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Currently mountain bike advocacy is facing one of the the
most important long-term issues in our history. The issue is whether
mountain bikes should be allowed on trails in Wilderness areas. How
mountain bikers and advocacy leaders respond to this can either be
polarizing or make us an even stron...
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, fifteen dedicated CORBA
volunteers came out to support the City of Rancho Palos Verdes efforts
to restore the Toyon Trail. Organized by long-time CORBA PV coordinator
Troy Braswell, the group took part in trail repairs, invasive weed
removal, and planting native sh...
GGR is so very excited to announce a NEW location for this
year’s annual Rocktober Festival & CORBA membership drive! This year
the Rocktober Festival will be held at beautiful Castaic Lake October
30th, 2016. Castaic Lake The festival consists of guided cross country
rides, skills clinics, guest...
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 m...
Ten CORBA and 17 other volunteers helped to restore 3/4
miles of the Backbone Trail ( Yerba Buena segment ) this past Saturday
February 27. The outside berm of the trail is pulled back to fill in the
rut, and to give it a slight slope so water will run off it, rather
than down it. This is called ...
Come out and join the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency
(COSCA), CORBA, the Santa Monica Trails Council and other volunteers for
the Annual COSCA Spring Trailwork Day . We will be working to restore
part of Space Mountain (Los Robles West) and other nearby multiuse
trails. At noon, following ...
On January 30, 2016, Steve Messer was the honored recipient of the
National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s Community Impact Award,
sponsored by QBP. The award came as a complete surprise to ...
Last week, the Encino Neighborhood Council Parks Committee
heard a presentation from Steve Messer of CORBA and DJ Cosgrove of the
LA Bike Park Collective about our proposal for a bicycle skills park in
the Sepulveda Basin. The Parks committee raised some concerns in how our
proposal might impact ...
CORBA and MWBA volunteer Sawyer crews have been out on
trails helping removed downed trees all over the Angeles National
Forest. There’s only a handful of us, but we’ve been steadily clearing
downed trees off trails in the Angeles and Station Fire burn areas for
the past two years. Mountain Bike ...
Sunday, February 7, MWBA hosted a trailwork day on Ken Burton trail.
With 16 volunteers, we cleared an additional .18 miles of trail. Heavy
winds and dry Santa Ana conditions prevented us from using all our power
tools, so progress was slower...
Final Study Recommendations The National Park Service
today released the Final Study Recommendations for the Rim of the Valley
Corridor Special Resources Study. CORBA has been involved in the Rim of
the Valley process since congress authorized the study in 2008, and
even before that when the conc...
As we reported last year, Over this past year, CORBA has
stepped up our Volunteer Sawyer program within the CORBA Trail Crew.
CORBA’s two B-Level Sawyers, Mike McGuire and Steve Messer have worked
almost year-round cutting trees off trails around the Station Fire burn
area of the Angeles National...
We had an unusually large class of 25 on a warm day in the
dead of winter 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 February photo gallery . Bookmark It Hide
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 Mountains Trail Days! This is a
unique opportunity to work on the trails that we enjoy so much in
Sycamore Canyon, and the Saturday ...
Twenty-five high school mountain bike team members and
fourteen USC students, along with a few parents, coaches and CORBA and
SMMTC trail crew leaders, came out this past Saturday to address the
ruts on the Trancas Canyon section of the Backbone Trail. We installed
or fixed about 50 drainage nick...
Completed trail at the top of the switchbacks Sunday,
January 24, 2016 we had another successful day of trail restoration.
Anyone driving up the Angeles Crest Highway today, who happened to
glance across the Arroyo Seco canyon towards Brown Mountain would have
seen ten volunteers spread out along...
For the second year in a row, staff from Giant Bikes’ US
Headquarters in Newbury Park volunteered to spend a morning fixing up a
local trail yesterday. COSCA ( Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency )
Head Ranger Bruce Pace suggested that the switchback section of the
Potrero Ridge Trail from the ...
The Crew January 10, 2016 was another extremely productive
day for the Ken Burton Trail Restoration project. With recent storms, it
was reassuring to see our of work holding up perfectly well. In fact,
the restored sections of Ken Burton fared better than the Upper Brown
Mountain fire road, which...
