Archive for the ‘Free Basic Skills Clinic’ Category
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.
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.
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.”
The 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 malibuadventuregames.com.
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!
By 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 (mountainbikeskills.com) 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!