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CORBA eNews for May 8, 2009

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CORBA and Dirtchix members at the CORBA booth at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic biking festival in April.
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Upcoming and Recent Trailwork

April 24-26 - Santa Monica Mountains Trails Days.

Thank you from Tony Hoffman: "Another very successful Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days event has been completed over the past weekend, April 24-26, 2009. Approximately 165 participants on Saturday and 20 on Sunday completed approximately 740 hours of trail maintenance and repair on Blue Canyon, Old Boney, Chamberlain Rock, Upper Sycamore, Fossil, Coyote, and Guadalasca trials.  Volunteers ranged from 4 – 74 years of age.  A diverse volunteer force included individuals and groups from across theUnited States and Europe.  The long distance awards go to the volunteers from Colorado, Florida, and Germany.  Honorable Mentions for attendance go to the groups from the Crenshaw Eco Club, California Conservation Corps, the SMMTC, Sierra Club Trails Task Force, CORBA, and the various scout packs/troops." (Tony Hoffman is a Mounted Volunteer Patrol Program Leader, California State Parks - Angeles District.)

Day 1, Saturday: CORBA and other MTB volunteers helped on the Guadalasca and Wood Canyon Vista Trails in Pt. Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon). Mountain bikers towed BOB trailers full of CORBA's tools to the work sites. A few signs were installed and poison oak was removed from the top of Guadalasca. CORBA donated some shirts, bells and socks to the evening raffle.

Day 2, Sunday: The trails in Pt. Mugu State Park are in overall pretty good shape, so trailwork moved to the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA) Arroyo Conejo area on Sunday. Arroyo Conejo is adjacent to and south of Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. CORBA and other volunteers moved boulders to improve some water crossings.

CORBA sends a great big Thank-You to all volunteers who helped keep our trails in good condition, whether or not you're CORBA members or even mountain bikers!

The Santa Monica Trails Council conducts trailwork every Saturday. Here are the dates they will be fixing up trails that are open to mountain bikers:

Why do Trailwork? If you've ever wondered this, take a look at this article in the Summer 2008 issue of Terra Times to learn more about why it's important. Visit the CORBA Trail Crew page for more information and links to photos of past events.

Upcoming Recreational Rides

Check the CORBA Calendar for the ride description, details on difficulty level, directions to trailhead, changes, more rides, etc.

Saturday, May 9

Tuesday, May 12
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:45 pm -8:45 pm : Top of Reseda -intermediate MTB ride

Thursday, May 14
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride

Tuesday, May 19
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:45 pm -8:45 pm : Top of Reseda -intermediate MTB ride

Thursday, May 21
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride

Saturday, May 23

Sunday, May 24

Tuesday, May 26
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:45 pm -8:45 pm : Top of Reseda -intermediate MTB ride

Thursday, May 28
• 5:00 pm -8:00 pm : Valley MTB rides
• 6:00 pm -8:30 pm : Sullivan Canyon MTB ride

Saturday, May 30

Sunday, May 31

Other News

CORBA Wins at Sea Otter


Longtime CORBA member Don Taber won the Men's Mountain Bike XC Race Cat III. Congratulations Don, well done!

Don Taber, longtime CORBA member, won the Men’s Mountain Bike XC Race Cat III (55-59), at the Sea Otter Classic, one of the largest mountain bike events in the world at 50,000+ riders. For his win on Friday, April 17 held in Monterey, CA, Don was awarded the Sea Otter Winner’s Jersey and an engraved medallion chain ring. Taber said, “It was hard to decide between road or mountain bike race. Sea Otter Classic organizers scheduled both road and mountain bike amateur races on a same day at the same time! I looked at the Men’s Road Race first, but then I decided I had a better chance (at winning) at the Cross Country Race.”

Returning after winning a medal two years ago in the Women’s Mountain Bike XC Beginner Race, CORBA Board Member Danusia Bennett-Taber competed against a formidable line-up of women riders. Bennett-Taber, placing 11th in her age group, vowed to work hard to earn a place at the winner’s circle next year.

Other CORBA members participated in the Sea Otter 20 mile MTB Tour: CORBA Board Member Sonia Ottusch (MBU), Lisa Khort (MBU), Ross Hagopian (MBU), Ruth Walker, Laura Smith, Nora and Nick Alonge (MBU), Belinda Head (DirtChix) and Kimberly Kcofield (DirtChix).

CORBA board members Bennett-Taber and Ottusch also promoted CORBA at the 4-day MTB event, manning the CORBA booth prepared by Taber and Bennett-Taber, and answering questions by passersby. Ottusch and Bennett-Taber worked together to advance CORBA’s upcoming Fat Tire Fest (Oct 25) among potential exhibitors and sponsors.

The CORBA booth was a popular hangout during the multi-day MTB classic. The Monterey weather for the Sea Otter was uncharacteristically warm with clear skies and a gentle breeze. 'This can’t be the Sea Otter!' was the constant refrain among returning riders to the mountain biking meet. After the event, nearly all retired to the ubiquitous Monterey fire pit against the area’s famed chilly nights for a night of convivial conversation, a good meal, and high spirits, with laughs and good cheer extending late into the night.

You can see more pictures of the event in our photo gallery.

Bike to Work Day in LA County: Thursday, May 14, 2009

The 15th annual Bike to Work Day is coming on Thursday, May 14, 2009.  LA Metro expects a record number of participants to enjoy a relaxing, healthy, green bicycle ride to work. To pledge and be entered to win fabulous prizes, or just to learn more, go to

CORBA's 2009 Fat Tire Fest

Save the date! Sunday, October 25th - CORBA is holding its 22nd annual Fat Tire Fest! We’re shaking, rattling, & rolling the trails. Prepare for our new, exciting XC MTB activities, XC MTB Tours, Kids’ Karrera, Online Auction, Silent Auction Gift Baskets. Meet & Tour Teams, corporate or private, are encouraged to participate. Prizes. Watch for the new 2009 FTF Web Pages!

Meeting at LA City Hall for community input into mountain bike access to city parks that was held on April 15: CORBA representatives attended this meeting to give their comments, as did a number of equestrians and Sierra Club leaders who are opposed to off-pavement cycling in the city. We are working to put a summary up on the web site - stay tuned!

New on the CORBA Website

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday June 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!

Monthly Beginner Ride

CORBA holds a recreational bike ride for beginners the second Saturday of every month, a week after the Skills Clinic. This is the perfect opportunity for the clinic attendees to practice their new skills! But you don't need to attend the Skills Clinic before you come on this ride; everyone is welcome. This is a great ride for first-timers to the CORBA recreational rides. The ride leader will go over the basics of riding a mountain bike along the route. Check the Calendar for details.

Support CORBA

Join or Renew your membership today on our membership web page.

Join Our Team! Do you have any ideas about mountain biking recreation in the L.A. region? Would you like to apply your skills and manage projects that contribute to the sport and lifestyle that you love? Is there an advocate in you? We are recruiting motivated individuals who work well with others. Send an email to or come to a monthly Members Meeting to find out more about what we do and how you can help. Check the calendar for the next meeting.

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