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CORBA eNews for December 5, 2008

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Practicing on the bumps during the November basic skills clinic, led by Mark Langton. The next clinic is Dec 6.

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Join Our Team! Do you have any ideas about mountain biking recreation in the L.A. region? Would you like to apply your skills and manage projects that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there an advocate in you? We are recruiting motivated individuals who work well with others. Send an email to info@corbamtb.com or come to a monthly Members Meeting to find out more about what we do and how you can help. The meeting is normally on the third Wednesday of the month. Check the calendar for details and possible last-minute changes.

Ergon Grips Giveaway!

We still have several pairs of Ergon grips to give away to new members

Ergon USA, a leader at improving mountain biking performance and comfort, is donating up to 30 pairs of handlebar grips to be used to help recruit new members to CORBA. Between November 7 and December 20th new members will receive free grips while supplies last! Not only that, current CORBA members will receive a pair of grips if they recommend someone who joins CORBA! Hurry, sign up now, and get your friends to sign up, before we run out!

Details

The grips are model GP1, available in small or large, black or team green. These grips cost $30 in stores.

  • To qualify for free grips, new members must sign up and pay their dues between November 7 and December 20th, including those dates.
  • You must not have been a member of CORBA for at least the past year
  • Not valid for current members who are renewing
  • Only two pairs of grips will be given for a family membership
  • This promotion expires December 20th, or when 30 pairs of grips have been given away, whichever occurs first
  • If you join online, send an email after paying your dues to info@corbamtb.com specifying your name, address and the size and color of grips you would like to recieve. The name must match the name you used to join online!
  • If you join by mailing in the paper form, include a note with the size and color of the grips you would like to receive
  • If a current CORBA member urged you to join so that you too can help support trail advocacy, and so they could score some cool free grips, include the name and address of that person when requesting your own grips, and the size/color your friend would like to receive
  • Current CORBA members can win only one pair of grips no matter how many of your friends join. But don't let that disuade you from helping your friends help us help you enjoy the trails you love so much!
  • If you sign up after we run out of grips, and you let us know that you don't care about anything except the grips, we will refund your membership fee less a $5.00 transaction fee.

The cost of these Ergon GP1 grips is five dollars more than the cost of a CORBA membership so we don't expect these grips to be available much longer. Act now so you don't lose out!


Fat Tire Fest 2009 Update

Mark your calendars! The date for the 2009 Fat Tire Fest and CORBA birthday celebration has been set for
Sunday October 25, 2009. Don't miss it!

The photo and video galleries are complete for the 2008 Fat Tire Fest. Check them out!


Upcoming Trailwork

Why do Trailwork? If you've ever wondered this, take a look at this article in the Summer 2008 issue of Terra Times to learn more about why it's important.

December 6 - El Prieto Trail.

El Preito is the most popular trail in the Angeles and is showing some wear. Come on out and lend a hand! The El Prieto Trail is in the Angeles Forest just above Pasadena. We will meet in the parking lot at the corner of Windsor and Ventura Streets just above JPL at 8:00 am. We will drive up from there to the work site. Another option is to ride your bike up. If you want to ride in just let us know so we can be sure to have enough tools for everyone. We will work until 1:15 and be back to the parking lot around 2:00 pm. We will be doing some brush work, tread repair, signage and there is also one major slide we hope to have the manpower to repair. Following trail maintenance lunch and cold drinks will be provided by CORBA! Be sure to have some sturdy shoes and long pants and long sleeve shirt is recommended. Bring some water to carry with you in a pack and some trail snacks too. Meet at 8:00 am. Details.

Upcoming Recreational Rides

Sun. Dec 7: “The Oldest Ride in Palos Verdes.”

Intermediate-Advanced level ride. Beginners are welcome, but terrain is steep so come prepared to do some serious climbing. Rides vary from 6 to 10 miles and from 2 to 3 hours usually. Please confirm as, although this is regularly scheduled, cancellations happen. If it has rained within the last 24 hours the ride will start from the Malaga Cove Parking lot. Bring a smile. Details and directions on the CORBA calendar.

