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CORBA eNews for October 17, 2008

Starting out on the Expert Ride, led by Brad Jenson and Junior Champion Essence Barton, at the 2008 Fat Tire Fest

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Fat Tire Fest 2008 Update

This year's Fat Tire Fest and Fundraiser, held this past Sunday at Castaic Lake, was another huge success! It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 70's and a light breeze. There was plenty of entertainment and fun challenges to go around for all. In addition to the crowd pleasing Wheelie Contest, Hill Climb Contest and Log Pull, this year included a very flexible and nimble bunch of participants who entertained us in the Bike Limbo Contest. New CORBA board member Danusia Taber corralled kids ten years and under for a new FTF event ,the Kids Bike Rodeo. Children learned bike safety and riding skills at different stations. All kids received goodie bags with treats from Bear Naked, Clif Bar and CORBA Bells. Rodeo race winners received the book "Mike and the Bike". Riders of all ages had fun playing the entire day in the Skills Area on the teeters, ramps and skinnies built by board member and trail crew leader Hans Keifer. One young girl outdid some of the adults by zooming up and down the big teeter without batting an eye!

Bike Warrior's Ray Leibert generously hosted the Wheelie Contest again this year. The grand prize of a Scott mountain bike was won by Jeff Nist who also won it in 2007! Hey you guys get out there and start practicing ! Jeff needs more competition! Assisted by the  amazing Essence Barton, 2008 National Champion Jr. Expert XC racer, Mark Langton, CORBA's Skills Instructor, conducted a Skills Clinic with about 30 participants riding the stairs, practicing body position and valuable bike handling skills and tips. Cynergy Cycles, represented by Randall Araki, administered the Hill Climb Contest on the rigorous steeps of the West Ridge trail. Challenging tight switchbacks required strength and great balance of each contestant. Fourteen participants tested their strength and speed in the Log Pull Contest timed by volunteers Alan Stoddard and Jim Herbein. Winners won a singlespeed bike frame from Cycle Maven, bike  floor pumps and sunglasses. The Experts Ride through Grasshopper Canyon was lead by Brad Jensen and Essence Barton while Jim Herbein and Madeline Mathias guided a group on the Beginners Ride through easier terrain in the bottom of the Canyon, around the Short Track and picnic area.

Many thanks goes to our special guest racer, Essence Barton, who volunteered her time and expertise to come assist Mark with the Skills Clinic and leading the Experts Ride. Thank you Essence! Congratulations for a fantastic racing season! We were happy to welcome as special guest exhibitors this year SoCal Interscholastic Racing League which is just getting off the ground in Southern California promoting formation of high school mountain bike race teams and coaching. They are holding a fundraising dinner on November 22 if you are interested in supporting this effort. For more information contact: Quintin Easton at: or check their web site at:

Not to be missed were the 2009 demos to ride by exhibitors Giant, Specialized, Niner, Trek, Bike Warrior brought Scott bikes, Bionicon, Cynergy, and Cannondale. Not only that but there were many other exhibitors who brought out great gear and accessories like Agoura Cycles, All Pro Bicycles, Bicycle John's, Ergon USA, Evomo, Fluid, Helen's Cycles, Pasadena Cyclery, Cycle Maven, Valencia Sport Groups and Nema International. Prizes were given by all these companies and  donors included Santa Cruz Bicycles, Cane Creek, Cole Wheels, Spoke N Wheel, Fox Racing Shox, New Belgium Brewery, Pricepoint, Clif Bar, Bear Naked, Whole Foods, Jenson USA, WTB, and Trader Joes. Plenty of great prizes were on hand that day! To see photos of all the 2008 FTF prize winners and the event please check the CORBA web site and click on Fat Tire Fest. 

What about the food did you say? Carmen's Tacos are the BEST in LA! FTF attendees chowed down on delicious veg and non-veg tacos like nobodies business followed by cake in celebration of CORBA's 21st birthday. Happy Birthday CORBA!! Many thanks and gratitude goes to to all our wonderful FTF volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a great success and fun time! Thank you FTF volunteers - you are the best! Thank you for supporting mountain bike trail advocacy and trail access in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. 

Photos and videos are already available, and more are coming online every day. Check them out to see all the activities, take a stroll down memory lane, and see if you can spot yourself, friends and family!

Upcoming Trailwork

Why do Trailwork? If you've ever wondered this, take a look at this article in the Summer issue of Terra Times to learn more about why it's important.

