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Sapwi Trails and bike park opens on Sept
The ribbon cutting ceremony for Sapwi Trails Community Park
in Thousand Oaks will take place on Saturday, Sept 22, 2018
at 9:00 am. The celebration will continue until noon. For updates
on this event, visit the Thousand Oaks Sapwi Trails web page.
The volunteers, in coordination with Bellfree Contractors (a
trail building company), have been […]
See the Sisterhood of Shred Movie
Screening on Sept 15th!
Girlz Gone Riding & REI are excited to bring the Sisterhood
of Shred to the local screen! This will be a limited and intimate
showing at REI Woodland Hills September 15th at 7pm. In the
male-dominated world of jumping bikes, a community of women
riders emerge. From all walks of life and different points around
the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail – First in the Nation
1970-05-20 – LA Times – Gabrielino Trail first National Recreation
Trail On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails
Act of 1968, we truly appreciate the vision of the legislators
who understood the need to expand and coordinate a national
system of outdoor recreational trail opportunities. The act
was signed into law […]
Trail Users Celebrate: The Gabrielino
National Recreation Trail is Back!
Station Fire trail restoration has been a major focus of
CORBA’s for the past nine years. On August 26, 2009, CORBA volunteers
were headed out for routine volunteer trail maintenance in the
Angeles National Forest. “As I approached our trail work
site, I could see a plume of smoke coming from the Arroyo Seco
Take the National State of Mountain
This is an opportunity to provide concrete data on the State
of Mountain biking in 2018 across the U.S. IMBA and the
Ohio University are working with the SRAM Cycling Fund to survey
a large cross-section of mountain bikers. It also provides
us an opportunity to show our feelings about bicycles in Wilderness.
Several questions […]
Skills Clinic photos posted August 8
Graham took over the photography for Steve, who was out of
town, again this month – Thanks! Despite some issues with his
cameras, Graham got some great shots, as always. The Basic Skills
Clinic is always held the first Saturday of the month at Malibu
Creek State Park. You can see the photos in our […]
Mountain Bench Seating Project
Today, Saturday July 21, 2018, Eagle Scout candidate Nick
Sercel from Troop 502 in La Canada installed three bench seats
at the highly-popular Brown Mountain Saddle. Brown Mountain
Saddle (it’s local name) is the high point of the Brown/Prieto
loop, or a stopover on the Brown/Ken Burton loop, and is extremely
popular stop. In 2015, […]
Bike Park Updates July 2018
The fundraising is going strong. $4,000 was raised during
our fundraising kick-off event on June 14th. The Sapwi Bike
Park committee has raised over $75,000. The park district’s
prep work is nearly complete. A few more weeks and we will have
water. Arrangements are being made to hire a contractor. The
first area to be […]
July 2018 eTerraTimes newsletter was posted July 5
CORBA’s eTerraTimes newsletter for July was posted today,
July 5th. If you don’t get it by email, you can view the online
version on our website.
Sapwi Trails and bike park opens on Sept 22!
The ribbon cutting ceremony for Sapwi Trails Community Park in Thousand Oaks
will take place on Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 at 9:00 am. The celebration will
continue until noon. For updates on this event, visit the Thousand Oaks Sapwi Trails web page.
The volunteers, in coordination with Bellfree Contractors (a trail building
company), have been hard at work getting the bike park ready for use. The pump
track is shaping up really nicely!
For updates on the bike park, visit the Sapwi Bike Park website.
Celebrate: The Gabrielino National Recreation Trail is Back!
Station Fire trail restoration has been a major focus of CORBA’s for the past
nine years. On August 26, 2009, CORBA volunteers were headed out for routine
volunteer trail maintenance in the Angeles National Forest. “As I approached
our trail work site, I could see a plume of smoke coming from the Arroyo Seco
canyon,” said Steve Messer, then a trail work volunteer and now President of
CORBA. “We canceled the trail work and watched helplessly as the forest burned
for six more weeks.”
Nine years later, mountain biking volunteers have
completed restoration of the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail through the
Arroyo Seco canyon. This popular section was one of the most heavily damaged by
the El Niño rains that flash-flooded the ashen canyon after the Station Fire,
taking with it huge sections of the trail and forest. With the extreme damage,
this was to be our most ambitious project and the final trail restoration effort from the 2009
With the area completely closed to the public for more than seven years
following the fire, the trail was choked off. Hundreds of burned trees had
fallen across the trail and several retaining walls had failed. When people
began venturing into the area, in many places there was no trail, so people
began using the stream bed.
n February 2016, Messer hiked the Arroyo Seco section of the Gabrielino
Trail with Forest Service officials and others to do an assessment and begin
plans to restore the trail. It was an arduous journey, climbing over and under
downed trees and thick brush, scrambling across debris fields where there was
once a trail, and precariously shimmying along what used to be the trail tread.
After lengthy environmental reviews, the restoration project began in earnest
in late 2017. Six volunteer chainsaw operators worked for two days to get the
trail corridor opened enough to begin tread work. Visit our blog to read the
Beginners' Ride had 16 participants. Would you like to join us too?
For a list of upcoming recreational rides, please visit the CORBA
Events Calendar to see all the rides and other activities!
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 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.
Parents/guardians are responsible for minors at all times, and they
must constantly and directly supervise children under 14. Children must
be over 7-years old to attend. Please leave your four-legged friends at home!
October 20, 7:30: COSCA Annual Fall Trailwork Day.
Details are upcoming.
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
See the Sisterhood of Shred Movie Screening on Sept 15th!
Girlz Gone Riding & REI are excited to bring the Sisterhood of Shred to
the local screen! This will be a limited and intimate showing at REI Woodland
Hills September 15th at 7pm and is to
support of The Sapwi Bike Park http://sapwibikepark.com/ the suggested
donation per person to see the movie is $15.00. You’re welcome to add more.
Registration is required!
In the male-dominated world of jumping bikes, a community of women riders
emerge. From all walks of life and different points around the globe, they
empower each other to push their personal limits on and off their bikes. They
have banded together they are The Sisterhood of Shred. See the full story on
Take the National
State of Mountain Biking Survey
This is an opportunity to provide concrete data on the State of Mountain
biking in 2018 across the U.S. IMBA and the Ohio University are working with
the SRAM Cycling Fund to survey a large cross-section of mountain bikers.
It also provides us an opportunity to show our feelings about bicycles in
Wilderness. Several questions in the 10 minute or so survey ask about wilderness
access. Our research shows that the vast majority of our members and supporters
agree with CORBA’s position that mountain biking should be allowed on some
wilderness trails, and those access decisions (and restrictions) should be made
locally. We agree with the STC on this. Other topics covered include spending habits,
mountain bike related travel, bike ownership, and electric mountain bikes.
The survey can be taken here at Ohio University or read more about it from IMBA. All answers are anonymous, and
you’ll be in the running to win a SRAM Eagle GX groupset (when you provide email on a different site after completing the survery). It’s an especially valuable opportunity
Free Mountain Biking
October 6th is the next skills clinic, followed by November
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
our events on Meetup meetup.com/CORBAmtb
us on Twitter at twitter.com/CORBAmtb
and Facebook at facebook.com/CORBAMTB.
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