08/06/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. The “Pain Divide” ride wrap-up

2. Warrior’s Society Club member Monique “Pua” Sawicki wins at the USA Cycling 24 hour solo National Mountain Bike Championships

3. Warrior’s Society Beach Party next Sunday, August 12th for club members and trail work and event volunteers.

4. Hike Limestone Canyon presented by the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust and the Forest Service Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association

1. THE “PAIN DIVIDE” RIDE WRAP UP

Club nominee Gene Frial did a tremendous job in organizing this very successful SoCal Forum ride for beginners up to Beek’s Place on the Main Divide in the Santa Ana Mountains and also allowing the Warrior’s Society to co-sponsor it. As usual, Warrior’s Society Assistant Safety Officer Andy Lightle kept things fun as he did the ride pulling a bob trailer loaded with refreshments and a stereo blaring music – while Chief Safety Officer Lare-Dog and SoCal rider Steve drove up Gene’s truck loaded with additional drinks and clean-up Supplies.

Gene said it best on his post on the SoCal Riders forum:

“This was a great ride indeed! Lots of newbs and vets alike. I’d like to thank everyone for showing up, encouraging each other and also for cleaning up Beek’s Place. Like Rachel said, that’s what so great about this sport and this group of riders known as STR.

Thanks to the Warriors Society members for their support and supplying us with the refreshments. Thanks to Club members John Early, Jeff Parish, and Treve Misemer. John (Keeps What Happens) for his idea to cleanup Beek’s and for taking videos and pics of the ride, nice presentation as always. To Jeff and Treve for the help and encouragement they gave to the Newbies along the way.

Thanks to Club member Lare-dog and STR’s Jeff (Hoosier daddy) for volunteering their time and driving up the cleaning supplies, tools and bevs.

Huge thanks to Rachel (Wrecker) and Jeff (J Sims) for their great job in sweeping and above all for the encouragement you gave to Brain (Neccros) and Traci (surlygal) to keep going on.

Thanks to (Warrior’s) Club members Andy Lightle (Rut) and Gregg Howard (OMR) for turning around and climbing back up to Beek’s and cheerleading them on, that was BIG, NO HUGE! And Club member Bob McCarter, Larry aka Lare-Dog, Jeff (Hoosierdaddy) for also waiting at Beek’s for us.

STR was in the house BIG! Lots of us have been up to Beek’s a number of times and it’s rides like this make it special.

This was huge for many of you newbies, I’m sure of that. Of all the times I’ve been to Beek’s, this was the best time for sure. To see someone push themselves to the brink, but continue on and make it to the top is what this ride was all about! A JOB WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!

BIG PROPS TO TRACI AND BRIAN FOR CONTINUING ON and NOT GIVING UP!

NO ONE WAS LEFT BEHIND!

Thanks again to all and stay tuned for the next series in the ‘NEWBIES ON THE PAIN DIVIDE'”

For more postings and pictures of the ride go to the STR Forum at:

http://www.socaltrailriders.org/forum/trail-talk/7246-rr-blackstar-beeks-newbie-ride.html

John Early took additional photos which are posted on his web site. There’s a button at the top for a link to the helmet cam footage…which is lengthy.

http://www.johnearly.com/rides/Pain%20Divide.html

Thanks Gene for organizing this and to everyone who helped clean up our forest.

2. WARRIOR’S SOCIETY CLUB MEMBER MONIQUE “PUA” SAWICKI WINS AT THE USA CYCLING 24 HOUR SOLO NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS

This Saturday to Sunday July 28th & 29th was the USA Cycling 24 hour solo National Mountain Bike Championships.

The race was held in Wausau, Wisconsin at Nine Mile Park. The 14 mile course was more technical than ever, consisting of tight single track with lots of rocks, roots and trees that would seemingly lean in and bump the riders as they passed. The forecast was 85 degrees during the day and 50s at night, perfect 24 hour racing conditions.

From the race start Pua took the lead, putting the hammer down, she got out in front trying not to get caught in a single track traffic jam, she was able to put 3 minutes on Rebecca Rusch (2006 National 24 hour champion) after the first lap. Nat Ross did the same on the men’s side and was able to get out in front for the men with Eatough lingering a minute behind. For the first 6 laps Pua was able to average a gain of about 3 to 5 minutes per lap over Rusch. On the men’s side things were starting to get close between Ross and Eatough with the gap shrinking to nothing.

At this point in the race Pua decided to relax the pace on hopefully just make consistent gains lap by lap. After 5 laps of this she was only gaining about a minute per lap and at lap 11 she did not gain at all and the lead held at 25 minutes. When Pua heard this split she was not happy, so she decided to go back on the attack and push the pace back up. After making this move the gap started to grow. First 3-8 minutes and then by the 16th lap at sunrise the difference grew and Pua now had over 1 hour and five minutes on Rusch. On the men’s side once Eatough moved ahead of Ross the gap grew fast, within two laps it was 8 minutes and then by sunrise it was over a lap.

By the end Pua finished with 18 laps in less than 24 hours, one lap (14
miles) ahead of Rusch in second and Danielle Musto in third. Pua placed 4th in the overall, just 2 laps behind Eatough and only one lap back of Ross.
This is by far the best female finish against the Worlds top male 24 hour racers ever, Pro women have never gotten to within 3 laps of these guys!

Eatough won the men’s race with 20 laps, two laps ahead of Ross followed by Mark Hendershot in third.

We will have a gallery of pics on the website soon at http://teammata.com/photos/main.php

Also if you are interested or need high resolution pics please contact us at rjs@teammata.com.

Most important:

Thanks so much to our team, without them this would not have been possible!!
Keith Schaper – Pit Boss or Pit Bull

Robert Herber – Crazy legs (he darted back and forth to see Pua at 4 spots or more on every lap!)

Thanks to Jack and the rest of the guys at Niterider for making sure her lights were perfect and super bright!

3. WARRIOR’S SOCIETY BEACH PARTY NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 12TH FOR TRAIL WORK AND EVENT VOLUNTEERS

Next Sunday, August 12th, the Warrior’s Society will be hosting a beach party/beach ride at Huntington State Beach for our trail work and event volunteers and their families. You bring a bike, sunscreen, beach chairs, towels and we’ll provide the food.

If you are a club volunteer and would like to join us email to RSVP and to get directions to the location.

4. LIMESTONE CANYON HIKE PRESENTED BY THE IRVINE RANCH RESERVE TRUST AND THE SANTA ANAT NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION

The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust and the Forest Service Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association have partnered together to offer a wonderful afternoon hike through Limestone Canyon. Saturday, August 18. We will travel along old ranch roads and trails to discover Dripping Springs, a beautifully lush fern grotto. Hike through oak woodlands, grasslands and coastal sage while keeping your eyes out for mule deer, playful foxes or a soaring Red-tailed Hawk. The program will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and will last until 8:00 pm, covering about
6 miles of easy hiking trail. Remember to bring water, wear appropriate hiking clothes and be ready to have some fun!
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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
email: drclarke@fs.fed.us
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