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Danusia Memorial Ride

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Danusia Memorial Ride

Danusia Memorial Ride

Last weekend, on the May 31st one-year anniversary of Danusia Bennett-Tabor’s passing, an informal memorial service/ride was held at Malibu Creek State Park. It was a solemn but cheerful event, organized by Wendy Engelberg and the Girlz Gone Riding volunteers, a group that started with Kim Cofield, Wendy and Danusia. Wendy also wrote a wonderful report about the memorial ride with photos by Jesse Ettinger and others. Read it on the GGR blog.

There were many cheerful moments, interspersed with a few tears, as friends told stories about their wonderful experiences with Danusia. Steve Messer made sure everyone appreciated how much she did for CORBA, and how her work continues to guide us.

Recently, CBS did a special report on the cancer and procedures that ultimately took Danusia’s life. Her husband Don told her story in the CBS report on Leiomyosarcoma. Almost $1000 in donations were accepted on behalf of the Sarcoma Alliance, followed by the real celebration: riding.

Thanks to everyone who came to Malibu Creek to remember Danusia.

Join the Danusia Taber Memorial Ride May 31st

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Please join us for the 1st annual Danusia Taber Memorial ride at MCSP (Malibu Creek State Park) at 9AM on May 31st. This ride will be to honor Danusia Taber who passed away in May of 2013 of Leimyosarcoma, a rare cancer. This is also a fund raiser ride for the Sarcoma Alliance the non profit that helped Danusia in her time of need. Please donate prior to the ride in Danusia’s Memory here:

You can also bring cash or a check made out to The Sarcoma Alliance and turn it into me at the Memorial site at 9am.

Danusia was instrumental in getting GGR off the ground. She was there from the beginning with direction, motivation and helping with partnerships such as CORBA. She was a CORBA board member, an MBU patroller, a mentor and great friend to many. Before she passed, she approved the Danusia Bell program. These are small bells to place on your bike or pack alerting other trail users you are there. 100% of these profits also go to the Sarcoma Alliance per Danusia. You can purchase your Danusia bells here:
or here:

Danusia riding on the Wood Canyon Trail in Pt Mugu State Park

We will have 3 levels of rides:

• Beginner & Advanced Beginner: Riding to the dam and back: about 8 miles

• Intermediate: Short Bull dog loop & Grasslands: about 15 miles with 1500 feet of climbing

• Advanced: New Millennium Loop & Grasslands: about 19 miles with 3400 feet of climbing.

All riders will meet at the Memorial spot at 9am to have a brief revisit of Danusia’s life and why we are there for her and the fund raising efforts. If you have a story to tell about Danusia, I will open up the area to anyone who does. We would love to hear it! She was a character and we all have many great stories!

Please meet at the SOUTH end of Mott Motorway where the memorial service was held last year: Mott is #7 on the Map.

You can further show your support by signing up for this event on our Meetup group here and encouraging all your friends to come along!

If you have any questions on the event or ride, please contact Wendy Engelberg:

I thank you so very much in advance for supporting this event. GGR Girl and Proud CORBA member Wendy E

Girlz Gone Riding News for Spring 2014

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

GGR is strong as ever and is gearing up for many upcoming events!

This last month, GGR held it’s quarterly ride at Sycamore Canyon in Newbury park with over 30 female riders attending. We had 3 levels of rides, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced with the beginner group being the largest as always lead by GGR girl Michelle Friend who does an outstanding job with our beginners!

Before the girls headed out for their group rides….many of my friends and locals in our cycling community presented my Epic 29r back to me. Too make a very long story short, I lent out my bike to my good friend Jessie while I was recovering from surgery. He decided to surprise me and really bling it up the GGR club color purple. He got another 42 of my friends and community members to help. It was dubbed: Project Engelbling. The entire story will be written and posted soon. It is a heart warming, great story about what a community did to welcome me back to cycling after a horrible accident and not riding for almost 8 months.


GGR has picked up some new club sponsors that we are really excited about! These shops support women’s cycling..please support them too!

  • Michael’s Bicycles Newbury Park
  • Kramp Krushers
  • Loaded Precision Components
  • Hero Kit
  • JRA Bikes & Brew
  • Bike Warrior

GGR has some exciting events coming up too! New rides posted all the time, please check the FB events page! April 26th is the R50 charity ride to support Rwanda causes! GGR will be having a booth and sharing it with our sister club/Race Team So Cal Endurance Ladies! This is an awesome, fun charity event to participate in!

May 31st: A very special day…Danusia Taber’s 1st annual Memorial ride and fund raiser. All donations made to the Sarcoma Alliance. Donate anytime in Danusia’s name:

June 8th: Wenches with Wrenches Workshop at JRA Bikes & Brew!

August 9th & 10th: A Celebration of Women on the Mountain..BIG BEAR STYLE! This is a road trip to Big Bear combining both GGR & The Trail Angels for the weekend! Ladies only taking over the mountain! Guided rides, group dinner, a big contest and speed meet and greet. This event is closed, it is FULL!

