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CORBA eTerraTimes for June 2013

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A volunteer crew works to clean up trails damaged by the
Springs Fire in Pt Mugu State Park. The next trail repair date is June 8th - Come out and help!

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LA Weekly Honors CORBA Board Member Jennifer Klausner

The L.A. Weekly has listed Jennifer Klausner in their People 2013 issue, a list is of "fascinating Angelenos" posted online on May 15, 2013. Among them are community advocates, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs and others with a variety of backgrounds who have helped make Los Angeles a better, and more interesting, place to live.

Klausner is recognized for her legacy of work as an advocate for cycling, especially through her role as Executive Director at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and how she got there. Though most of these accomplishments are for road and urban cycling, she is continuing to build her legacy in off-road cycling as a member of CORBA’s Board of Directors.

We congratulate Jennifer on the recognition, thank her for all her past and ongoing work on behalf of the cycling community, and are very happy to have her serving on CORBA’s all-volunteer Board.

The story is posted on LA Weekly’s web site or here.

Recreational Rides

    September's Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you or a new rider you know like to join us too?

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

Upcoming Beginner - Intermediate Rides (follow the link for details and to sign up!)

See our Rides Calendar for details and for other beginner-level rides. Many thanks to North Ranch Mountain Bikers Michelle and Kevin for leading these rides!

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!

Children must be over 7-years old to attend, and children under 14 must be constantly and directly supervised by their parent or guardian who brought them.

May 11: Report on Space Mtn Trailwork in Thousand Oaks. Eleven mountain biker volunteers along with four others ascended “Space Mountain” (Los Robles Trail West) to fix up CORBA’s adopted trail. Several years ago, a few CORBA volunteers built drainage dips to protect it from the erosion of winter rains. Those drains have served the trail well, but now they are filling with silt and so are losing their effectiveness, and they need to be cleaned out. The chance came when the Springs Fire burned through Pt Mugu State Park, requiring us to cancel the work we had scheduled for Guadalasca Trail, and allowing us to work on Space Mountain instead. Overall, we cleaned out somewhere between one and two dozen drainage dips along the bottom 0.6 miles of the singletrack section. See our blog article for the full story and photos...

June 8: Springs Fire Trail Repair in Pt Mugu State Park. Join CORBA, the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council and others as we repair the trail damage caused by the recent Springs Fire. Initial efforts will focus on removing debris from the trails (fallen trees, rocks, small landslides, etc) so they can be safely used by park visitors. Later work will involve repairing drainage so that rainwater running off the denuded hillsides will not wash the trails away. For details and to register so we'll know how many to prepare for, see our online registration page on

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

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Outline of the burn area (orange) laid on top of a trail map

General News

Springs Fire Trail Repair Progress

From May 21, 2013: Twice in the past week at the request of the State Parks trails maintenance department, a group of about 8 volunteers from the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council headed into Point Mugu State Park to begin cleanup and repair of the trails after the Springs Fire swept through just over a week earlier. This work was undertaken before the park is open to the general public to help assess the situation, clear and repair trails to make them safe for park visitors, and to limit damage to the fragile web of wildlife that survived the fire. The initial focus will be to protect park resources and make them safe for visitors. When that is complete, we’ll concentrate on repairing the drainage so rainwater that runs down the denuded hillsides doesn’t wash the trails away this winter.

It was eerie on the trail itself. The fire seems to have burned about 10 feet up from the ground so the leaves are stripped off of the chaparral, but taller oaks and sycamores still have leaves in various states of scorched to dead. Being able to see through the leafless chaparral, we discover that there’s a lot of junk lying on the ground near the trail, including a metal windmill that must have fallen over years ago.The tread of the trail was in good shape. The leaves from the overhead trees that normally carpet it were all gone so we were walking on bare dirt. Unfortunately many of the oaks near the bottom of the trail had burned through the trunk and fallen over. Four or five of them blocked the trail and we spent considerable time cutting them up with a chainsaw and hand saws into pieces small enough for us to drag off the trail.

There were a lot of ‘ash ghosts’ on the ground: markings left when whole trees or large limbs had fallen and been completely consumed, leaving a pattern of ash where branches used to be.Fortunately not all the oaks fell to the ground, but too many of them did. Please see our blog article for the full story...

GirlzGoneRiding News

We are now excepting sponsors/supports including more demo bikes for the GGR Rocktober 20th annual event! It is FREE for sponsors to attend in lieu of product donation! Email for details. The Rocktober event is also a CORBA fund raiser and a CORBA Membership drive! ½ of the proceeds from the raffles and silent auctions get donated to CORBA. Registration will go up in September & will include the membership/renewal drive.

Pedal Driven night! GGR is hosting a Pedal Driven night at GGR girlz Kim’s house! This movie is a documentary about mountain bikers and land managers. Sign up here to attend, limited space:

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday June 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 Meetup, 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. Join our events on Meetup and follow us on Twitter at and Facebook at

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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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