SDSF Flow Trail Update: Trail Head Cyclery 1/25 volunteer work day recap; Mike’s Bikes 2/15 work day open for registration

Dirt reverence. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Dirt reverence. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Trail Head Cyclery 1/25 volunteer work day recap; Mike’s Bikes 2/15 work day open for registration

MBoSC/Trail Head Cyclery SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
Our biggest day yet, an impressive 73 volunteers showed up to work on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past Sunday, January 25. Kicking off the day with coffee and breakfast treats provided by Whole Foods, nine crews pitched in on the soon-to-be-completed Specialized Bicycles-sponsored segment 2 and the brand new Ibis Cycles-sponsored segment 1. Volunteers fine tuned segment 2, tweaking berms and jumps, renaturalizing the trail corridor and testing features. Finish work was completed on part of segment 1 as well.

Trail Head Cyclery of San Jose provided hearty lunches, post-workday refreshments, and a huge array of raffle items. Summit Store threw in their usual generous support by way of a deep discount on lunch, while Ninkasi Brewing rewarded trail builders with well-earned cold beverages at the end of the day. Adventure Sports Journal again hosted the volunteer raffle, offering goodies such as a gift certificate to the Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge, ski lift tickets, a Platypus portable water filtration system, Crazy Creek camp chairs and more.

Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who came together for Sunday’s productive work event, and much appreciation to land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for partnering with us for this extensive project.

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Next volunteer work day Sunday 2/15, presented by Mike’s Bikes
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for Sunday February 15, with Mike’s Bikes generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. We’re looking forward to another inspiring day of trail building and camaraderie out on the flow trail! Sign up for this work day HERE.

You Dig, You Ride! And All Are Welcome!
Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing the flow trail. Work days are scheduled twice a month (see Volunteer Trail Work Day Schedule), and include breakfast, lunch, and post-work day gathering featuring refreshments and a volunteer raffle provided by generous project supporters. Everyone welcome — no trail work experience required! Our supportive, experienced crew leaders and trail builders will teach you techniques and make a confident trail builder out of you in no time flat. Plus, volunteer trail workers get to test ride and dial in new sections of the flow trail—how cool is that?!

Keep in mind that trail work days may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions.

**Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the Mike’s Bikes Sunday February 15 event HERE.**

Volunteer registration. Trail Head Cyclery wool socks for all! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteer registration. Trail Head Cyclery wool socks for all! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteer Crew Leader Bruce Dorman is stoked for another day in the forest. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteer Crew Leader Bruce Dorman is stoked for another day in the forest. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Trail Head Cyclery owner Lars Thomsen rockin’ the company colors on his hard hat. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Trail Head Cyclery owner Lars Thomsen rockin’ the company colors on his hard hat. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

A beautiful day of trail building in the forest with friends — what’s NOT to smile about? Photo by Bogdan Marian.

A beautiful day of trail building in the forest with friends — what’s NOT to smile about? Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Construction Manager Drew Perkins explains a task to volunteers. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Construction Manager Drew Perkins explains a task to volunteers. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteers armor a swale with gravel and pavers. This aids proper run-off and will prevent the development of a mud hole here during wet weather. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteers armor a swale with gravel and pavers. This aids proper run-off and will prevent the development of a mud hole here during wet weather. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteers shape an insloped turn for maximum flow. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteers shape an insloped turn for maximum flow. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

After volunteers shape and test berms, it’s time for compaction. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

After volunteers shape and test berms, it’s time for compaction. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteer crew leader Tom Wilson discovered the joy of trail work on the Emma McCrary construction crew in 2013. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteer crew leader Tom Wilson discovered the joy of trail work on the Emma McCrary construction crew in 2013. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Whoo hoo — a gift certificate to Clair Tappaan Lodge courtesy Adventure Sports Journal! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Whoo hoo — a gift certificate to Clair Tappaan Lodge courtesy Adventure Sports Journal! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Another raffle winner chooses from a great selection of prizes. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Another raffle winner chooses from a great selection of prizes. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Big day. Sweet dreams. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Big day. Sweet dreams. Photo by Bogdan Marian.


Other ways you can help with the flow trail project:

  • JOIN OUR WEEKDAY DIG CREW: We also hold informal work days during the week Tuesday through Friday, weather permitting. Contact us for further details if you can join us.
  • ASSIST WITH OTHER TASKS: If you want to help out, but aren’t keen on digging, there are still lots of ways you can help out without breaking a sweat; check out our Help Wanted page for ways you can get involved.
  • SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY: Promote your business while supporting a community driven project by pitching in to help MBoSC put on an A+ Volunteer Trail Work Day. Your sponsorship donation will provide hospitality for volunteers as well as cover MBoSC’s costs to plan and organize the event. Learn more here.
  • DONATE EQUIPMENT/RAFFLE ITEMS/CASH:. We need to raise another $140,000 in order to complete the flow trail. We also could use raffle items to reward our volunteers with, and certain equipment useful for trail building. Details here.
  • TAKE OUR SURVEY: Have you ridden the flow  yet? We want to know what you think. Your feedback will help us evaluate our work so far and plan the remaining segments. Chime in here.

 

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