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Girlz Gone Riding on October 29th holds their 7th Rocktober Festival and CORBA membership Drive!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The 7th annual Rocktober Restival will be held on October 29th from 8am-3pm at Castaic Lake, Castaic, CA. This is a FREE event for all participants and is a ladies only cross country event and CORBA Membership drive. The day consists of guided, no drop rides for ALL levels! Beginner/Greenie riders are welcomed with opened arms!

  • Kids ride!
  • Skills Clinics
  • Raffles
  • Demo Bikes
  • Exhibitors
  • Awards

For the full event schedule, go to the GGR website here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/event-schedule.html

You MUST register for this event! Registration will go live Thursday, August 31st on Event Brite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rocktober-festival-corba-membership-drive-2017-tickets-36671733141

Look for news on these upcoming events:

  • November: CORBA Pancake breakfast at Michael’s Bicycles presented by GGR (date to be determined)
  • November 11th: Trail work day on Crags Road in MCSP. Online registration requested!
  • December: GGR’s annual XMAS party: CO ED

2016: A Busy, Productive Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

2016 is behind us, and what a year it was for CORBA and mountain bikers! We were extremely busy last year, cutting trails, cutting trees, and working on behalf of the mountain bike community to ensure continued and improved access to mountain biking in the greater Los Angeles and Eastern Ventura County areas.

Jim Burton cuts the ceremonial ribbon, as Steve Messer, Matt Lay and Jenny Johnson of MWBA, and Ken's daughters Heather and Tania look on.

Opening of Ken Burton Trail

In 2016, the Gabrielino Trail Restoration project, with REI, Bellfree Contractors, and Los Angeles Conservation Corps, was completed.  Ken Burton Trail restoration with MWBA was completed, opening the Ken Burton trail and a popular loop after seven years of closure, thousands of volunteer hours, and nearly three years of planning.

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GGR: Girlz Gone Riding Year in Review

Friday, December 30th, 2016

2016 marked a year not only in immense growth in the women’s mountain biking movement and GGR, but was a true year in growth for my own adventures on the bike.

Highlights!
GGR added 2 new chapters in 2016!
Kern County headed up by Tracy Jones! Kern County GGR Chapter

Mojave Desert Chapter headed up by an awesome leadership team of Kingman, AZ locals!Mojave Desert Chapter

Specialized and Cynergy Cycles presented me with a 2016 Specialized ERA Expert for the 2016 season! WHAT an honor to ride this incredible machine! This bike earned me many podium spots and incredible adventures! I was so very honored to have ridden this bike for the season!

Another super fun and successful Women’s Only Weekend in Big Bear! Every August, GGR & Bear Valley Bikes Bear Valley Bikes hosts a women’s only weekend in Big Bear. I think this summer’s was by far my favorite. Since we had more vet ride volunteer leaders for Saturday’s Down Hill at Snow Summit, we were able to now add a beginner’s DH group. So all of the riders groups were perfectly matched in speed and ability so all ladies just crushed it! We had a huge group dinner Saturday night and Sunday half the ladies went to XC in Fawnskin and the rest got an INTRO to Enduro day thanks to Bev at Rim Nordic! Rim Nordic Mountain Bike Park

On a personal note, I had the most incredible and adventurist summer of racing bikes with friends. I had the amazing opportunity to race XC at the super fun summer series Pedalfest: Pedal Fest Enduro at Rim Nordic: Rim Nordic Bike Park and race on teams for 6 and 12 hour endurance events hosted by SoCal Endurance who always, always encourage women to race! SoCal Endurance

The highlight every year for GGR is of course our annual Rocktober Festival. This year was different….new location….Castaic Lake and pouring rain. We still had well over 200 women that not only showed up but stayed the day. They rode around the lake, demo’d bikes, took a skills clinic and shopped at all the vendors. RST Suspension and REI were the title sponsors for this year’s festival. BOTH companies are very involved in their communities and support women’s mountain biking. This year’s community award went to The Squeaky Wheel Bike shop! The Squeaky Wheel Bike Shop. The most improved rider for 2016 went to Anne Yeoh of the Inland Empire chapter! Leigh Donovan was back again as head coach leading our skills clinic from I Choose Bikes.
The date is set for the 2017 Rocktober Festival! October 8th at Castaic Lake! Registration opens August 18th. This is a FREE event for all women mountain bikers!