Malibu Creek State Park was busy with visitors on the second
day of 2016. The morning started off overcast and chilly for 15 riders
at the Basic Skills Clinic. The clinic is always held the first Saturday
of the month. You can see the photos in our January photo gallery .
This month, the clinic w...
President’s Message: The
Excerpted from the complete article, which appears on CORBA’s
news. Click here to read the full article.
Currently mountain bike advocacy is facing one of the the most
important long-term issues in our history. The issue is whether
mountain bikes should be allowed on trails in Wilderness areas.
How mountain bikers and advocacy leaders respond to this can either
polarize us or make us an even stronger voice in the trail user
and land stewardship community.
The Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC),
is a 501c4 organization formed with a single mission: to pass federal
legislation that would allow local land managers to open trails
in Wilderness areas to bikes, on a case-by-case basis. The International
Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)
has stood firm on their approach to dealing with land access issues,
but have remained neutral towards STC.
Writers like the Angry
Singlespeeder have been calling for increased pressure on IMBA
to fully support the STC, and have construed IMBA’s neutral position
as weak and unsatisfactory. The issue has begun to polarize the
mountain biking community, with the rhetoric rising to an “us vs.
them” situation, with some calling to stop supporting IMBA and instead
We believe we need both organizations. STC's single, focussed
mission is to enact legislation that will allow management of wilderness
trail access (and mechanized maintenance) at the most local level
feasible. STC is not a membership organization so is not structured
for or able to do anything to open closed trails to bikes or develop
and maintain positive relationships with land managers that are
key to our future successes. It will be a difficult struggle and
take some time before STC’s efforts may prove fruitful.
IMBA chapters are currently doing the vast majority of advocacy
and access work at the local levels. If STC is successful in
passing their legislation it will likely be IMBA chapters doing
the outreach and hands-on work to give the STC's legislation
teeth, by working directly with local land managers to open trails
under the authority of STC's Human Powered Wildlands Travel Management
Act of 2016. But even with that legislation in place, it won’t be
an easy task. Each trail request will require a National Environmental Policy Act
process, and may take years to see successes. Still, if the act passes,
CORBA will be there ready to ask for access to trails long since
closed to us.
The issue has brought about change in IMBA’s strategies. Their
Advocacy Position clearly states that they will continue to
fight more aggressively to keep trails open in the face of Wilderness
proposals, wherever there are local chapters available to do the on-the-ground
work needed. They have been emboldened to take a firmer stance to
prevent trail closures, within the constraints they operate under
as a nonprofit organization. Wilderness and environmental advocates
are finding it increasingly difficult to pass Wilderness legislation
when advocacy groups like IMBA and its chapters are directly and
strongly opposed. IMBA is also investigating the merits of a legal
challenge to recent trail access losses in the Bitterroot National
Forest in Idaho. They have expressed a desire to legislatively adjust
existing Wilderness boundaries to open trails that have been closed
to bikes. But their stance falls short of lobbying for sweeping
change at the legislative level, which is precisely what STC is
positioned to do.
Let's not have this issue divide us, weaken us, and allow us
to be conquered by organizations that want to keep bikes out
of Wilderness. Our members can support both STC and CORBA/IMBA,
and both organizations will be stronger for it. While we applaud
the STC for their approach, CORBA will continue to work on efforts
that have immediate, near-term benefits to all mountain bikers and
our public lands: trail maintenance, management plan advocacy, currently
pending bills, land manager relations, education, and stewardship.
We also hope that one day, CORBA will be in a position to ask
our local land managers to open trails in current Wilderness areas
to bikes, under the authority of STC's legislation. But until then,
we have to stay strong, stay united, and keep striving towards making
immediate, short-term differences, happy in the knowledge that STC
is working on a long-term strategy that most of our members agree
would be a step in the right direction for all of us.
(This is a condensed version of
Steve Messer's message. Read the president's full
and comprehensive article about the wilderness issue on CORBA's
CORBA Palos Verdes Trailwork Report
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, fifteen dedicated CORBA volunteers came
out to support the City of Rancho Palos Verdes efforts to restore the
Toyon Trail. Organized by long-time CORBA PV
coordinator Troy Braswell, the group took part in trail repairs,
invasive weed removal, and planting native shrubs. They worked alongside
City employees and other volunteers. The City of RPV has been conducting ongoing restoration work every
Saturday in February, with the final work day scheduled for this coming
weekend, March 5th. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in
Rancho Palos Verdes, visit http://www.rpvca.gov, and stay on top of RPV happenings at CORBA Palos Verdes.
