The “24-Hours of Orange County” Update

In this 24-Hours of Orange County Update:

1. Reminder: Open practice this Saturday, May 27th

2. Geoladders posts the course stats, satellite image and pictures

3. The Orange County Register article on the event

4. 24-Hours of Orange County Activities and Event Registration Info

1. REMINDER: OPEN PRACTICE FOR THE 24-HOURS OF O.C. THIS SATURDAY, MAY 27TH

For those of you saving money on gas and staying home this Memorial Day weekend we’ll be having our second open practice for the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hour or Orange County.

The course will be open for practice this Saturday, (May 27th) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 charge per car to enter the Flying B Ranch.

The course is 5.6 miles long with 1,253 feet of total elevation gain per lap.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE REGISTERED IN THE 24-HOUR EVENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRACTICE SESSIONS.

The last day to register and still receive an event t-shirt is Tuesday, May 30th. Registration will remain open until Thursday, June 1st. We’ll have applications at the practice so you can register then if you like.

2. GEOLADDERS POSTS THE COURSE STATS, SATELLITE IMAGE AND PICTURES

Doug at Geoladders has a 3D walk through of the course, a satellite photo and a lot of other great info on the Geoladders web site:

http://www.geoladders.com/show_route.php?route=915

The expert riders who attended the open practice last Sunday had (fresh) lap times of 33 minutes with the average (fresh) lap time of 51 minutes for the Geoladders test riders.

3. THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ARTICLE ON THE 24-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY

If you didn’t catch it the Orange County Register did an article on the event and here’s the link:

http://tinyurl.com/ju9tv

There are a few mistakes in the article:

The course is about 50 percent single track not 70 percent.

The cost of participating as a SOLO rider in most 24-Hour events can be as high as $250

The course is 5.6 miles long, not 6.3 as mentioned in the article
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4. 24-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY ACTIVITIES AND EVENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

As we previously mentioned we will be having the following activities during the event:

Saturday afternoon and evening we will have the Rock N Road bike toss competition and the Sho-Air horse shoe tournament with prizes donated by our sponsors. At 8:00 p.m. the tunes will be playing and we will have several fires going on in the staging area with a no host (which means you do your own cooking) “weenie roast” with all the fixin’s provided by the Warrior’s Society (hot dogs, mustard catsup, cheese, chili, mustard, onions, relish, drinks and chips provided) for participants of the event; we provide the food and you cook it. We will also have self-serve vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, or if you prefer, root beer floats. Please let us know if you prefer vegetarian “dogs” at the weenie roast.

Eating/cooking times for solo riders (and support person), 2 man teams (and support person), 5 person teams and corporate teams for the no host “weenie roast” and ice cream sundaes/floats will be given out at registration time.

All participants (and one support person for the solo riders and two person teams), will receive meal tickets for the self hosted Saturday night “weenie roast” and root beer floats. Additional meal tickets for the “weenie roast” and ice cream sundaes/floats can be purchased in advance at registration for a donation of $5.00 for ages 13 and above and $3.00 for ages 12 to 4 (children 3 and under eat free).

Core Chiropractic will again be doing massage at the event. They’re bringing a second massage therapist who will be doing foot massage only. Her name is Beth. Several of their patients are participating in the race and will want as much massage as possible, so please find us and get your spot. The DMS massage affectively moves lactic acid and keeps muscles fresh during long races. If you have any questions, check out their website:

www.endurancechiro.com

If you are participating in the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of Orange County (and the Orange County Championship Series) as a solo rider in the expert, intermediate or novice class – and cannot continue riding for the full 24-hours of the event – you WILL NOT receive a DNF as long as you do a minimum of 6 laps.

We fully expect some of the solo riders to stop riding at times during the race to regroup and get rest – or just get worn out and stop. What ever laps you do after the minimum will count towards the Championship Series in your age group and class.

Some novices participating in the Championship Series plan to put in as many laps as they can then sleep, get up, and continue. We realize that a novice (for that matter many intermediates and some experts) competing solo in the event may not be on the course non-stop and will need to take some extended breaks.

We cannot promise that you will win, but we can promise that you’ll have fun trying. For someone testing the waters of riding solo or participating in a 24-hour event we want your experience to be challenging and fun – not intimidating.

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

The registration fee is $85.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt (as long as you register by Tuesday, May 30th), raffle 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

Classes include: Solo Male, Solo Female, 2 Person Team, 5 Person Team and 5 Person Single Speed Team.

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.

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