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Danusia makes a splash in Pt Mugu State Park
The Danusia Memmorial Ride and Fund Raiser is
approaching, see story...

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

News from the CORBA Website Blog since the previous eTerraTimes

For the most extensive trailwork weekend of the year, 150 volunteers signed up on Saturday, the first day of the 34th annual SMM Trail Days , to help restore trails in Point Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon). Another fifty signed up for the following Sunday. The theme for the weekend was to resto...
CORBA’s monthly board of directors meetings are open to the public. We welcome and value our members’ input at these meetings. For the months of May and June 2015, CORBA’s Board of Director’s monthly meeting has been moved from the fourth Monday of the month to the corresponding Wednesday. In an ...
Always so much going on in women’s cycling! Group Rides: Why are some women afraid to go on a group ride? Well the question was asked and we received a ton of great feed back. The most common response was not enough information on the ride being offered. Skill level needed, how much endurance nee...
Catastrophic failure of 2000 – 2015 model bikes leads to quadriplegia Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2015 Trek Bicycle Corp. will recall nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada to correct a brake-safety issue following reports of three injuries, including ...
Once a year we have an opportunity to work on the trails and then BBQ and camp at Danielson Ranch in Pt Mugu State Park . It is opened annually for the Santa Monica Trail Days! This is a unique opportunity to work on the trails that we enjoy so much in Sycamore Canyon, and the Saturday workday is...
The NPS Preferred Alternative The National Park Service (NPS) today released the findings of the Rim of the Valley (ROTV) study, including a draft Environmental Impact Report and Proposed Alternatives. The study has been underway since 2010. CORBA has commented on previous phases of the study and...
The second annual memorial ride honoring the memory of our friend Danusia Bennett Taber​ will be held on Sunday May 31st. CORBA supporter Danusia with husband Don. This ride is a FUND RAISER ride! To make a donation in Danusia’s name to the Sarcoma Alliance which is tax deductible, please go to t...
Sheila Kuehl, Jerry Daniels, Liza Braude-Glidden, Joe Edmiston, Fran Pavley, George Lange, and Cindy Miscikowski cut the ribbon at the re-dedication of Marvin Braude Gateway Park. On Friday, April 3, representatives of CORBA and Girls Gone Riding joined a plethora of politicians and other members...
It was a perfect day for riding in Malibu Creek State Park , and 28 smart riders came out for the free Basic Skills Clinic , which is always held the first Saturday of the month. This was by far the largest group we’ve had in over a year! The park was also full of hikers, and we even saw a couple...
On Wednesday, March 25th, the Sierra Club did a panel presentation on the future of the San Gabriel Mountains. The panel members were Steve Scauzillo, local newspaper reporter, Daniel Lovato, Acting Supervisor, Angeles National Forest, Belinda Faustinos, Vice Chair, San Gabriel Mountains Forever,...
We are. We think Los Angeles is too. CORBA has been working to bring bike parks to Southern California for some time. Since CORBA volunteers built their first pump track (on a private property) in 2007, we’ve been watching the community bike park movement grow and accelerate around us. We’ve had ...
Over 100 volunteers, including 16 from CORBA, gathered in the Hill Canyon region of Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks to help with the 2015 COSCA Spring Trail Work Day. The volunteers broke into six crews and worked on three different trails. Crews 1 and 2 worked on the Gas Line Road, a dirt road th...
California State Parks will be performing maintenance on all fire roads throughout the park. The project is underway and will take several weeks. This is considered routine maintenance, to restore the fire roads to their intended purpose, as well as to prevent further degradation of the roads and...
Alex Baum, bigger than City Hall On March 1st 2015, Los Angeles and the world lost a giant in the world of bicycle advocacy when Alex Baum passed away at 92 years old. A modest man of great integrity, he may have accomplished more in his over 40+ years of bicycle advocacy than all the advocacy gr...
On a beautiful day for riding in Malibu Creek State Park , there was a surprisingly small group of only 11 at the free Basic Skills Clinic , which is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our March photo gallery . Bookmark It Hide Sites

 

President's Message by Steve Messer

CORBA’s monthly board of directors meetings are open to the public. We welcome and value our members’ input at these meetings.

For the months of May and June 2015, CORBA’s Board of Director’s monthly meeting has been moved from the fourth Monday of the month to the corresponding Wednesday.

In an effort to make it easier for people to attend, we are holding these monthly meetings at various bike shops and businesses in our territory. Chances are there will be a meeting somewhere near you sometime this year. If there’s an issue you’d like to bring up but are unable to attend, feel free to email us the week prior to the meeting so it can be placed on the agenda.

Our meeting and event schedule is available at http://meetup.com/corbamtb. We greatly appreciate our bike shop partners for hosting our monthly meetings and for their support.

May 2015 Board Meeting:

Wednesday, May 26, 6 – 8 p.m.

H&S Bikes, 16908 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Granada Hills, CA

June 2015 Board Meeting:

Wednesday, June 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

JRA Bike and Brew, 5019 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA

Join Danusia Taber’s annual Memorial Ride May 31st

CORBA supporter Danusia with husband Don. 

