2013 was another knockout year for MBoSC and mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. We didn’t think we could exceed our 2012 achievements but we hit it out of the park with a lot of help from new volunteer leadership and from the generous support of our local bike industry and the MBoSC membership at large.
2013 BY THE NUMBERS
- 730 current members—up 300% over 2012. Join MBoSC, an IMBA chapter, to let your voice for more trails be heard.
- 9,000 estimated attendees at the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF)—up 50% over 2012.
- $85,000 raised toward building the new 4 mile Flow Trail at Demo, slated to break ground in February. $44,000 of this came in due to the generous donation by Ibis Cycles and Scot Nicol of an Ibis Ripley 29” to kick off fundraising for the project!
- 190 racers at the second Santa Cruz Super Enduro—up from 50 riders in 2012’s inaugural event.
- 3 part time employees brought on board to build the Flow Trail at Demo for your riding pleasure.
- 2 pump tracks opened with the support of MBoSC: the West Side Pump Track and the Chanticleer Pump Track, both in Santa Cruz.
- 2 miles of single track bliss opened in the Pogonip—the Emma McCrary Trail. 1,400 people access the Emma McCrary trail every week!
- Greening | Even with a 50% increase in attendance, our community-focused fundraising event—the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival—lessened our environmental impact in several ways: by using more solar power vendors, by offering a free water station in lieu of bottled water sales, by encouraging and carpooling and riding bikes to the venue, and by separating waste at the receptacles which achieved a 65% conversion rate away from the landfill.
- Setting the Bar | The wildly successful second ever Santa Cruz Super Enduro was hosted at Camp Loma in October. We moved the date to the fall and out of the shadow of the SCMBF so that we would have the resources to increase the field to 200 (it was 50 in 2012) and provide the racers with an awesome weekend experience featuring bike demos, live music, food and drink.
- Build & Ride | 2013 served up several new opportunities for riders of all abilities to shred. On June 1, the Emma McCrary Trail in the Pogonip was opened to the public after a community effort that took just less than a year to complete. More than 300 volunteers were led by MBoSC trails officer Drew Perkins and put in a whopping 3,500 hours to build this two mile trail in record time. To say that the Emma McCrary Trail is used a lot is an understatement (trail counters we put in place show an average of 120 trips for each weekday and 400 trips for each weekend day!) and it has become an essential part of the Santa Cruz trail experience.
Soon after the opening of the Emma McCrary trail, we kicked off our newest trail project, the 4 mile Flow Trail at Demo. This endeavor will take a significant amount of labor and resources, so we designed and conducted crew leader training sessions to strengthen our trail building capacity. We now boast 31 crew leader who completed the training in 2013 and 20 will join the ranks in early 2014.
Additionally, two community pump tracks in Santa Cruz were opened our support: the West Side Pump Track at Mission and Western and the Chanticleer Pump Track in the Live Oak area. MBoSC provided funding for the westside track and political leadership for getting the Chanticleer project through the County process. Congratulations and thanks to Chris Waagner-Jaureg of Another Bike Shop for the spearheading the West Side Pump Track and Scott Veach for driving the construction of the Chanticleer Pump Track.
2013 ABOVE & BEYOND SUPPORT
MBoSC 2013 accomplishments were made with the generous support and commitment from our volunteers, partners and donors. We would like to recognize the following volunteers for their above and beyond leadership and support of MBoSC’s projects: Mark and Eve Davidson, Steve and Megan Gemelos, Michele Lamelin, Daryl Breuninger, Sebastien Praly, Drew Perkins, Maggie Parker, Julie Kanagy, Tom P Jones, Melissa Cline, Patty Ciesla, Dave Robinson, Sean Andrasik, and Matt De Young. An extra shout to Dave, Sean and Matt for their contribution to our club through their new business teaching bike skills (The Ride Guides) and a shout as well to Dave Smith of Shuttle Smith Adventures for his dedicated support as well. Also, our partners from the bike industry really stepped up this year: Mark Jordan and Dan Robbins from FOX; Azul Couzens, Allan Cooke and Jessica Klodnicki from BELL; Scot Nicol, Tom Morgan and Colin Hughes from Ibis Cycles. A big nod as well to our major donors this year: Joel, Jeff and Richard. Thank you all for making 2013 great for mountain biking in Santa Cruz County.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR 2014
The MBoSC train is already on the fast track for 2014. Some of the projects we are working on include:
- Using our influence as an IMBA chapter when working at the State and National level.
- Starting construction on the 4 Mile Flow Trail at Demo in February.
- Building the Scotts Valley Pump Track this spring.
- Presenting the 2014 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos April 5-6. This will most definitely be the final year at this venue. We need sponsors and volunteers!
- Capping off the California Enduro Series 2014 season with the Santa Cruz Super Enduro at Soquel Demonstration State Forest October 10-12.
- Developing the partnerships to build and open trails at Coast Dairies and the CEMEX properties.
PLEASE PITCH IN
With many other opportunities and partnerships on the table, MBoSC could really use your help to in continuing our mission to promote and improve mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. Please volunteer for the role, event or trail building sessions that impact your life—we especially need dedicated leaders to help drive the many exciting projects in the works. Also, please donate to help build our capacity and expand our operations.
Your generous support over the years is truly appreciated. We hope we can count on your support for our events, fundraisers and trail building for 2014. Mountain biking in Santa Cruz County has a bright future thanks to all of you!