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A Message from CORBA’s President
by Mark Langton
It Takes a Village…Of Mountain Bikers Last week on September 18, CORBA was officially inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame during the Interbike Trade Show in Las Vegas. Several CORBA founding members, past and current board members, and VIPs attended the event.
In the weeks leading up to the event, I was tasked with compiling and editing a list of significant contributors to CORBA. It’s still a work in progress, but I believe it is fairly comprehensive. The most noteworthy impression I get when looking at the list is that CORBA’s success in getting and keeping trails open to bicycles in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and greater Los Angeles County and Eastern Ventura County is due to a team effort.
In 26 years more than 30 people have joined CORBA’s Board of Directors. They have all made significant contributions to keeping CORBA on the high road of advocacy. The list of significant friends and volunteers is made up of people who have in one way or another gone above and beyond to help guide and bolster CORBA’s efforts, such as organizing events, providing mentoring and guidance, volunteering incredible amounts of time, and so much more. Their contributions are far too lengthy and complex to list here, but it is one thing I am endeavoring to do as well. To be sure, if their name is on the list, they have done something significant to keep CORBA moving forward (including some land management agency folks who certainly took their fair share of heat for siding with CORBA; of course, they were visionaries). If you see someone missing who you feel should be on the list, please send their name and description to me at email@example.com. Thanks!
Takes a Village blog article to see this complete article, and
the list of significant contributors which is far too long to publish
Take a Kid Mountain Biking 2013 to be Oct 5 in Malibu Creek State Park
On October 5, in conjunction with the IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, CORBA Kid’s Club will be having a fun ride at Malibu Creek State Park at 9:00 am. This will be a ride followed by a barbecue. All ages are welcome! If the kids are too young to ride, feel free to bring a bike trailer or trail-a-bike and tow them along. These can be your own kids, nieces, nephews, friends kids, neighbor kids… Kids must have their own bikes and helmets.
There will be a few different ride options for different age groups. Feel free to participate even if you don’t have any kids to bring.
Childhood obesity in the United States has reached an all-time high. Experts say that the current generation of U.S. children could actually have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. IMBA and CORBA believe mountain biking can help reverse this trend. We need your help to get kids back on bikes.
For for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register online in advance so we’ll know how many people to expect. Directions and further details are given on the registration page.
The Danusia Bell is Now On Sale
Danusia Bell, to help celebrate the legacy of Danusia
Bennet-Taber and alert other trail users to your approach,
is now for sale at our
online store. All proceeds go to the Sarcoma Alliance.
your bells today!
Hallowe'en Night Ride on October 25th
Ride from Sullivan Ridge then down to Murphy Ranch Ruins for a guided tour of this historic site by an expert in local lore. Wear a costume (or bling your bike) for a chance to win a prize. There will be snacks and other goodies. Lights mandatory.
Register online in advance so we’ll know how many are coming.
Meeting location and time details are on the
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you or
a new rider you know like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
Upcoming Beginner - Intermediate Rides (follow the link for details
and to sign up!)
See our Rides
Calendar for details and for other beginner-level rides. Many thanks to North
Ranch Mountain Bikers Michelle and Kevin for leading these
CORBA’s Recreational Rides calendar provides a full
monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike
rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and
knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience
a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.
and Recent Trailwork
For many years, most trailwork has been done by volunteers because of budget
cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and
other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn
more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you
on our Trailwork
web page. Keep in mind that CORBA now provides prizes and lunch
after the event for volunteers who register
in advance! And by registering in advance, you'll help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. If you come out to two
or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved
CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!
must be over 7-years old to attend, and children under 14 must be constantly
and directly supervised by their parent or guardian who brought them.
October 19: Twenty-third Annual COSCA Trail Work Day. Join
CORBA, SMMTC, COSCA and other
volunteer groups to work on the Conejo Open Space trails in Thousand Oaks. This
is a great event with many volunteers. We will be working on new trails in the
Conejo Canyons Open Space (aka Western Plateau). COSCA will treat participants
to lunch afterwards and have a drawing for some great door prizes, including CST
tires contributed by CORBA. For full details and to register, see our registration page. We hope
to see a good turnout of local mountain bikers at this event!
November 9: Backbone Trail from Latigo Canyon Road.
Join CORBA and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council as we fix up the Backbone Trail near Latigo Canyon Road. We'll be doing treadwork, clearing silt out of the drainages and possibly building some new ones. Our work on Saturday will help keep the water off the trail and prevent the ruts from getting bigger and swallowing the trail!
For full details and to register, see our registration page.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
Join our mailing list to get updates on trailwork
Send an email to Trailwork-Volunteersemail@example.com
GirlzGoneRiding News for
by Wendy Engelberg
The GGR Rocktober 20th XC Gala is now RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
Register now before the event is full! Registration is FREE! at https://sites.google.com/site/girlzgoneriding/. This is GGR’s annual event that celebrates women on bikes! And……….this event is also a CORBA membership drive and fund raiser too! When you renew or purchase a new CORBA membership before Oct 19th, you will be entered in a raffle for a NINER frame!! http://corbamtb.com/join/index.shtml.
Here is a taste of the events for Oct 20th:
- Demo demo demo bikes!!!!
- Beginner Skills Clinics
- 5 levels of guided XC rides
- Swap Meet
- Guest Speakers
- Goodie Bags
- Fuel station
- Silent Auctions
We have some incredible sponsors that support GGR and women’s cycling. Please try their products and support them!
For a list of sponsors, visit our
GGR blog article...
Free Mountain Biking
5th 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!
CORBA on Meetup, Twitter and Facebook
We have set up accounts with Twitter and Facebook to help keep people informed
of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Join
our events on Meetup
us on Twitter at twitter.com/CORBAmtb
and Facebook at facebook.com/CORBAMTB.
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