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GGR ended the year with our annual CO ED holiday ride and luncheon. January brings on a new and exciting year! Chapter rides, endurance races and January 28th, we have the REI ALL OUT/OPT OUTSIDE event at Malibu Creek State Park. REI has asked CORBA and GGR to run the mountain bike portion of their event! We are so very excited and honored to be a part of this day! Spots are limited, so get signed up now! It’s free! REI All Out Event January 28th 2017

Until next time….we at GGR wish all of you a bright new year of prosperity, health, happiness and most important…epic riding!

Join our Board Meeting every 4th Monday

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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 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 6:30 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills:

6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 703-5300

Google Map and Directions

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 2016 Skills Clinic and Beginners’ Ride Photos Posted December 3

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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 was followed by a Beginners’ Ride, sponsored by Cynergy Cycles and led by CORBA and GGR Director Wendy Engelberg. Photos of the ride can be seen at the end of the skills clinic photo gallery.

President’s Message: 2015 – A Year in Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

2015 has been one of the most active in CORBA’s history. There has been so much happening in our local mountains, in our sport, in our public lands, in the political landscape, and in bicycle advocacy in general. As always, CORBA has done its best to stay on top of the issues, to be leaders in the trail community, and to have a positive impact on our trails, our public lands, our community and our sport. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening this year, showing how your membership dollars and donations are being used to benefit all mountain bikers in the Los Angeles and Eastern Ventura Counties.

Advocacy

Puente Hills Landfill Meeting

Puente Hills Landfill Meeting

Much has happened this year on the mountain bike advocacy front. One of the biggest issues has been the start of the process to develop a Management Plan for our year-old San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The National Forest Foundation convened a Community Collaborative group to develop a broad base of support from a diverse range of stakeholders to help guide the Forest Service in its management of the Angeles National Forest and the SGMNM. CORBA has been involved from the start, in 2014 on the committee to establish the Collaborative, and this year as an active participant in the Collaborative. Forty-five diverse interests are represented, some of whom have traditionally found themselves at odds with our community. This has truly expanded our outreach and strengthened our place in the community.

We’re also continuing to work with Los Angeles County on several fronts: the Castaic Area Trail Master Plan, the Los Angeles County Trails Manual, the now-completed Santa Susana Mountains Trail Master plan, the LA County Park Needs assessment, the Altadena Crest Trail Restoration, the Puente Hills Landfill and bicycle access to trails in general.

This year we joined the Los Angeles Bike Park Collective. We have pending Bike Park proposals with Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, City of Glendale, and Thousand Oaks. Fillmore Bike Park opened this past Spring.

We’re closely monitoring the development of the Santa Monica Mountains Trail Master Plan, which is expected to come out in draft form in 2016. We saw the Rim of the Valley Study completed. Legislation was introduced to create a new National Recreation Area, and expand our new National Monument. We’ve worked with legislators on a pending Wilderness bill, to ensure that it has minimum impact on mountain biking. We’re continuing to work with the Sierra Club and Wilderness Society to ensure that their efforts to protect our public lands do not impact our ability to enjoy them.

This year new e-bike legislation was introduced. Early drafts could have been interpreted to allow electric mountain bikes on non-motorized trails. We worked to clarify that this does not makes e-bike legal on trails. We’ll be watching the e-bike debate closely as they become more popular.

There’s a pending application to build a hotel on the DeAnza Trailhead. CORBA took the lead on asking the City of Calabasas to do a full EIR.

Outside the area, we’re keeping an eye on wilderness proposals in the Sierra Nevada mountains and BLM land swap proposals in the San Jacinto Mountains, both with the potential to close trails to bikes.

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Girlz Gone Riding 2015 Wrap UP!

