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CORBA eTerraTimes for July 2012

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We hope you had a Happy July Fourth!

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

New on the CORBA Website

A Message from CORBA’s President

By Mark Langton

Vote For CORBA for Hall of Fame, Deadline July 15

As posted below, CORBA has been nominated for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame by Hall of Fame member and long-time CORBA Supporter Dr. Al Farrell. The deadline for voting is July 15, and you must be a member of the Hall of Fame to vote.

CORBA is in a category with some very well-deserving nominees, all important to the sport of mountain biking. However, considering CORBA’s involvement not just locally in an area that sets the tone for advocacy, but also as a major contributor to the existence and growth of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), we feel that on our 25th Anniversary it would be a fitting tribute to all those who have made mountain biking a legitimate open space activity in the United States and around the world to receive this honor. Please go to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum’s web site, join, then vote for CORBA for induction into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame!

CORBA's 25th Anniversary Celebration

Please stay tuned as we develop plans for a dinner event to celebrate 25 years of CORBA, our volunteerism, accomplishments and our programs. We are shooting for an affordable and fun evening, along with a documentary/video tribute chronicling CORBA from a variety of perspectives. This has been in the works for several months and we should have final details within the next few weeks. We hope you will mark your calendar and save Saturday, August 25th to come celebrate CORBA and mountain biking in the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond.  Stay tuned for specific details…soon.

Youth-Oriented Publication Available Soon, Take A Kid Celebration Slated for Oct. 6

With major support from Shimano, IMBA will publish two special editions of IMBA Trail News in 2012. Copies of ITN Youth Edition will be available on IMBA’s online store, free of cost except for shipping fees. These full-color, print magazines will focus on providing resources for adult leaders of youth-oriented mountain bike programs, plus stories, photos and tips that young riders aged 12 to 18 will enjoy reading.

This October, in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, IMBA has pledged to get 30,000 children participating in 300 cycling events for the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebration. We could use your help in reaching this goal on Oct. 6. See our blog for the rest of this story...

IMBA Trail Care Crew Report from Central California

Most applications requesting Trail Care Crew visits originate from mountain bike advocacy organizations. In the 23 visits the Trail Care Crew has made, the stop in central California was only the second time that a land management agency — the Georgetown District of the U.S. Forest Service — made the request. It’s something we think the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews will start seeing more of as federal, state and local land management agencies learn how much there is to gain from working with outside partners.

Limited budgets and ongoing funding cuts are a grim reality for many Forest Service districts. Partnerships between land managers and local mountain biking advocacy organizations offer much-needed relief — bike clubs can supply knowledge, experience, volunteer labor and more to help fill the gaps between the vision for new trails and the reality of getting them built. Please see our blog to read the rest of this article...

CORBA Nominated for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

We’re proud to announce that CORBA has been nominated for inclusion in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, located in Crested Butte, Colorado, celebrates the contributions of the many who have shaped and guided our sport’s history.

Among CORBA’s past and current board members, volunteers and founders are three current inductees in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Kurt Loheit, Jim Hasenauer, Dr. Al Farrell and the late Charlie Litsky have all been inducted for their roles as individuals, but all contributed to CORBA’s growth and successes, along with numerous other stalwart advocates.

This nomination could not have come at a more appropriate time, as CORBA celebrates 25 years of mountain bike advocacy in 2012.  We sincerely appreciate and are deeply honored by Dr. Al Farrell’s nomination, which can be viewed online on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame web site.

Past inductees, press and current voting members of the non-profit Hall of Fame are sent ballots to vote on this year’s nominees. Membership is $20 per year, and allows you to vote on the current nominees. When in Crested Butte, a visit to the museum is a great lesson in the sport’s history. Each year between three and seven individuals or groups are inducted from a slate of nominees.

Voting will take place over the summer, with the 2012 induction ceremony to be held at Interbike on September 21. Of course we’d appreciate your vote, and are honored to be listed alongside several other well-deserving nominees in the Advocacy category.

