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COSCA Ranger grill some burgers (including vegi-burgers) for trailwork volunteers during the COSCA Annual Trailwork Day, this year coming October 15th. See story...

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

News from the CORBA Website Blog since the previous eTerraTimes

President Obama signs the proclamation, October 10, 2014 Next month, October 10, 2016 marks the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s proclamation declaring the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. We’re also two years in to the three-year deadline imposed on the Forest Service to develop...
In 2012, CORBA put out the call for the public to come to Thousand Oaks to show support for a new Bike Park facility at what was then called Lang Ranch. You responded in droves , and the Conejo Rec and Parks District heard. Now renamed the Sapwi Trails Community Park, the re-envisioned park inclu...
Join CORBA, SMMTC , COSCA and other volunteer groups to work on the Conejo Open Space trails in Thousand Oaks. This year we’ll be building a new trail, about 0.7 miles long, that leads from the top of the steep ‘Baxter Road’ in Newbury Park around and down to near the south end of the Hawk Canyon...
Click for larger version. As part of President Obama’s proclamation declaring the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, the Forest Service was tasked with creating a management plan within three years. Meetings about the plan are being held this week . For the first time in Forest Service hist...
Last Saturday, September 10, about 30 mountain bikers joined 50 or so HandsOn Santa Clarita volunteers to help with Sand Fire cleanup at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. The HandsOn crew focused on the west end of the trail and the parkland surrounding the Nature Center. Meanwhile the SCV Trai...
Graham took over the photographer duties again for Steve, who was out of town, in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic. There was a smallish group with nine participants this Labor Day Weekend. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the pho...
In 2011, The Canyon Trail in Placerita Canyon State Park was closed to mountain bikes without warning. It had been mistakenly posted as open, with many mountain bikers using the trail for years. Local mountain bikers united with CORBA to successfully lobby the County to open the trail bikes. From...
On August 17, the Forest Service released the remaining chapters of the draft Environmental Analysis (EA) and draft Management Plan. The plan will guide the management of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (Monument) by the Forest Service. The biggest changes are those mandated by the Pr...
We had an even baker’s dozen at the Skills Clinic in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic. The weather was perfect! The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our August photo gallery .
GGR: Girlz Gone Riding is very excited about our 2 upcoming annual events. August 20th-21st: Womens Weekend in Big Bear! This event is SOLD OUT except for a couple of spots ! This is our annual women’s only weekend celebrating women on the mountain. The weekend starts with a very select few recei...
Graham took over the photographer duties again for Steve, who was out of town, in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic. This month there was a large group with 26 participants. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our July p...
Graham took over the photographer duties again for Steve, who was out of town, in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic. This month there were 11 participants. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our June photo gallery. Book...
We had an uncommonly small class of only 7 on a partly sunny day in Malibu Creek State Park this month at the Basic Skills Clinic. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our May photo gallery .
The May 2016 edition of CORBA’s monthly newsletter, the eTerraTimes , was published today, May 5. If you don’t get it by email, you can view it online . As always, the eTerraTimes has all the latest news for mountain bikers in the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding areas.

President’s Message: CORBA and IMBA Membership Drive

yeti-flyer-square2This fall IMBA is doing a membership drive. Between now and October 30th, by joining or renewing your membership to CORBA and IMBA, you’ll be eligible for a drawing for a Yeti SB 5c mountain bike, and a year’s supply of nutrition from CLIF Bar including set of Maxxis Tires (27.5 or 29). If you’d rather not support new trails, but want to be eligible, you can sign up for an entry at https://www.imba.com/2016-membership-contest-signup.

Women who join or renew before October 30 will also be eligible for a prize from CORBA, to be drawn at our upcoming Rocktober event in Castaic. We have goodies from REI, Ergon, and others.

So go ahead and join this month. If you’re membership isn’t expired, an additional year will be added to your membership so there’s nothing to lose. Support CORBA and become a member today!  You might end up with a cool new Yeti mountain bike, or other goodies.

Monthly CORBA Meeting Moves to REI in Woodland Hills

Come and join us to learn about current issues and let us know what concerns you! Always open to the public, the CORBA Board of Directors’ meeting is held the 4th Monday of the month in Woodland Hills. REI is kind enough to let us use their meeting room, for which we thank them profusely!

Every month (except December, when we have no meeting), we discuss these topics:

  • Issues of trail access for mountain bikers
  • Mountain bike advocacy and ambassadorship
  • Public involvement
  • The latest news from the land managers, including State Parks and National Park Service
  • Trail building and restoration
  • Furthering woman’s mountain biking
  • Bike parks and other dedicated mountain bike facilities or trails
  • Education and etiquette
  • Anything brought forward by members of the public

The meetings are 6 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills (Google Map and Directions):

6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 703-5300

We look forward to seeing you there!


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.

A number of companies and volunteer organizations have asked us if they could do trailwork as a team building exercise, or just to give back to the community. We are happy to work with such groups - shoot us an enquiry at trailwork@corbamtb.com for more information!

For CORBA workdays, we provide lunch for participants after we're 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. Children under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Saturday October 15: Build a new trail in Thousand Oaks during the COSCA Annual Trailwork Day. This year we'll build a new 0.7-mile trail that will lead from Newbury Park down into the Conejo Canyons Open Space (Western Plateau). This will become the pimary way for access, supplanting the steep and hot Edison Road and 'Baxter Road.' On-site registration starts at 7:30 am. Trailwork is followed at noon by a free barbecue for workers and a prize give-away. Our online details and registration page has all the details.

Summary of Recent Trailwork

Canyon Trail Sand Fire Trailwork, September 10. About 30 mountain bikers joined 50 or so HandsOn Santa Clarita volunteers to help with Sand Fire cleanup at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Placerita Canyon State Park. We split up and built eight debris check dams in drainages that lead into the streambed of Placerita Creek. After a fire, soil and ash denuded of vegetation, can become major debris flows with a relatively small amount of rain. These debris flows do more damage to trails than anything else. The debris check dams will help capture sediment and slow down flows before they cross the trail and enter the canyon.

You can see the full report, including two videos, on our Canyon Trail 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

 

 


Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday October 1st 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.

Other simple ways to support CORBA

  • REI: Use the link at left and REI will donate 5% of the purchase price to CORBA
  • Amazon.com: Buy online and Amazon will donate to CORBA through their Smile program
  • Holmes Body Shop: Get that dent fixed and help CORBA

(Click on the links above to get more details!)


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