News from the CORBA Website
Blog since the previous eTerraTimes
This year’s Girlz Gone Riding Rocktober
festival & CORBA Membership Drive was by far the largest to date! With 37
exhibitors and over 300 in attendance, our expectations were far exceeded! The
event started out on Saturday with our pre-ride for our ride volunteers. We had
34 ride volunteers pre-r...
At the Pancake Lunch at Michael’s Bicycles in
Newbury Park after the ride. For our occasional RAM ride, a few dozen CORBA
supporters gathered at the trailhead to Pt Mugu State Park in Newbury Park on
Sunday morning and organized into three groups for separate beginner,
intermediate and advanced r...
On Hallowe’en day, 16 CORBA volunteers along
with a half dozen from the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council hiked up the
Backbone Trail from Mulholland Hwy towards Etz Meloy for the third time in a
year to cut back the overgrowing brush and improve the drainage. It seems like
all mountain biker...
The trail is heavily overgrown We have been
waiting for some time to begin work on the Ken Burton trail. This much-loved
trail was built by the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association in the early 90s,
creating a loopable route with Brown Mountain and the Gabrielino Trail. CORBA
used a generous grant ...
The 2015 Rec Fest was held at Paramount Ranch
in the Santa Monica Mountains on October 24, 2015. The 2014 event was such a
success we were delighted to hear that the event would be repeated again this
year, thanks to grants and donations from the SAMOfund, Coke and others. The Rec
Fest is all abo...
Today, October 23, 2015, Congresswoman Judy Chu
kep t a commitment made at the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument One Year
Anniversary celebration last week, and revealed to CORBA and MWBA in a meeting a
few weeks prior to that. She has introduced House Bill 3820, The San Gabriel
Thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their
CORBA/IMBA membership during our recent membership drive . Anyone who joined or
renewed between the August 31st announcement and the Girlz Gone Riding
Rocktoberfest on October 18th was eligible to win a new 2015 CORBA Jersey. At
the GGR event we had ...
163 volunteers, including 16 from CORBA, built
3/4 miles of new trail, and an alternate access to the bottom of the Lizard Rock
Trail in Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks, for the COSCA (Conejo Open Space
Conservation Agency) Annual Trailwork Day . The new trail bypasses the steepest
segment and has...
Last Saturday, October 10, 2015, was the
one-year anniversary of President Obama’s declaration of the San Gabriel
Mountains National Monument. Since that was a holiday weekend, and they didn’t
want to impact Forest visitors, the official celebration by the Forest Service
was held today, Friday Oc...
With all the equestrians and mountain bikers
now sharing many of the multi use trails, we thought it was well over due to get
a program going so all are able to share the trails safely and even ride
together. In order to accomplish this, there must be protocal and trail
etiquette set for both equ...
There were seven riders at the Basic Skills
Clinic this month, a surprisingly small number given how beautiful it was in
Malibu Creek State Park today. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of
the month. You can see the photos in our October photo gallery . Bookmark It
The Los Angeles Bike Park Collective Earlier
this year CORBA joined the Los Angeles Bike Park Collective, a small and
dedicated group of bike park advocates whose mission is to bring Bike Skills
Parks to the mainstream. CORBA and the Collective are currently working with the
City of Los Angeles t...
Last night, September 17, 2015, LA County held
the second in the series of planning meetings announced last month. Last night’s
meeting was well-attended by mountain bikers, but also by local residents who
are concerned about trails and fire roads through their properties at Tapia
Canyon and othe...
On a beautiful day for riding in Malibu Creek
State Park , there were 8 at the free Basic Skills Clinic , which is always held
the first Saturday of the month. When we started, there was almost nobody else
in the park, this being the first day of the long Labor Day weekend. You can see
The September edition of CORBA’s monthly
newsletter, the eTerraTimes , was published today, September 3rd. 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. Bookmark It...
GGR’s Rocktober & CORBA Membership Drive Wrap Up and Photos
from Wendy Engelberg
This year’s Girlz Gone Riding Rocktober festival & CORBA Membership Drive was by
far the largest to date! With 37 exhibitors and over 300 in attendance,
our expectations were far exceeded! After signing in, the girlz grabbed
their goodie bags and one of about 100 demo bikes if they had reserved
one, then gathered around for the commencement address.
I introduced each chapter and the chapter leaders. I talked about the
two C'S which I live by. Community and Club. All supporters and
exhibitors at the event received a verbal mention and we went on to
intro our 4 amazing volunteer coaches this year. Returning head coach
Leigh Donovan, returning coach Christine Hirst, new coaches Kris
Gross and Erica Phillips.
This year's community award, given to the shop that shows the greatest
women's cycling, went to G2 Bikes and Girls Ride 2! G2 and
Girls Ride 2 earned this award hands down.
Steve Messer, our CORBA President, spoke about trail etiquette. Every
Rocktober event is also a CORBA membership drive. Each GGR chapter
partners up with their local IMBA chapter.
Next was the huge group photo session (see panoramic photos above
and below), then riders split up into their guided ride groups and skills clinics. We had
guided rides for all levels and beginner skills clinics running all
morning. Rides were all through the park including the famous MASH site,
Grasslands and Little Bulldog trails.
When riders came back after their guided rides, they enjoyed an
afternoon of tons of exhibitors, more demo bikes, lunch, catching up and
just enjoying the day. We ended the day with over $20K of raffle prizes
including grand prizes from REI, Specialized, Sacred Rides and San Juan
Huts. We thank all the bike companies that came out to Rocktober.