Saturday, December 13: Sycamore Canyon - beginner ride

A great ride for first timers to SBMBC. One of the easiest and most beautiful rides near Los Angeles! We will ride up Sycamore Canyon and take the Two Foxes Trail. This will be an eight-mile round trip ride on fairly level ground with one stream crossing, some single track and fire road. The leader will go over the basics of how to ride a mountain bike as we enjoy following the river trail into Sycamore Canyon. Details and directions on the CORBA calendar.

Sunday, December 21: “The Oldest Ride in Palos Verdes.”

Intermediate-Advanced level ride. Beginners are welcome, but terrain is steep so come prepared to do some serious climbing. Rides vary from 6 to 10 miles and from 2 to 3 hours usually. Please confirm as, although this is regularly scheduled, cancellations happen. If it has rained within the last 24 hours the ride will start from the Malaga Cove Parking lot. Bring a smile. Details and directions on the CORBA calendar.

Wednesday, December 24: OTB's 2nd annual Viper Pre-Christmas MTB ride

Intermediate-Advanced level ride. We will ride up the fire road from the San Fernando exit from the 14 freeway in Santa Clarita to the Viper trail. There are other options too. Some of us may want to go down Los Pinetos for a mile or so then back up and or continue along the ridge. There are a lot of options here. The Viper option alone is less than a 1 1/2 hour ride. Of course we could do it 2X!! Details and directions on the CORBA calendar.

Saturday, December 27: Gridley Trail,Nordoff Peak and Rose Valley-MTB ride

Advanced leve ride. We start at the bottom and climb Gridley trail until it intersects the fireroad which traverses Nordhoff Ridge. We turn left on the fireroad and climb about a mile to the Nordhoff Peak to take in the view. We'll go back down the fire road, passing the Gridley trail and go about another 1.5 miles up the fire road. Then drop down 3 miles on a nice swooping fun single track into Rose Valley. Once at the bottom we'll turn around and climb back up. The first 2 miles up is a nice grade but the last mile of shale hills can wear some folks out. But not to worry, once back to the top it's a long fun downhill back the way we came all the way to the cars. Details and directions on the CORBA calendar.

Sunday, December 28: Westridge to the Hub- intermediate ride

Intermediate level ride. This ride starts at the Westridge Fireroad. There is an option of riding on some singletracks that are parallel to the fireroad. After passing by Nike Tower, then it’s off to the Dirt Mullholland Fireroad where there will be some climbing and downhill to the intersection of the fireroad. At this point we will continue to the Hub. This is an out-and-back ride that will lead us back to the beginning of the Westridge Fireroad where there are great views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica. The distance of this ride is 20 to the Hub and duration is approximately 4 hours. Details and directions on the CORBA calendar.


Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday December 6 is the next skills clinic.

The CORBA free skills clinic is held on the first Saturday of every month at Malibu Creek State Park.

Mountain biking is a lot like tennis or skiing. Just a few minor  adjustments in technique can make a huge difference in your control  and proficiency. If you want to get better faster, you need to know the fundamentals of mountain biking technique. Whether you're just  getting into mountain biking or have been riding for years, you'll learn some valuable tips from our Introduction to Mountain Biking  skills class that is offered each month. Check out our Skills Clinic web page for all the information. After the clinic, see photos of your new skills on the CORBA web site that you can share with your family and friends!


Other News

High School Riders Camp: The SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League will be hosting two riders camps the weekend of December 13 and 14. The camps are for high school aged riders of all abilities who may be interested in racing with the League. The camps will focus on mountain bike skills and rider safety on the trail. These are a great way to get to know other riders in high school and to kick off the SoCal League! For more information check out www.socaldirt.org/camps/index.htm or email justin@socaldirt.org


Support CORBA

Join or Renew your membership today on our membership web page.

Join Our Team! Do you have any ideas about mountain biking recreation in the L.A. region? Would you like to apply your skills and manage projects that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there an advocate in you? We are recruiting motivated individuals who work well with others. Send an email to info@corbamtb.com or come to a monthly Members Meeting to find out more about what we do and how you can help. Check the calendar for the next meeting.

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