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CORBA eNews for January 9, 2009

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Rich Pinder (left), past CORBA Trail Crew leader, with CORBA board members Louisa Bonnie, Jeff Klinger (Chairman) and Hans Keifer. Danusia Bennett-Taber was not on the board when this photo was taken.

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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 on the eventing of Wednesday Jan 21.

Urgent News

Red Flag Warning May Affect Saturday Jan 10th Recreational Rides

We are having red flag conditions this weekend, so trails in the local state parks might be closed. Call the fire hotline (805) 488-8147 in the morning before driving to the trailhead to be sure.

CORBA Web Site Hacked!

Some scoundrel(s) of the worst order hacked the CORBA web site. The result was that users trying to get to CORBA from any Google, Yahoo, AOL or a few other major sites had their browsers redirected to a malware site that sells bogus antivirus software. Other web sites with the same web hosting company also had their visitors hijacked in the same manner. We have identified the mechanism used to hijack our site and will be on the alert for similar attempts in the future. We hope this brush with modern internet reality didn't interfere with anyone's riding enjoyment!


Upcoming Trailwork

Why do Trailwork? If you've ever wondered this, take a look at this article in the Summer 2008 issue of Terra Times to learn more about why it's important. Visit the CORBA Trail Crew page for more information and links to photos of past events.

January 31 - Backbone Trail west of Latigo Canyon Road. This will be a joint work day with the Santa Monica Trails Council and the Sierra Club Task Force. We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 am and plan to be back at the trailhead around 2:00 pm. Meet at the Latigo Trailhead parking lot about 3 mi from Kanan Rd. {1780 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu} Directions from Google Maps

April 24-26 - Santa Monica Mountains Trails Days. This is a weekend event with CORBA, SMMTC and other trail user groups with camping at Danielson Ranch in Point Mugu State Park. You can come in Friday night and stay until Sunday or leave Saturday after trail maintenance. Some people just come in for Saturday. There will be a barbecue and raffle on Saturday evening. Informational flyer and registration form coming soon. Details.


Upcoming Recreational Rides

Check the CORBA Calendar for the ride description, details on difficulty level, directions to trailhead, etc.

Saturday, January 10
The
red flag conditions this weekend might result in the closure of trails in the local state parks. Call the fire hotline (805) 488-8147 in the morning before driving to the trailhead to be sure.
9:00 am -1:00 pm : Bulldog - Tapia Loop at Malibu Creek State Park
Sunday, January 18
Sunday, January 25
Sunday, February 1

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday February 7 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!



Members of the Mountain Bike Unit
in Malibu Creek State Park

Other News

Mountain Bike Unit is recruiting volunteers for 2009

The Mountain Bike Unit (MBU), sponsored by the National and State park services and the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority, is looking for mountain bikers who might be interestein in joining the unit. The MBU assists in providing park visitors with a quality outdoor experience and preserving natural resources while patrolling over 60 thousand acres of public parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Beginning February 2009, training will include visitor contact skills, radio use, park rules and regulations, first aid and CPR, and field training exercises. If you would like to learn more, an informational meeting will be held at King Gillette Ranch at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 7th. Bring your bike and helmet for an optional, fun ride after the presentation. Details.

Ergon Grip Give-Away

As a result of the Ergon grip promotion, 20 new CORBA members received these great grips, as did 5 current members who got their friends to join. Congratulations to everyone and Welcome to the new members!

Albertsons Cardholders Need to Relink Cards

The Albertsons Community Partners program continues to be a great way for Albertons shoppers to donate to CORBA when they shop. We have been notified by Albertsons that supporters need to relink their cards prior to February 28, 2009 for their contributions to continue after March. Visit the Albertsons Community Partners page to relink your card. Thanks!


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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