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CORBA eTerraTimes for September 2012

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In this issue...

'Ojai' Ruth enjoys the challenges of riding through the
'Creek of Doom' at Malibu Creek State Park during last year's
Girlz Gone Riding event. See story.

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

New on the CORBA Website

A Message from CORBA’s President

By Mark Langton

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 surpassed.

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 to party!

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

You could win this Specialized Carve Comp 29 (photo at left) or other fantastic door prizes!!

Come 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 online today!

25-year 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.

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!

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!

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

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General News

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:

      Granada Room
      Knollwood Country Club
      12024 Balboa Blvd.
      Granada Hills, CA 91344

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

Rogers RoadAs 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 Skills Clinic

Saturday September 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!

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

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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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