October 19th MCSP: GGR presents our annual Rocktober event! This is a fund raiser and CORBA membership drive! Our goal this year is to get 200 women at the event! We have some amazing sponsors already set up! Booths with female specific clothes this year too! Take a peak at a just a few of our female clothing specific sponsors so far!

  • Shebeest
  • Zoic
  • Shredly

Until next time….please keep your eyes out for the full story on Project Engelbling!

Submitted by Wendy Engelberg, 

Niner Bikes’ Generous Donation To CORBA

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

CORBA recently received a generous donation of framekits from Niner Bikes.NIN_weblogo

Some of these sweet Niner frames will be put into CORBA’s Youth Adventures fleet, where at-risk youth are given the opportunity to experience the joy of  cycling on trails in our State Parks. Others will be raffled off to reward volunteers who come out for CORBA’s trailwork days, or to raise funds to support our programs. The generous donation will also benefit our neighboring IMBA Chapters, including the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, Mount Wilson Bicycling AssociationSHARE Mountain Bike Club and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association.

Niner Bikes Generous Donation to CORBA and IMBANiner has a strong history of supporting mountain biking advocacy. They truly understand that more trail opportunities helps grow the sport, and everyone benefits. As an Above and Beyond IMBA Corporate Member their custom IMBA-themed bikes have generated many thousands of dollars for IMBA at the national level. For many years they have also been there to support CORBA’s efforts at the local level.

They also understand mountain bikes themselves, making some of the sweetest mountain bikes available. Niner were among the original proponents of 29 inch wheels, and have helped advance the state-of-the-art in off-road bicycle design.

We thank Niner for their generous and ongoing support, which will ultimately benefit trails and mountain bikers throughout Southern California.




SHARE/IMBA Orange County Poker Ride May 18

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013


share_final_logoJoin your fellow IMBA chapter club to the south for a very fun ride.

SHARE Mountain Bike Club of Orange County presents “The Poker Ride”. 2013 SHARE/IMBA Poker Ride at Santiago Oaks Wilderness Park in Orange County on Saturday May 18th.  Sign up now!


Join SHARE in celebrating our club’s 25th year and celebrating our first year of being Orange County’s IMBA chapter mountain bike club. The 2013 SHARE/IMBA Poker Ride is on May 18th @ 8 am in Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

Ride is $25 for all participants. Post ride lunch and beverages is $10 (free for SHARE/IMBA members).

Information at: and

SHARE will extend free lunch to all CORBA members.

Photos of the Newbury Park Bike Shop Fundraiser held Feb 25th

Monday, February 27th, 2012

See your friends and yourself in the photos, or see what you missed if you weren’t able to make it to the event on Friday night in our photo gallery of the event.

Fundraiser Event at Newbury Park Bicycle Shop 2/24/12

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

CORBA’s first in a series of in-store fundraisers takes place Friday night February 24 at Newbury Park Bicycle Shop in Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks). On this weekend there will also be a trail work day at Guadalasca Trail in Pt. Mugu State Park on Saturday, and group rides led by North Ranch Mountain Bikers in Pt. Mugu State Park on Sunday (see ride details below).



Sunday, February 26: CORBA Intermediate Ride.   This is our regular Space Mountain – Rosewood ride except we start in the middle. It’s a fun loop ride with lots of singletrack and switchbacks for your biking enjoyment. We start with a brief road ride from the bike shop to the trail by the house with the model train in the front yard. After the whoop-de-doo trail, we’ll loop back around through the normal starting point for a singletrack climb up Space Mountain. Then we’ll continue along the Los Robles Trail to the “Lookout” and take a break at the picnic table. Then it’s time to catch some thrills as we make our way down the Rosewood Singletrack to Lynn Road. After a short jaunt on pavement we are back to the bike shop where we started.

Total distance is 9.3 miles with 1600′ of climbing, rated at E3 – T3. Time: 7:45 am. Organizer: Randy

Directions:   The ride starts at Newbury Bike Shop, 1560 Newbury Rd # 6, Newbury Park, CA 91320. Exit the 101 Freeway at Ventu Park Rd in Newbury Park, turning south. Take the first right onto Newbury Road, following it around 0.3 miles. Turn left into the strip mall; the bike shop is behind In ‘n Out Burgers.

Sunday, February 26: CORBA Advanced Ride.   This is one of our regular and favorite rides, plus a few road and trail miles to get from the bike shop to the normal start point. From the bike shop, we ride 2.4 miles on the road to the Felton Street access to the Los Robles Trail, which we ride to the regular start point at Wendy and Potrero. From here we’re on the regular ride, starting off on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon and take Sin Nombre over to Sage and make the climb up to the water tower. From here it’s a fast and fun decent down Wood Canyon. Then it’s another climb up to the top via Guadalasca. We’ll ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy another great descent. After a short jaunt on Two Foxes we’ll head up the main fireroad and climb up the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top it’s back to Los Robles Trail, then a road ride from Felton Street to the bike shop.

