Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

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Fun in the 831. Enchanted Loop, Wilder Ranch State Park. Photo: Bruce Dorman

Mountain 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.

Join MBoSC to be a part of bringing mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living.

Get involved with our biggest current project, the Flow Trail at Demo—four miles of purpose-built singletrack at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Volunteer, sponsor or donate—we appreciate your support.

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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!

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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

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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!

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3/30 Dig Day CANCELLED; 4/8 Dig Day registration open

Tamping is one of the most important tasks in creating a safe, sustainable, long-lived trail.

Tamping is one of the most important tasks in creating a safe, sustainable, long-lived trail.

3/30 Dig Day CANCELLED due to rain
Regrettably, the next official volunteer dig day scheduled for Sunday March 30 has been cancelled. Rain day for this Mick’s Automotive-sponsored event is scheduled for Saturday April 19. Sign up here to hold your spot on the trail crew.

4/8 Santa Cruz Bicycles Dig Day registration is open
In the meantime, get ready to play some hooky and join us for our Santa Cruz Bicycles-sponsored dig day on Tuesday April 8 with industry folk in town for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (April 5-6) and Sea Otter Classic (April 10-13). Sign up here to hold your spot on the trail crew.

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Flow Trail at Demo 3/30 & 4/8 Dig Days Reminder

Volunteers gather ‘round for a safety talk prior to heading out to their assignments on the trail.

Volunteers gather ‘round for a safety talk prior to heading out to their assignments on the trail.

Mick’s Automotive Hosts March 30 Dig Day
The next official volunteer dig day is scheduled for this coming Sunday March 30, and will be hosted by Mick’s Automotive. Volunteers will be assigned a variety of projects to work on and will enjoy hospitality that includes a catered lunch provided by this locally owned Japanese auto specialist. Registration is required; sign up here by Friday March 28 to ensure your spot on the trail crew.

Industry Dig Day Tuesday April 8: Save the Date
Industry folk in town for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (April 5-6) and Sea Otter Classic (April 10-13) will be invited to come dig and celebrate with us on Tuesday April 8. We are looking for a hospitality sponsor to host this event. If you would like to help feed and hydrate this day’s diggers, please contact us for more info.

Be sure to mark your calendar to vote (April 7-20)—the Bell Built grant would go a long way for this amazing trail! Continue reading

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