age grouping.

There will also be all male, all female, and coed team divisions. As with the age grouping, if there are not more than 3 teams within a class/gender division they will be combined with another class.

Additional information can be found on the Warrior’s Society web site:

www.warriorssociety.org

5. THE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH SHO-AIR / ROCK AND ROAD FALL MOUNTAIN BIKE CLASSIC AND THE CROWNING OF THE ORANGE COUNTY MALE AND FEMALE XC CHAMPIONS

Limited to 250 participants. Registration closes November 16, 2006 11:59 PM Pacific Time or when the event sells out.

Practice days will be announced later. We will have additional new single tracks constructed for this event.

Entry fee: $45.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch.

Online Registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301313

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/fall-classic-app.pdf

This cross country event will take place on a 6 mile loop with 2,000 feet of elevation gain per lap. Pros will average around 45 minute laps and beginners over 1 hour laps.

Skill levels: Novice – races 2 Laps, Intermediate – races 3 Laps, Expert – races 4 Laps

The age groups are: 16 and under, 17 to 30, 31 to 45, 46 and up, (Special recognition to be given to the oldest rider)

There is also an open Single Speed class limited to expert riders only.

If there are not more than 3 riders registered in any single age grouping for a specific event the rider/s will get moved up to the next age grouping.

Additional information can be found on the Warrior’s Society web site.

www.warriorssociety.org

7. OAKLEY DROPPED AS A SPONSOR OF THE WARRIOR’S SOCIETY 2006 SERIES OF EVENTS

Due to actions by certain representatives of Oakley, we have decided to not renew our relationship with them as sponsors of our events, trail work and advocacy.

We offer our deepest thanks to Scott Bowers of Oakley for his past support of the Warrior’s Society – and regret that those below him did not serve him, Oakley or the down hill community wisely.

We also thank Oakley sponsored rider Han’s Rey for his wisdom and long-term outlook in providing downhill opportunities – and regret that the other representatives of Oakley lacked this.

Manitou and Shimano are the Major Component 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 and Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

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03/12/06 Warrior’s Society News and Pow Wow Finishing Times

In this issue:

1. The Vision Quest and Counting Coup Wrap Up and Finishing Times

2. Our next Flying B XC Trail Building Event is this Saturday, March 18th

3. Aliso and Woods RMP Information Fair on March 25, 2006

1. THE VISION QUEST AND COUNTING COUP WRAP UP AND FINISHING TIMES

We have posted the Vision Quest and Counting Coup wrap up and finishing times on our web site.

A hats off to our Communications Director, Barry Wood, for staying up until 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning to finish posting the results on our web site.

Thanks again to all our volunteers and participants who made the 2006 Mountain Bike Pow Wow a success!

2. OUR NEXT FLYING B XC TRAIL BUILDING EVENT IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH

Last week we completed a large portion of the new single track but still need to construct the remaining 1/4 of the trail. Now that it’s taking shape we are all anxious to take our first ride on it!

If you’re free we could still use your help. All those volunteering for a trail work day will be invited to a grand opening party once it’s completed. Volunteers will also be invited to our year end Christmas/Thanks ride on Saturday, December 2nd. Food, drink and prizes are included in these free volunteer events.

Volunteer course builders will also be invited to private pre-rides/practices on the courses to be used in our 2006 Warrior’s Society Flying B Series of Events.

We’ll be meeting at the front gate at the Flying B Ranch at 9:00 a.m. Food and drink will be provided after the work; all you need to bring is a pair of gloves and water/snacks for during the work.

To RSVP contact Jason at:

mtnbikej@comcast.net

We plan on constructing a total of 3 new single tracks that will be a blast to race/ride on.

3. ALISO AND WOODS CANYON RMP INFORMATION FAIR ON MARCH 25, 2006

From the SHARE MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB:

This meeting at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is the second of four chances that we the public have to submit our input on what goes into the Resource Management Plan for this popular park. The format for this one is a field trip, where attendees will be stuffed into vans and given a tour of the park. Based on the attendance at the first Information Fair, common sense says that about 15 vans will be needed.

To make it easier for the County, SHARE has offered to make room in the vans by riding bikes. More seats available for the public.

After the tour, we’ll reconvene at the Alicia Parkway entrance for further discussion.

So, bring your bike and enough food and water (we’ll be enjoying lunch hour out in the park). Tell a friend (or 10) to come out and participate. This is our chance to help create a Management Plan that does right by the park that we all use and love. Please RSVP to Juan.Gutierrez@rdmd.ocgov.com with just a one-sentence email that says you’ll be attending the Information Fair on March 25th.

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03/08/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. New records set at the 2006 Vision Quest and Counting Coup

2. Our next Flying B XC Trail Building Event is this Sunday, March 12th

1. NEW RECORDS SET AT THE 2006 VISION QUEST AND COUNTING COUP

To all our participants and support volunteers;

We really lucked out! Even though it rained the day before the events (Friday) the courses were in good shape with no snow – and we had a mostly sunny day. Compared with past years when we had a foot of snow, 45 to 65 MPH winds or deep mud, the course conditions where great; the Great Spirit was smiling on us this year.

He also smiled on a few participants that set new course records.

The weather intimidated many; but we must not forget that the Counting Coup and Vision Quest are held in the winter – and in one of the most rainy/snowy months of the year.

If these events were easy, you wouldn’t be Counting Coup or having a Vision Quest; at times I lose patience with those that do not understand the passion behind these events and the acceptance of the unknown that they demand.

The Warrior’s Society does not promise perfect conditions, we only promise you’ll be challenged; to what extent is not determined by us but by the grace of God. And as I previously stated; he smiled on us this year.

We’ll be confirming the results and hope to have them (and our write-up), posted on our web site by the end of the week.

Event Director Sherry “Stands Her Ground” Panttaja and I are truly thankful for the support of all our volunteers; without their passion, patience and sweat the Vision Quest and Counting Coup would not be possible.

Chris Vargas
AKA “Dances With Hornets”
Executive Director
The Warrior’s Society

2. OUR NEXT FLYING B XC TRAIL BUILDING EVENT IS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 12TH

Now that the Pow Wow is over it’s time to put our focus on our Warrior’s Society 2006 Flying B Event Season. Our XC trail course designers, Jason Martin and Eron Boyer, have laid out a killer single track with a great dual solum section.

We need volunteers to help finish building this new single track. If you’re free we could use your help. All those volunteering for a trail work day will be invited to a grand opening party once it’s completed. Volunteers will also be invited to our year end Christmas/Thanks ride on Saturday, December 2nd. Food, drink and prizes are included in these free volunteer events.

Volunteer course builders will also be invited to private pre-rides/practices on the courses to be used in our 2006 Warrior’s Society Flying B Series of Events.

We’ll be meeting at the front gate at the Flying B Ranch at 9:00 a.m. Food and drink will be provided after the work; all you need to bring is a pair of gloves and water/snacks for during the work.

To RSVP contact Jason at:

mtnbikej@comcast.net

We plan on constructing a total of 3 new single tracks that will be a blast to race/ride on.

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