Welcome to Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz!

_MG_5633Mountain 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. Our organization enriches the local mountain bike community through trail building, group rides, events and cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups.

Mountain biking promotes community, opportunity, achievement and sustainability.

Help us bring mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living and create more authorized trail access. Check out our Dig Days Volunteer Trailwork Schedule for opportunities to help out on our local trails! Sign up now! Joinvolunteer and sponsor/donate – together we can make a difference!

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Matt De Young Named Executive Director of MBOSC!

This is just a brief interruption to all the amazing updates you get in these emails…the trail work, the advocacy, the races, the general meetings. There’s a ton going on at MBOSC and I want to take a minute to recognize the driving force behind all that activity, Matt De Young.

Matt’s been an incredible force for mountain-bike-goodness in Santa Cruz for many years, but joined MBOSC as its first full-time employee just a little over a year ago, in December of 2015. We agreed on a somewhat clunky title for Matt as ‘Trails and Business Manager’ because, well, he’s a trail guru and we knew we’d need his help driving the myriad other activities that make MBoSC tick. We had very high expectations of Matt based on the great work he’d been doing and we knew that you, the folks we represent as a Board, deserved the very best. What we couldn’t anticipate was how thoroughly Matt would crush those expectations in year one.

In my time with Matt over the last few years, I’ve always admired his unique blend of talents. Matt’s our key liaison with our Land Managers and has earned their respect with a combination of strategic thinking and real ‘dirt under the fingernails’; he’s been the key to rallying and organizing the amazing community of volunteers that make Dig Days, The Old Cabin Classic, and all our other events’ huge successes; and, more recently, through both very public and very private outreach, Matt’s been our key voice as we advocate for expanded trail access (such as his excellent presentation at the City Council meeting last month). And he’s done it in a way that sheds the best possible light on our cause… he is likeable, open-minded, respectful, and a true believer in our collective cause, and I think we all see that. What folks might not have as great an appreciation for, though, is that Matt is also incredibly strategic in his approach and very, very driven to succeed. In short, Matt’s done everything we’d hoped for from a highly-capable leader for our deserving organization; so it’s with great pleasure that we announce Matt’s promotion to Executive Director of MBOSC.

-John Leckrone, MBOSC President

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We’re Hiring!

Events and Marketing Coordinator

Job Summary

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is a rapidly-growing non-profit organization driven by passionate volunteers and augmented by high-caliber professional staff. We are an organization of mountain bikers for mountain bikers. We foster a positive and pro-active culture at the intersection of recreation, stewardship, and community. We are expanding our professional staff to satisfy the ever-growing demand for what we do: to promote and expand legitimate mountain bike access in Santa Cruz County.

We are seeking an experienced Events and Marketing Coordinator to engage and grow our community and membership. This includes planning MBoSC events such as the Old Cabin Classic, MBoSC Super Swap, General Meetings, Dig Days, Volunteer and Member Appreciation Events as well as managing MBoSC communications via social media, the MBoSC website and email. The ideal person for this role will effectively balance collaborative and independent work styles, have an energetic and can-do attitude, and be a passionate spokesperson for the organization.

Time Commitment: Full Time. Flexible schedule, requires evening and weekend work.
Salary: Based on Experience. Plus vacation/sick leave and health insurance stipend.

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Dig Day with Epicenter Cycling on Emma McCrary Trail 3/25!

Come on out and help us maintain the most widely used trail in Santa Cruz on Saturday, March 25th! With an average of 80,000 trips a year, Emma McCrary trail could use some TLC. We’ll spend the day clearing drains and maintaining berms. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor; some cold refreshments from New Bohemia Brewing and a sweet raffle by X-fusion Shox. Big thanks to Epicenter Cycling for sponsoring the work day and consistently supporting MBoSC!

We’ll keep you going strong throughout the day by providing Verve coffee, donuts, and lunch from Velocity Bike Park. We encourage you to ride your bike to the Dig Day so you can test ride your work.

More info and sign up here!

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Next Dig Day Saturday March 11th at Wilder Ranch! New Schedule Released! Weekday Trail Work Opportunities!

New Dig Day Schedule Announced!
Next event Saturday, March 11th at Wilder Ranch State Park!

Well the sun has decided to make more than just a fleeting appearance. This being the case it’s time we all peel ourselves off the couch, hitch up our britches, and get moving. No doubt we are all eager to get pedaling, but there is much work to be done on the trails after the recent rains!  We have rescheduled cancelled events for this spring, with new events at Wilder Ranch and SDSF. Check out our updated Dig Day schedule here.

The next Dig Day event will be on Saturday March 11th at Wilder Ranch State Park. We will be working on armoring a section of the Enchanted Loop Trail that needs some love after the rains. Help us re-enchant the Enchanted Loop! Find more info and sign up here! RSVP required.

Save the Date!

Saturday 3/25 – Epicenter Cycling Dig Day on the Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip!
Saturday 4/8 – Another Bike Shop Dig Day on UConn in Pogonip!

Upcoming Trail Work Opportunities

Shakespeare Connector Trail Work 9:00am- 3:00pm
Thursday 3/2, Friday 3/3, Saturday 3/4
Tuesday 3/7, Thursday 3/9, Friday 3/10
Monday 3/13, Tuesday 3/14

We have been making great progress on the Shakespeare Connector Trail at Delaveaga and are on the home stretch. This trail will provide pedestrian access to the new Santa Cruz Shakespeare venue (map here) from the Prospect Heights Neighborhood. Give us a hand to get this trail finished! We will be working this Saturday March 4th in case you would like to help but can’t do weekdays. Sign up for any of the above dates here! RSVP required.

Wilder Wednesdays!
Wednesdays 8:30am -3:00pm

Join MBoSC for Wednesday trailwork at Wilder Ranch State Park this March! The trails at Wilder have taken a beating this Winter. We will be working to repair storm damage and get to get the trails in tip top shape for Spring. Please lend a hand if you can! Find more info and signup here! RSVP required.

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Tom Wilson: Volunteer of the Month

    Tom Wilson has been a dedicated volunteer for many years, beginning with the construction of Emma McCrary Trail. Tom has also participated in our Crew Leader Training course and leads crews on Dig Days. Tom comes to nearly every Dig Day, always offering to pick up coffee or help out. Beyond that, Tom’s business, Geo H. Wilson, serves as the home for the MBoSC tool trailer, wheelbarrows, trail leader training classrooms, tool cleaning parties, and occasionally barbecues. We at Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz truly could not set out to accomplish the completion of our projects and operations without people like Tom.

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