02/11/09 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Switchback Cyclery to stay open!

2. “The Traverse” event update

3. Toad Festival event update

4. Event Refund Policy

5. Rwanda Ride Update

6. Black Star Canyon Road planned to open for vehicle/equestrian use


We have good news regarding Switchback Cyclery, one of our long-term sponsors.

If you haven’t already read about it in the OC Register…Switchback Cyclery is going to keep its’ doors open. After the decision to close the store the regular customers pleaded for a way to save the shop. Customers wanted Tim to continue working on their bikes no matter where he ended up..even if it was in their garage. So they felt they owed to the customers to negotiate with the landlord for a year hoping that the economy will pick up.

Between negotiations with the landlord and a home loan modification for Tim and Sherry’s house they were able to pull it off. The shop is going to continue to sell Santa Cruz Bicycles, Felt and KHS. The Trek and Fisher line have not been decided on as of yet. The main focus of the shop is going to be the Service Department. They rearranged the store to accommodate more bike for labor each day and are focused on having the quickest turn around on service. As well there will also be product in the store on blow-out to help everyone during these tough economic times! Tim, Sherry and the rest of the Switchback Crew feel they were blessed with being able to keep the shop open and look forward to a better year in 2009!!!

Packet pick-up for the Pow Wow will be held as originally planned at Switchback Cyclery.


“The Traverse” is a race to benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund:


The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children.

We expect this event to sell out (we have 28 spots left in the event) so if you are serious about participating register quickly. We will have no mail in registration and you can find the links to register on the event web page at:


Event Date: May 9th, 2009
Event Start: 7:00 AM
40+/- miles, 8,000+/- feet elevation gain

Starting Location: Black Star Canyon Road

Finish Location: Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road Post-event staging area: O’Neill Regional Park

There will be no same day registration.

The race will have Intermediate, Expert and Pro classes with the Pro class men and women racing for finishing cash. There must be a minimum of 5 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined with another age group.


PRO OPEN ($95)

EXPERT ($70)
18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

The event fee includes awards for top finishers, finishing ribbon for all participants, t-shirt and food catered by El Pollo Loco.


The Toad Festival is a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Program. The Wounded Warrior Program works raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, helps severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.


We have a participation limit of 175 for the long ride and have 102 spots left.

Short Ride: 10 miles, 500 feet of climbing. This ride is a great beginners and kids ride through the beautiful tree-covered trails of O’Neil Park.

Long Ride: 27.5 +- miles, 5,000 +- of elevation gain

1. Start at O’Neill Park Picnic area and ride to Holy Jim Trail Head – a small amount of pavement with 5 miles of fire road.
2. Holy Jim Trail Head to Main Divide – 6 miles of steep single track climbing with multiple stream crossings.
3. Holy Jim Trail to Trabuco Canyon Trail – 6 miles of rutted fire road with steep climbs and descents.
4. Trabuco Canyon Trail to Holy Jim Parking area – 5 miles of down hill, technical single track with stream crossings with 1/2 of a mile of fire road
5. Holy Jim Parking area to Picnic area – 5 miles of fire road and a small amount of pavement.

The Long Ride 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 in the fun rides will compete in games of chance and skill (darts, horseshoes, helmet toss and Blackjack cards). Those with the highest combined score will win prizes. You must make the checkpoints in a reasonable time or you will not be allowed to continue.

175 for the long fun ride
No limit for the short fun ride


Adults ($55)
Kids 13 and under ($25)

To register go to the bottom of the event web page at:



We do not offer refunds to those that drop out before the event – but we do allow them to sell their spot to someone else UP UNTIL TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT (February 20, 2009). After this date you will not be able to transfer your spot and we will not give refunds. This policy of transferring spots and no changes two weeks before the event will apply to both “The Traverse” and the Toad Festival.

A waiting list for people who want to get in the events has been created on the SoCal Trailriders message board for those who drop out of the events and want to sell their spots. This list is not controlled by the Warrior’s Society but is offered as a service by the message board for their members. Those who decided to drop out are not required to pull someone off this list.

