White Tanks Whirlwind

Mountain Bike Race 3

Saturday February 26, 2011
White Tank Mt. Regional Park
 Competitive Track
 XC Racing beginning at 8:30am.
Juniors 16 and under . . . $15.00
Juniors over 16 and Adults . . . $40.00
Add $5 if you don't have a USAC annual License

Outer 6.93 miles
Inner 4.84 miles
Junior 2.58 miles

• Race Day check in/late registration starts at 6:30 a.m.
• Race Day registration available - cost $40 pluys $5 each if non a MBAA or USA Cycling member.
• REGISTRATION CLOSES ONE HOUR BEFORE YOUR RACE TIME. This means if you have a race start time of 8:30 am, the latest you can register will be 7:30 am.
• Racing starts at 8:00 a.m.

3 deep in all classes
*Pro -- Cash*
Awards will be presented after results for each group are official.
Raffle prizes: Free to all racers (when available).
*Must be present to receive


Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.

Department's Vision and Mission:

Our vision is to connect people with nature through regional parks, trails and programs, inspire an appreciation for the Sonoran desert beauty and natural open spaces, and create life-long positive memories.

Our mission, through responsible stewardship, is to provide the quality parks, trails, programs, services and experiences that energize visitors and create life-long users and advocates.

About Maricopa County Parks:
 From hiking on a barrier-free trail, to horseback riding along a creek, Maricopa County Parks offer visitors the best of the Sonoran Desert. At approximately 120,000 acres, Maricopa County is home to one of the largest regional park system in the United States. All trails within the Maricopa County Park System are for non-motorized use only. Ten parks in the system circle the metropolitan area and all are within a 45-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.

Buckeye Hills Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Desert Outdoor Center
Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
Usery Mountain Regional Park
White Tank Mountain Regional Park

$75 Annual Pass
$10 senior discount on annual passes (65 and over)

20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355 mailing address
Ph: 623-935-2505 Fax: 623-535-4291

Eye's In The Sky

The newest business wanting to settle in Camp Verde won't have a storefront, won't manufacture anything and won't offer any services to the public.

It will, nevertheless, be very visible.

Dateland Proving Grounds is the research, development and training division of STARA Technologies, a company that designs and manufactures specialized equipment for the military.

One of those devices is a 70-by-20-foot, helium-filled balloon equipped with a million-dollar camera that gives units in forward positions the ability to see if anyone attempting to attack their position.

There are already 22 of the balloons deployed in Afghanistan, and they have proven to be highly effective eyes in the sky.

On Thursday afternoon, Dateland representative Doug Powell gave residents their first look at what the company is proposing to do.

"We are interested in coming to Camp Verde because it offers us a chance to train soldiers in an environment similar to what they will find in Afghanistan," said Powell. "It is our hope that the community will accept us."

What Powell says the community will have to be accepting of is a balloon about the size of a semi-tractor trailer rig floating about 2,500 feet in the air, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Powell used his opportunity on Thursday to address some of the community's concerns, which included possible invasion of privacy safety and how the balloon might affect the town's dark sky policy.

Powell said the company has very stringent rules when it comes to what they observe during training. It is limited to spotting and marking targets on nearby hilltops and following vehicles.

"We don't look in people's homes, backyards or any part of their private lives. And we don't record any of the footage taken with the camera. Training policies are in place and will be followed. Anyone not following those policies would be ushered off the premises," said Powell.

Powell said the balloons have redundant safety systems and can be dropped remotely if one should ever leave its moorings.

During night training, residents of Camp Verde would see only the marker lights of the balloon and a string of lights marking the tether.

On average, the 15-acre site they are proposing to use, on property owned by the Camp Verde Sanitary District off State Route 260, ( MAP ) will host between 15 and 30 personnel.

"Crews sent to Camp Verde for training would be staying at local motels and eating at local restaurants. We will utilize local contractors and services for all contract work," said Powell.

The company is proposing a three- to five-year lease on the property. 

61 S. William Dillard Drive Gilbert, AZ 85233
  7432 East Tierra Buena Lane Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1646

As the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market continues to grow, manufacturers are looking for additional capabilities beyond traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaisance (ISR) missions to separate their aircraft from the others.

STARA's Provider GPS guided resupply pod now gives UAVs the capability to accurately deliver small amounts of critical supplies to small teams of Operators working in hostile/denied areas.

