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CORBA eNews for July 3, 2008

June 7, National Trails Day. Working on a new trail in Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

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Urgent News

Action Alert - Protect Bike Access Now!

The State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources recently passed a bill that directs the State to assess the suitability of numerous state lands in Northern California for Wilderness designations.

Mountain biking is an existing use in several of these areas, including Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and Henry W. Coe State Park. Mountain bikers also have a long-standing proposal to create shared-use trails in Austin Creek Redwoods State Park. Because Wilderness designations would prohibit bike access in these parks, we urge that these areas should be protected through other means.

Bicyclists value natural landscapes and access to trails that bring us closer to nature. Because our activity is a quiet, low-impact and human-powered use that is compatible with wild settings, we believe many of these Northern California areas should not be protected with Wilderness designations, which would effectively prohibit bike access.

IMBA California Policy Advisor Tom Ward has testified in front of the committee and many members expressed their support for mountain biking - but they still passed the bill out of committee. Unless they hear from the mountain bike community, the bill will keep moving and suggest massive closures at three important parks.

There are many ways to protect these important places without banning the existing use of mountain bicycling. Cyclists need to rally and make sure their assembly member hears from our constituency. Take Action!

IMBA's simple online comment form takes seconds to complete! Tell the governor and your state senator and representative you support land protection that allows bicycling to continue.

A phone call can be even more effective. Click here to find contact information for your elected officials

Fat Tire Fest 2008 Update

Save the date! The 2008 Fat Tire Fest will be held on October 12, 2008.

For volunteer and sponsor/exhibitor opportunities, please email Louisa at

Upcoming and Past Trailwork

July 12 - Saturday - Rim of the Valley Trail maintenance and training in La Crescenta

We will be working on the Rim of the Valley Trail in Duekmejian Wilderness Park in the City of Glendale. This is a very scenic trail that starts in the park and runs to the Mount Lukins fire road. There is approximately one mile of trail that is in need of brush and tread work. We will also be taking some time to do some training on proper trail maintenance techniques. For full details, see the CORBA Calendar.

Report: June 7, National Trails Day in Palos Verdes. 58 volunteers turned out for the CORBA PV & REI sponsored Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy volunteer day at the Portuguese Bend Reserve. Another great Job - Thank You! More...

Report: June 7, National Trails Day at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. About 30 volunteers, including several mountain bikers and CORBA members, helped build a new trail that will link Peter Strauss Ranch with Malibu Creek State Park. See the photo gallery...

Upcoming Recreational Rides

July 12 Saturday - Sycamore Canyon/Pt. Mugu State Park, Santa Monica Mountains

Novice (C level ride)  A great ride for first timers to SBMBC. One of the easiest and most beautiful rides near Los Angeles! We will ride up Sycamore Canyon and take the Two Foxes Trail. This will be an eight-mile round trip ride on fairly level ground with one creek crossing, some single track and fire road. The leader will go over the basics of how to ride a mountain bike as we enjoy following the river trail into Sycamore Canyon. If everyone agrees, we can add or subtract from the standard ride, and for example, go up Guadalasca to Overlook and back down to the start. For more information on C-rides, check the SBMBC website.

July 13  Sunday - Brown, Burton, and BBQ, San Gabriel Mountains

Intermediate (B Level ride). This ride will start in the Hahamonga Watershed County Park, formerly known as Oak Grove Park, home of best disc golf course in the west. We will cross the park and ride up the Brown Mtn. fire road to the Ken Burton Trail. We descend this steep single track into the Arroyo to the Gabrielino Trail. This ride does involve water crossings and some hike-a-bike. Approx. distance 15 miles. Option to do another lap up Brown and down El Prieto adds about 6 miles. BBQ afterwards in the park. Bring something to grill. Side dish, chips and dip, condiments and drinks will be provided. RSVP for lunch, see the SBMBC website for info.

For other rides throughout the month, please visit

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday July 5 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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