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Join us for the free Basic Skills Clinic this Saturday morning. You'll be finished in plenty of time to fire up the barbecue and watch the fireworks later. See story...

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

News from the CORBA Website Blog since the previous eTerraTimes

TO Acorn Publishes Article on Trail Conflict, Etiquette

An evenhanded account of the issues surrounding conflict and etiquette on the trails was published on the front page of the July 25th issue of the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The article starts with an account by an equestrian in Ahmanson Ranch who felt threatened by mountain bikers who sped by and shou...

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Community Collaborative There’s always a lot going on here in Southern California. We have recently submitted comments on the Rim of the Valley study . We’re expecting the Santa Monica Mountains NRA Interagency Trail Management Plan early next year. A new N...
July?? I can’t believe summer is here! Welcome to triple digits! Here is some great information from webmd on heat exhaustion, symptoms and treatment: Web MD Heat Exhaustion Here are 10 simple tips and reminders you can do for riding in the heat Prevention! 1) Either plan your ride early in the a...
CORBA has been involved in the Rim of the Valley Corridor since our inception. In fact, we’re so ingrained in the process that the Rim of the Valley Corridor is mentioned in our mission statement as our primary territory of concern. We were excited to see the draft study released, and have submit...
On a beautiful warm day for riding in Malibu Creek State Park , there was about a dozen at the free Basic Skills Clinic , which is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our June photo gallery . Neither Steve nor Graham was available, so Ezra did double duty as Mar...
At our last San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (SGMNM) Community Collaborative (the Collaborative) meeting, we learned the dates of the first round of public scoping meetings for the new Monument Management Plan. President Obama gave the Forest Service three years to develop a management pla...
On a beautiful warm day for riding in Malibu Creek State Park , there was a surprisingly small group of only 10 at the free Basic Skills Clinic , which is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our May photo gallery.

 

President's Message by Steve Messer

It's complicated There’s always a lot going on here in Southern California. We have recently submitted comments on the Rim of the Valley study. We’re expecting the Santa Monica Mountains NRA Interagency Trail Management Plan early next year. A new National Monument management plan development process just began, though CORBA has been involved in the Community Collaborative Group since last November. We’ve successfully alerted L.A. County of the need for another trail master plan, to be announced soon. We have pending Bike Park proposals, and a recently-opened Bike Park in Fillmore. We have a growing high school and middle school racing contingent. We have a new Forest Supervisor. There are wilderness proposals, missing links in trails, fire-damaged trails still in need of restoration, access issues on Etz Meloy (Backbone Trail). There’s no shortage of issues, threats to our public lands, our trails and access to them.

It’s complicated.


San Gabriel Mtns Natl Monument Community Collaborative

And it takes time to figure things out and try to get things right.  These studies and plans seem to disappear from the radar, only to re-emerge six months to a decade later. Advocacy is a marathon, not a sprint, and CORBA is still at it after 28 years. Government is slow to move but no matter how frustratingly slow it sometimes seems, there is progress being made.

CORBA is busily engaged in all of these processes on your behalf, in partnership with IMBA, to help make sure there is progress. We continue to work to make sure the landscapes we ride and the trails we love are protected, improved, and remain open to our community.

We need each and every one of you to be engaged as well. After all, we’re all ambassadors of the sport when we’re on multi-use trails. This means ride an appropriate speed for your sightline (slow down!) and be courteous. Be safe. Follow trail etiquette best practices. Be an example for others. Leave no trace. Support CORBA. Sign a petition. There are lots of ways to have a positive impact.

Riding trails to explore our public lands is a passion we all share, and want to continue to enjoy. Enjoy your summer and keep on riding!

Rim of the Valley Corridor Study

ROTValternativeDCORBA has been involved in the Rim of the Valley Corridor since our inception. In fact, we’re so ingrained in the process that the Rim of the Valley Corridor is mentioned in our mission statement as our primary territory of concern. We were excited to see the draft study released, and have submitted comments on the plan.

The National Park Service presented four alternatives based on the study findings. The first “no action” alternative serves as a baseline against which we can compare the alternatives. Alternatives C and D expand the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. This would authorize the National Park Service to offer technical assistance to existing land managers for any project that enhances recreation, or restores habitat and connectivity, and to spend money on capitol projects within the expanded boundaries.

We believe that the largest operational boundary proposed under Alternative D would have the greatest long-term benefit for recreation, bio-connectivity, wildlife and the communities adjacent to the study area. It also includes the wildlife corridors linking the two areas of the Angeles National Forest separated by Highway 14, as well as between the Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forests, that are missing from the other alternatives.

For the complete story, please see our blog article on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study...


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 Trail Restoration and Reports on Past Workdays

For many years, most trail upkeep 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. Please register in advance to 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.

(There are no trailwork days scheduled during the hot summer months.)

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

TO Acorn Publishes Article on Trail Conflict, Etiquette

An evenhanded account of the issues surrounding conflict and etiquette on the trails was published on the front page of the July 25th issue of the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

The article starts with an account by an equestrian in Ahmanson Ranch who felt threatened by mountain bikers who sped by and shouted expletives when asked to slow down. The equestrian also has been charged by unleashed dogs on other outings.

Mark Langton, CORBA board member and past president, is quoted extensively on the need for mountain bikers to show speed restraint when passing other people on the trail.

Another cyclists is critical of people who take poorly trained horses on trails where they can expect to encounter mountain bikers.

An equestrian from Agoura Hills says the vast majority of mountain bikers show appropriate courtesy. “This is pretty much a nonissue with all but a tiny handful of jerks on bicycles and nervous equestrians who are afraid of their horses and probably should not be on the trails in the first place.”

Finally, there are some quotes from representatives of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, including Superintendent David Szymanski.

You can read the full article here.

Girlz Gone Riding July News! by Wendy Engelberg

July?? I can’t believe summer is here! Welcome to triple digits! Here is some great information from webmd on heat exhaustion, symptoms and treatment: Web MD Heat Exhaustion

Here are 10 simple tips and reminders you can do for riding in the heat.

Prevention!

1) Either plan your ride early in the am or late at night and keep it short if its going to be super hot. If possible, don’t go alone!
2) If the forecast is going to be hot, plan what day you will ride and start hydrating now! Water water water!
3) Wear a neck wrap cooler and keep an iced bottle of water in your cage to keep the neck wrap cold at all times. When your neck gets warm, just dump the cold water on the neck wrap and place around your neck again. It helps keep your body temperature down.
4) Make sure to have electrolytes mixed in with your water.
5) Take salt tabs or endurolytes before and during your ride
6) Wear sunblock everywhere!
7) Bring snacks that are easily digestable
8) Choose a ride that has some shade and a water source if possible
9) Reduce the length and intensity of your ride
10) And lastly, pay really close attention to how your body is reacting to the heat at all times!

Other GGR news...

  • Trail Etiquette Since summer is here, the “cooler” trails are getting a lot more use. So sometimes you will find a lot of riders, hikers and even equestrians on the trails at the same time. Read more on Wendy's blog...
  • Co-ed Night Rides Please keep an eye out on the GGR Google calendar & our FB page for our super fun, all level night rides.
  • Women's weekend in Big Bear Read more on Wendy's blog...
  • GGR has 1200 members in 3 chapters Read more on Wendy's blog...
  • GGR Roctober is October 18 New sponsors, jerseys, exhibits. Read more on Wendy's blog...

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 July 4th 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.

Get Our Blog Articles Delivered to Your Desktop

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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