04/17/12 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. The 2012 Mountain Bike Pow Wow wrap-up, Vision Quest and Counting Coup

2. 2012 Rwanda Ride Update Saturday, April 28th 2012

3. The Share Mountain Bike Club Annual Poker Ride, Saturday, May 19th.

4. Shared Use Event at Malibu State Park


The event wrap-up has been posted on our web site at:


Dave Whiting wrote an article on Dana Weber, the 1st place finisher of the Vision Quest:


Next years Pow Wow will take place on Saturday, April 6th 2012

This year we were approved at the last minute for participants to camp overnight at Black Star. We will again seek permission for next year including hiring a security guard to keep an eye on things.

Thanks to all our participants for their support!


Save $10 on Registration/Jersey Package

Here’s your chance to look great on the trails – even when you’re standing still! For the first time ever, we’re offering authentic 50 Mile Ride commemorative Club Jerseys. These are top quality, Italian-made originals from our friends at DNA Cycling. Features include Air Max Fabric/100% poly micro blend, full front zipper, 3 back pockets, silicon side and back gripper, with “club-fit” sizing. Jerseys sell for $75, with proceeds going toward the Rwanda cause.

Special Registration/Jersey Package Offer!


If you order your jersey at the time of registration (online only) BEFORE midnight on February 18 – we’ll give you $10 off your jersey price when you check out online (get your jersey for only $65). Simply enter JERSEY into the Coupon Code box and you’ll receive your $10 discount. But, you MUST register and order your jersey by February 18 to receive this offer. Why the rush? It takes several weeks to make these high-end jerseys, and orders placed by February 18 will arrive in time for our event – so you can wear them on the ride! (Jersey orders placed after February 18 will need to be picked up or shipped to you after the event.)
Get your whole crew to register and order jerseys together. You’ll make a great statement on the trails, and you’ll be doing a great thing for our Rwanda cause!

Raise Money While You Ride:

Thanks for riding in our event and helping us raise funds for Project Rwanda. While you’re out there riding and sweating on April 28, you can share the experience with your family and friends. We’re talking about the fundraising experience, not the riding and sweating experience. Help us raise our goal this year by using our online PLEDGE TOOL to help spread the word about your ride. Now you can set up your own web page to collect donations. We’ve made a simple TEMPLATE that you can use to get your online donation page up and running in minutes. Then just send an invitation link to your friends, family and co-workers, and begin collecting pledges – even while you’re out on your training rides. Plus, again this year we’ll have a SPECIAL PRIZE DRAWING – Collect at least $250 in donations, and your name will be entered into our special Pledge Drawing for a very cool prize to be awarded at our event. Thanks for going the extra mile (the extra 50 miles?) to help some very deserving folks in Rwanda.

Prizes – We’ve Got Lots of ‘Em

By now you know our event ends each year with an amazing party at Cook’s Corner. Fresh BBQ (even adding Veggie Burgers this year), live band, beverages of all kinds, fun vendor expo, free massage therapists, and plenty of good vibes with good friends. Oh yeah, did I mention the prize raffle? This year we already have over $20,000 in raffle prizes and more are being added every week.

Our Grand Prize Raffle Bike is a gorgeous Niner Air 9 RDO full carbon full suspension beauty. This is a complete bike with XT/XTR components, Reba fork, Stan’s Arch wheels with DT Swiss hubs (over $6000 value!). And the best part? The winner gets to pick the frame size and color that they want! We’ll build this Grand Prize bike to your order! Other Grand Raffle category prizes are: Shimano XTR groupo (brakes, derailleurs, cranks, cassette – $2100 value), Spinergy wheels (2 sets, one road and one mountain – $2000 total value), San Juan Huts Systems adventure package (2 winners of 7 day/6 night Colorado MTB adventure – $850 value each). Plus, TONS of cool General Raffle category prizes from Yakima, Kuat Racks, Nite Rider, Oakley, Troy Lee Designs, Vestal Watch, Crank Brothers, Spoke Grenade, Estate Services Home Theater, Saw Sports Productions, Over the Hump, and many others. And of course great prizes and support from our local bike shops including: Rock N Road, Edge Cycle Sports, The Path, OC Bicycle Garage, Two Wheels One Planet, Surf City Cyclery, and Trails End Cycling Co. With more prizes added every week!
Raffle tickets are sold in $20 packages. Each package includes one (1) Grand Prize ticket and (20) General Prize tickets. Put your ticket(s) in the basket in front of the prize you want to win. The more tickets you buy, the better your chance of winning! Remember, it’s all for Project Rwanda and Team Rwanda Cycling . Raffle tickets are sold online when you register, at the Fast Track Check In the day before the event, and also at the post-ride party at Cooks Corner. You must be present to win! So plan to stick around for the fun and the prizes after you finish your ride. Good luck to you, and thanks for your support!


