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CORBA eNews for August 29, 2008

Riding at Castaic Lake, site of the 2008 Fat Tire Fest

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Fat Tire Fest 2008 Update

This year's Fat Tire Fest is on October 12, 2008 at Castaic Lake State Recreation Area! We are pleased to announce this year's exciting venue with lakeside trails and plenty of parking Just 30 minutes north of Sherman Oaks. We already have great prizes lining up including mountain bikes, gear, clothing and an all-inclusive Big Bear mountain biking weekend from Alpine Valley Resort! This year's event includes

  • Poker rides for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders
  • Our famous raffle
  • Silent auction
  • Hill climb contest sponsored by Cynergy Cycles
  • Wheelie demonstration and contest sponsored by Bike Warrior
  • MTB skills clinic
  • Log-pull contest
  • Bike limbo
  • Kids bike rodeo.

 Video of the 2007 Fat Tire Fest
(13:34 minutes; 68 MB)

We will also have demo bikes from Trek, Cannondale, Niner Bikes, Specialized, Giant and more. Our taco bar is back with a variety of meats and veggie tacos made fresh to order!

Driving time is 30 minutes from Sherman Oaks and there are camp sites available for those interested in the night before or night of. Come on out and explore the trails of Castaic Lake and support local mountain bike access and recreation. Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact

More information is available at our Fat Tire Fest page, and check out the photos from previous Fests!

Upcoming Trailwork

September 27 - Public Lands Day - Castaic Lake

The fire department has come through and graded some areas for fire clearance. In the process some of the trails have been damaged. We will make some minor repairs on those areas as well as doing some brush removal on some of the overgrown trails. We want the trails looking good for CORBA's upcoming Fat Tire Fest on 10/12! Bring your Mountain Bike if you would like to ride into the area where we will be doing the trail maintenance and maybe do a ride after trail maintenance too! If you do not want to ride in we should be able to drive in relatively close to the area and then hike in a short distance. We will meet at the Superintendent's office. Details on CORBA's Calendar.

October 18th - 18th Annual Cosca Trail Work Day and BBQ

Join CORBA, Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council, Conejo Open Space Conservation Authority and other volunteers groups to work on the Conejo Open Space trails. There will be a thank you Bar-B-Que after the work. This is a great event with many volunteers.

Get further details from the Conejo Open Space Foundation Trail Work Page and photos from previous COSCA trailwork events.

Upcoming Recreational Rides

Tomorrow Saturday Aug. 30 - Pasadena Area Advanced Ride

Brown Mtn to Inspiration Pt., Returning via Middle Merrill, Sunset, and El Prieto. The ride starts at the parking lot at the end of Arroyo/Windsor across from JPL. We will go up the Brown Mtn. fire road to the saddle then fork right down to Millard campground (water available here) then a short single track from there to the Lowe Road for a long fire road climb up to Inspiration Pt. We’ll return via the challenging Middle Merrill to Echo Mtn. then over on the Mt Lowe Railway trail to the fun twisty Sunset trail back to go up Millard Canyon fireroad then down the pretty and challenging El Prieto trail back to the cars. Ride distance is about 22 miles and expected time out 5 hours. Details at

Sunday September 7 Palos Verdes Advanced Ride

“The Oldest Ride in Palos Verdes.”  Beginners are welcome, but terrain is steep so come prepared to do lots of climbing. Rides vary from 6 to 10 miles and from 2 to 3 hours usually. Please confirm as, although this is regularly scheduled, the leader sometimes leaves the area. Details at

Sunday September 7 - Pacific Palisades Intermediate/Advanced Ride

Sullivan Canyon to Woodland Hills. This ride includes great riding in Sullivan Canyon combined with ridgeline semi-technical singletrack off of dirt Mulholland. We'll Climb Sullivan Canyon and go west on Mulholland past Reseda Blvd. to Woodland Hills to play on a couple of singletrack trails. We then back-track up and ride down Sullivan Canyon (or Ridge, TBD) to complete the ride. Distance is about 21 miles and elevation gain is about 3000 feet. It is an out and back so riders can turn back at any time if they want a shorter ride. Riders from the Valley can hook-up with the group for part of the ride by meeting on Mulholland at the intersection of Reseda Blvd. between 9:15-9:30am, but you must contact the ride leader prior to the ride to coordinate. Details at

Saturday September 13 - Sycamore Canyon/ Pt. Mugu State Park Novice Ride

A great ride for first timers to CORBA. 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 stream 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. Details at

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday September 6 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!

Other News

SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League Launched with Backing from Easton Sports Development Foundation II

OAKLAND , CA - The Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League (NorCal League) will launch the Southern California Interscholastic Cycling League (SoCal League) in the 2009 academic year with grant support from the Easton Sports Development Foundation II.

The new league is based on the successful model of the NorCal League, now in its eighth year, which currently has reached a membership of over 400 high schoolers, 150 coaches, and 35 schools from within the region. Matt Fritzinger, Executive Director of both the NorCal and SoCal leagues, said, "We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of Mr. Easton and his foundation. The grant allows us to launch a new league, and that has been a dream of ours for several years. With the SoCal League, we'll be fostering the same values of life-long physical fitness, community, and self-confidence combined with athletic competition that has been so successful in Northern California."

The NorCal League has developed methods and curriculum for introducing young riders to the world of mountain bike racing, as well as recruiting and training coaches that are committed to producing amateur athletes who are gracious in both victory and defeat, and are respectful of their environment and community. The SoCal League is one of the first few recipients of an ESDF II grant in part because of the proposal's emphasis on coaching, community, and making cycling a main-stream high school sport. Fritzinger said, "We know that good coaching means working closely with families, and helping athletes create a balanced life perspective. We aim to take the SoCal high school mountain bike teams in the same direction as we have in Northern California working to make cycling as important as baseball, football and soccer in the fabric of our high schools."

For information about the SoCal League visit and visit their booth at CORBA's Fat Tire Fest on October 12.

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