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The year in GGR has really been a spectacular one! Lots of new women riding, improving, trying their hand at racing and the biggest Rocktober showing yet of both participants and exhibitors!
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We closed the year out with our annual CO-ED Holiday Ride & Luncheon. 40 Riders showed up to enjoy 3 levels of guided rides in the Santa Monica Mountains and have fun at our lunch buffet & gift exchange. This year Susan Hall won the Most Improved Rider for 2015 and was presented with a large purple plaque!
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There are so many exciting things to look forward to in 2016 for women’s cycling and GGR! Here are just some of our events for 2016!

  • January 7th: Mountain Bike Action Magazine hits the streets! THIS is the issue to purchase! That’s all I can say!
  • January 9th: Ladies only group ride
  • January 27th, 28th: GGR leadership team are guests at Specialized!
  • February 27th: This starts the monthly ladies only group rides to be the LAST Saturday of every month except when larger events takes precedence
  • March 26th: Ladies only group ride
  • April 30th: No group ride for April, we will be participating along with G2 bikes in the Rwanda 50 charity ride: Rwanda 50 GGR Sign up
  • May 28th: Danusia Taber’s annual CO-ED memorial ride and fund raiser for the Sarcoma Alliance. This is CO ED. This will be the group ride for May.
  • August 6th & 7th: GGR’s annual Women’s Weekend in Big Bear! We only except 60 women for this, so keep an eye out for the Event Brite link to get registered! 11794060_10153091920092358_546504680413202656_o
  • October: ROCKTOBER #6! Date to be announced late: GGR welcomes REI as a 2016 Rocktober Sponsor with 3 booths featuring their line of ghost bikes!

Not yet scheduled:

  • 1st quarter of 2016: Suspension set up clinic
  • Rim Nordic Enduro Pre Rides
  • So Cal Endurance Enduro Pre Rides

GGR wishes the entire mountain biking community a happy, safe and absolutely fabulous New Year! May you descend that tight switchback without dabbing! May you get that rock garden line just right, and may you hit that drop like there is no tomorrow!

GGR Girl Wendy E

GGR’s Rocktober & CORBA Membership Drive Wrap Up and Photos

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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This year’s Girlz Gone Riding Rocktober festival & CORBA Membership Drive was by far the largest to date! With 37 exhibitors and over 300 in attendance, our expectations were far exceeded!

The event started out on Saturday with our pre-ride for our ride volunteers. We had 34 ride volunteers pre-riding all routes for the guided rides. We ran into the mounted patrol all day too! Great way to start the weekend of epicness!
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Saturday evening was our traditional goodie bag stuffing party and raffle tagging. This year Cycle World Chatsworth hosted and in a few hours many volunteers got 250 goodie bags stuffed and over $20K of raffle items tagged! And of course we had pizza, cake and vino!

The morning of the Rocktober festival, the ranger at MCSP was kind enough to have the gate open at 6am this year!! This allowed our demo trucks to get there in plenty of time to set up and get the bikes ready to go for our lady shredders.
It was still dark in the morning AND it was raining a wee bit…so I was just a bit concerned that the rain would stick. The trails were mostly clay, so they don’t hold any rain well at all. Lucky for us, it cleared up for a beautiful day!

Since I had announced the gates were going to be open early, everyone seemed to take advantage of it and get there super early. Registration didn’t open until 8am, but at 6:30amish, we already had a ton of riders and the parking lot was half full. Lots of anxious ladies eager to start the festival!
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Once everyone was signed in, got their goodie bags and demo bikes, it was time for the morning commencement. This is always the toughest part to prepare for since once a year I get this enormous audience and there are so many people to thank as well as announcements to make. Next year I promise it will be much shorter!

