2010 Vision Quest and Counting Coup Event Updates

Event Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2010
Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, CA
Event Start: 5:30 AM

Those registered for the event may pick up their packet (number plate, event t-shirt, etc.) at O’Hara’s Pub in Orange (714-532-9264) on Thursday March 18th or Friday March 19th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. O’Hara’s is a new local club sponsor so have a beer & some grub when you come get your packet! Please note, since this is a bar you must be 21 to get in.

You may also pick up your packet the day of the event at the start from 4:30 am to 5:00 am

If you have picked up your packet you will still need to check in at the start by 5:15 am

There will be a shuttle running from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm from O’Neill Park to the the start for those that left their cars there in the morning.

Remember that the start is at 5:30 and sunrise is at 6:54, but it starts to get lighter by 6:30, so you can expect to ride at least for an hour in the dark. We recommend that you use a small, battery powered halogen light for the first hour of the ride. Except for the fastest riders, most participants will be climbing Blackstar in the dark and the sun should be coming up by the time they reach the Main Divide.

We suggest you carry a whistle and small “space blanket” to help you call for help and protect you from the elements of you go off-trail and in get into trouble. A bell will also be a benefit for the single track down hill portions of the course.

The ride will begin from the Blackstar Canyon gate at 5:30 AM.

Remember the fire roads and trails are still open to vehicles and hikers during the event, also expect the fire roads and single track trails to be rutted and in bad condition if we have a rainy winter. There may also be snow on the course. If you are unfamiliar with the area please use extreme caution). For a more detailed description of the trails, refer to Randy Vogels book, “Mountain Biking in Orange County California.”

Control your speed on the Holy Jim, Trabuco Canyon and Trabuco Creek Trails and ride down in a safe manner. Hikers and bikers will be on this trail and you will be responsible for harm caused to yourself and others. Course Marshals will penalize unsafe riders.

Note: Use extreme caution when riding across the stream crossings, they can be slippery and have pot holes in them which could result in injury if ridden into.

The first cut off time is 9.30 a.m. at the bottom of the Silverado Trail and Maple Springs. The second cutoff time is 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Maples Springs Road and the Main Divide. The third cutoff time is 12:00 p.m. at the bottom of Holy Jim Trail (for the Vision Quest riders), and the fourth cutoff time is 12:45 at the bottom of the West Horse Thief Trail (for the Vision Quest Riders). If you do not make the cutoff times and refuse to return to the staging area you have violated the terms of your participation and the Warrior’s Society will no longer responsible for your safety. Your emergency contact will be called and notified that they will be assuming all responsibility your safety.

Water, Peanut butter crackers, Fruit Roll Ups, Mini Pretzels, bananas and oranges will be provided at each Aid Station. We will be placing 1 packet of Hammer Gel and Hammer Hydration Mix in your event packet but due to the current economic climate they are unable to supply the same for our aid stations. We hope to have Clif Bars but at this time we are unsure if they will be supplied by Clif.

AID STATION 2 BAGS (Vision Quest Riders) – If you want to bring your own supplies to Aid Station 2, we must be able to throw way any left over contents and the bag they are in. All bags will be thrown away after the event. No Aid Station bags, disposable or not, will be taken to Aid Station 1. Your Aid Station 2 bag must be dropped off at the registration table the morning of the event.

Check our web site the week prior to the event for the latest news. You can also email us for information not posted on the web site. No alcohol allowed. Finishers will receive their finisher’s award when they cross the finish line and the top 10 finishers will be announced after the last finisher crosses the finish line.

Our e-mail address is countingcoup@warriorssociety.org and our web address is www.warriorssociety.org

Don’t forget to bring a beach chair for use after the event. There are picnic benches provided but a beach chair is more comfortable.

Good luck and we’ll see you on Saturday.

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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