Archive for the ‘Free Basic Skills Clinic’ Category

October Skills Clinic photos published Saturday, Oct 5

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

The photos from the October 5th Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State Park have just been posted on this website. We had a small group today of only eight, contending with the occasion gust of wind and the hordes of people who were there for a 10K trail run. You can see them in the October 2013 photo gallery.

September Skills Clinic photos published Monday, Sept 9, 2013

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The photos from the September 7th Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State Park have just been posted on this website. Eight participants braved a very hot day to improve their skills. You can see them in the September 2013 photo gallery.

August Skills Clinic photos published

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

The photos from the August 3rd Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State Park have just been posted on this website. Thre were 29 riders today on a lovely day for riding. You can see them in the August 2013 photo gallery.

July Skills Clinic photos published

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The photos from the July 6th Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State Park have just been posted on this website. Mark was on his own this month because both Ezra (Mark’s regular assistant and MBU volunteer) and Steve (normally reliable photographer) were out of town, so in addition to his normal teaching duties, Mark took photos when he could. It looks like there was quite a large class, about 30-35 participants, based on the first photo. You can see them all in the July 2013 photo gallery.

CORBA’s Skills Clinic article for Japanese

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Los Angeles’ Japanese language periodical “Lighthouse” has written up a short article on CORBA free basic Skills Clinic, held every month on the first Saturday at Malibu Creek State Park.

Japanese Skills Clinic


The cover of "Lighthouse"

The cover of “Lighthouse”

The following translation was provided by Miyuki Tanaka:

Enjoy nature on your bike – CORBA’s Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Agoura Hills – First Saturday every month

*No reservation required, cancels with rain
*Please check the meeting location on the website

‘CORBA’ (Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association), the non-profit organization for mountain biking in Southern CA, has held the events since 1992. The clinic is held at Malibu Creek State Park. After the clinic, you will ride the actual trail.In the skills clinic, you will learn the manner on the trail, basic bike maintenance, gear shifting, riding form and technics and more. The clinic is available for individuals from 10 years and up (with adult supervision for kids). The ride is about five miles and the course is easy for beginners.

You need to bring your mountain bike, helmet, gloves, sunglasses and water. You can download the check list for the gears you need from the website.”





June Skills Clinic photos published

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

The photos from the June 1st Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State Park have just been posted on this website. You can see them in the June 2013 photo gallery.

Malibu Adventure Games This Saturday May 18

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

poker-rideThe centerpiece of the Malibu Adventure Games at Malibu Creek State Park is the XTERRA Malibu Creek Trail Run, but it will also feature mountain bike poker rides, and CORBA will be providing a skills clinic. There will also be a geocache scramble, climbing wall contests, and a vendor expo. For more information go to

Skills Class 5/4/13 CANCELLED

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

As of 5 pm on Friday May 3, Malibu Creek State Park was closed due to high fire danger, and it was unclear as to whether it would be open on Saturday. In addition, air quality was poor due to smoke moving south into the area from the fires burning in the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. Therefor we have cancelled the 5/4/13 Introduction to Mountain Biking Skills Class. Hope to see you next month, June 1!


Shameless Plug Alert

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

By Mark Langton

Mark Langton

As the coordinator and instructor for the monthly CORBA Introduction to Mountain Biking Skills Class at Malibu Creek State Park, I look forward to the first Saturday each month to help yet another group of eager mountain bikers become safer and more proficient. I also provide private lessons ( and have gotten quite a few new clients over the last couple of months, which is pretty typical for this time of year, what with the weather getting nice and a crop of races just around the corner.

What continues to amaze me is how many people think they don’t need  coaching. As I say all the time, even the best athletes in the world have coaches. I see people in the CORBA classes who have been riding for quite some time who have developed bad habits that are quite debilitating. And they almost always can be easily corrected with a few minor adjustments. But the adjustments aren’t always intuitive or obvious, and that’s where a coach comes in. If there were a better way to improve one’s technique instead of using interpersonal coaching, I think they would have come up with it by now!

So hopefully I’ll see you one of these months at the FREE CORBA skills class. No reservations needed. Come back as many times as you like, it’s always free!

Skills Clinic Photos for April 6, 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

It was another perfect day to be riding in Malibu Creek State Park to participate in the free monthly basic skills clinic. This month we had 26 riders and I’m sure eveyone had a great time with the clear and warm weather! You can see the photos in the April Skills Clinic Photo Gallery.