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2011 Fat Tire Fun(d)raiser – Thank you!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

  A huge thanks to all of you who donated your time, products, and/or demo bikes to this year’s event. It was a huge success, with nearly 200 attendees. The weather cooperated, everyone enjoyed the rides, there was great energy, we got out the message about responsible riding and CORBA’s advocacy work, and we raised a good chunk of change to go toward our programs. It’s the support of the bike industry that validates what we do as advocates, so thank you thank you thank you!

For photos of the event go to

Scroll down to see logos of all our fantastic sponsors!


Mark Langton

Photos from the Fat Tire Fun(d)raiser are available

Monday, November 14th, 2011

 Thanks to the volunteers who contributed photos: Steve Clark, Claudia Mitchell, Steve Messer, Wendy Engleberg, and a special thanks to Xandei Tena who paid to attend but spent most of the day taking photos for CORBA!

There are multiple pictures of all riders, arranged randomly, so you can look through all 20 pages of thumbnails to find photos of yourself and your friends!

Nov 13th Fat Tire Fun(d)raiser

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Save the date: November 13, 2011.

For 2011 we have altered the format of our annual anniversary event. In years past it had grown to be quite the undertaking, with lots of festival activities, vendors, a poker ride, even a cyclocross race. Although fun for attendees and a great success, our volunteer coordinators and support staff got pretty burned out, despite the many accolades received from appreciative participants.

The bottom line is to raise money for our programs while having fun celebrating our great trails and advocacy efforts. So this year we decided to keep it simple and do what we love best–RIDE! We are excited to be back at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. The main ride route will feature the Crags Road Trail through the creek canyon, past the MASH site, and up Bulldog Motorway, and will also connect to National Park Service property at the Solstice Canyon section of the Backbone Trail with an optional out-and-back to Kanan Dume Road at Tunnel #1. It will continue along Mesa Peak Motoryway and down Tapia Motorway, finishing by coming back into Malibu Creek State Park via the Tapia Spur Trail. With the out-and-back to Kanan Dume Road the ride is 27 miles, or 15 miles if the Backbone Trail to Kanan Rd.  is skipped. There will also be shorter easy rides in Malibu Creek State Park including the Grasslands Trail to De Anza Park. There will be plenty of opportunities for every level of rider to have a great ride in support of your local trail advocacy organization.

Of course, we’d hate to pass up the opportunity to have some cool demo bikes on hand, and so far we have gotten commitments from Trek, Specialized, Giant, and Bionicon who will have some of the newest technology on hand.

We’re also very excited to announce that New Belgium Brewery will be serving samples!

And of course there will be a raffle, with some really cool prizes including bikes, gear, and more.

Click here for more information and to get registered. Hope to see you there!

August 12th Fundraiser: Demos, Pro Leigh Donovan, Goodie Bags, Silent Auction and Free Beer & Pizza!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Look at what we have for you at the CORBA Fundraiser at Cycle World! Included with your $10 admission on August 12th, Friday night at 7:00 pm:

  • Leigh Donovan, Champion Racer and model
  • Silent Auction
  • Pizza
  • Stone India Pale Ale
  • Skills and Bike Fit Demos

Here are some of the items you will be able to bid on in the silent auction (all proceeds go to CORBA):

  • Thule T2 Bike Rack
  • Lezyne Bike Pump
  • Women’s MTB shoes
  • Men’s MTB shoes
  • RockGardN Gear
  • Lights!

In addition, Cycle World will donate 10% of the price of purchases from 7 – 8 pm to CORBA! And, Mountain Bike Action magazine will be there to cover the festivities!

Date: Friday, August 12. Doors open at 7pm.
Cost: $10 donation at the door: 100% of proceeds go directly to CORBA.
Location: The new Cycle World Chatsworth

21112 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

View the location and get directions with this Google Map.

Special Guest Leigh Donovan at August 12th Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Former US NORBA National and UCI World Cup champion Leigh Donovan will be at the CORBA fundraiser at Cycle World on Friday August 12th. This is your chance to meet her, hear her amazing story and to be inspired!


You don’t want to miss this! You are invited to an evening with CORBA and Cycle World to visit the newest Cycle World location and to support CORBA! This will be an amazing night of mingling, introductions, trail talk, guest speakers, and more:

  • 10% of the price of purchases from 7 – 8 pm goes to CORBA
  • bike fit demo
  • skills demo
  • goodie bags for you to take home
  • silent auction with all proceeds going to CORBA!
  • free pizza and beer (Stone IPA)
  • and even more!

Date: Friday, August 12. Doors open at 7pm.
Cost: $10 donation at the door: 100% of proceeds go directly to CORBA.
Location: The new Cycle World Chatsworth

21112 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

View the location and get directions with this Google Map.

Check out the August 2nd update blog!

CORBA Fundraiser at the New Cycle World in Chatsworth to be August 12th!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

You don’t want to miss this! You are cordially invited to an evening with CORBA and Cycle World! This will be an amazing night of mingling, introductions, trail talk, guest speakers, a bike fit demo, skills demo, & even some surprises! There will be goodie bags for you to bring home and a silent auction with all proceeds going to CORBA!