I introduced each chapter and the chapter leaders. I talked about the two C’S which I live by. Community and Club. All supporters and exhibitors at the event received a verbal mention and we went on to intro our 4 amazing volunteer coaches this year. Returning head coach Leigh Donovan, returning GGR coach Christine Hirst, new GGR coaches Kris Gross and Erica Phillips.
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This year’s community award went to G2 Bikes and Girls Ride 2! This award is given to the shop that shows the most community involvement in women’s cycling, has a great women’s section and has shop rides. G2 and Girls Ride 2 earned this award hands down. I affectionately call them our “sister club” because we are all on the same page when it comes to community. There ride leaders spend the entire weekend with us volunteering too!
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Last but not least, Steve Messer, our CORBA President, spoke about trail etiquette. Every Rocktober event is also a CORBA membership drive. Each GGR chapter partners up with their local IMBA chapter.
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After the huge group photo, riders split up into their guided ride groups and skills clinics. We had guided rides for all levels and beginner skills clinics running all morning. Rides were all through the park including the famous MASH site, Grasslands and Little Bulldog. Many of these rides went through the super fun creek bed where we had photographers stationed to capture the excitement!
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This year we invited a few of our GGR Littles too! We love that they got to see us grown up ladies doing some major shredding!
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When riders came back after their guided rides, they enjoyed an afternoon of tons of exhibitors, more demo bikes, lunch, catching up and just enjoying the day. We ended the day with over $20K of raffle prizes including grand prizes from REI, Specialized, Sacred Rides and San Juan Huts. We thank all the bike companies that came out to Rocktober. We had over 100 demo bikes for ladies to demo! Huge shouts out and thank you’s to: Liv, Bulls Bikes USA, Specialized, Trek, Turner and Rocky Mountain. We also want to thank Clif who for the 2nd year sponsored the Clif Fuel station and provided the Rocktober event with all of our hydration and nutrition as well as plenty of goodies for the goodie bags!

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The Rocktober festival is so much bigger than GGR. It’s truly a celebration of women’s mountain biking and bringing our community together.

For all pictures, please go to:

http://corbamtb.com/Photos/Misc2015-10-18GGR/_Page.shtml

or

https://girlzgoneriding.shutterfly.com

GGR Girl WE

Girlz Gone Riding September News September 2015!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

GGR: Girlz Gone Riding is now counting down the days to our annual Rocktober event, also a CORBA membership drive!  Rocktober Agenda Registration went up August 31st at 6pm and blew up! There are still spots left for the October 18th event at Malibu Creek State Park, so please get signed up here: Eventbrite Registration for Rocktober
If you have never been to the annual Rocktober event, here is a run down: and here is a video from last year: GGR Rocktober 2014
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We are most excited that this year we will have over 100 demo bikes! Liv, Trek, Specialized, Bulls Bikes USA, Turner and Rocky Mountain will all be there with their demo fleets! Reservations are required. The reservation list and contact to reserve the demo bikes will be posted in the next few weeks.

CORBA/IMBA Membership Drive!

GGR is proud to announce our annual CORBA/IMBA membership drive. Don’t know about CORBA’s trail programs? Check them out here: CORBA’S Trail Programs.  Renew or purchase a new CORBA membership and get entered in the CORBA membership prize give away to be awarded at this year’s Rocktober event in the afternoon. We will be awarding a new CORBA jersey, a REI tent and more!
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To renew or purchase a new CORBA/IMBA membership, please go here: Renew or purchase CORBA/IMBA membership

To showcase our Rocktober event supporters, please visit our Rocktober Who’s WHO Pinterest board: GGR Pinterest Rocktober Event Supporters

For a complete list of demo companies, bike shops and supporters please visit our Rocktober exhibitor and supporter page that included all of their websites here: GGR Rocktober event supporters

In keeping tradition, a special COMMUNITY award will be given out this year to the bike shop that shows the most community involvement with women’s cycling. The winner has been chosen and will be announced at the morning commencement at the Rocktober event.

Bulls Bikes USA : GGR’s own Wendy Engelberg has been chosen as the only woman for the 1st ever Bulls Bikes USA ambassador program in the US: Bulls Bikes Press Release

Bulls Bikes USA is proud to announce their first ever U.S. brand ambassadors for the 2015/2016 calendar year. The six chosen ambassadors from across the country will represent Bulls in their local cycling communities, helping to educate, familiarize and expand the German-born bike brand’s presence in the U.S. market.