Unlike other ballistic resupply pods the Provider uses a RAM air parafoil to deliver the supplies to a pre-programmed waypoint on the ground. The parafoil's 3:1 glide ratio allows the UAV to operate clandestinely at altitudes up to 25,000 feet and as far away as 12 miles from the target area 
Through the use of the Mosquito Tactical Resupply System, any helicopter or unconventional aircraft can immediately conduct rapid reaction resupply operations and deliver light weight resupply bundles with pinpoint accuracy while staying safely out of range of small arms fire.

At the most recent NATO PACD 08 precision air drop conference, STARA released a Mosquito Tactical Resupply System carrying 100 pounds of supplies from a C-130 flying at 7,000 feet and 3 miles off the coast of France. The Mosquito landed the bundle within 9 meters of the target. 
The MJU-10b form factor the Mosquito MJU can be launched from any aircraft equipped with ALE-47 counter measures dispenser systems.
Is a competition mostly for aerial resupply systems rather than smart bombs, but nowadays even supply parachutes are expected to steer themselves down to an accurate landing. Some of the drop systems on show were massive, including the 15-ton MegaFly parachute.
Tower based surveillance systems that will use radar, infrared, acoustic and image technology to detect and surveile hostile forces. These components can be mounted to stationary resources for larger FOBS or to mobile trailers for expeditionary forces.

Both configurations are powered by renewable power resources (solar, wind) to reduce dependence on fossil fuels in operational environments where supply chains are thin.

Don't Forget To Look Up!!

Cyclist Get's 9-inch's

Splinter Through Leg
Azizulhasni Awang won a bronze medal at cycling’s Track World Cup on Saturday, and boy did he earn it.

The Malaysian rider managed to get back on his bike after a high-speed crash in the Keirin final and stagger across the line, but it was only afterward that the full extent of his injury became clear.

Awang was given third, but missed his moment on the podium because he was on his way to hospital.

His bronze was enough for him to capture the series title ahead of Britain’s Chris Hoy, who won Saturday’s race.

Hoy was one of only two riders who completed the race without falling. He said he did not realize what had happened behind him until he crossed the line.

“I was punching the air and showboating as I always do and when I came by the scoreboard I saw the officials pointing,” Hoy was quoted as saying by the Press Association. “I saw one guy, then two and then three, but with the noise of the crowd I couldn’t hear.

The crash involved four riders: Awang, Poland’s Kamil Kuczynski, Edward Dawkins of New Zealand and Juan Peralta Gascon of Spain.

Awang got back on his bike, while Dawkins pushed his over the line. Peralta ran to the finish line without his bike and was disqualified.

“Awang is always in there with the rough and tumble so it’s almost inevitable it’s going to happen to him at some point,” Hoy said.

Pictures showed a large splinter of wood from the track had gone right through his left calf.

Get Out & Ride

Red Rock Pass

Forestry To Seek Out Ideas
The public
Is asked to comment March 1 on the Red Rock Pass required by the Coconino National Forest in Sedona.

Flagstaff's U.S. magistrate judge found the Red Rock Ranger District's requirement of a fee to use some backcountry areas illegal under federal law last year, and now the Forest Service is attempting to decide what to do as a result.

It has suspended the requirement of a Red Rock Pass in some areas.

Red Rock District Ranger Heather Provencio will take comments on March 1, beginning at 4 p.m., at Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road (West Sedona) Map.

The Forest Service is also accepting comments by e-mail, at http://www.redrockcountry.org/, by following the link under "Red Rock Pass Changes."
The region is the destination of a large number of visitors, many of them coming to hike in the Coconino National Forest or stay at the campgrounds in Oak Creek Canyon. While the Forest Service has for a long time charged fees for use of the campgrounds, the agency established the Red Rock Pass Area after the passage of the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program (RFDP) by Congress in 1996. This large 160,000 acre area included all of the National Forest land around Sedona, and for the first time hikers had to pay a fee just to park on National Forest land and go hiking. The new fee program was controversial. In 2002 the Sedona City Council passed a resolution by a 5-2 vote to request that the U.S. Congress end the RFDP. One of the two dissenting council members opposed the fees but voted against the resolution because he thought it was ineffective and "says nothing."

Congress responded to widespread opposition to the new recreation fees by repealing the RFDP in 2004, and in its place enacted the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The FLREA authorizes the Forest Service to charge an amenity fee for an area that has a required list of amenities, such as picnic tables and a permanent toilet, all of which must be present. In the FLREA, there are specific provisions that prohibit the Forest Service from charging a fee solely for parking in an undeveloped area, or for hiking across the National Forest.

