Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

2014_BellBuilt_Facebook_WallPost_DemoMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is a non-profit mountain bike advocacy organization and a chapter of  the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). MBoSC works to promote mountain bike recreation and to expand sustainable trail access in the Santa Cruz area.

MBoSC enriches the local mountain bike community through trail building, our  annual mountain bike festival and enduro race, group rides, social events, and cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups. These activities are driven by our volunteer staff and our members.

Get involved with our current project, the Demo Flow Trail — a 4 mile feature-laden purpose-built trail that swoops through the beautiful Soquel Demonstration State Forest. This progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities from beginner to pro and is an excellent example of how local mountain biking enthusiasts and land managers can work together to build new trails in a sustainable way. Learn more about this highly anticipated trail and how you can help here. We are proud to have been chosen as a Bell Built finalist and are in the running to win a $33k grant to help us complete this trail! Vote for the Demo Flow Trail by Sunday April 20!

Join MBoSC/IMBA to be a part of bringing mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living. Volunteer, sponsor or donate — we appreciate your support!

Posted in advocacy, trail building, trails, welcome | Comments Off

AZ bike park wins Bell Built grant; high fives to all finalists & big thanks to our supporters


Despite our best efforts—rallied under a challenging time with tapped out volunteer resources—MBoSC couldn’t get a strong enough foothold in this competition and now offer our sincere congratulations to the folks out in Flagstaff who will receive some hefty help on their project, the Ft. Tuthill Bike Park. Field trip to AZ anyone? !! High fives to all of our west coast competitors, and best of luck to the Central Coast and East Coast finalists.

We should all be super proud of how hard we worked to bring in the votes while simultaneously preparing for and throwing the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, our club’s biggest fundraiser which benefits mountain biking organizations and projects throughout Santa Cruz county.

At the close of this campaign, we look to what makes our project a winner no matter who receives the coveted grant: the heart and soul of the Demo Flow Trail—the people making it happen. This comment plucked from a thread about the grant contest cements the MBoSC pride: “Considering the passion of the people working on [the Demo Flow Trail] and supporting it… this is so deserving of a fair share of the grant.”

Passion, commitment, dedication, heart. We’ve got that dialed here in the 831. ;) Thank you, friends, for the heaps of support you have given to us in our quest to win the Bell Built grant. No matter what, #wewin.

Dig on and peace out!

votedemoflowtrailtanks_dig_mbosc Continue reading

Posted in announcements, bell built, Bell Built Grant, demo, flowtrail, sdsf, trail building, trails, volunteer | Comments Off

Demo Flow Trail Update: the Flowin’ is GOOD!

TONS happening with the Demo Flow Trail lately — so much, it’s hard to keep up with ourselves!!

MBoSC President Mark Davidson getting his dig on during the 4/8 Santa Cruz Bicycles-sponsored trail work event. Photo courtesy Scott McClain of Called to Creation, up from SoCal to shoot the Sea Otter Classic.

MBoSC President Mark Davidson getting his dig on during the 4/8 Santa Cruz Bicycles-sponsored trail work event. Photo courtesy Scott McClain of Called to Creation, up from SoCal to shoot the Sea Otter Classic.

Recap: Santa Cruz Bikes April 8 Dig Day
Industry friends in town for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival and Sea Otter Classic made their way into the Demo forest on Tuesday, April 8 to check out the flow and help dig a bit with our regular volunteers. Fueled by grub sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles (thank you SCB!), the crew worked hard on the FOX-adopted segment 3, shaping berms and rollers, and re-naturalizing finished areas.

Mick’s Automotive Sponsors Next Dig, Saturday April 19
Mick’s Automotive will be providing hospitality for our next volunteer work event, Saturday April 19. This full service Santa Cruz auto repair shop specializing in the maintenance and repair of select Japanese vehicles is committed to providing hospitality for volunteer work events throughout the project. Huge thanks to our friends at Mick’s! Finishing work on Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5 and FOX-adopted segment 3 are in the dig day plan.

Can’t make this Saturday’s trail building? Santa Cruz Bicycles sponsors the next dig Saturday, May 3.

>>Sign up here to secure your spot on either or both crew (s).

Home stretch for Bell Built Voting (Sunday 4/20 deadline)! Continue reading

Posted in announcements, bell built, Bell Built Grant, demo, flowtrail, media, news, sdsf, trail building, trails | Comments Off

VOTE NOW! Help win the Bell Built grant for the Flow Trail at Demo

VOTING IS NOW OPEN UNTIL 4/20 — Please SHARE THIS LINK with your networks and help win this grant! 

Your vote counts — YOU can help us complete this amazing trail that will deliver smiles for riders of all ages and skill levels, from the young (or not so young) beginner to the downhill pro!

Voting is easy, but you do have to follow all the way through by clicking the link in the confirmation email. And especially important at the very end — when you get directed back to the Bell Built page for our project, be sure to click the Facebook “SHARE” button to let all your Facebook friends know to follow your lead.

Check out this amazing promo vid and then get your vote in!

Gratitude to SDSF land manager CAL FIRE for their support of this endeavor, and to our awesome sponsors, donors & volunteers, too!

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Bell Built Trailbuilding Grant Kicks Off

4/7 UPDATE: Flow Trail Supporters—VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Please share this link on your social media channels! Let’s go viral and win this grant!!  Continue reading

Posted in announcements, demo, flowtrail, sdsf | Comments Off

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival — New Announcements

SCMBF_ThankYou_BannerFWell, hello April! Can it really be April 1 already? Who’s down to join us this coming weekend (April 5-6) in Aptos Village, CA for our 5th annual festival? We’ve sure come a long way since our very first event at Depot Park in 2010. Check out all the exciting comps and skills clinics plus an inspired list of expo activities lined up for this year’s festival!

Some late breaking news that you may not yet have heard: Freeride legend and Santa Cruz local Cam McCaul is bringing a fresh twist to this year’s 831 JUMP JAM & CONTEST sponsored by Trek and Epicenter Cycling. We’re amped to announce that the amateur portion of this event is a Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour Bronze event! Up & coming riders, here’s your chance to show your talent, gain experience and earn points for the FMB US amateur series. FMB Bronze events offer amateur athletes an achievable way to work up to pro ranks—register now and get ready to send it into the big time!

In other news, we’d like to remind y’all that we strive to be a Zero Waste Event. Our operations will be powered by the sun courtesy Sandbar Solar. Carpooling and biking to the event will further diminish the festival’s impact on the planet. Free, secure bike valet parking on the Expo grounds will be provided by People Power of Santa Cruz. Bottled water will not be available for sale; however, HydroLogic will provide filtered water, so please bring your reusable water bottles and leave the bottled water behind. Alternatively, you can purchase our commemorative SCMBF mason jar at the beer garden or merchandise booth, and feel good knowing you’re helping the environment, funding bike projects and bringing home a super sweet memento of a great time!

Speaking of turning your dollars into new trails and other bike projects by purchasing rad commemorative products—be sure to swing by our merchandise booth to check out this year’s ALL NEW t-shirt and socks designs. You’ll want one or both, guaranteed! Also make a stop at the raffle booth where you can purchase $1 and $5 tickets for the chance to win some impressive gear. A silent auction will also be offered so bid on your favorite items and go home with a great deal!

Kick around the rest of our website for more information on this super fun event!

Posted in aptos, santa cruz mountain bike festival, scmbf | Comments Off