See the full article on our blog...
CORBA’s Steve Messer Receives NICA Award
On January 30, 2016, sixteen outstanding participants in high school cycling leagues across
the U.S. were honored at the 2015 National Interscholastic Cycling
Association (NICA) Awards, held at Clif Bar & Company Headquarters,
in Emeryville, California. CORBA president Steve Messer was the recipient of NICA’s Community Impact Award. The
award was a complete surprise to both Steve and SoCal League director Matt Gunnell, with whom Steve and
CORBA have work since the league’s infancy to support High School
Mountain Biking and getting more kids on bikes.
Southern California was well represented
at the Awards, with Scott Armstrong, the SoCal League’s Chief Course
Marshall receiving the Clif Bar Volunteer Service Award, Coach Jeremy
Call from Simi Composite team receiving the Camelbak Distinguished
Alumni Award (and then bringing his team out for CORBA trailwork a
week later!), and coaches Robert and Kathy Parks of the Temescal Canyon
High School receiving the SRAM Coach of the Year award.
NICA leagues are now up and running in 19
states, with more coming online each year. There are now over 10,000
student-athletes participating in middle school and high school mountain
biking races around the country. To learn more, visit http://SoCaldirt.org, or http://Nationalmtb.org.
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
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!
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
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 email@example.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!
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
We have a very busy trailwork schedule for the next months. There's
lots going on!
Sunday March 13, 2016: Ken Burton Trail Day 12.
Join CORBA and the Mount Wilson Bicycle Association for the 12th
trip to restore the Ken Burton Trail that was closed as a result
of the Station Fire a few years ago. So far, 1.8 miles of the
2.25-mile long trail have been restored - less than a half mile
to go! Please see full details and RSVP for the trailwork on our meetup group at http://meetup.com/corbamtb
Saturday March 19, 2016: Conejo Open Space Spring
Trailwork Day. We'll be working with the COSCA rangers,
the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and others to restore
Mountain and some nearby
trails. Please see full details and RSPV for the trailwork on
our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/events/227946919/
Saturday April 2, 2016: Grasslands Trail Reroute in Malibu
Creek State Park. Several years ago, a singletrack connetor
between the Grasslands
Trail and High
Road was closed due to its unsustainability. State Parks had
planned to build a new trail to replace it, and now they are going
to start. Come out and help us with this project! Please see full
details and RSPV for the trailwork on our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/events/227946399/
Saturday April 9, 2015: Backbone Trail Etz Meloy Gate Bypass.
This is an event that we have been awaiting a very long time - the
National Park Service has started to build a new trail that will
bypass the closed/locked gates at the west end of Etz Meloy Motorway.
Come help us with this historic event to close one of the last two
gaps in the Backbone Trail! Please see full details and RSPV for
the trailwork on our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/events/229240398/
Friday to Sunday April 22 -24: 35th Annual Santa Monica
Mountains Trails Days in Pt. Mugu State Park. This annual
event attracts well over a hundred volunteers who work on various
trails in Pt.
Mugu State Park (aka Sycamore Canyon). You can help on the trails
on both Saturday and Sunday. If you like, you can camp over Friday
and/or Saturday night for no cost, the only time during the year
you'll be able to do this! There are thank-you prizes both days,
and a BBQ dinner is provided on Saturday night. It's quite an event!
You can sign up to help for Saturday
Info and registration for Saturday. And info
and registration for Sunday.
Summary of Recent Trailwork
Ken Burton Trail, Days 9 & 10. After two more work
days in February where CORBA and the MWBA joined forces, over 1000
volunteer hours have been used to clear 1.8 miles of the 2.25-mile
long trail. See the full story on
Yerba Buena segment of the Backbone Trail, February 27.
Twenty-seven volunteers, including 10 from CORBA, showed up to help
repair water damage to the west end of the Yerba Buena segment of
the Backbone Trail. We started at the Mishe Mokwa trailhead parking
lot and worked our way east, covering 3/4 miles of trail. See the
story on our blog.