The Coconino National Forest issued a news release in June 2005 stating that the Red Rock Pass Area qualified as a High-Impact Recreation Area (HIRA) under new agency guidelines, and that a recreation fee would continue to be charged whenever a person parked on National Forest lands. As far as the Forest Service is concerned, the 160,000 acre Red Rock HIRA is a qualifying "area" under the FLREA, since there are places within the HIRA that contain picnic tables, public toilets, etc. The prohibitions on charging fees for parking at undeveloped trailheads and walking across National Forest land are ignored.

On November 2, 2009, Jim Smith from Sedona received a violation notice while parking at the Dry Creek/Vultee Arch trailhead without displaying a Red Rock Pass. The closest picnic tables, public toilet and trash receptacle--all amenities required for charging an amenity fee under the FLREA--are 7 to 10 miles away from this trailhead. Since the Flagstaff court is closed during the winter, Jim used the winter months to prepare a Motion to Dismiss (MTD) challenging the legality of the Forest Service's use of the HIRA to charge a recreation fee. His MTD was submitted to the court in April 2010. Following the filing of a series of legal documents by both sides, Magistrate Judge Mark Aspey dismissed the citation on September 14th, and ruled that the Forest Service's use of the HIRA designation to charge fees throughout the entire Red Rock HIRA is contrary to the clear statutory language of the FLREA.

You can read the legal filings in the case and media hole storie HERE

See You On The Trails!

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London 2012 Olympics

 Mountain Bike Racing

2012 Olympic Mountain Bike course launched
The London Organising Committee (LOCOG) revealed the partially completed mountain bike course for the 2012 London Olympic Games late last week. The 550-acre Hadleigh Farm, near Basildon, Essex, in the United Kingdom will host the race

Construction began in July and is expected to be finished in the spring of 2011. The venue consists of open, grassy hillsides and has few natural technical features.

London 2012 Olympic discipline and a course that will test the world's finest Mountain Bike riders.

Organizers have brought in 500,000 tonnes of rock and are building technical obstacles and drops to challenge racers.

The course will have 70m in elevation gain - more elevation change than that of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, according to Bike Radar. In total, the course will cost 800,000 pounds to build.

The course, which is on land owned by the Salvation Army and Essex County, will be about 5km in length and is expected to accommodate 20,000 spectators. It is being delivered by Essex County Council in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

The course is great - much hillier than I expected," said Maddie Horton, who won the silver medal at the 2010 British National Championships, to Breaking Travel News. "I've ridden World Cup courses before, and this is definitely up there with the toughest."

The Olympic distance cross country mountain bike race will take place on August 11-12, 2012. Approximately 50 men and 30 women will compete for Olympic medals in a two-hour race. A pre-Olympic test event is expected to be run on the course as early as the summer of 2011.

Luna Pro Georgia Gould 

US Olympic mountain bike team
Throughout most of 2011, the nation's best racers will be vying for a spot on the Olympic Games Long Team. Up to 10 men and 10 women will be selected based on performances between January 1 and December 1, 2011. A racer can earn a spot on the Long Team by finishing in the top 10 at the 2011 cross country mountain bike Worlds in Champery, Switzerland, or by finishing in the top 10 at any World Cup during the Long Team Qualification Period.

A racer can also earn a spot by being ranked in the top three at the end of the US Pro XCT series. Space still permitting, racers with a ranking in the top 60 of the world as of December 1, 2011 will be eligible for the Long Team. Should more than 10 racers meet the aforementioned criteria, World Cup rankings will be the decider. If 10 racers do not meet the criteria, USAC may select additional nominees per its

Making the Long Team is just the first step toward making the final Olympic team. The best way to get a spot on the start line in London, England, is for a racer to finish in the top five at the 2011 Worlds and then prove to the selectors that he or she is maintaining his or her form thereafter. Should more than one man or woman meet this goal, the top athlete will be chosen.

American Champion Todd Wells

Another way to make the final team is to win a cross country World Cup event during the final qualification period of January 1 to May 22, 2012, and then prove to selectors that form has been maintained accordingly. Should more than one man or woman meet this criterium, the rider with the highest World Cup ranking gets the nod.

If places are still open on the final team, racers who finish in the top five in a World Cup during the final qualification period will be considered with the World Cup ranking again serving as the decider. After that, selectors will look to the top ranked US racer in the World Cup as of May 31, 2012, but only if that rider is in the top 15 overall.
Mary McConneloug

Should the automatic final team selection criteria enumerated above somehow not suffice to fill the squad, USA Cycling may invoke discretionary criteria. Discretionary criteria include factors like medal capability, recent history of strong international competition, capability of enhancing future team performance and future medal capability.

All mountain bike Olympians must reach the age of 19 in the year of the Olympic Games

Emily Batty
See You At The Games 2012!