Here is the direct link (if the link does not activate cut and paste the whole link in your browser):


If for some reason that link doesn’t work go to the forums section and then look for racing-training and I think it is at the top of the list there under VQ/CC waiting list.

We will be directing all those dropping out to go to this waiting list. They will have to contact us to let us know of the change and it is up to them to handle your payment to them. We must be notified of any transfer of spots in the events and people looking to buy spots should be sure we are cc in any email exchange with the seller to verify it is a legitimate spot.

If you transfer your spot to someone else we their following information before we make the change:

Email Address
Phone Number
t-shirt size
Emergency contact person
Emergency contact number

As a reminder, We will be having registered riders packet pickup at Switchback Cyclery located at 3436 E. Chapman in Orange (on the southeast corner of Prospect and Chapman) beginning Saturday, February 28th through Friday March 6th.

We will also be emailing all participants updated event documents one week before the event.

Registered riders not picking up their packets at Switchback must arrive at the start at the end of Black Star Canyon Road at 4:45 a.m. to pick them up.

See their website for shop hours:



This is not a Warrior’s Society event but one put on by Doug Grant and friends (the Warrior’s Society assists with communications and medical support.)


Saturday, March 21, 2009
50 mile option starts at 7:00am (check-in at 6:15am).*
25 mile option starts at 8:30am (check-in at 8:00am)
5 mile fun ride starts at 10:00am (check in at 9:30am) *FastTrack
check-in available the day before the event at Rock N Road Cyclery in Mission Viejo. Sleep in and avoid the long lines on ride day!


Staging and post-ride party at Cook’s Corner
19152 Santiago Canyon Road Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

Entry Fee:

25 or 50 Mile Option – $40 before March 19 ($50 on-site)
5 Mile “Fun Ride” – $25
All entries receive free t-shirts. Children’s sizes available.


To raise funds and build awareness for Project Rwanda:


50 mile ride – Route

Starting at Cook’s Corner, this full route will climb into the back side of O’Neill, proceed through and out of the park near the RSM lake, and make its way to the Dove Canyon waterfall. Then we’ll ride the ridge trails all the way to Caspers Wilderness Park, dropping down Star Rise and catching trails including Bell Canyon, Oso, Cougar, and back to Bell Canyon. At the end of Bell Canyon we arrive at a parking lot and rest rooms that will be our outermost checkpoint and refueling/aid station. From there we proceed up East Ridge all the way to Cougar/Oso, back on Bell Canyon and up Star Rise, tracing our route all the way back to the Dove Canyon waterfall (an aid station will be there as well). After refueling, we ride past the Coto main gate, climb and traverse Chiquita Ridge, head down Tijeras Creek trail to the Arroyo Trabuco Trail. Then we turn back to O’Neill, climb through the park and head back to Cooks Corner for some well-earned rest and recreation.

Click Here for Geoladders route:


25 mile ride – Route

This ride shares the same beginning and ending route as the 50 miler – but it skips the entire middle Caspers section. It starts at Cook’s, climbs through O’Neill and on to the Dove Canyon waterfall. However, instead of riding out to Caspers, this group will head directly over to the Chiquita Ridge trail, down Tijeras Creek to the Arroyo Trabuco Trail, back through O’Neill and finish up at Cook’s for some post-ride fun.

5 mile fun ride

New this year! This fun ride is open to riders of all ages. It’s an easy route, travelling along the paved Aliso Creek Bike Trail from Cooks Corner down to Saddleback Church and back. Enjoy fun games for riders along the way.

For more information and links to register go to:



The County of Orange is tentatively planning to open Black Star Canyon Road to vehicle and equestrian use in 2010. They are currently in the process of replacing the bridges since they currently are substandard and cannot hold the weight of fire emergency vehicles. Repairs to the road are planned for this year but no date has been set.

We look forward to having all those new recreational users give Black Star Canyon resident Art Tuttle a big “Hello” as they pass his house and access the soon-to-be opened Black Star Canyon Road.

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Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, Sho-Air Racing, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of the Warrior’s Society

E2 Hydro is the official hydration drink of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt


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