The days activities, especially the rides, were covered by several
volunteer photograhpers who spend the day staking out the trails
and roaming around the registration areas to capture the fun and
excitement. You can see their photos at
Horse/Bike Desensitization Pilot Program
With all the equestrians and mountain bikers now sharing many of the
multi use trails, we thought it was well overdue to get a program going
so all are able to share the trails safely and even ride together. In
order to accomplish this, there must be protocal and trail etiquette set
for both equestrians and mountain bikers.
On Sunday, October 11th, we decided to give the program a try with
the help of a few of the local equestrians at The Davis Ranch in
Chatsworth. We wanted to keep the 1st time very small and
more of a pilot program since this was the 1st time I had put this plan
into action. We started out in the riding ring which was enclosed, then
took it outside of the ring.
To see the rest of Wendy's story, and photos, check our our blog
on bikes and horses.
New CORBA Jerseys!
It’s been two years since we produced the CORBA 25th Anniversary jersey. We still have a few of those in stock, but it’s time for a new design.
In response to our members’ desire for a more color, we’re proud to announce a new CORBA jersey for 2015. The new jersey features an impressionistic view of our local mountains. These jerseys are of the highest quality, and can be ordered direct from Voler. For each jersey ordered CORBA will receive a small commission, supporting our advocacy and trail maintenance efforts.
Order yours now! Typical order turnaround time is two weeks. Jerseys are available in men’s and women’s cuts, and feature a comfortable, loose fit, pocketless design. Cost is $65. For orders of $75 or more, shipping is free.
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
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.
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
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!
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.
Saturday and Sunday, November 7 & 8, 2015: Ken Burton Trail. We have been waiting for some time to begin work on the Ken Burton
trail. This much-loved trail was built by the Mount Wilson Bicycling
Association in the early 90s, creating a loopable route with Brown
Mountain and the Gabrielino Trail. CORBA and MWBA will work on Ken Burton and to
connect it to the restored section of the Gabrielino. Once completed,
we’ll ask the Forest Service to open the Brown, Ken Burton,
Gabrilieno loop route to the public.
Logistics require us to haul in tools and equipment by Bob Trailer. Most
of the two days of work will entail cutting back brush. Surprisingly,
much of the tread is in good condition, and most of the switchbacks
appear to be generally intact.
Please see full details and RSVP for the trailwork on our meetup group at http://meetup.com/corbamtb or on the MWBA Facebook page.
Summary of the October 17th COSCA Annual Trailwork Day
in Wildwood Park: 163 volunteers, including 16 from CORBA
and members from at least two high school mountain bike teams, built 3/4 miles of new trail, and an alternate access to the bottom of the Lizard Rock Trail.
The new trail bypasses the steepest segment and has a better view
because it faces more to the west, away from the Hill Canyon water
treatment plant. Most of the new trail was across a steep slope so our job was to dig out
the dirt to form a nearly level trail tread. There was lots of dirt (and in
some places, just as many rocks) to dig out!
My crew finished our section in about an hour and a half, so we moved down to the bottom of the trail to help there. Overall, we got the trail finished about a half hour sooner than planned for.
Everybody headed back to the registration area for the barbecue that the COSCA rangers famously
prepare for the volunteers every year. The lunch was followed by a
give-away of trail-related items, the most significant being a new
mountain bike donated by Giant Bicycles in Newbury Park.
You can read the full summary on our blog
article of the work day.
You can see the photos in our photo
gallery of the work day.
In addition, two videos were made;
both are very short, informative and interesting -
From geocacher GSXM2: https://youtu.be/RCErrPdANUA
From chillinconejo.com: https://youtu.be/7deSC-FfvMw
Summary of the October 31st Backbone Trail Backbone Trail
restoration: On our third outing to this very popular 2.5-mile
long segment of the BBT, 16 CORBA volunteers and a half dozen from
the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council hiked 1.5 miles up to
the work area, with the CORBA crew working up from the lower end,
while the SMMTC crew continued to the upper end and worked back
down. The CORBA crew focused on cutting back the brush, but the SMMTC crew
also worked on the tread – cleaning and fixing the drains and spreading
the slough across the trail to level it out. (Slough is the dirt that
falls onto the inside edge of the trail from the hillside directly
above, resulting in a narrowed usable trail because people don’t ride or hike
on the uneven and loose slough.) Since the two groups were working towards each
other, when we met in the middle in the early afternoon, the total
length had been completed, at least in theory. It turns out that
there was still a short section to go, but it was in pretty good
shape to start with.
You can read the full summary on our blog
article of the work day.
You can see photos in our photo
gallery of the work day.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
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Santa Monica Mountains Rec Fest 2015
The 2015 Rec Fest was held at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica
Mountains on October 24, 2015. The 2014 event was such a success we were
delighted to hear that the event would be repeated again this year,
thanks to grants and donations from the SAMOfund, Coke and others.
The Rec Fest is all about opening the doors to the many forms of
recreation available in our local mountains to people who may not know
what’s possible. Visitors to the event were able to try their hand at
casting a fishing line, riding a covered wagon, pitching a tent, riding a
horse, rock climbing, or doing a nature hike. The local audobon society
chapter was there to tell kids – and show them – some of the abundant
birdlife found in our mountains. An astronomy club was there to show
them what there is to be discovered in our skies (they pointed at the
moon, visible during the day). At noon was a one-mile fun run on the
trails, where each participant received a medal for finishing. There
were plenty of interpretive stations along a nature hike, and craft and
And of course, thanks to the tireless efforts of Mountain Bike Unit volunteers and Walk & Rollers’, more than 160 kids, and some of their anxious parents, were
able to try mountain biking through CORBA’s Youth Adventures program.
To read the rest of the story, visit our blog
article on the 2015 Rec Fest.
Free Mountain Biking
7th 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
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of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Join
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