Youth-Oriented Publication Available Soon, Take A Kid Celebration Slated for Oct. 6
With major support from Shimano, IMBA will publish two special editions
of IMBA Trail News in 2012. Copies of ITN Youth Edition will be
available on IMBA’s online store, free of cost except for shipping fees.
These full-color, print magazines will focus on providing resources for
adult leaders of youth-oriented mountain bike programs, plus stories,
photos and tips that young riders aged 12 to 18 will enjoy reading.
This October, in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, IMBA has pledged to get 30,000 children participating in 300 cycling events for the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebration. We could use your help in reaching this goal on Oct. 6.
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IMBA Trail Care Crew Report from Central
Most applications requesting Trail Care Crew
visits originate from mountain bike advocacy organizations. In the 23
visits the Trail Care Crew has made, the stop in central California was only the second
time that a land management agency — the Georgetown District of the
U.S. Forest Service — made the request. It’s something we think the
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews will start seeing more of as federal, state
and local land management agencies learn how much there is to gain from
working with outside partners.
Limited budgets and ongoing funding cuts are a grim reality for many
Forest Service districts. Partnerships between land managers and local
mountain biking advocacy organizations offer much-needed relief — bike
clubs can supply knowledge, experience, volunteer labor and more to help
fill the gaps between the vision for new trails and the reality of
getting them built. Please see our blog
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CORBA Nominated for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
proud to announce that CORBA has been nominated for inclusion in the
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, located in Crested Butte,
Colorado, celebrates the contributions of the many who have shaped and
guided our sport’s history.
Among CORBA’s past and current board members, volunteers and founders
are three current inductees in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Kurt Loheit, Jim Hasenauer, Dr. Al Farrell and the late Charlie Litsky
have all been inducted for their roles as individuals, but all
contributed to CORBA’s growth and successes, along with numerous other
This nomination could not have come at a more appropriate time, as
CORBA celebrates 25 years of mountain bike advocacy in 2012. We
sincerely appreciate and are deeply honored by Dr. Al Farrell’s
nomination, which can be viewed online on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame web site.
Past inductees, press and current voting members of the non-profit
Hall of Fame are sent ballots to vote on this year’s nominees. Membership is $20 per year,
and allows you to vote on the current nominees. When in Crested Butte, a
visit to the museum is a great lesson in the sport’s history. Each year
between three and seven individuals or groups are inducted from a slate
Voting will take place over the summer, with the 2012 induction
ceremony to be held at Interbike on September 21. Of course we’d
appreciate your vote, and are honored to be listed alongside several
other well-deserving nominees in the Advocacy category.
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
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!
During the hot month of July, we don't have any trailwork scheduled.
But for an interesting story, read about IMBA's Trail Care Crew
event in Central California.
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-Volunteersfirstname.lastname@example.org
and Vasquez Rocks – Important Meeting Thursday July 12
objective assessments of the Canyon Trail in Placerita Canyon Natural Area and
the Heritage trail in Vasquez Rocks, have been completed. There are many
miles of trails in Vasquez Rocks and Mountain Bikers from the
Santa Clarita Valley asked for the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area to
be considered for multi-use, including all its trails. Instead,
only two trails were considered, one of which was deemed to be unsuitable
for mountain biking.
The County will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, July
12 to formally present the findings and take public comments.
There is expected to be a large and organized opposition from other
user groups at tomorrow’s meeting, unlike the first meeting
in which mountain bikers made up the vast majority of the attendees.
Please attend this meeting and make your voice heard:
6pm, Thursday, July 12, 2012.
William S. Hart
Park – Hart Hall (map)
Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321, USA
Consider RSVP’ing to the SCV
Trail Users Facebook event. And see all the details in the
full story on our blog.
Boy Scouts Take on Mountain Biking
Over the past three years, CORBA’s trail crew has assisted in several eagle scout projects. Most were from eagle scout candidates who were also involved in the High School Mountain Bike League.
After discussions with local Boy Scout Troops and Councils, we put
together a suggested set of requirements for a Mountain Biking Merit
Badge in 2010. Apparently demand for a mountain biking badge was more
widespread than what we saw locally, and the BSA leaders have listened. During the 199s, IMBA and CORBA had approached the BSA about this
very issue. At the time mountain biking wasn’t a mainstream sport, and
wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now, especially with the younger
generations, and the requests and suggestions fell on deaf ears. See our blog for
the remainder of this article...
Santa Monica Mountains Gets a New Visitor Center
Saturday, June 9 2012, hundreds of people descended upon King
Gillette Ranch for the grand opening of the Anthony C. Bielson
Interagency Visitor Center. The new visitor center is in the heart of
the Santa Monica Mountains near Las Virgenes and Mulholland Highway. It
had been in Thousand Oaks for years, some distance from actual parkland.
The Visitor Center will be managed jointly by the National Park
Service, California State Parks, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy,
and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. Please read our blog
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Free Mountain Biking
4 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 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. Follow
us on Twitter at twitter.com/CORBAmtb
and Facebook at facebook.com/CORBAMTB.
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that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there
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