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. Registration is at 7:30 am, board busses to trails by 8:00.

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

Upcoming Recreational Rides

Sunday October 19 - "The Oldest Ride in Palos Verdes"

Intermediate-Advanced level ride. 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. If it has rained within the last 24 hours the ride will start from the Malaga Cove Parking lot. Sunday Ride will start at 9:30 a.m. Bring a smile. Details and directions at

Sunday October 19 - Chino Hills

Intermediate-Advanced level ride. Chino Hills State Park provides us with single track trails and fire roads for all levels of riding combined with great mountain views of the San Gabriels and San Bernadinos. The ride should be about 20 miles, although if the weather is cool and the riders willing, we may do a bit more. Route in Google Earth of our 22.5 mile, 2320 ft. gain. April 2007 ride. Photos of past rides (2004) and (2003). Details at

Saturday October 25 - Lower Merrill/Inspiration Point to Sunset and El Prieto Trail. Pasadena Area.

Joint North Ranch Mountain Biking Club & SBMBC-CORBA ride.  Intermediate-Advanced level. This is a 25-mile ride with lots of single track thrills, technical challenges and good ole SoCal history. We will park at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory parking lot, ride pavement eastbound for a few miles, then up the Lower Sam Merrill trail where we will we will discover the ruins of what was once a very chic resort and listen to Echo Mtn mock us. We will then ride the remains of the old Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail, up to Inspiration Point where if it's a clear day, some of the best views of the greater LA area will be found. Now the fun begins as we go down the Middle Sam Merrill, then down Sunset Trail, both white knuckle adventures. The fun continues as we ride up up Millard Canyon fireroad over to El Prieto single track which we take down and through the Arroyo, and back to the JPL parking lot. Details at

Sunday October 26 - Caballero Canyon to Eagle Rock.  Tarzana.

Intermediate level. Ride starts at Reseda Blvd. Climb Caballero Canyon single track to dirt Mulholland. Ride continues on fire road to Hub Junction, onto Eagle Rock. Ride is an out and back. Details at

Saturday November 8 - Sycamore Canyon / Pt. Mugu State Park (near LA-Ventura county line by the beach)

Beginner-level ride.  A great ride for first timers to SBMBC-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 November 1 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

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Recap

A couple of dozen kids turned out for this event at Malibu Creek State Park on October 4 with a parent or another adult in tow, despite a bleak forecast of rain. The day was cool but the rain stayed away and everyone had a great time! It started with a relaxed ride through a beautiful canyon on Mott Mtwy, then over to climb the "Planet of the Apes" rocks near the administrative building. Afterwards, CORBA provided a barbecue lunch for all participants.

Take a look at the photo gallery to see the kids and parents riding their bikes.


Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) Announces Conejo Canyons Open Space Management Plan Community Workshop Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The "Conejo Canyons" open space area includes the Western Plateau, Wildwood Park, Lynnmere, and Arroyo Conejo


  1. To learn about and comment on COSCA’s plans to draft an open space management plan for approximately 3,100 acres of public open space known as the Conejo Canyons area (see maps).
  2. To view and provide feedback on the draft trail plan for the Conejo Canyons area. You may review the draft trail maps prior to the workshop on COSCA’s website at

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

    Oak and Park Rooms
    Thousand Oaks City Hall, 3rd Floor
    2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

CONTACT: For more information please contact Shelly Austin, Associate Planner, Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency, at (805) 449-2339 or No RSVP required. All are welcome!

Governor vetoes AB 2923

Like Federal Wilderness, California State Wilderness bans bicycle use, so IMBA was alarmed when they heard of AB 2923 which required State Parks to inventory some specific lands as potential Wilderness. Most alarming was that this included places we ride and cherish in Henry Coe State Park and other areas with significant potential for mountain bike trails such as Austin Creek State Recreation Area, and Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park. All of these lands  already had high levels of protection.

Tom Ward of IMBA California met with Wilderness advocates and the legislative sponsor but they were unwilling to modify the legislation. Then IMBA took the case to the governor asking him to veto the bill. Thanks to the many mountain bikers who wrote, including CORBA members, the governor did veto the bill as unnecessary, costly and bad public policy.

Mountain bikers support the protection of our wild lands, but often, as in this case, Wilderness is the wrong tool. This is a battle which continues to plague us since bikes were banned from Federal Wilderness in 1984 in the early days of mountain biking.

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