02/01/11 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Volunteers needed for the 2011 Rwanda Ride

2. Action needed to protect access to the Santiago Truck Trail

3. 2011 Mountain Bike Pow Wow update

1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2011 RWANDA RIDE

Doug Grant is looking for volunteers, especially those with EMT training, to help with the 2011 Rwanda Ride to be help on Saturday, April 30th.

For more information contact Josh Kompa at:

jkompa@gmail.com

2. ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT ACCESS TO THE SANTIAGO TRUCK TRAIL

The first mile of the Santiago Truck Trail is on private property. There is no public easement for the trail, only the landowner’s willingness to grant permission for use has allowed the trail to be open over the past many years. The landowner has offered to sell the property to the county, which will facilitate permanent public access to the trail (and construction of a parking lot at the trailhead). Funds for purchase of the land may be available through the OCTA Measure M program. In the interim period, the landowner has requested, and the County has granted an Access License Agreement to indemnify the landowner from legal action brought by users of the trail. This agreement expires at the end of April (there are two 4 month extensions allowed if approved by the Director of OC Parks). Access to the trail will likely be terminated upon expiration of the agreement IF there is no further agreement to facilitate the purchase of the land.

County Supervisor Pat Bates as Chair of OCTA Board of Directors (cc to Bill Campbell) needs to be lobbied by the mountain bike community, as the largest group of trail users, to prioritize the purchase of this land over other demands for the Measure M funds. Lettters/emails should be sent to Bates, expressing the importance of access to this area to mountain bikers, one of the most heavily-used trails in the area (as well as hikers and equestrians) and the long-term value that we would gain from acquisition of the property to assure continued legal access and suitable trailhead parking. Anyone who has a personal connection with Pat Bates or someone on her staff is encouraged to call and speak directly with them for the greatest possible impact.

Patricia C. Bates
Supervisor, 5th District
County of Orange
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Phone 714.834.3550
Fax: 714.834.2670

PatBates@ocgov.com

3. 2011 MOUNTAIN BIKE POW WOW UPDATE

We are happy to announce the re-signing of our major sponsors Shimano, Rock N Road, Cannondale, El Pollo Loco and O’Hara’s Pub for our 2011 trail work and event season.

Although there has been some damage to the roads in the forest, particularly Trabuco Creek Road, we don’t anticipate any problems.

For those of you who may not be able to participate in the event and would like to sell your spot the process is once you find someone to buy your spot you must email us with their name an cc them on the email.

Once we get the email from you the person buying your spot (or you) must mail an application (which will be provided when you notify us of the person buying your spot) and a transfer fee in the form of a money order in the amount of $25.00 payable to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. Have them write at the top of the application the name of the person who they are buying the spot from.

Once the app and the transfer fee money order are received you both will be notified that the transfer has been made.

Chris

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

O’Hara’s Pub at the Orange Circle is the Official Watering Hole 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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