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.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that all six segments of the Flow Trail at Demo have been officially “adopted” by local bicycle industry sponsors! Generous contributions from Bontrager, Epicenter Cycling, Ibis, FOX, Specialized and Trail Head Cyclery will go a long way toward construction costs of this four mile trail. A skills center planned for the area between segments five and six will be funded by the Mark Reynolds Memorial Fund.
Donations from Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, Shimano, Easton and X-Fusion kicked off our project, while the Stewards of Soquel Forest pitched in by hosting our first official volunteer trail work event on February 22. We’re appreciative of all in our community who believe in our work and want to be a part of this highly anticipated endeavor.
Our next volunteer trail work event is scheduled for THIS COMING SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 15-16 and will be hosted by our fun-loving friends with Mtbr. Mtbr’s Demo Dig Days event offers optional tent camping at the Enduro™ helipad—a first-ever opportunity to camp on the hallowed grounds of Demo—plus sweet schwag, great food and plenty of apres work beverages. Camping space is limited, and it will fill up fast. Pre-registration for crew and camping is required and closes Thursday 8am; sign up here to ensure your spot on the volunteer roster. Check out Mtbr’s detailed write up on the Demo Dig Days event here, and their stellar piece on our beloved Soquel Demonstration State Forest here. Also, don’t miss the exciting flow trail commentary on the Mtbr NorCal Forum here! Continue reading
Special report by Mark Davidson, MBoSC President
One prospect that gets me excited about local mountain bike advocacy is the opportunities presented by the CEMEX redwoods property. This 8,500 acre parcel was owned by the multi-national company CEMEX but had recently been purchased by 4 land trust partners with the goal of conservation and recreation. This parcel and the adjacent Coast Dairies property (managed by the BLM) represents nearly 14,000 contiguous acres between Bonny Doon and Davenport. Linking these two properties with a trails system could provide for long descents with a 2,500 foot elevation drop. Imagine a ten to fifteen mile ride from Empire Grade to the beach through spectacular redwood forests with sweeping ocean views within 10 years.
The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is responsible for the public access plan and have started engaging recreational stake holders, the communities of Davenport and Bonny Doon and the public soliciting feedback. On Thursday March 6th, I attended the CEMEX Recreational Stakeholders meeting hosted and facilitated by the Land Trust at their office in Santa Cruz. This meeting was well attended by representatives from diverse recreational and neighborhood interests which included: mountain bikers (me), Bonny Doon residents, birders, hikers, equestrians, the Sierra Club, mushroom gatherers, Big Creek Lumber, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and the BLM. This was an opportunity for leaders of the various interest groups to come together to build consensus on the types of recreational activities appropriate for the property and to hash out potential conflicts. The format allowed for all voices and points of view to be heard. The discussion was respectful and civil.
The great news is that multi-use trails and mountain biking access throughout the entire property has been considered and is part of the public access plan. None of the stakeholders objected or pushed back on that point. I was also happy to learn that undeveloped camping is considered as part of the public access plan. Beyond that, I asked for single use trails (mountain bike only, hiker/horse only) and one way directional trails should be considered to mitigate conflict. Also, events like races, festivals and commercial activities like photo shoots and (mtb) product testing should be considered. The objective is to open this property to the public in October 2015.
Forest. Dirt. Dig. You just *get* it. Photo courtesy Josh Davidson.
WARNING: read this in a place where it’s okay to jump up & down with extreme excitement. Really. Dig every word.
Stewards host first official workday; big progress on Epicenter Cycling-adopted Segment 5
The Flow Trail at Demo volunteer work events are off to an enthusiastic start with a great turnout for our first official dig day on Saturday, February 22. Over 35 people helped dig, compact, sculpt, shore up, and drain some nice sticky soil that will form the hardened tread of Segment 5, generously adopted by local bike shop Epicenter Cycling. The workday was infused with hospitality provided by the Stewards of Soquel Forest, a small non-profit that supports the recreation and education elements of Soquel Demonstration State Forest’s mission. The Stewards fueled volunteers for their day with morning coffee and carbs, followed by a selection of sandwiches, fruit and cookies for lunch, and a post-project tailgate party featuring quality snacks and cold bee…. beverages for all to enjoy.
BELL pitches in
A motivated crew of 15 BELL employees pitched in the day before our official volunteer event, giving volunteer trail crew leaders the chance to practice their leadership skills. This industry giant’s self-hosted work day also offered the opportunity to energize their BELL Built grant program through IMBA… er… speaking of which… WE JUST FOUND OUT WE’RE A FINALIST FOR! We learned of this literally upon publishing this blog; stayed tuned for more info—you know we’re busting to give you the full lowdown on this extraordinary opportunity.
Next work event sponsored by MTBR, includes camping at Demo (!!) Continue reading
MBoSC friends— here’s what’s shaking in our corner of the world these days:
Club Meeting — March 10
Monday March 10, 7pm Seabright Brewery, more info here.
Flow Trail at Demo — Next Volunteer Weekend Work Event March 15-16
Sign up NOW for our next volunteer weekend work event, March 15-16! (And if you can play hookie this coming Friday March 7, shoot an email to email@example.com for the skinny on this impromptu weekday dig sesh.) Keep up to date on this incredible endeavor via trail builder Matt De Young’s engaging Trail Talk blog—if you aren’t motivated to pick up a shovel or other rad tool after reading his posts, you might want to check your pulse! Learn more about volunteering, donating to or sponsoring by visiting the flow trail section of our website.
Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival — April 5-6, Aptos Village
Just one more month (!!!!) ‘til MBoSC’s biggest fundraiser comes to town, can you believe it? The SCMBF planning committee has been JAMMING and things are looking sweet for this year’s family-friendly, eco-conscious MTB celebration. We could use your help! Mosey around our updated website to see what’s what and then hit us up to VOLUNTEER or SPONSOR! Continue reading
Drew piling a berm high and deep. Photo Josh Davidson
Good morning and welcome to Trail Talk… With the heavy digging complete on segment 5 we are left with the task of fine tuning the trail into its final iteration. We are adjusting turns, steepening berms, changing the spacing of rollers and grade reversals to maximize the flow. Trail Construction Manager Drew Perkins dropped some knowledge on the situation, “the goal is to maximize return on your potential energy rather than converting it to heat with your brakes.” Heady. Very little pedaling or braking is required to make it through this section with the quickness. Continue reading