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CORBA eTerraTimes for January 2017

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Volunteers from Giant Bikes and Amgen hike along
Los Robles Trail West, CORBA's adopted trail, to repair 0.4 miles between the Dragonback hills and Angel Vista. See story...

Rules of the Trail - Click for details
Proper Trail Etiquette

News from the CORBA Website Blog since the previous eTerraTimes

2016 is behind us, and what a year it was for CORBA and mountain bikers! We were extremely busy last year, cutting trails, cutting trees, and working on behalf of the mountain bike community to ensure continued and improved access to mountain biking in the greater Los Angeles and Eastern Ventura ...
The National Park Service, California Department of Parks & Recreation, and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority MOUNTAIN BIKE UNIT (MBU) The Mountain Bike Unit, sponsored by the National (NPS) and State (CDPR) Park Services and the Mountains Recreation and Con...
Come join CORBA & Michael’s Bicycles for the rescheduled RAM (ride & mingle) Ride and pancake breakfast! Meet at the Wendy/Potrero trail head in Newbury Park RTR at 9am. We will ride over to the TEE PEE for a big group photo, then split up into groups. Guided, no drop rides will be offered for be...
2016 marked a year not only in immense growth in the women’s mountain biking movement and GGR, but was a true year in growth for my own adventures on the bike. Highlights! GGR added 2 new chapters in 2016! Kern County headed up by Tracy Jones! Kern County GGR Chapter Mojave Desert Chapter headed ...
Volunteers hike up the Dragonback hills to get to the work area. Workers from two companies with headquarters in Newbury Park took Friday morning December 9th off from work to help repair the Los Robles Trail West as part of their company’s community outreach programs. We expected 30 volunteers f...
There were only a few participants for the last chance for the year to take part in the Basic Skills Clinic at Malibu Creek State Park . This month neither Steve nor the primary backup photographer Graham were available, so Ezra did double duty as both Mark’s assistant and photographer. The clini...
#OptOutside Last year, CORBA supporter REI chose to break the Black Friday shopping frenzy trend, and remained closed the day after Thanksgiving. Instead, they encouraged people to #OptOutside for some quality recreation. We applaud their efforts and want to encourage everyone to spend Friday, No...
It was a perfect day in Malibu Creek State Park for the Basic Skills Clinic. This month there were 10 participants. The clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month. You can see the photos in our November photo gallery. Bookmark It Hide Sites
Scott Mabbutt With Mark Langton leaving CORBA’s Board of Directors , we put out a call for Board nominees. We’re happy to announce that we have welcomed two new board members, Scott Mabbutt and Joyce Deprest. Scott is a respected filmmaker, storyteller and self-declared cat whisperer. When asked ...
Thanks Mark! Mark Langton was one of CORBA’s founders in 1987 and one of IMBA’s founders in 1988. He served 13 years on CORBA’s steering committee, and subsequently joined the CORBA Board of Directors.  He has served as CORBA’s president, as one of the first volunteer patrollers for the  Mountain...

President’s Message: 2016 - A Busy, Productive Year

2016 is behind us, and what a year it was for CORBA and mountain bikers! We were extremely busy last year, cutting trails, cutting trees, and working on behalf of the mountain bike community to ensure continued and improved access to mountain biking in the greater Los Angeles and Eastern Ventura County areas. Here are some of our accomplishments and a few challenges for the year, most if not all of which were achieved by working closely with land managers, non-profit and other organizations, individuals and dozens of volunteers who were generous with their time:

In short, it was a very busy year. But where do we go from here? Among our goals for 2017 are:

  • The completion and opening of the Gabrielino trail
  • Completion of the Sapwi Trails bike park in Thousand Oaks
  • Final approval for a bike park in LA
  • Continue to expand our bell program
  • Updating our online presence, communications and merchandise
  • Celebrate our 30th anniversary
  • Stay on top of the Santa Monica Mountains trails plan process
  • Completion of the SGMNM Monument plan
  • Beginning trail planning in the National Forest
  • Expanding our educational outreach
  • Double our membership (Tell a friend to join!)
  • Have fun riding our bikes!

What else could we be doing? What could you help us do, or do better?  Let us know in the comments.

CORBA is an all-volunteer organisation, led by a small but dedicated board of directors and key volunteers. If you’re not a current member, please join CORBA. If you are, convince a non-member friend to join. You can help us double our numbers in 2017. If you’re riding around Los Angeles, CORBA has been involved in making sure you and your friends have that opportunity.

Just as importantly, remember why you love mountain biking. The feeling of freedom, of accomplishment, of challenge, of connection to nature, of camaraderie or solitude, and always of sheer fun. Those are among the reasons we all ride.

Others are using the trails for the same or other reasons. Trails are getting more crowded as social media introduces more and more of the LA population to trails and our amazing open space destinations. We need to always be respectful of others just as we’d like others to treat us. Slow down, be friendly on the trails. Lead by example. That’s the most important thing you can do to support continued mountain biking access.

And ride is something we all hope to do even more of in 2017. Happy new year!

(Editor's note: This is a slight condensation of Steve Messer's comments. You can see the entire retrospective on our blog, including credit to the many who helped with the work, a few photos and a really cool time-lapse video of removing fallen trees from the Strawberry Peak Trail!)

Save The Date! January 15th is CORBA’s Annual RAM Ride & Pancake Brunch!

2d3461e4-d102-4085-a64a-74db40c622c9Come join CORBA for our annual RAM (Ride & Mingle) event and pancake breakfast at Michael’s Bicycles in Newbury Park!

January 15th! Ride time 9am sharp: Meet at Wendy/Potrero Drive in Newbury Park.