Don’t miss your chance to check out the new Cycle World and enjoy an evening of socializing and fundraising to keep your local trails open!

Date: Friday, August 12. Doors open at 7pm. Purchase anything at the store from 7pm-8pm and Cycle World will donate 10% of sales to CORBA.
Cost: $10 donation at the door: 100% of proceeds go directly to CORBA.
Location: The new Cycle World Chatsworth

21112 Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

View the location and get directions with this Google Map.

(See the July 27th update on this fundraiser!)

Fat Tire Fun(d)raiser Announced for November 13, 2011

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Click to register through Active.comSave the date! November 13, 2011 will be the date for CORBA’s annual fun(d) and awareness raising event. This year we will be returning to Malibu Creek State Park with a slightly different format than in years past. We’re still working out the details, but you can be sure that there will be great rides and some great prizes given away. We will be toning down the festival atmosphere and concentrating on what we love to do most—ride! We’re also hoping to have a full complement of some of the hottest bikes available for testing by some of the industry’s best manufacturers. All proceeds will go to our programs that help keep the trails open to shared use, and hopefully open up more of the many miles of trails that are currently closed to bicycles.

More information is available on our 2011 FTF page. Check back occassionally to look for updates!

CORBA Supporter and Industry Legend Russ Okawa Passes Away

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Most CORBA members, and the general mountain bike community, probably don’t know the name Russ Okawa. However, to anyone who worked in the bicycle industry, his name is legendary, as was his tireless work ethic and dedication to whatever bicycle-related company he worked for. He literally helped change the course of the industry, first with his involvement with the BMX boom, and later with the mountain bike explosion. His most recent involvement with Giant Bicycles for more than 10 years helped shape a new era of the way bicycle companies do business. Russ passed away in his sleep on Monday January 3 from complications due to open heart surgery. Click here for a story that appears on the Bicycle Retailer and Industry News website.

Russ was also a friend of the cycling community, an ever present supporter of bicycles and cycling in all its forms. His persistence in supporting CORBA’s Fat Tire Festival through Giant’s presence was unwavering.

2010 Fat Tire Fest Finale

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Youngsters lead their parents on the Beginner Ride that started with a ride through the park before moving to a dirt trail.


Amid perfect conditions (cool, cloudy), CORBA’s 2010 Fat Tire Fest and fundraiser was once again a great success this past Sunday October 17 at Lake Castaic Recreation Area. Despite some inclement weather in other areas, a great crowd of several hundred enthusiastic mountain bikers and their families enjoyed great riding and fun activities, wrapping up with the ever popular raffle with dozens of great prizes donated by sponsors, vendors, and local bike shops. Of special note was the large number of children riding along with their parents on their mini mountain bikes, a testament to how mountain biking can be a generational activity that both parents and their children can enjoy together throughout their entire lives.   

New this year was a cyclocross race with non-stop action, and a pre-event event, a night ride on Saturday evening presented by Light & Motion, with light systems available for testing.     

Milling around the display area after the rides were finished.


We would like to thank our sponsors: REI, Specialized Bicycles, Cynergy Cycles, Bike Magazine, Mountain Bike Action Magazine, and Six Six One. Special thanks to our guest professional racer Allison Mann ( for helping lead our advanced XC ride and assisting with our skills clinic.     

Another special thanks go out to all our volunteers, without whom we could not pull off this event. You know who you are, and your efforts are appreciated beyond words! 

(Take a look at the photo galleries from the Fest!) 

KLOS – Spotlight on the Community

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Cynthia Fox, Steve Messer & Mark Langton at KLOSCORBA’s Mark Langton and Steve Messer recently spent some quality time with radio DJ Cynthia Fox.  They will be appearing this coming Sunday on the KLOS program Spotlight on the Community.

In the half-hour segment Langton and Messer will be talking about the Fat Tire Fest as well as CORBA’s advocacy and outreach programs. Cynthia’s enthusiastic support for any activity that gets kids into the open air getting exercise made it easy for them to talk about the importance of having bike-friendly parks and public land. They’ll touch on High School Mountain Bike racing, CORBA’s trail care crew, Youth Adventures, the L.A. Bike Plan, and much more. Fox, like many Angelenos, was surprised to learn that bicycles are not welcome on L.A. City Park trails and unimproved access roads.

Aside from her regular 10-3 Monday through Friday KLOS slot, The “Fox” as Cynthia is known to her fans, hosts this outstanding show every Sunday morning. Spotlight on the Community gives non-profit organizations an opportunity to reach out to the public through mainstream media. CORBA is grateful to have been invited to talk about our programs and the mountain biking issues we all care about so much.

The show will air on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.  You can listen by tuning in to KLOS (95.5 on the FM dial) as you prepare for the Fat Tire Fest!  After it airs, the program can be downloaded as a podcast from KLOS on-demand.