- State Restoration of Rogers Road Underway
- Donation Stations Installed at Trailheads September 2012
- Ralphs Community Contribution Program Requires Reregistration September 1
Sometimes I get so caught up in things that I forget just how
important some dates are. CORBA officially turned 25 in August,
and even though we’ve been talking about our 25th Anniversary Party
for months, I just now realized the amazing milestone CORBA has
I was at the very first meeting that spawned CORBA, and the subsequent
formative meetings that would create what is perhaps the most influential
mountain biking advocacy organization in the country. But we weren’t
doing it for fame (and certainly not fortune). We were just an ordinary
group of men and women who felt that someone should speak up on
behalf of this new and exciting way to explore our great public
open space. That, and the fact that a lot of these people knew how
So in that spirit, we are hoping to have a great party on September
29 at Founder’s Hall in Calabasas. It’ll be a chance for old
CORBA members to reminisce, and for newer members to find out about
all the things CORBA has done over the last 25 years. I sure hope
you can make it!
Come help CORBA celebrate 25 years of trail advocacy, volunteerism and accomplishments
could win this Specialized Carve Comp 29 (photo at left)
or other fantastic door prizes!!
celebrate CORBA’s 25th anniversary on Saturday, September
29th at Calabasas Civic Center – Founders Hall from
6pm. Enjoy an evening of dinner, celebration, meet and mingle
with land managers, fellow mountain bicyclists, CORBA supporters,
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame members and more. We will have
a special 25th anniversary video presentation, lifetime
achievement awards, Door Prizes and more. A lot has happened
since 1987. Join us in honoring those who started the modern
mountain bike advocacy movement and those who continue to
carry the torch for mountain bike trail access. CORBA and
the Parklands need your involvement now more than ever…
please come show your support.
All this for only $25, gets you in the door and includes dinner
and beverages. Seating is limited so reserve your seat by registering
Anniversary T-Shirts Now Available
For a limited time, CORBA has special 25-year anniversary T-shirts
on sale for the low price of $15. The price includes shipping. Order
yours today before we run out, available from the CORBA
online store! And socks will be available soon...
GIRLZ GONE RIDING, a Ladies’ Very Special Day of Mountain Biking, is October 28
GIRLZ GONE RIDING is inviting all you ladies out there to a very
special day of mountain biking on Sunday, October 28th at 8am at Malibu
Creek State Park.
This FREE event is open to ALL LEVELS of riders. The
day includes a mini clinic for beginner riders, 3 levels of cross
country rides, goodie bags, tech support by Cycle World, raffles, a
CORBA/IMBA membership drive, swap meet and more! Read our blog
entry for full details including Schedule of Events!
Ralphs Community Contribution
Program Requires Reregistration September 1
For those who have linked your Ralphs Club Card to support CORBA, Ralphs requires that we reregister on an annual basis, on or after September 1st each year, so that they continue to contribute to CORBA. Please register or reregister your Ralphs card now! To learn more about this program, see these details.
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
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.
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!
September 15: Mesa Peak Backbone Singletrack in Tapia /
Malibu Creek State Park. Come out to help us fix up the singletrack at the bottom of Mesa Peak Motorway on September 15th! We’ll be removing some overgrowing bushes and fixing major ruts at the bottom of the trail.
CORBA will treat participants to lunch afterwards and provide some great mountain biking prizes, including CST tires.
For full details and to register, see our registration page. We hope to see a good turnout of local mountain bikers at this event!
October 20: Twenty-second Annual COSCA Trail Work Day.
Join CORBA, SMMTC, COSCA and other
volunteer groups to work on the Conejo Open Space trails in Thousand Oaks. This is a great
event with many volunteers. We will be working on new trails in the Conejo Canyons Open Space (aka Western Plateau).
COSCA will treat participants to lunch afterwards and have a drawing
for some great door prizes, including CST tires contributed by CORBA. For full details and to register, see our registration page. We hope to see a good turnout of local mountain bikers at this event!
October 20-21: The IMBA Trail Care Crew will be visiting.
Check back for details!
LA County Trail Plan Public Hearing for NW San Fernando Valley, Aug 30
The County of Los Angeles intends to develop a plan
to guide future trail development to meet needs in the Northwest
San Fernando Valley Area. The area consists broadly of the
unincorporated territory of the County bounded by the Ventura County
line on the west, the Santa Susana Mountains (Johnson Motorway Trail,
Rim of the Valley Trail, Oat Mountain Motorway Trail, and Weldon
Canyon Trail) to the north, Interstate 5 to the east, and Roscoe
Boulevard to the south, with provisions for connections to other
nearby existing and planned recreational resources. The County is
currently in the early development stages of the proposed project.
The County will hold a public outreach meeting to engage trail
users and the surrounding communities and solicit ideas for the
trail plan. The public outreach meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
August 30th at 6:00 pm:
Please refer to our blog
article for further information.
Donation Stations Installed at Trailheads September 2012
Donation boxes and info kiosks have been installed at the PCH
entrances to Sycamore and and La Jolla Canyons, and at Chumash
trail head. We have been informed that any and all donations collected
at these stations will go directly to trail maintenance and resource
projects in the state park where the money was collected. The kiosks
will allow volunteer partners (such as CORBA) to post information
about upcoming events and other general information.
State Restoration of Rogers Road Underway
reported in the Topanga
Messenger and several other news sources, work has been progressing
along the Rogers
Road section of the Backbone Trail. The trail had become severely
eroded, narrow and overgrown, to where concerns for safety and sustainability
of the trail had been raised by State Parks.
Congressman Brad Sherman last week announced that funds had been
secured by him for trail improvements along the Backbone Trail.
We are seeing the results of that funding, as State Parks have hired
additional staff for the project and have been working hard on Rogers
Road. Trail crews have been camping in “spike camps” to save time
hiking in and out of work sites. They typically spend 3 – 5 days
doing trailwork based out of the camp. The most recent spike camp
ended on Tuesday, August 28. CORBA’s Steve Messer joined the crew
for the last day of their camp, as they cut back brush along the
trail in sweltering heat. See the rest of this
story on our blog...
Free Mountain Biking
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!
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 twitter.com/CORBAmtb
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