Dig Weekend Recap + Dig Days Ahead; Bell Built Grant Finalist!!

Here’s the skinny on what’s happening with the Flow Trail at Demo!

Mtbr Dig Days a Success
Volunteers turned out en masse for last weekend’s Mtbr-sponsored Demo Dig Days event, making excellent progress on the Flow Trail at Demo project. Each day, over 50 trail building enthusiasts chipped in to make significant headway on FOX-adopted segment 3 and fine tune Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5.

The weekend, which boasted perfect weather and ideal trail building conditions, was hosted by Mtbr, who helped recruit volunteers and spread the word. Mtbr—renowned for their hospitality—provided volunteers with breakfast and lunch each day, with potluck dinner and icy brew topping off a full day in the dirt on Saturday. Soquel Demonstration State Forest land manager CAL FIRE issued a rare permit for the first-ever opportunity to camp on Demo’s hallowed grounds, with 19 volunteers calling the lower helipad home Saturday night.

Next Work Days Scheduled
The next official volunteer dig day is scheduled for 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 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. Save the date; more information to come.

Bell Built Finalist!
You’ve heard the buzz—the Flow Trail at Demo is one of twelve trail projects to make it to the final round of the Bell Built trail building grant program! The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and Bell have teamed up to offer this generous program that will distribute $100,000 to three trail projects in three regions (West Coast, Central, and East Coast). The three grant recipients will be selected from twelve finalists, four from each region. Eligible trail projects include bike parks, pump tracks, all mountain trails, flow trails, and downhill/gravity trails. The winners will be selected by an online vote conducted through social media, with voting taking place April 7-20 for the West Coast. MBoSC is excited to dive into efforts to promote this amazing opportunity. Stay tuned for information on how you can help spread the stoke and garner votes!

Sponsor Love
MBoSC gratefully recognizes the support of segment adopters Bontrager, Epicenter Cycling, FOX, Ibis, Specialized and Trail Head Cyclery; hospitality sponsors Mtbr and Stewards of Soquel Forest; and additional contributions from Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, The Mark Reynolds Memorial Fund, Easton, Shimano, and X-Fusion. Although all segments were quickly adopted, opportunities to host work events are still available, and private donations are always welcome.

>> Visit the MBoSC website for more information on this highly-anticipated trail and how you can help by volunteering, donating and/or sponsoring.  

Clockwise from top left: Volunteer crew leader Jill Henrich on Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5; trail construction manager Drew Perkins tests some sweet bermage; a crew makes excellent headway on FOX-adopted segment 3; Francis Cebedo awes even himself with Mtbr's stellar hospitality.

Clockwise from top left: Volunteer crew leader Jill Henrich on Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5; trail construction manager Drew Perkins tests some sweet bermage; Francis Cebedo awes even himself with Mtbr’s stellar hospitality; a crew makes excellent headway on FOX-adopted segment 3.

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