Remember to REGISTER before February 18 if you want to save $10 on a Registration/Jersey Package .


Once again, SHARE Mountain Bike Club is hosting it’s annual Poker Ride.

This event is our major fund raising event for the year, a portion of which we will donate to Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

Join us for a fun ride, a great lunch and a huge opportunity drawing.

There will be no day of event registration or purchase of lunches.
For more information and to register, go to:


$10 for Members, $30 for Non-Members, $40 for New Members. Add $10 for lunch.
Add $5 late fee for registration after May 13.

Poker Ride Parking, Check-In and Start will be at Irvine Regional Park (1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA). From the Irvine Regional Park entrance, make the first left and park in Parking Area #2. Look for the SHARE trailer. Parking is $5.00.

The Poker Ride Finish, Lunch and Opportunity Drawing will be at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, at the Private Party Area near the Park Office.

Opportunity Drawing of great merchandise and gift certificates from our generous sponsors.
Grand Prize is a very cool New Belgium Brewing Company cruiser bike!

The first 100 Poker Riders to register will receive a $10 gift certificate to The Path Bike Shop!

A complete pasta lunch and a two New Belgium Brewing Company beers for only $10!


As you probably already know, the California State Trails Conference is in Woodland Hills next week. www.parks.ca.gov/trails/conference On Saturday the 21, the day after the conference, there will be a shared use trail event beginning at 10 AM at Malibu Creek State Park. Jim Meyer of Trails4All is the lead person for the event.

1. Please come to the event. We could use some folks who know their way around Malibu Creek. A good showing from all four user communities (equestrians, hikers, mountain bicyclists and trail runners) shows that we believe in shared use. It’s a rare opportunity to actually ride along together with horses, runners and hikers. Think of it less as a ride and more a symbolic parade.

2. We’re a bit worried about the turnout. Most conference folks will go home on Friday. Local anti-shared use equestrians and hikers seem to be boycotting the event (surprise), so we don’t know how many horse folks will be there. Does anyone have contact with local “friendly equestrians” we could specifically invite to the event?

3. FYI, The ride will begin at upper parking lot and head into park on Crags Road. Those wanting short option (7 miles) will go to MASH site and return on Crags, turn right on Mott Road (the Salvation Army gate will be open) over to Tapia and return on the “new, improved” Tapia Spur Trail. Those wanting long option (13 miles) will cut off on Grasslands Trail to DeAnza and then head out to MASH site and return through Mott and Tapia Spur. Lunch follows.

5. Please post the following to your web pages. Better would be an e-lert.


Shared Use Event at Malibu Creek State Park

On Saturday, April 21st at 10 AM will be the annual Shared Use Bike-Hike-Horse-Run event that follows the State Trails and Greenways Conference (www.parks.ca.gov/trails/conference) . Registration is required for the conference, but the post conference event is open to all.

The event is intended to show that trail users of all types can enjoy trails together safely. There will be a short 7 mile option and a longer 13 mile opportunity. Both routes will turn around at the MASH site, get the rare opportunity to exit Malibu Creek State Park through the Salvation Army gate on Mott Road and then return to the park on the newly refurbished Tapia Spur Trail. The event will be followed by lunch. Please rsvp to Jim Meyer at jmeyer@trails4all.org.


Jim Meyer


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Theodore Roosevelt


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