NOTE: For future races, including 2018, the course will stay on Main Divide till Lower Holy Jim, and NOT go down 'Upper' Holy Jim.
This route is used in the Counting Coup race put on each year by the Warriors Society to raise funds for trail advocacy. Expect some long arduous fire road climbs and wonderful singletrack descents. Blackstar Canyon leads you to a series of undulating climbs on the Main Divide fire road to Silverado Motorway's singletrack descent. Then up Maple Springs and back onto Main Divide and ultimately Santiago Peak. The Holy Jim singletrack carries you down to the final sprint along Trabuco Creek Road.
UPLOAD - DIRECT FROM YOUR GARMIN DEVICE To Post an activity, GeoLadders supports 'Uploading' directly from a Garmin device, BUT, USING THE IE BROWSWER ONLY (Microsoft Interent Explorer). Plug in your Garmin device to your computer and click the 'Upload from GPS' button, just above this text. Or, if uploading a new route that does not yet exist in GeoLadders, click the red 'Upload Activity' button, top upper right corner of the page.
UPLOAD - A GPX FILE Upload any GPX file (e.g. a recent activity) here using the 'Post GPX to this route' button, on the left. One way to get a gpx file of your activity is to upload from Garmin Connect or Strava. For example, upload your activity to Strava then download ACTIVITY as GPX from Strava to your computer. Open the activity in Strava, click the 'Action' icon on left (wrench), select 'Download GPX' (saves to 'Downloads' on your computer). Go to www.geoladders.com, open the existing route you want to post to, select 'Post GPX to this route' (on left), then click the 'Browse' button (middle of page), find the GPX in your 'Downloads' directory. Double click, save. That's it. Your route appears on geoladders.com/posts and in your dashboard.
DOWNLOAD - DIRECT TO YOUR GARMIN DEVICE Download this route to follow it on the GPS during an activity, or to race a Virtual Partner (yourself or others) on the GPS. Plug in your Garmin device to your computer and click the 'Download from GPS' button, just above this text. (NOTE: ONLY USE MICRSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER BROWSER TO DOWNLOAD, WILL NOT CURRENTLY DOWNLOAD THRU FIREFOX, CHROME, OR SAFARI).
DOWNLOAD - A GPX FILE Click the 'Download GPX file' link, on the left to download this GeoLadders route (as a GPX FILE) to your computer. Then to get the file on your GARMIN device, login to Garmin Connect at connect.garmin.com. STEP 1). Select ACTIVITIES (far left menu, 5th option) STEP 2). Upper right, click IMPORT, then click BROWSE, middle of page. STEP 3). Double click the activity, then click IMPORT DATA button. STEP 4). The activity opens (in Garmin Connect), then upper right, of the 5 icons, click the GEAR icon 5. then SEND TO DEVICE (Note: you can rename the acivity before sending to your device). The activity will show in 'Courses' on your Garmin device with the default name or the name you gave it. 6. You'll need to unplug your device to view courses on your device. That's it.
04/08/17 Woke up after only 3 hours sleep, after going to bed angry because my Mac got nuked by an OS upgrade. But it was not raining, and I was ready for an adventure anyway. Got to the Tree Farm and only some light drizzle. Got lined up and now it's raining for real, and a bit cold too. Lots of frustrated folks climbing BS in muddy conditions. But the Fiend was throwing mud like a snow plow! I was riding when most others were dead stopped, their tires unable to roll and derailleurs caked. I was thankful for my good fortune. I cleaned the Fiend at the ball and rolled on. I was doing really well and made all the cutoffs with time to spare. Cool. But once past 4 corners I started to fade and walked the shale leading to Modjeska and then ended up walking up most of Santiago, or risk my legs locking up. Despite a really nasty descent off the peak, I still felt OK, and did well enough on HJ. My time was 2 hours longer than my 2014 CC, but I had a true adventure today. Great Ride! I'm beat!
04/06/14 So despite training more for this race than I ever have before, I had my worst time. Must have been the bronchitis I thought I was just getting over, but after this race, it's back. Oh well, still stoked I finished and there's always next year. Thank you Warrior's Society for hosting such a fun and well run event!
04/05/14 Mike Tyson once said "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face." My punch in the face was MSprings. I was right on plan to the bottom of MW, but +18 min vs. plan to 4C. Heart rate, head - everything was working but the legs. All in all, I'm pretty happy for my first stab at this. A really great day for this, bottom of MW was crazy from all the supporters.