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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 ...
The National Park Service, California Department of Parks
& Recreation, and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
MOUNTAIN BIKE UNIT (MBU) www.mountainbikeunit.com The Mountain Bike
Unit, sponsored by the National (NPS) and State (CDPR) Park Services and
the Mountains Recreation and Con...
Come join CORBA & Michael’s Bicycles for the rescheduled
RAM (ride & mingle) Ride and pancake breakfast! Meet at the
Wendy/Potrero trail head in Newbury Park RTR at 9am. We will ride over
to the TEE PEE for a big group photo, then split up into groups. Guided,
no drop rides will be offered for be...
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 ...
Volunteers hike up the Dragonback hills to get to the work
area. Workers from two companies with headquarters in Newbury Park took
Friday morning December 9th off from work to help repair the Los Robles
Trail West as part of their company’s community outreach programs. We
expected 30 volunteers f...
There were only a few participants for the last chance for
the year to take part in the Basic Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State
Park . This month neither Steve nor the primary backup photographer
Graham were available, so Ezra did double duty as both Mark’s assistant
and photographer. The clini...
#OptOutside Last year, CORBA supporter REI chose to break
the Black Friday shopping frenzy trend, and remained closed the day
after Thanksgiving. Instead, they encouraged people to #OptOutside for
some quality recreation. We applaud their efforts and want to encourage
everyone to spend Friday, No...
It was a perfect day in Malibu Creek State Park for the
Basic Skills Clinic. This month there were 10 participants. The
clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the
photos in our November photo gallery. Bookmark It Hide Sites
Scott Mabbutt With Mark Langton leaving CORBA’s Board of
Directors , we put out a call for Board nominees. We’re happy to
announce that we have welcomed two new board members, Scott Mabbutt and
Joyce Deprest. Scott is a respected filmmaker, storyteller and
self-declared cat whisperer. When asked ...
Thanks Mark! Mark Langton was one of CORBA’s founders in
1987 and one of IMBA’s founders in 1988. He served 13 years on CORBA’s
steering committee, and subsequently joined the CORBA Board of
Directors. He has served as CORBA’s president, as one of the first
volunteer patrollers for the Mountain...
2016 - A Busy, Productive Year
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. Here are some of our accomplishments and a few
challenges for the year, most if not all of which were achieved
by working closely with land managers, non-profit and other organizations,
individuals and dozens of volunteers who were generous with their
- The Gabrielino Trail Restoration project was completed.
- Ken Burton Trail restoration was completed, opening a popular loop after seven years of closure
and years of work.
- Trailwork days were completed with Los Angeles County, the Conejo Rec and Parks District, Point Mugu State Park, the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and elsewhere. High School student-athletes, boy scouts, college students, Amgen and Giant Bicycle employees and many of our dedicated volunteers and members participated.
- We made progress towards bringing the first bike park to Los Angeles. LA County approved two plans that include bike parks. Thousand Oaks approved a bike park.
BikeSGV began construction on the first public bike park in LA County.
- CORBA’s Steve Messer spoke at the California Trails and Greenways
Conference on trail etiquette, and at the IMBA World Summit on the Teen Trail Corps.
- With Girlz Gone Riding we now have more women than ever on the trails. GGR’s event was rained out,
but the support and camaradarie among so many women was incredible, and
everyone still had a great time.
- The devastating Sand Fire closed a large portion of the Forest, right as we began work on the last remaining Station Fire closed trail, the Gabrielino.
- The Hastain trail lawsuit
was overturned on appeal.
- IMBA lost a major sponsor creating new
challenges (and opportunities).
- Confusion remains as to where the
increasing numbers of e-bikes can legally ride.
- An important milestone, CORBA founder Mark Langton retired from
the board. But after more than 20 years, he’s still volunteering every
month to lead our free skills clinic (and again this Saturday).
gained two new board members, and IMBA has a new Board Chair.
In short, it was a very busy year. But where do we go from here? Among our goals for 2017 are:
- The completion and opening of the Gabrielino trail
- Completion of the Sapwi Trails bike park in Thousand Oaks
- Final approval for a bike park in LA
- Continue to expand our bell program
- Updating our online presence, communications and merchandise
- Celebrate our 30th anniversary
- Stay on top of the Santa Monica Mountains trails plan process
- Completion of the SGMNM Monument plan
- Beginning trail planning in the National Forest
- Expanding our educational outreach
- Double our membership (Tell a friend to join!)