Recreational Rides

For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA Calendar.

CORBA’s Recreational Rides calendar provides a full monthly schedule of mountain bike rides for all skill levels. Mountain bike rides are organized by CORBA member clubs and led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Recreational rides are a fun and social way to experience a variety of trails in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and beyond.

Upcoming and Recent Trailwork

For many years, most trailwork has been done by volunteers because of budget cutbacks at our parks systems. So come out and help CORBA and other volunteers keep our trails in top riding shape! You can learn more about what to expect and what you'll need to bring with you on our Trailwork web page. Keep in mind that CORBA now provides prizes and lunch after the event for volunteers who register in advance! And by registering in advance, you'll help us prepare by knowing how many volunteers to expect. If you come out to two or more trailwork days in a year, we'll give you a cool long-sleeved CORBA trail crew shirt - be sure to ask for yours!

During the hot month of July, we don't have any trailwork scheduled. But for an interesting story, read about IMBA's Trail Care Crew event in Central California.

To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups, visit the CORBA trailwork calendar.

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General News

Canyon Trail and Vasquez Rocks – Important Meeting Thursday July 12

The County’s objective assessments of the Canyon Trail in Placerita Canyon Natural Area and the Heritage trail in Vasquez Rocks, have been completed. There are many miles of trails in Vasquez Rocks and Mountain Bikers from the Santa Clarita Valley asked for the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area to be considered for multi-use, including all its trails. Instead, only two trails were considered, one of which was deemed to be unsuitable for mountain biking.

The County will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, July 12 to formally present the findings and take public comments. There is expected to be a large and organized opposition from other user groups at tomorrow’s meeting, unlike the first meeting in which mountain bikers made up the vast majority of the attendees.

Please attend this meeting and make your voice heard:

    6pm, Thursday, July 12, 2012.
    William S. Hart Park – Hart Hall  (map)
    24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321, USA

Consider RSVP’ing to the SCV Trail Users Facebook event. And see all the details in the full story on our blog.

Boy Scouts Take on Mountain Biking

Over the past three years, CORBA’s trail crew has assisted in several eagle scout projects. Most were from eagle scout candidates who were also involved in the High School Mountain Bike League. After discussions with local Boy Scout Troops and Councils, we put together a suggested set of requirements for a Mountain Biking Merit Badge in 2010. Apparently demand for a mountain biking badge was more widespread than what we saw locally, and the BSA leaders have listened. During the 199s, IMBA and CORBA had approached the BSA about this very issue. At the time mountain biking wasn’t a mainstream sport, and wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now, especially with the younger generations, and the requests and suggestions fell on deaf ears. See our blog for the remainder of this article...

Santa Monica Mountains Gets a New Visitor Center

Saturday, June 9 2012, hundreds of people descended upon King Gillette Ranch for the grand opening of the Anthony C. Bielson Interagency Visitor Center. The new visitor center is in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains near Las Virgenes and Mulholland Highway. It had been in Thousand Oaks for years, some distance from actual parkland.

The Visitor Center will be managed jointly by the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. Please read our blog to see the rest of this article...

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday August 4 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!

Follow CORBA on Twitter and Facebook

We have set up accounts with Twitter and Facebook to help keep people informed of the latest developments in our trail advocacy, recreational rides and trailwork days. Follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at

Get Our Blog Articles Delivered to Your Desktop

Have you ever wished you could get our blog articles without having to check the CORBA website every day to see if there’s anything new? Well, you can! Even though our blog software won’t send articles by email, you can still get them delivered to the inbox of most email readers like Microsoft Outlook. You use the “RSS feed” functionality for this. In fact, you can read our articles in any software that receives RSS feeds, such as Internet Explorer and other web browsers. This blog article on RSS feeds shows you how.

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.

Other simple ways to support CORBA

  • REI: Use the link at left and REI will donate 5% of the purchase price to CORBA
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