We were impressed and honored to see such a wide and talented range of individuals apply to be a part of our inaugural ambassador program. The six ambassadors selected to launch this first program are a dynamic, engaged and exciting group with a ton of riding experience under their belts. We are thrilled to work with these individuals as they help promote and educate fellow riders about our brand and also provide us with integral feedback on our products.”
So keep an eye out for her new Wild Edge Team 29 bike out on the trails! She will be happy to tell you all about this magnification endurance XC bike!

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Specialized Leadership trip!
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GGR is proud to announce that Specialized has invited GGR’s leadership team to their headquarters in Morgan Hill for 2 days of behind the scenes, SBCU and some epic riding! 15 women will be going on this very special trip this December. On the way…………we will also be stopping of at Kali Protectives Headquarters! Kali has been a GGR supporter since day one!
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Please save the date for the CORBA/RAM ride & Pancake breakfast November 1st at 8:30am. Hosted by Michael’s Bicycles in Newbury Park.
The morning consists of all levels of guided rides lead by the GGR leadership team and a pancake breakfast at Michael’s Bicycles after the ride! This is a super fun morning to join! Please sign up on the FB or Meet up pages: : Meet up: Meet Up CORBA RAM Ride & Pancake BreakfastPancakes

For all the latest news, rides and events, please go to the GGR website and get signed up on our email list too!

GGR Website

Email Sign Up

Girlz Gone Riding July News!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

July?? I can’t believe summer is here! Welcome to triple digits! Here is some great information from webmd on heat exhaustion, symptoms and treatment: Web MD Heat Exhaustion

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Here are 10 simple tips and reminders you can do for riding in the heat
Prevention!
1) Either plan your ride early in the am or late at night and keep it short if its going to be super hot. If possible, don’t go alone!
2) If the forecast is going to be hot, plan what day you will ride and start hydrating now! Water water water!
3) Wear a neck wrap cooler and keep an iced bottle of water in your cage to keep the neck wrap cold at all times. When your neck gets warm, just dump the cold water on the neck wrap and place around your neck again. It helps keep your body temperature down.
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4) Make sure to have electrolytes mixed in with your water.
5) Take salt tabs or endurolytes before and during your ride
6) Wear sunblock everywhere!
7) Bring snacks that are easily digestable
8) Choose a ride that has some shade and a water source if possible
9) Reduce the length and intensity of your ride
10) And lastly, pay really close attention to how your body is reacting to the heat at all times!

Trail Etiquette!
Since summer is here, the “cooler” trails are getting a lot more use. So sometimes you will find a lot of riders, hikers and even equestrians on the trails at the same time. GGR supports multi use trails and sharing the trails. Please be courteous to all, yield to hikers, equestrians and if you are descending, please yield to the climbers. Even stop and say HELLO! Respect and kindness go along way with all! Please refer to the trail etiquette rules here: http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/trail-etiquette.html

CO ED NIGHT RIDES!
Please keep an eye out on the GGR Google calendar & our FB page for our super fun, all level night rides.

Coming up August 8th and August 9th is GGR’s 2nd annual women’s weekend in Big Bear! This is a super fun, relaxed weekend of guided rides and socializing.
Saturday August 8th is Snow Summit day. Guided rides for both XC and DH runs. Group dinner Saturday night.
Sunday you have 3 choices!
Down hill day at Snow Summit
XC day at Fawnskin
Intro to ENDURO at Rim Nordic!
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The girlz in Purple…..
We hear this a lot now! GGR has grown to over 1300 members with 3 chapters. So it’s not uncommon to see a purple streak of lady riders on the trails! When wearing a purple jersey, we represent kindness, great trail etiquette, friendliness and a welcoming spirit.
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Rocktober news! If you have not been keeping up with the new supporters and exhibitors, well just take a look here! http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/rocktober-event-exhibitors–supporters-2015.html

Haven’t ordered your new GGR Chapter jersey’s yet?? Order them here! They take less than 2 weeks to be made and delivered!

If you want to exhibit at this fun event and get in front of the largest all female mountain bike community in the US, please email wendy@girlzgoneriding.com for information. It’s easy!

Until next time, smile and say hello to the girlz in purple on the trails!

GGR Girl Wendy E