Archive for May, 2006

05/14/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Open practice this Sunday, (May 21st) for the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of Orange County

2. 24-Hours of Orange County Update – Activities during the event

3. Club member Monique Sawicki finishes in the top 10 at her first “Pro” triathlon

4. Maple Springs Road to remain open this year – Mother Nature reportedly to be sued by environmental groups.

1. OPEN PRACTICE THIS SUNDAY (MAY 21ST) FOR THE ROCK AND ROAD / SHO-AIR / SPECIALZED 24-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY SUNDAY

The 24-Hour Course will be open for practice next Sunday, (May 21st) 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.

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

Our next practice will be held on Saturday, May 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course is about 6.3 miles long with 1,342 feet of total elevation gain per lap. In the coming weeks Doug at Geoladders will be posting a walk through of the course, as well as a satellite picture of the course on the Geoladders web site. We estimate it will take expert riders around 35 to 40 minutes (when fresh) to complete a lap.

We already completed one new short single track for the event and will be building another along with a bridge over the creek on the back side of the course. If you would like to assist in their building we will be having trail build days from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. (with dinner provided afterward) on:

Tuesday, May 16th

Thursday, May 18th

Those volunteering will participate in our volunteer event in December and be allowed access to pre-ride the 24-Hour course during private practice sessions held during the week.

If you are interested in helping out contact Jason Martin at:

mtnbikej@comcast.net

2. 24-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE – ACTIVITIES DURING THE EVENT

We’ve received a few emails asking for additional information on the activities we have planned during the event and if we will have age and class overall Orange County Champions for the novice and intermediate classes.

First the activities:

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. Please let us know if you prefer vegetarian “dogs.”

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” will be given out at registration time.

All participants (and one support person for the solo riders and two person teams), will receive two meal tickets for the self hosted Saturday night “weenie roast” and Sunday “pancake breakfast”. Additional meal tickets for the “weenie roast” and “pancake breakfast” can be purchased in advance at registration for a donation of $5.00 for ages 13 and above and $3.00 for ages 12 and under.

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.

We will also have a charging tent station provided by Nightrider at the event and a first aid booth provided by Clif Bar.

The event is limited to 300 participants. 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, 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.

3. CLUB MEMBER MONIQUE “PUA” SAWICKI FINISHES IN THE TOP 10 AT HER FIRST “PRO” TRIATHLON

Monique competed for the first time as a Pro at the Wildflower Triathlon and finished in the top 10. For the full story go to:

http://www.teammata.com/news/?p=21

4. MAPLE SPRINGS ROAD TO REMAIN OPEN THIS YEAR – MOTHER NATURE REPORTEDLY TO BE SUED BY ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

Forest Service Biologist Mary “Goddess of the Forest” Thomas informed us that Maple Springs Road (the name for Silverado Canyon Road where it enters the National Forest) will remain open this year.

Due to a lawsuit filed over 7 years ago by the Center for Biological Diversity (to protect the Arroyo Toad breeding area from human impact) Maple Springs Road was ordered closed to all access during the Arroyo Toad breeding season from April 1st to October 30th.

Due to the destruction of the Arroyo Toad’s egg laying habitat (by the record rains last year), they continue to be unable to breed for a second year in a row. Droughts in past years have also consecutively stopped the breeding season.

The Center For Biological Diversity and Sierra Club have filed a lawsuit/restraining order against Mother Nature in the 9th District Court for her actions (rain) leading to the destruction of the Arroyo Toads habitat. They also accuse Mother Nature of causing multi-year droughts which have also prevented the Toad from breeding.

Because of this lawsuit, Mother Nature was served yesterday with a restraining order signed by Judge U. Harshly. Seems the judge wants to put an immediate halt to so-called “Acts of God” since the judge has information from a confidential source that Mother Nature is really behind it all, not God.

A spokesman for the Sierra Club stated that Mother Nature refuses to keep nature frozen in a “static” state and is believed in the past to have caused the extinction of many species (including dinosaurs) by Ice Ages, Warming Periods and massive meteors.

To prove their point that Mother Nature has been negligent, in the lawsuit they presented historical evidence that shows that the higher temperatures of the Medieval Warm Period, from approximately 750 A.D. to 1250 A.D. caused by an increase in sunspot activity, allowed the Vikings to colonize a warmer and greener Greenland approximately 1,000 years ago. Historical records also indicate that these higher temperatures allowed vineyards and winemaking to be brought northward into the British Isles during the Medieval Warm Period.