Come ride with us in Point Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon). Meet at Wendy/Potrero in Newbury Park. We will all ride over to the ranger station for a big group photo then split up into our groups.

Pancake brunch at Michael’s Bicycles after the ride at 12:30pm. $10 suggested donation.

You can renew or purchase a CORBA/IMBA Membership as well!

Michael’s Bicycles: 2257 Michael Drive, Newbury Park, CA 91320

(Note - This event was originally scheduled for November but was rained out.)


Monthly CORBA Meeting at REI in Woodland Hills

Come and join us to learn about current issues and let us know what concerns you! Always open to the public, the CORBA Board of Directors’ meeting is held the 4th Monday of the month in Woodland Hills. REI is kind enough to let us use their meeting room, for which we thank them profusely!

Every month (except December, when we have no meeting), we discuss these topics:

  • Issues of trail access for mountain bikers
  • Mountain bike advocacy and ambassadorship
  • Public involvement
  • The latest news from the land managers, including State Parks and National Park Service
  • Trail building and restoration
  • Furthering woman’s mountain biking
  • Bike parks and other dedicated mountain bike facilities or trails
  • Education and etiquette
  • Anything brought forward by members of the public

The meetings are 6 – 8 pm at the REI in Woodland Hills (Google Map and Directions):

6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 703-5300

We look forward to seeing you there!

Recreational Rides

    A recent Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?

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

CORBA’s Club 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 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 web page.

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 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!

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. Children under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

March 18, 2017: COSCA Spring Trailwork Day. It's too early to know which trail(s) we'll be working for Thousand Oaks' yearly event. We'll get the news out as we learn it. For now, save the date!

Summary of Recent Trailwork

Giant Bicycles and Amgen community outreach, December 5, 2016. Workers from these two companies with headquarters in Newbury Park took Friday morning December 9th off from work to help repair the Los Robles Trail West as part of their company’s community outreach programs. We expected 30 volunteers but at least 37 showed up, supervised by three COSCA rangers and one of CORBA’s trail crew leaders. Because of the large turnout, we got the work done in record time. The work area started at the top of the most eastward Dragonback hill, almost a mile from the Felton St. trailhead, and continued for 0.4 miles towards the picnic table at Angel Vista. Work consisted of treadwork: digging out stumps, filling ruts, adding or repairing drainages, resloping and raking loose rocks off the trail. You can see the full report on our blog, along with a link to the photo gallery of the work.

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

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General News

GGR: Girlz Gone Riding Year in Review

By Wendy Engelberg

2016 marked a year not only in immense growth in the women’s mountain biking movement and GGR, but was a true year in growth for my own adventures on the bike.

GGR added 2 new chapters in 2016!
Kern County headed up by Tracy Jones! Kern County GGR Chapter

Mojave Desert Chapter headed up by an awesome leadership team of Kingman, AZ locals!Mojave Desert Chapter

Specialized and Cynergy Cycles presented me with a 2016 Specialized ERA Expert for the 2016 season! WHAT an honor to ride this incredible machine! This bike earned me many podium spots and incredible adventures! I was so very honored to have ridden this bike for the season!

Another super fun and successful Women’s Only Weekend in Big Bear! Every August, GGR & Bear Valley Bikes Bear Valley Bikes hosts a women’s only weekend in Big Bear. I think this summer’s was by far my favorite. Since we had more vet ride volunteer leaders for Saturday’s Down Hill at Snow Summit, we were able to now add a beginner’s DH group. So all of the riders groups were perfectly matched in speed and ability so all ladies just crushed it! We had a huge group dinner Saturday night and Sunday half the ladies went to XC in Fawnskin and the rest got an INTRO to Enduro day thanks to Bev at Rim Nordic! Rim Nordic Mountain Bike Park

On a personal note, I had the most incredible and adventurist summer of racing bikes with friends. I had the amazing opportunity to race XC at the super fun summer series Pedalfest: Pedal Fest Enduro at Rim Nordic: Rim Nordic Bike Park and race on teams for 6 and 12 hour endurance events hosted by SoCal Endurance who always, always encourage women to race! SoCal Endurance

The highlight every year for GGR is of course our annual Rocktober Festival. This year was different….new location….Castaic Lake and pouring rain. We still had well over 200 women that not only showed up but stayed the day. They rode around the lake, demo’d bikes, took a skills clinic and shopped at all the vendors. RST Suspension and REI were the title sponsors for this year’s festival. BOTH companies are very involved in their communities and support women’s mountain biking. This year’s community award went to The Squeaky Wheel Bike shop! The Squeaky Wheel Bike Shop. The most improved rider for 2016 went to Anne Yeoh of the Inland Empire chapter! Leigh Donovan was back again as head coach leading our skills clinic from I Choose Bikes.

The date is set for the 2017 Rocktober Festival! October 8th at Castaic Lake! Registration opens August 18th. This is a FREE event for all women mountain bikers!

GGR ended the year with our annual CO ED holiday ride and luncheon. January brings on a new and exciting year! Chapter rides, endurance races and January 28th, we have the REI ALL OUT/OPT OUTSIDE event at Malibu Creek State Park. REI has asked CORBA and GGR to run the mountain bike portion of their event! We are so very excited and honored to be a part of this day! Spots are limited, so get signed up now! It’s free! REI All Out Event January 28th 2017

Until next time….we at GGR wish all of you a bright new year of prosperity, health, happiness and most important…epic riding!

To see more photos of GGR over the year, visit Wendy's blog article!

Free Mountain Biking Skills Clinic

Saturday January 7th 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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