Archive for February, 2007

02/10/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. “The Traverse” event update – event date changed to Saturday, June 9th

2. Rock N Road Cyclery sponsors $2,000 in finishing cash for “The Traverse”

3. Pow Wow update for event participants to be released next week

4. “Vision Quest Finisher” hats to be on sale

5. An important message from the SHARE Mountain Bike Club


We had a meeting with the Forest Service on Saturday and were told that if we do not get significant amounts of rain before the end of April more than likely the Forest will be closed due to extreme fire danger starting in July or August until November. Because of the possibility of closure we will be tentatively moving “The Traverse” from Saturday, September 8th to Saturday, June 9th.

We appreciate the feedback you have given us regarding our new event for 2007, “The Traverse.” We are considering some of the suggestions you have given us regarding classes and start times. The course will remain across the Santa Ana Mountains from Black Star Canyon Road to the Trabuco Trail via the Main Divide Road.

Registration will open on April 1st

Here is the info on the Traverse:

“The Traverse,” is a 44-mile race with 8,000 +- total elevation gain to be held on Saturday, September 8th. The course will be across the Santa Ana’s Mountains from Black Star to the Trabuco Canyon Trail via the Main Divide Road, which runs along the top of the Santa Ana Mountains. We decided to include the descent down Upper Holy Jim to add a little single track on the traverse.

It will start at 5:00 a.m., which means most contestants will be done by 12:00 p.m. and get most of the climbing out of the way by 11:00 a.m. Club member Eron Boyer (a high intermediate rider) rode the course and it took him around 7 hours.

The start will be at Black Star Canyon Road and the finish will be at the end of Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road (where the Pow Wow finish is). There will be one Aid Station at 4 Corners (Maple Springs and the Main Divide, a little over half of the way). There will be cutoff times that have not yet been determined.

The event fee will be $65.00, which will include an event t-shirt, raffle prizes, food after the event, finishing awards for all finishers and CASH PAYOUT TO THE TOP 3 FINISHERS IN THE EXPERT AGE CATAGORIES AND EXPERT SINGLE SPEED CLASS. THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 10 PARTICIPANTS IN EACH AGE GROUP OR THE AGE GROUP WILL BE COMBINED.

We will have the following classes and age groups:

Intermediate Class (male and female):

17 to 30

31 to 45

46 and up

Expert Class (male and female):

17 to 30

31 to 45

46 and up

Single Speed Class (male and female):

Intermediate (no age classes)

Expert (no age classes)

Only the expert classes will race for prize money, which will be determined by sponsorship cash provided by our major sponsors. There must be a minimum of 10 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined.

All those who finish will receive a finishing award.

Registration will open after our Toad Festival fun event in May. Participation will be limited to 300.

From the feedback we’ve been getting we believe this event will sell out like the Pow Wow. If you are serious about participating in “The Traverse” we suggest you register as soon as registration opens.


We are excited to announce that Rock and Road Cyclery has re-signed as a major sponsor of our 2007 Trail Work and Riding Events. As part of Rock N Roads sponsorship they will be provided $2,000 in finishing cash for the expert geared and expert single speed classes in “The Traverse.”

We are in negotiations with several other sponsors who have given us verbal commitments to provide additional finishing cash as well as product. We hope to have between 5 and 6 thousand dollars to be awarded to the top 3 finishers in the expert class (all age categories) and expert single speed class. We are shooting for $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $175 for third place.

At the end of February (after the 2007 sponsorship contracts are signed) we hope to give you an update on all our sponsors for 2007. In addition to these sponsors we expect other sponsors to come on board as we progress through the year.


Next week we will be releasing an update for the participants in the Vision Quest and Counting Coup Pow Wow Events. The update will answer your questions on camping, pre-registration/packet pickup, same day packet pick up, Aid Stations etc.

Thank you all for your support!


We will be offering “Vision Quest Finisher” hats to anyone that has completed the Vision Quest over the last 10 years. I’ve attached graphic files showing the front and back of the hats. The cost of the hats will be $20.

The hats will be on sale at Switchback Cyclery. To place an order for a “Vision Quest Finishers” hat visit the shop at 8530 E. Chapman in Orange (on the southeast corner of Prospect and Chapman)

All orders will be verified prior to receiving the hats to insure that those ordering did finish the event. We only plan on having a limited amount of hats initially available and the rest available by order.

We will also be selling hats that have the same logo on the front as the “Finisher Hats” but they will have “Warrior’s Society” and our club staff on the back instead of “Vision Quest Finisher.” We will have a limited amount of these hats initially available and the rest available by order.


