01/04/10 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. The 2010 Traverse is sold out!

2. The 2010 Toad Festival

3. Holy Jim trail work to be performed in January


If you didn’t get registered for the event and would like to participate your best bet is to post on STR that you are looking for a spot in the event if anyone decides to sell theirs:



Event Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Fun Ride Long Course start time: 8:00 a.m
Fun Ride Short Course start time: 9:00 a.m

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 ($50)
Kids 13 and under ($25)

The links to the application and online registration through active.com are on the event page on our web site at:


If you plan on participating in the 2009 Toad Festival you must register by Friday, May 28th to receive an event t-shirt. Online and mail-in registration is closed but there is same-day registration at O’Neill. Same-day registrants are not guaranteed an event T-shirt.

The Toad Festival will be a fundraiser for the Operation Mend http://operationmend.ucla.edu/ which provides reconstructive surgery for our servicemen wounded by improvised explosive devices and helps cover travel expenses for their families during treatment.

“Operation Mend,” a unique new partnership between UCLA Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, has been established to help treat several U.S. military personnel wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The pilot project was launched with the help of philanthropist Ronald A. Katz, a well-known inventor and UCLA Medical Center board member, who recognized that providing excellent care to injured soldiers need not be limited to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Armed Services. The project aims to serve as a model for other medical institutions interested in helping additional wounded service members.


We will be doing earthwork on Holy Jim in sections that need to be stabilized and also starting our brushing of the trail.

In February we will be working on Trabuco and West Horse Thief as well as finishing up any work needed on Holy Jim.

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

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

Epic Performance is the official hydration drink of the Warrior’s Society

Hammer Nutrition is the official Nutrition bar and gel 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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