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2015 has been one of the most active in CORBA’s history.
There has been so much happening in our local mountains, in our sport,
in our public lands, in the political landscape, and in bicycle advocacy
in general. As always, CORBA has done its best to stay on top of the
issues, to be leaders in th...
Last January the Forest Service allowed some experienced
trail maintenance volunteers, who had been previously certified to use
chainsaws at the “A” level, to step up their training to a “B” level.
Under current regulations, A level sawyers are restricted to 8 inch
trees or smaller, and must be s...
We are having a severe El Nino event this winter; as a
result the weather forecast is for many heavy rainstorms in the early
months of 2016. That will help our drought situation, but will
have seriously bad impacts on our trails. As well as muddy conditions
that interfere with their use, describe...
The year in GGR has really been a spectacular one! Lots of
new women riding, improving, trying their hand at racing and the biggest
Rocktober showing yet of both participants and exhibitors! We closed
the year out with our annual CO-ED Holiday Ride & Luncheon. 40
Riders showed up to enjoy 3 level...
Ride in 8 miles and 2000′ to the work site On Sunday,
December 13, more than 25 CORBA and Mount Wilson Bicycling Association
volunteers came out to help restore the Ken Burton Trail. It was another
highly successful day, with another quarter mile of trail brushed,
re-cut and restored back to bett...
It was practically deserted in Malibu Creek State Park this
month on a sunny but cool morning for the five riders at the Basic
Skills Clinic. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the
month. You can see the photos in our December photo gallery . Bookmark
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Here are the results of the International Mountain Biking
Association’s ( IMBA ) fall survey. Remember that CORBA is a founding
organization of IMBA, and now there are dozens of local chapters that
work with the international association. You may need to click on the
images to enlarge them to mak...
We have learned that in a couple of weeks, California
Conservation Corps Crews under the direction of California State Parks
will start brushing the East Topanga Fire Road in Topanga State Park as
the first phase of road maintenance this fiscal year. The second phase
of project will be re-grading...
The Ken Burton trail goes right up the middle of this
picture. It’s hard to find. Earlier this year, CORBA used a generous
grant from REI to help fund the restoration of the Gabrielino trail to
Oakwilde Campground and the Ken Burton trail junction. Pooling resources
with the Los Angeles Conservat...
There were a dozen riders at the Basic Skills Clinic this
month so show off for guest photographer Graham Martin in Malibu Creek
State Park this month. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of
the month. You can see the photos in our November photo gallery .
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The November edition of CORBA’s monthly newsletter, the
eTerraTimes , was published today, November 5th. If you don’t get it by
email, you can view it online . As always, the eTerraTimes has all the
latest news for mountain bikers in the Santa Monica Mountains and
surrounding areas. Bookmark It H...
President’s Message: 2015 – A Year in Review
2015 has been one of the most active in CORBA’s history. There has been
so much happening in our local mountains, in our sport, in our
public lands, in the political landscape, and in bicycle advocacy in
general. As always, CORBA has done its best to stay on top of the
issues, to be leaders in the trail community, and to have a positive
impact on our trails, our public lands, our community and our sport.
Here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening this year,
showing how your membership dollars and donations are being used to
benefit all mountain bikers in the Los Angeles and Eastern Ventura
Counties. (Editor's note: the President's Message has been greatly condensed
by removing most of the details. You can read the full
message on CORBA's blog...) Here are the areas in which we've
- Education, including trail etiquette
- Outreach and Recognition
Next year will bring a number of issues to the forefront. The
advocacy items mentioned previously will all continue into the coming
year. We’ll continue working to bring Bike Skills Parks to Los Angeles.
We’ll continue our educational efforts, and to be at the table when
decisions are made that affect us or the trails we ride.
But there are many things we could be doing better. CORBA remains an
all-volunteer organization, though it has become almost full-time for me
as President. We could be doing a better job of marketing ourselves and
reaching out. Given the number of mountain bikers in Los Angeles, we
should be doing a better job of growing our membership. We could be
doing a better job of fundraising, of communicating with our members and
the mountain biking community at large. We should have a better web
presence. Though we could be doing more, I’m proud of what we’ve done,
proud of our volunteers and our members, and hope you are too.
To do all these things we need to grow. We need your help, your
continued support. You didn’t see a flurry of requests for end-of-year
donations from us. You didn’t see a barrage of emails on specific
causes. What you saw was a small but passionate crew of dedicated
volunteers making a difference. We’d welcome more support, whether it’s
in the form of donations: cash, gear, or, most importantly, your time
and skills. The easiest way to support us is with your membership.
Together we’ll continue to ensure that the greater Los Angeles area is
a wonderful place to ride a mountain bike!
Happy new year! (Read the full
message on CORBA's blog...)
El Nino Watch: Trail Damage and Riding after it Rains
contribute to trail damage!
We are having a severe El Nino event this winter; the weather forecast is for many heavy rainstorms that will have seriously bad impacts on our trails. As well as muddy conditions that interfere with their use, the rains could be severe enough to erode some trails into huge ruts, and even wash them away in some cases. There may be more mudslides in Pt Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon) like we had last year. Furthermore, the rain will spur the chaparral to overgrow the trails, a condition we haven’t had to deal with much over the past couple of years because of the drought. The combination of waterlogged soil and high winds could blow trees over. We’re expecting to need special trailwork days to repair these damaged trails and hope many mountain bikers will want to help us get them back into shape!
For recreation, most trails should be avoided when they're wet.