The higher temperatures of the Medieval Warm Period were followed by the Little Ice Age which froze the Viking colonies out of Greenland and created agricultural shortages across Northern Europe. Scientific reports and historical records indicate that sunspot activity reached a maximum during the warmest temperatures of the Medieval Warm Period and that the coldest temperatures of the Little Ice Age occurred during the Maunder Sunspot Minimum, the period from 1645-1715 AD in which minimal sunspot activity was observed.

The Sierra Club Spokesperson stated “We wish we could blame these past cooling and warming periods on man and his effect on “Global Cooling” and “Global Warming” – but cars and modern industry did not exist – so Mother Nature has to accept responsibility.”

He continued, “What people forget is that although these cooling and warming periods brought on by Mother Nature forced humans to adapt or die, the impact on non-human species was just as great; affecting their habitat, breeding patterns, fish populations and migratory patterns.”

When the Sierra Club spokesman was questioned as to whether the past cooling trend we experienced between 1940 and 1970, which resulted in the “Global Cooling” crises, and the current warming period since that time could also be blamed on Mother Nature (since these climate changes coincided with a corresponding decrease and increase in sunspot activity) he responded by accusing the person asking the question of being in the pocket of big oil – and stated that the Sierra Club believed that Mother Nature is also in the pocket of big oil.

The restraining order signed by Judge U. Harshly further stated that all future cataclysmic events will henceforth be illegal and the judge singled out “asteroid impacts with Earth” as having unusually unacceptable consequences. All asteroids having any intention of ever even coming CLOSE to Earth will be treated with the most harsh measures imaginable.

A spokesperson from The “Earth Liberation Front” stated, “Bad, bad, Mother Nature.”

We were unable at press time to get a statement from Mother Nature – who was also reported in the Los Angeles Times to be under investigation by the United Nations for “destroying other critical habitat by her blatant use of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami’s.”

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05/07/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. The JAX Toad Festival is next Saturday, May 13th

2. Practice days set for the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of Orange County – Practice will be on Sunday May 21st and Saturday May, 27th

3. The Warrior’s Society / Sho-Air / Flying B Orange County Championship Series Update

4. Author and athlete Roy Wallack to speak at REI on his book “Ride a century when you turn a century”

1. THE JAX TOAD FESTIVAL IS NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 13TH

The JAX Toad Festival in next week and the last day to register and still receive an event t-shirt is this Tuesday, May 9th. The long-term weather forecast calls for temps in the 70’s – perfect for a ride in the Santa Ana’s. As we mentioned in last week’s news the course is in great condition.

We will have water stations at the top of Holy Jim at the Main Divide, the top of West Horse Thief and the Main Divide, and the top of Trabuco and the Main Divide. Although we will have these water stations, we still recommend you start the event will a full camelback and hydrate from the very start to avoid cramping.

The Warrior’s Society Dog Soldiers will have a root-beer float station at the top of West Horse Thief and the Main Divide; the same spot the Dog Soldiers had the hamburger station at the Vision Quest.

If you do not make the cutoff time at the top of Holy Jim and the Main Divide you will still be able to play the games when you return to the staging area (and still win prizes).

Below is the event information and YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE TUESDAY, MAY 9TH TO RECEIVE AN EVENT T-SHIRT.

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

We will have same day registration but remember; you must bring cash and you will not receive an event t-shirt unless you register by Tuesday, May 9th.

This event IS NOT for beginning or novice riders. Participants will be responsible to carry all food and a full camelback of water at the start. There will be water stations at three locations on the Main Divide.

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 (baked goods and fruit) 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.

Entry fee: $35.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and lunch. YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE TUESDAY, MAY 9TH TO RECEIVE AN EVENT T-SHIRT.

Online Registration closes May 11, 2006 11:59 PM Pacific Time but we have same day registration but you must bring cash.

Online registration:

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

Downloadable application:

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

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

http://www.warriorssociety.org

2. PRACTICE DAYS SET FOR THE ROCK AND ROAD / SHO-AIR / SPECIALZED 24-HOURS OF ORANGE COUNTY – SUNDAY, MAY 21ST AND SATURDAY, MAY 27TH

Our course designers Jason Martin, Eron Boyer and Tim Panttaja, AKA “the Chupacabra Crew” has set the 24-Hour course. We will have it open for practice on Sunday, May 21st and Saturday May 27th from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. There will be a $5.00 charge per car to enter the Flying B Ranch.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE REGISTERD IN THE EVENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRACTICE SESSIONS.

