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CORBA eTerraTimes for January 2014

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Ride And Mingle 2 on December 28
Thanks to all who showed up to show their support of CORBA!

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

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A Message from CORBA’s President by Mark Langton

As we say goodbye to 2013 and look forward to another year of trail advocacy, I can’t help but reflect on the last year. To me the most significant thing was the loss of our dear friend Danusia Bennett-Taber. I am reminded of her almost daily, whether it’s with her involvement with the CORBA board of directors, or the Mountain Bike Unit, or simply riding on one of our local trails that she so enjoyed. Girlz Gone Riding keeps her memory alive with the first annual Danusia Memorial Ride on May 31. Danusia leaves a legacy of trail stewardship and volunteerism that is unmatched.

Speaking of Girlz Gone Riding, the group had its most successful year ever with great turnouts for their rides and the annual Rocktober XC Gala. We have to give them a big Thank You for helping raise funds and awareness for CORBA and its programs.

CORBA’s programs achieved much success in 2013. Our Trail Crew was extra busy with extensive work in fire-damaged Point Mugu State Park, helping to reestablish damaged trails and do much needed repair work to Guadalasca Trail. Cooperative work with groups throughout greater Los Angeles county, Pasadena, and Thousand Oaks (to name a few) ensure that the public trails remain in shape for shared use.

Our Youth Adventures and Kids Club programs were a little lean this year, yet we still had many outings with kids enjoying the outdoors on mountain bikes. We are in need of more adult coorinators for our Kids Club outings, so if you are interested in leading groups of adults and kids once a month, please send an email to me at

Our free Introduction to Mountain Bike Skills Class was once again a tremendous success, with more than 300 participants–and that was only 11 classes since December was rained out. Remember, it’s always on the first Saturday of the month at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, and it’s always free!

As an advocacy group, we assisted the Santa Clarita Valley Trail Users in regaining access to the Canyon Trail in Placerita Canyon after Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation closed the trail in late 2012. CORBA continues to monitor and give input to a variety of public open space policy projects that threaten to exclude bicycles.

One of the most exciting prospects for the coming year is the emergence of several pump tracks and bike parks that CORBA is  consulting on and helping to move forward. The City of Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles county, and the City of Fillmore have enlisted our expertise for installing pump tracks, and we have been working with the County of Ventura and a newly formed bicycle organization in the Heritage Valley (Fillmore, Santa Paula, Piru) to develop a bike park with flow trails, jumps, and a pump track at Toland Park. This 212 acre parcel could very well become a regional destination for off-road bicycle activities.

Being inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame this year was both an affirmation and a call to action. Even though it’s hard to believe CORBA has been doing this for more than 26 years, it’s also astounding that there is still more to do! We will continue to push for more access to trails, since as we’ve said time and again, the more you disperse users, the less conflicts there will be!

As always, CORBA will promote the concept of “slow is the solution”: Simply slow down around others as you pass, and you solve the issue of people disliking bikes going too fast around them.

See you on the trails.

Show Us Your Smile

smileSometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. We have created this message tag with the help of BikeTags ( so that we can spread the message of goodwill, peace, and harmony throughout the world. Or maybe just the message “don’t worry, be happy.” The idea is to show other trail users that we belong, we care, and we can coexist. Similar to the SoCal High School Cycling League’s “spirit of howdy”, it’s a way to remember to slow down and smell the sage brush.

We’ll be making the CORBA Smile Tags available to anyone who wants one, just send an email request to We’ll be giving away prizes for the best photos of the tags on your bikes while on the trail. Photos will be judged on originality, creativity, and overall quality. (Details to follow in the coming weeks). The grand prize will be a Niner full suspension frameset, donated by Niner.

OK, so maybe putting the Smile Tag on your bike won’t save the world. But a lot of times a little smile can go a long way.

Recreational Rides

    A recent 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.

There will be no CORBA Kids Club ride held in January

Upcoming Rides: Starting this month, more North Ranch Mountain Biker rides will be listed on the CORBA Meetup group, not just the beginner to easy intermediate ones. As such, there are too many to list them all individually here. Visit our Meetup Calendar to see all the rides and other activities!

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.

January 25th, 2014: Backbone Trail from Latigo Canyon Road. Join CORBA and the Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council as we return to the the Backbone Trail near Latigo Canyon Road. This time we’ll mostly be clearing brush along the 1.5 miles from the trailhead to Newton Motorway (AKA, The Saddle). We’ll also be touching up some of the drainage nicks we put in during our last visit here, and possibly adding a few more. For full details and to register, see our registration page.

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

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General News

MBU Training for 2014 Starts January 25

Calling all mountain bikers age 18 and over! The Mountain Bike Unit (MBU) is currently recruiting for its 2014 New Recruit Training Class. If you enjoy mountain biking and are interested in giving back to the community by volunteering some time to assist our understaffed Park Rangers in patrolling the parks, then the MBU may be just what you are looking for.  The MBU supports and are sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS), California State Parks (CSP), and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA).

Here’s what it’s all about. The MBU assists in providing park visitors with a quality outdoor experience and preserving natural resources while patrolling over 60,000 acres of public parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Beginning in late January 2014, training will include visitor contact skills, State and National park radio use, park rules and regulations, first aid and CPR training, and field training exercises.

For full details, see our blog article on 2014 MBU training...

Sullivan Canyon Pipeline Work Begins January 6; Trail to be closed during work hours

Starting January 6 and lasting for about 8 weeks, the north end of the Sullivan Canyon Trail will be closed during weekdays so that Southern California Gas Co can perform maintenance on their pipelines. Since 1960, Southern California Gas Company has owned much of the land that comprises Sullivan Canyon (more than 4 miles in length). This property is used as a corridor for two transmission pipelines that provide Los Angeles residents with a safe and reliable supply of natural gas. For full details, see the press release in our blog...

GGR Holiday Fun Ride & January 2014 Events! by Wendy Engelberg

So whats new for January you ask?? There are many events already in da books! Please go to our FB page and sign up for the events of your choice!

Girlz Wendy and Kim

On January 4th, kicks off a new, fun, beginner friendly cross country race series called: This is a fun, non techy course good for all levels of riders including kids! Want to see if racing is in your future? Give it a try! THIS is the course to have your 1st racing adventure on! GGR will be interviewing all female racers on that day at the GGR/CORBA booth!

January 11th is another fun GGR ride at Reseda especially for beginners and intermediates! Sign up here:

January 18th is the 2nd race for AND the 12 hours of Temecula!–6-hours-of-temecula.html

January 25th is GGR/CORBA Trail work day! We ask all GGR members to participate in at least 2 trail work days per year! At THIS year’s Roctober event, we will be giving out a special award for the GGR girl who participates in the MOST trail work days! WHO’S IT GONNA BE?? You need 4 trail work days to qualify. Sign up here:

A very special announcement! We have the date already booked for the 2014 GGR Rocktober Gala! October 19th at MCSP! The 1st to sign on the same day as our last event was of course LIV/GIANT! Liv/Giant introduced their entire line of women’s 27.5 bikes at our last event and they were a HUGE hit!

To view the December wrap-up and see the photos, visit Wendy's full blog article.


Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday January 4th 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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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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