Hi All:

Some bad news on the trail access front: due to the actions on Serrano Ridge of some mtb-ers, the city of Irvine has put the kibosh on opening up more singletrack in Bommer Canyon. What’s even worse, they may even remove the Turtle Island singletrack from the list altogether. Only Fox Run (Rock Bridge) will be opened in the near future.

Apparently, these mtbers really brushed back two historical trails, making them very wide, clear and totally obvious to everyone. Thinking that if these trails were seen as “existing” by the land managers, they would be grandfathered into the list of singletracks to be opened. Well, it certainly backfired and now all the plans to get the singletracks open in Bommer Canyon are screwed up.

The trails mentioned are in both Irvine Open Space and LCWP. What a slap in Ranger Larry’s face, after all that he has done over the years for (and NOT done to), the bikers in his park. Larry is retiring next month, what a going away present, eh? Additionally, what a situation for Barbra Norton to inherit.

This is the first time ever that the actions of these individuals are affecting my access to trails. Up to now, we had been making steady (if slow) progress working with the system. In the Bommer Canyon area alone, 1 singletrack has come online, and two more are (were) on the list. Add these to the additions we have in the RMP for AWCWP (Car Wreck, Nestal, etc). Plus, who ever would have thought that Erection (Old Emerald), T&A (Laguna Ridge), Stair Steps and BVD (New Emerald Falls) would be available to multi-use?

This is measurable movement forward. I still have some naive hope that we can continue to make progress regarding opening up more trails in Bommer and LCWP, but if the mtb community keeps shooting itself in the foot by actions like this on Serrano Ridge and the other trespassing incident in the recent past, who knows?

Making a mountain out of a mole hill? Maybe, maybe not. Bottom line is, we have way too many folks riding these days, land managers are required to follow a phone-book thick list of rules, and managed access is a fact of life for some of the more pristine habitat in our area. The idea of mtb-ers being denied access to the trails is a real possibility. While you are free to choose to not believe it, doesn’t make it any less true.

Happy Trails,
Keith Eckstein
President of SHARE
Club Elder and Director of the Warrior’s Society

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02/04/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Endurance Seminar to be held by Vision Quest record holder this Thursday

2. Suzanne and Mark Wilson’s Club S&M Ride

3. Cleveland National Forest Annual Volunteer Training next Saturday


Team Sho-Air member Cameron Brenneman, the geared and single speed suspended record holder of the Vision Quest event, will be presenting a seminar on training for endurance. The seminar is sponsored by Sho-Air Racing, Manitou, Shimano, Clif Bar and Cytomax. The seminar will be held on Thursday, February 8th starting at 7:00 p.m. at the REI store in the Terra Bella Mall in Huntington Beach. The Store is located off the 405 Freeway on Edinger Avenue at Beach Blvd.

The presentation will last about 30-45 minutes and then participants will be free to ask any questions they might have. The main focus will cover periodization and training for a peak event. This would be very beneficial for people who are training for Vision Quest and other events that are coming up.

The info can also be applied to any sport.

The presentation will include the following:

Planning for a peak event:

A. Periodization-what it consists of
1. Base training
2. Moderate intensity training
3. High intensity training
4. Tapering for a peak event
5. Benefits
6. How to deal with plateaus’

B. Overtraining-what signs to look for

C. Recovery-importance & how to decrease recovery time

We will also answer any questions you have on the Vision Quest, Counting Coup, the May 12th Toad Festival and our new endurance race on September 8th, “The Traverse.”


Suzanne and Mark Wilson’s Monthly club S&M ride visited the San Gabes. It was a cold day for a great ride. Here’s the write up:

Their next club S&M Ride will be in the Santa Ana’s.


The Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District, will host the Annual Volunteer Training Workshop on Saturday, February 10, 2007 for district volunteers and the interested public. Training will include updates on district and forest conditions, implementation of the new forest plan, review contact procedures and volunteer call signs, hazard analysis, fire safety, resource reporting and mapping, trail patrol and trail maintenance planning and training opportunities, and volunteer procedures.

We will also have guest speakers including, Pat Macha an air wreck expert, to talk about air wrecks on the district!

The training will be held at the Corona City Hall, Historic Community Room, located at 400 South Vincentia just off Sixth Street.

Registration and Check-in begins at 8:30 and the program is scheduled to end at 3:00.

Please bring your lunch or a dish to share, kitchen facilities are available.

Debra Clarke – Wilderness / Trails Manager District Volunteer Coordinator Cleveland NF, Trabuco Ranger District
1147 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 736-1811 x 3227
(951) 736-3002 fax

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