- Have fun riding our bikes!
What else could we be doing? What could you help us do, or do better? Let us know in the comments.
CORBA is an all-volunteer organisation, led by a small but dedicated
board of directors and key volunteers. If you’re not a current member,
please join CORBA. If you are, convince a non-member friend to join. You
can help us double our numbers in 2017. If you’re riding around Los
Angeles, CORBA has been involved in making sure you and your
friends have that opportunity.
Just as importantly, remember why you love mountain biking. The
feeling of freedom, of accomplishment, of challenge, of connection to
nature, of camaraderie or solitude, and always of sheer fun. Those are
among the reasons we all ride.
Others are using the trails for the same or other reasons. Trails are
getting more crowded as social media introduces more and more of the LA
population to trails and our amazing open space destinations. We need
to always be respectful of others just as we’d like others to treat us.
Slow down, be friendly on the trails. Lead by example. That’s the most
important thing you can do to support continued mountain biking access.
And ride is something we all hope to do even more of in 2017. Happy new year!
(Editor's note: This is a slight condensation of Steve
Messer's comments. You can see the entire
retrospective on our blog, including credit to the many
who helped with the work, a few photos and a really cool time-lapse
video of removing fallen trees from the Strawberry Peak Trail!)
Save The Date! January
15th is CORBA’s Annual RAM Ride & Pancake Brunch!
Come join CORBA for our annual RAM (Ride & Mingle) event and pancake breakfast at Michael’s Bicycles in Newbury Park!
January 15th! Ride time 9am sharp: Meet at Wendy/Potrero Drive in Newbury Park.
ALL LEVELS WELCOMED! GUIDED RIDES: BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED ROUTES.
Come ride with us in Point Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon). Meet at Wendy/Potrero in Newbury Park. We will all ride over to the ranger station for a big group photo then split up into our groups.
Pancake brunch at Michael’s Bicycles after the ride at 12:30pm. $10 suggested donation.
You can renew or purchase a CORBA/IMBA Membership as well!
Michael’s Bicycles: 2257 Michael Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320
(Note - This event was originally scheduled for November but
was rained out.)
Monthly CORBA Meeting at REI in Woodland Hills
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
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 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills (Google Map and Directions):
6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 703-5300
We look forward to seeing you there!
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
Rides calendar provides a full
monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike
rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and
knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience
a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.
Trail Restoration and Reports on Past Workdays
For many years, most trail upkeep has been done by volunteers because of budget
cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and
other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn
more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you
on our Trailwork
A number of companies and volunteer organizations have asked
us if they could do trailwork as a team building exercise, or just
to give back to the community. We are happy to work with such groups
- shoot us an enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information!
For CORBA workdays, we provide lunch for participants after we're
finished. Please register
in advance to help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. And... If you come out to two
or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved
CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!
must be over 7-years old to attend, and children under 14 must be constantly
and directly supervised by their parent or guardian who brought them. Children
under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal
March 18, 2017: COSCA Spring Trailwork Day. It's too early to
know which trail(s) we'll be working for
Thousand Oaks' yearly event. We'll get the news out as we learn
it. For now, save the date!
Summary of Recent Trailwork
Giant Bicycles and Amgen community outreach, December 5, 2016.
Workers from these two companies with headquarters in Newbury Park took
Friday morning December 9th off from work to help repair the Los Robles
Trail West as part of their company’s community outreach programs. We
expected 30 volunteers but at least 37
showed up, supervised by three COSCA rangers and one of CORBA’s trail
crew leaders. Because of the large turnout, we got the work done in
record time. The work area started at the top of the most eastward Dragonback
hill, almost a mile from the Felton St. trailhead, and continued for 0.4
miles towards the picnic table at Angel Vista. Work consisted of
treadwork: digging out stumps, filling ruts, adding or repairing
drainages, resloping and raking loose rocks off the trail. You can see the
full report on our blog, along with a link to the
photo gallery of the work.
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
Join our mailing list to get updates on trailwork
Send an email to Trailwork-Volunteersemail@example.com
GGR: Girlz Gone Riding Year in Review
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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!
To see more photos of GGR over the year, visit Wendy's
Free Mountain Biking
7th 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!
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