SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mike’s Bikes 2/15 volunteer work day recap; Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 2/28 work day open for registration; oh and …

Mike’s Bikes hooked trail workers up with a hearty lunch and post-workday snacks. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Mike’s Bikes hooked trail workers up with a hearty lunch and post-workday snacks. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mike’s Bikes 2/15 volunteer work day recap; Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 2/28 work day open for registration; oh and … segments 1 & 2 are open for beta testing 🙂


MBoSC/Mike’s Bikes SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
53 people showed up on Valentine’s Day weekend to give some love to the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Sunday’s workday started off with coffee and breakfast treats provided by Whole Foods, then crews headed into the forest for a full day of fine-tuning Ibis Cycles-sponsored segment 1 and Specialized Bicycles-sponsored segment 2.

Mike’s Bikes provided delicious lunches, post-workday refreshments, and an assortment of raffle items including a gift certificate for a bike tune-up. Summit Store gave a deep discount on lunch as usual, 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 Mount Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours, Sierra-at-Tahoe ski lift ticket, 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 unique and innovative project.

Segments 1 (sponsored by Ibis) and 2 (sponsored by Specialized) to open for beta testing
Yes, that’s right. You’ve got the green light to give the latest segments a go this coming weekend. But only if you promise to let us know what you think by completing our survey afterwards so we can dial in anything that comes up short of sublime perfection. Where to go? Segment 1 starts at the picnic bench on Ridge Trail just past the Braille intersection. Segments 1, 2, and 3 make up over two miles of uninterrupted singletrack. You will still need to use Tractor to access segment 5. Take it easy your first time down to get a feel for the flow. Also, keep in mind that these segments may be closed during wet weather as we evaluate how they hold up to more use. We appreciate you respecting closed signs when posted. If you have any questions, give us a shout.

Next volunteer work day Saturday 2/28, presented by Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB)
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for Saturday February 28, with Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 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.

Test ride the features you help build. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Test ride the features you help build. Photo by Johnny Melack.

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 Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) Saturday February 28 event HERE.**

 Construction Manager Drew Perkins runs down safety guidelines and the day’s plan of attack. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Construction Manager Drew Perkins runs down safety guidelines and the day’s plan of attack. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Crew sign up. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Crew sign up. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Lunches include gourmet sandwiches from Summit Store. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Lunches include gourmet sandwiches from Summit Store. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Bridge construction on segment 2. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Bridge construction on segment 2. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Bridges prevent impacts to ephemeral drainage during wet weather. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Bridges prevent impacts to ephemeral drainage during wet weather. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Trail building isn’t all about moving dirt. Moving rocks and/or logs takes ingenuity and skill. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Trail building isn’t all about moving dirt. Moving rocks and/or logs takes ingenuity and skill. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Sweat equity. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Sweat equity. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Never a bad time for a good joke. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Never a bad time for a good joke. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Dialing in a berm. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Dialing in a berm. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Several members of the weekday ACE crew volunteered for Sunday's build day. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Several members of the weekday ACE crew volunteered for Sunday’s build day. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Basking in the afterglow of another successful workday. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Basking in the afterglow of another successful workday. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Scoring a sweet FOX hoodie at the volunteer raffle. Photo by Johnny Melack.

Scoring a sweet FOX hoodie at the volunteer raffle. Photo by Johnny Melack.

You, too, could be the darling of your next White Elephant party! Photo by Johnny Melack.

You, too, could be the darling of your next White Elephant party! Photo by Johnny Melack.


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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