Trancas Canyon segment of the Backbone Trail, February 6.
Twenty-five high school mountain bike team members and fourteen USC students, along with a few parents, coaches and CORBA and SMMTC trail crew leaders, came out this past Saturday to address the ruts on the Trancas Canyon section of the Backbone Trail.
We installed or fixed about 50 drainage nicks and otherwise repaired water damage over about a mile of the trail.
See the full
story on our blog, which includes why the event was almost
cancelled at the last moment!
Giant Bikes Works the Potrero Ridge Trail, January 15th.
The North American Headquarters for Giant Bicycles is located in
Newbury Park. As good corporate citizens, they want to help with
local trails, which many staff ride on a regular basis. Giant coordinated
with CORBA and COSCA to find a suitable tail, which turned out to
be the Potrero Ridge Trail, heading up the steep hill from the Reino
Road parking area. This is a fitting trail because the first part
was built during a visit from the IMBA Trail Care Crew in 2005!
For the full story, see our Giant
Bikes trailwork blog.
Trailwork due to El Nino: With the upcoming El Nino storms,
some trails could be severely damaged. We expect to schedule
workdays on short notice to fix such damage and/or to prevent
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
GGR: Girlz Gone Riding
GGR is so very excited to announce a NEW location for this year’s annual
Rocktober Festival & CORBA membership drive! This year the
Rocktober Festival will be held at beautiful Castaic Lake October 30th,
2016. The festival consists of guided cross country rides, skills clinics,
guest speakers, raffles, exhibitors, tons of demo bikes and best of
all, this is a FREE event for all GGR club members. The festival closes at 300 pre registered riders. For more event details, check out the GGR site here: Rocktober Festival October 30th 2016. More GGR News...
- Director of GGR Wendy Engelberg was more than thrilled to accept a Specialized ambassadorship for 2016...
- Wendy wrote a feature for the April issue Mountain Bike
Action called: “How to get your wife or girlfriend to love mountain biking” (Hint: Stay out of it!)...
- GGR co-ed night rides are back in March...
- Monthly club rides... GGR’s monthly ladies only club ride is the last Saturday of every month...
To see all the details, check out the March
GGR article on CORBA's blog!
Rim of the Valley Final Study Recommendations Released
The National Park Service today released the Final Study Recommendations
for the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resources Study. CORBA has been involved in the Rim of the Valley process since congress authorized the study
in 2008, and even before that when the concept was only for a Rim of
the Valley trail. We are pleased to see the final recommendation
includes most of what we–and many other groups and individuals–suggested
in our comments. The recommendation is a hybrid of Alternatives C and D
of the draft released last June. You can read all about the final
Rim of the Valley recommendations in our blog.
El Nino Watch: Trail Damage and Riding after it Rains
contribute to trail damage!
We are having a severe El Nino event this winter; the weather forecast is for many heavy rainstorms that will have seriously bad impacts on our trails. As well as muddy conditions that interfere with their use, the rains could be severe enough to erode some trails into huge ruts, and even wash them away in some cases. There may be more mudslides in Pt Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon) like we had last year. Furthermore, the rain will spur the chaparral to overgrow the trails, a condition we haven’t had to deal with much over the past couple of years because of the drought. The combination of waterlogged soil and high winds could blow trees over. We’re expecting to need special trailwork days to repair these damaged trails and hope many mountain bikers will want to help us get them back into shape!
For recreation, most trails should be avoided when they're wet.
Bikes make grooves along the trail; the next time it rains, the water runs down these grooves and turns them into little ruts, which
become large ruts that destroy the trail. Hikers and horses make holes and ridges in the trail that become as hard as concrete when the trail dries. These holes and ridges are good for twisting ankles.
As a rule of thumb, if your foot, tire or hoof makes an impression more than about 1/8 inch deep in the dirt, the trail is still too soft to use. Give it another day or two to dry out before using it!
But there are a few trails that shed water quickly because of their
rocky/sandy surface. For a list of these trails, and to read the
rest of this article, visit our blog
on El Nino and trail damage...
Free Mountain Biking
5th 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
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
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