Bikes make grooves along the trail; the next time it rains, the water runs down these grooves and turns them into little ruts, which
become large ruts that destroy the trail. Hikers and horses make holes and ridges in the trail that become as hard as concrete when the trail dries. These holes and ridges are good for twisting ankles.
As a rule of thumb, if your foot, tire or hoof makes an impression more than about 1/8 inch deep in the dirt, the trail is still too soft to use. Give it another day or two to dry out before using it!
But there are a few trails that shed water quickly because of their
rocky/sandy surface. For a list of these trails, and to read the
rest of this article, visit our blog
on El Nino and trail damage...
Vetter Mountain Trail Restoration Progress
ast January the Forest Service allowed some experienced trail
maintenance volunteers, who had been previously certified to use
chainsaws at the “A” level, to step up their training to a “B” level.
Under current regulations, A level sawyers are restricted to 8 inch
trees or smaller, and must be supervised. B-level Sawyers are allowed to
work unsupervised, on trees up to 24" in diameter, and can supervise
and work with A-level sawyers. CORBA President Steve Messer, and volunteer Mike McGuire both received
their B level certification, and have been putting them to use all year.
Volunteers from the Mount Wilson Bicycle Association (MWBA) and other groups received
their A Level certification.
Together the CORBA and MWBA sawyer team have cut over 150 trees from Brown Mountain, El Prieto, Sunset
Ridge, Gabrielino, Strawberry Peak, Colby Canyon, Mount Lowe East, Sam
Merrill and Silver Moccasin trails.
The trail remains closed to the public. There are still too many dead
trees that have been rotting away for six years, waiting to fall
every time the wind blows. More than once, when we finished our day’s
chainsaw work as the afternoon winds started blowing, we heard more
trees falling. Because of these dangers, we are not willing to take in
volunteer crews to begin restoring the trail. Since winds have been
blowing steadily this past month (over 70mph the week before Christmas),
there are probably many more trees down again.
We hope to begin restoration work on the Vetter Mountain trail next year, after we finish the Ken Burton trail. Stay tuned for details.
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
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.
Trail Restoration and Reports on Past Workdays
For many years, most trail upkeep 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
A number of companies and volunteer organizations have asked
us if they could do trailwork as a team building exercise, or just
to give back to the community. We are happy to work with such groups
- shoot us an enquiry at email@example.com
for more information!
For CORBA workdays, we provide lunch for participants after we're
finished. Please register
in advance to help us prepare
by knowing how many volunteers to expect. And... 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!
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. Children
under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal
Sunday January 10: Ken Burton Trail. We'll continue working on the Ken Burton trail. Meet at the
Windsor/Ventura parking lot, and be prepared to ride to the top of Brown
Mountain. Bring long pants, long sleeve shirt and gloves (we'll have
some gloves available). Lunch afterwards. So far we've cleared about 1
mile trail, and our goal is to cut the trail through and ready to open
by next spring. Please see full details and RSVP for the trailwork on our Meetup group at
the Ken Burton Trail
Summary of Previoius Ken Burton Trailwork: On November 6, 7
& 22 and December 13, volunteers for CORBA and the Mount
Wilson Bicycling Association (MWBA) worked to restore the Ken
Burton Trail that has been closed since the Station Fire in 2009.
In the ensuing years, it has become severly overgrown and the condition
of the tread was uncertain. Work began in October with the trail being inspected, and in many cases searched for using older GPS tracks. On Saturday Nov 7th, six volunteers came out to begin work on the trail. Just getting to the work site requires a 2000'
climb over 7 miles, with several steep, loose sections that are difficult even
without pulling BOB trailers loaded with tools. In one day’s work, we were able to clear brush from about a quarter mile of trail, and restore tread on just over half of that. The
next day, with the help of MWBA, a crew of 18 continued where we
had left off.
So far we’ve cleared approximately 1 mile of the trail, about 1/3 of the work. Our tentative dates starting next year are January 10 and January 24.
Ken Burton trail remains closed to the public. Although we’ve started on it, it’s still dead-end with miles of hike-a-bike through heavy brush and poison oak once you get beyond our restored section. People have gotten lost trying to find the trail. We’ll continue working through the winter and coming Spring, with the goal of having it
cleared back to Paul Little and JPL, ready to open by the end of Spring 2016. The more involved you stay, the more likely the Forest Service will open the Brown/Burton/Gab loop, an old favorite of many long-time mountain bikers.
For the full story and before/after pictures, check out the KB
Trailwork due to El Nino: With the upcoming El Nino storms,
some trails could be severely damaged. We expect to schedule
workdays on short notice to fix such damage and/or to prevent
To see all trailwork dates, including those of other groups,
visit the CORBA
Join our mailing list to get updates on trailwork
Send an email to Trailwork-Volunteersfirstname.lastname@example.org
Girlz Gone Riding 2015 Wrap UP!
The year in GGR has really been a spectacular one! Lots of new women riding, improving, trying their hand at racing and the biggest Rocktober showing yet of both participants and exhibitors!
We closed the year out with our annual CO-ED Holiday Ride & Luncheon. 40 Riders showed up to enjoy 3 levels of guided rides in the Santa Monica Mountains and have fun at our lunch buffet & gift exchange. This year Susan Hall won the Most Improved Rider for 2015 and was presented with a large purple plaque!
For the full story, and to see many more pictures, visit Wendy's
Free Mountain Biking
2nd 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 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
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