5th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival to Run April 5-6 in Aptos; FOX Returns as Title Sponsor

APTOS, CA – January 10, 2014 Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is proud to announce the return of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF) to Aptos Village for its fifth year on April 5-6, 2014—the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey.

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was created to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz county and continues to grow year after year with the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community. In just its fourth year, the 2013 eco-conscious festival drew over 9,000 attendees and 395 registered participants—a 50% increase in attendance and 220% increase in registered participation over 2012. The success of the event is a testament to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz county.

The family-friendly two day, volunteer-run, festival includes competitive events for pros and amateurs alike, a kids’ rodeo and fun lap, bike demos, skills clinics, an industry exposition area, food court, beer garden, live music and more for bike enthusiasts, family members, and friends. The event reflects what Santa Cruz is all about: loving the outdoors, meeting friendly people, kicking back and immersing yourself in your favorite sport.

MBoSC is thrilled to report the festival’s return to its popular venue on the Barry Swenson Builder property—site of the world renowned Aptos Post Office Jumps and the Epicenter Pump Track—in Aptos Village. This year will mark the end of this festival venue but MBoSC expresses sincere appreciation for Barry Swenson Builder’s generosity and support over the past several years. Club President Mark Davidson enthuses, “We are very grateful to Barry Swenson Builder for allowing the festival in Aptos Village one last time. They were the driving force for getting the approval from the County of these two temporary bike parks on their property. These parks have been an integral part of the festival and we couldn’t do it without the support of Barry Swenson Builder.” Jesse Nickell, Sr. Vice President of Construction for Barry Swenson Builder adds, “Barry Swenson Builder has provided the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival venue for the past four years. We initially supported the temporary bike parks to show a social need for bike parks so that permanent parks can be built.”

MBoSC is thrilled to announce FOX‘s return as the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival’s title sponsor. 2014 marks the fourth year that the Scotts Valley-based suspension products manufacturer has offered title sponsorship support to this grassroots event that raises funds for bike projects throughout Santa Cruz county. FOX’s generous support contributes a great deal to the festival’s success and demonstrates the importance local community to this world-wide industry leader. Mark Jordan, FOX Global Communications Manager, affirms “It’s great having the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival right in our backyard. The atmosphere is welcoming and there is everything from pro and amateur racing to bike demos and kids’ events. It’s fun for the whole family.”

The 2014 festival will bring back popular events from previous years such as the 831 Amateur Jump Contest and Pro Jam, Pump Track Pandemonium, Kat Sweet’s Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz, bike skills clinics, and family favorites Kids’ Rodeo and Fun Lap… PLUS other fun celebratory and competitive events are in the works! Bike demos from the industry’s top brands will take center stage once again and Shuttle Smith Adventures will be on hand to shuttle you up to some of the best singletrack in the Santa Cruz area—Soquel Demonstration State Forest (Demo). Add in a diverse expo area, a beer and food court featuring local brew & eats, live music and other entertainment and, well, needless to say it’s going to be an incredible weekend for two wheeled enthusiasts in Santa Cruz County!

MBoSC is looking forward to the continued success of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in 2014, inviting community and industry businesses and organizations to be a part of that success as a sponsor/supporter. Contact us for our 2014 sponsorship packet.

A volunteer-run event, the festival is also in need of dedicated people to help out in a myriad of roles. Contact us for volunteer opportunities.

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Relive the 2013 action through photos and videos and read the 2013 post-festival press release.

The mission of the festival is to celebrate mountain biking in Santa Cruz county by bringing cycling enthusiasts together to participate in and spectate competitive and recreational mountain bike events, promoting the world class mountain biking facilities and riders of Santa Cruz county while bringing the local community together and advocating for an active outdoor lifestyle. Through the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, MBoSC—a 501(c)3 non-profit organization—has raised significant funds to support bike projects in Santa Cruz county.

About Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC)
An affiliate club of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is an IRC 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to the promotion of mountain biking in Santa Cruz County in a healthy and sustainable manner. Amongst many other notable projects, the club presents the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF) and Santa Cruz Super Enduro (SCSE), and has also helped with the formation of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz and the California Enduro Series. MBoSC played a pivotal part in the creation of the Emma McCrary Trail, and is poised to begin construction on the all new 4 mile Flow Trail at Demo.

Returning this fall: the Santa Cruz Super Enduro, season finale for the 2014 California Enduro Series!


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