Total distance is 28 miles with 4000′ of climbing, rated at E4 – T3.5. Time: 7:45 am. Organizer: Jonathan

Directions:   The ride starts at Newbury Bike Shop, 1560 Newbury Rd # 6, Newbury Park, CA 91320. Exit the 101 Freeway at Ventu Park Rd in Newbury Park, turning south. Take the first right onto Newbury Road, following it around 0.3 miles. Turn left into the strip mall; the bike shop is behind In ‘n Out Burgers.

Photos from the Fat Tire Fun(d)raiser are available

Monday, November 14th, 2011

 Thanks to the volunteers who contributed photos: Steve Clark, Claudia Mitchell, Steve Messer, Wendy Engleberg, and a special thanks to Xandei Tena who paid to attend but spent most of the day taking photos for CORBA!

There are multiple pictures of all riders, arranged randomly, so you can look through all 20 pages of thumbnails to find photos of yourself and your friends!

Nov 13th Fat Tire Fun(d)raiser

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Save the date: November 13, 2011.

For 2011 we have altered the format of our annual anniversary event. In years past it had grown to be quite the undertaking, with lots of festival activities, vendors, a poker ride, even a cyclocross race. Although fun for attendees and a great success, our volunteer coordinators and support staff got pretty burned out, despite the many accolades received from appreciative participants.

The bottom line is to raise money for our programs while having fun celebrating our great trails and advocacy efforts. So this year we decided to keep it simple and do what we love best–RIDE! We are excited to be back at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. The main ride route will feature the Crags Road Trail through the creek canyon, past the MASH site, and up Bulldog Motorway, and will also connect to National Park Service property at the Solstice Canyon section of the Backbone Trail with an optional out-and-back to Kanan Dume Road at Tunnel #1. It will continue along Mesa Peak Motoryway and down Tapia Motorway, finishing by coming back into Malibu Creek State Park via the Tapia Spur Trail. With the out-and-back to Kanan Dume Road the ride is 27 miles, or 15 miles if the Backbone Trail to Kanan Rd.  is skipped. There will also be shorter easy rides in Malibu Creek State Park including the Grasslands Trail to De Anza Park. There will be plenty of opportunities for every level of rider to have a great ride in support of your local trail advocacy organization.

Of course, we’d hate to pass up the opportunity to have some cool demo bikes on hand, and so far we have gotten commitments from Trek, Specialized, Giant, and Bionicon who will have some of the newest technology on hand.

We’re also very excited to announce that New Belgium Brewery will be serving samples!

And of course there will be a raffle, with some really cool prizes including bikes, gear, and more.

Click here for more information and to get registered. Hope to see you there!

CORBA’s Cycle World Meet and Greet with Leigh Donovan

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

CORBA’s August 12 2011 fundraiser at Cycle World was a new type of event for CORBA, and turned out to be a completely worthwhile one at that.  The smaller eventCORBA Board and Volunteers, Cycle World Owners Mike and Eric, and World Champ Leigh Donovan brought in almost 60 guests with about a dozen volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Several people walked away with some smokin’ deals on helmets, shoes, body armor and other cycling accessories in the silent auction. Others took advantage of Cycle World’s donation of 10% of all sales to CORBA, and picked up what they needed to continue enjoying the sport.

Former world champ Leigh Donovan was our special guest, and we were honored to have her there. After an introduction by CORBA president Mark Langton, the crowd watched a retrospective video about her career, while she gave a running commentary about many of the race scenes. She reminisced about downhill racing in the days of hard tails and 2” of travel, and reveled in the improvements in bike technology and the growth of the sport. Now the mother of a beautiful daughter, Leigh is still competing and doing well at the national and international levels. Her mission these days is to get more women on bikes, and to further that cause she donated a set of women’s workshops to the auction.

Mark Langton gave a great taste of what people experience at CORBA’s free monthly skills clinics. Though restricted by the shop space, it was clear that Mark’s instruction can and does give many new riders a jump-start into this great sport, boosting their skills and confidence. Steve Messer talked about the importance of volunteering, and at the same time introduced and thanked the volunteers who made the evening possible.

Cycle World owner Erick demonstrated the amount of detail he takes when doing a bike fit, a clear indication that these guys know bikes, and know cycling.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. Wendy Engleburg, a long time CORBA volunteer and supporter organized the event. She had help from Tamara Napier, who coordinated the auction, Miyuki for photos and support (photo gallery of the evening), Jim for serving beer and of course everyone who came out on a Friday night to support CORBA and have some fun.

Also we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Cycle World owners Erick and Mike, and their dedicated staff who made the new store available for the event. Lots of people learned about this new Cycle World branch, and met the friendly folks. The pizza and beer on tap went over really well, with most getting their fill of both.

The object of the event was to raise awareness of CORBA, introduce people to a new CORBA-supporting bike shop, and raise funds to keep our volunteer programs  running. On all fronts it was a great success and we’re looking forward to the next one.