Taberlay, Lopes and Overend to CORBA Fest

Sid Taberlay is one of a few riders headed to the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) annual Fat Tire Fest at Castaic Lake, California on October 25. Team Sho-Air/Specialized's Taberlay, an Australian National Champion, will make a guest appearance alongside former World Champions Brian Lopes and Ned Overend.

The trio will lead out the advanced group ride at 8:30 am and both riders will return for the skills clinic at 11:15 am, with CORBA member Mark Langton at the helm.

Taberlay brings with him a wealth of riding and racing knowledge, having competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and as a former World Cup podium finisher. A little known fact about Taberlay is that as a youth, he got his intro into cycling in downhill and trials riding. Those early years gave him a great technical skill set for a cross country rider and should serve participants in the CORBA riding clinic very well.

Taberlay will also be available for a relaxed Q & A over at the Sho-Air/Specialized van in between events and after the riding clinic. Here riders can talk with Taberlay about topics like training, diet and recovery.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.