The course is about 6.3 miles long with 1,342 feet of total elevation gain per lap. In the coming weeks Doug at Geoladders will be posting a walk through of the course, as well as a satellite picture of the course on the Geoladders web site. We estimate it will take expert riders around 35 to 40 minutes (when fresh) to complete a lap.

We will be building two small bridges and constructing 2 short single tracks for the event. If you would like to assist in their building we will be having trail build days from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. (with dinner provided afterward) on:

Tuesday, May 9th

Thursday, May 11th

Tuesday, May 16th

Thursday, May 18th

Those volunteering will participate in our volunteer event in December and be allowed access to pre-ride the 24-Hour course during private practice sessions held during the week.

If you are interested in helping out contact Jason Martin at:

mtnbikej@comcast.net

The event is limited to 300 participants. 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, 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.

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.

3. THE WARRIOR’S SOCIETY / SHO-AIR / FLYING B CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

There will be overall series champions for each age and class category (Novice, Intermediate and Expert) at the last race in the event series in November (the Sho-Air / Rock and Road Fall MTB Classic), but the highest overall Expert male and female riders will be awarded the CASH awards and be crowned the Orange County Mountain Bike Champions.

The cash award for the male and female expert series champs currently stands at $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place and $175 for third place. This cash prize may double based on the attendance of the series events.

All the top finishers in each age and class category the Warrior’s Society / Sho-Air / Flying B Championship Series final will be given comps to either the 2007 Counting Coup or 2007 Vision Quest.

To participate in the Championship Series you must ride solo in the Rock N Road / Sho-Air / Specialized 24-Hours of Orange County and the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County. You can participate as a Novice, Intermediate or Expert in the Championship Series.

Basically the way the scoring is set up the CASH awards will be going to the Expert riders that do the series. The top male and female solo riders in the Sho-Air/Rock N Road/Specialized 24-hours of Orange County and the Switchback 6-hours of Orange County will be getting bonus points for the most laps in the shortest amount of time.

As the series moves forward you will be able to follow the series points for your age category and level you race (and see how you are placing in your class championship), on the Warrior’s Society and Flying B Series Web Page:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/xc_championship_info.html

We will be making creative awards and announcing the champions in all categories at the Sho-Air / Rock and Road Fall MTB Classic on Saturday, November 18th and awarding the CASH prizes to the top Expert male and female overall.

4. AUTHOR AND ATHLETE ROY WALLACK TO SPEAK AT REI ON HIS BOOK “RIDE A CENTURY WHEN YOU TURN A CENTURY”

“Ride a century when you turn a century.” That’s the premise of “Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100,” a blueprint for using cycling to achieve super-fit longevity.

Roy will be doing his lectures on Monday, May 15 at the REI store in Santa Ana (1411 Village Way–off McFadden and the 55 Freeway; 714-543-4142) and Thursday, May 18 at the Huntington Beach REI (777 Edinger off the 405 and Beach Blvd; 714-379-1938). Both start at 7 p.m. and go an hour, sometimes a bit longer.

Roy M. Wallack is a Los Angeles Times fitness columnist and frequent writer for Bicycling, Outside and many other publications, and will be discussing how to make best use of cycling as the linchpin of an anti-aging program.

“Cycling is the best sport for long-term fitness, but it isn’t perfect,” says Wallack, who has completed some of the world’s toughest amateur cycling events, such as the TransAlp and TransRockies Challenges, Paris-Brest-Paris, and Costa rica’s La Ruta de los Conquistadores.

Staying fit past age 100 requires maximizing the best of the sport-its built-in challenge, adventure, accessibility, ease on knee joints, and sheer fun- while fighting its negative aspects – among them poor upper body muscle maintenance and posture, and a frightening (and largely unknown) tendency toward bone loss.

He will describe some of the most recent training and fitting techniques from top coaches, show you complimentary yoga and stretching moves designed to strengthen and correct cycling-bent posture, provide a proven osteoporosis-prevention plan valuable even for non-cyclists, and even present a plan to strengthen cycling-affected relationships that would do Dr. Phil proud..

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