The second annual memorial ride honoring the memory of our friend Danusia Bennett Taber will be held on Sunday May 31st. This ride is a FUND RAISER ride! To make a donation in Danusia’s name to the Sarcoma Alliance which is tax deductible, please go to this Sarcoma Alliance web page. Then, in the drop down menu for the EVENT name, please choose Danusia Taber Memorial Ride. Thank you so very much in advance! This is what Danusia wanted to help others that are alive today battling cancer; I am carrying on her wishes.

Please sign up on the CORBA Facebook or Meetup event page here where you can locate more information.

If you never had the pleasure of meeting Danusia, read the blog article on her memorial and her legacy.

There will be three guided rides, all no drop rides: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. For exact routes, please check the CORBA Facebook or Meetup event as it gets closer. Beginner will ride approximately 10 miles, Intermediate under 20 and Advanced about 30 miles. Both fire road and single track.

The event will take place at Sycamore Canyon from Newbury Park.


Recreational Rides


    A recent Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?

For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA Calendar.

CORBA’s Club 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.


Upcoming Trailwork and Reports on Past Workdays

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.

CORBA will provide lunch for participants after the workday is finished. As a special thank-you, we will have a drawing at the end of the year for prizes for those who have signed up in advance with our Meetup group. The grand prize is a Niner frame and there will be other great give-aways, so make sure you register in advance! By registering in advance, you'll help us prepare by knowing how many volunteers to expect. And... 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!

Children 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.

Summary of the March 21st COSCA Spring Trail Work Day in Wildwood Park: Over 100 volunteers, including 16 from CORBA, gathered in the Hill Canyon region of Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks to help with the 2015 COSCA Spring Trail Work Day. The volunteers broke into six crews and worked on three different trails.Crews 1 and 2 worked on the Gas Line Road, a dirt road that leads from Hill Canyon to the Canyon Overlook Trail that was build during the 2012 Spring COSCA Trail Work Day. Three crews worked the bottom of Lizard Rock Trail, leveling the tread where ruts had started to form, clearing overgrowing brush, building a reroute of a few hundred feet, and building a long ditch to keep water off a chicane. The latter is where the CORBA crew worked, and spent most of their effort. Among the CORBA volunteers were five members of the Calabasas high school mountain biking club and two parents. There was another contingent from Newbury Park High School working with one of the other crews. To see the full report and photo gallery, visit our blog report...

Summary of the April 24-26 Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days in Pt Mugu State Park: For the most extensive trailwork weekend of the year, 150 volunteers signed up on Saturday, the first day of the 34th annual SMM Trail Days, to help restore trails in Point Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon). Another fifty signed up for the following Sunday. The theme for the weekend was to restore trails damaged by the December floods. On Saturday, the workers split into about 10 crews. Most of them worked on trails in the State Wilderness, east of the main Sycamore Canyon Trail. The CORBA crew of 17 shuttled to the bottom of Guadalasca and hiked to the work area. We were to build rideable paths in three locations where stream crossings had been destroyed. To see the full report and photo gallery, visit our blog report...

 

To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups, visit the CORBA calendar.

Join our mailing list to get updates on trailwork opportunities!
Send an email to Trailwork-Volunteers+subscribe@corbamtb.com


General News

GGR April News

Always so much going on in women’s cycling!

Group Rides: Why are some women afraid to go on a group ride? Well the question was asked and we received a ton of great feed back. The most common response was not enough information on the ride being offered. Skill level needed, how much endurance needed, how much single track vs fire road, etc. So with the help of 3 awesome ladies, Leigh Donovan of Ichoose bikes, Jill Hamilton of Petal Power and Christine Hirst (GGR Skills Coach), I am working on a very in depth ride rating system for all the chapters that will tell you exactly what you will need to join in on rides that are not all level rides. Each level, beginner, intermediate and advanced will give what we feel is needed for you to feel comfortable on the ride. No matter what level ride, all GGR rides are no drop rides and we regroup often. The more advanced the ride, the less regrouping & rest stops are needed. Look for these ride ratings posted on the GGR website in the near future.

GR strongly believes in skills clinics to become safer riders that just have more fun on the trails. (hitting a tree while down-hilling in Mammoth in 2013 inspired learning better skills for the club & being safer riders, because I myself was in desperate need of them too). See CORBA's blog for the rest of the GGR news...

Trek to recall nearly 1 million bicycles after injury reports

Trek Bicycle Corp. will recall nearly 1 million bikes in the United States and Canada to correct a brake-safety issue following reports of three injuries, including one that left a rider paralyzed, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said last week. The recall covers all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 that have front disc brakes and a black or silver quick-release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake, the agency said. See the rest of this story on CORBA's blog...


Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday May 2nd 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!


Follow 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 meetup.com/CORBAmtb and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CORBAmtb and Facebook at facebook.com/CORBAMTB.

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Have you ever wished you could get our blog articles without having to check the CORBA website every day to see if there’s anything new? Well, you can! Even though our blog software won’t send articles by email, you can still get them delivered to the inbox of most email readers like Microsoft Outlook. You use the “RSS feed” functionality for this. In fact, you can read our articles in any software that receives RSS feeds, such as Internet Explorer and other web browsers. This blog article on RSS feeds shows you how.


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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