SDSF Flow Trail Update: Tread Bikes 1/10 volunteer work day recap; remaining January work days open for registration

Sweet bermy goodness all day long in the redwood forest. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Sweet bermy goodness all day long in the redwood forest. Photo by Johnny Melack.

MBoSC/Tread Bikes SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
A record 53 volunteers showed up on a gorgeous morning this past Saturday January 10 to work on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Fueled by coffee and breakfast goodies provided by Whole Foods, crews headed out to the brand new Specialized Bicycles-sponsored segment 2 to do finishing work on 5 glorious berms previously prepped by flow trail staff. With such an amazing turnout of inspired volunteers, all 5 berms were completed—and thoroughly tested of course 😉 Massive thanks to the volunteers who came out to make this work day a whopping success!

Tread Bikes of Campbell stepped up to serve as the main sponsor of the day, providing volunteers with delicious lunches, post-workday refreshments, Tread socks for all and coveted raffle items that included gift certificates for a fork overhaul and shock overhaul. Adventure Sports Journal sponsored the volunteer raffle itself, providing winners with an array of swag which included an Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) hammock, Platypus portable water filtration system, Crazy Creek camp chairs and more. Summit Store contributed as usual by offering a deep discount on lunch.

Massive thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who came together to make Saturday’s work day such a whopping success, plus a shout of appreciation to SDSF land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

Crew sign up. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Crew sign up. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Bikes! Berms! Buddies! The smile says it all. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

The smile says it all. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Teamwork. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Teamwork. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Working the vibraplate: a two-person endeavor … and a finely honed skill! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Working the vibraplate: a two-person endeavor … and a finely honed skill! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

With five berms to tighten up, there was a good deal of hand tamping going on, too. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

With five berms to tighten up, there was a good deal of hand tamping going on, too. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Re-naturalizing is a very important aspect of crafting new trail. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Re-naturalizing is a very important aspect of crafting new trail. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Getting read to test the new features. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Getting read to test the new features. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

You dig, you ride! Volunteers get to test out the features they build. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

You dig, you ride! Volunteers get to test out the features they build. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Goodnight berm. Tucking in the moisture. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Goodnight berm. Tucking in the moisture. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Post work day volunteer raffle. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Post work day volunteer raffle. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Construction manager Drew Perkins explains segments of the flow trail.

Construction manager Drew Perkins explains segments of the flow trail.


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 is 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.

Upcoming January work days (advance registration REQUIRED)

  • Monday January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): Join high school mountain biking teams for a day of advocacy and trail building (register HERE)
  • Sunday January 25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery (register HERE)
Test riding the features is almost as fun as crafting them ;-) Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Test riding the features is almost as fun as crafting them 😉 Photo by Bogdan Marian.


Other ways you can help with the flow trail project:

  • JOIN OUR WEEKDAY DIG CREW: We will 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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