SDSF Flow Trail Update: Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 2/28 volunteer work day recap; Ibis 3/14 work day open for registration

Huge thanks to Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) for sponsoring the 2/28 volunteer work day. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Huge thanks to Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) for sponsoring the 2/28 volunteer work day. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 2/28 volunteer work day recap; Ibis 3/14 work day open for registration


Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
Our flow trail volunteer work days just keep getting bigger and better! Over 60 enthusiastic volunteers arrived at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past Saturday February 28. Fueled by coffee and breakfast treats provided by Whole Foods, crews dove into creating berm upon berm on Bontrager-sponsored segment 4, making remarkable headway on this fun section.

Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) provided volunteers with hearty, delicious lunches from Summit Store. An epic post-workday spread featuring tri-tip, salmon, hot soups and an assortment of cheeses, fruits and chocolate was generously contributed and catered by MBoSC supporter Ron Alcan. Volunteers were also rewarded for their hard work with cold beverages donated by Ninkasi Brewing and an inspired raffle featuring product from Bicycle Trip in Santa Cruz.

Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who came together for Saturday’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.


Next volunteer work day Saturday 3/14, presented by Ibis Cycles
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for Saturday March 14, with Ibis Cycles 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!
So far, 439 unique volunteers have donated 4,703 hours of labor to build flow trail segments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 — nearly 3 miles of trail! 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 Ibis Cycles Saturday March 14 event HERE.**

Fueling up for the day. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Fueling up for the day. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Trail work days are a great opportunity for connecting with other mountain biking enthusiasts. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Trail work days are a great opportunity for connecting with other mountain biking enthusiasts. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

You dig, you ride. Yes, kids, too! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

You dig, you ride. Yes, kids, too! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

With an epic day of trail building ahead, there’s plenty to smile about. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

With an epic day of trail building ahead, there’s plenty to smile about. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Building glorious berms. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Building glorious berms. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteers sift organic matter out of the dirt, making for impeccably crafted berms. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteers sift organic matter out of the dirt, making for impeccably crafted berms. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Here you can see the results of a high level of attention to dirt quality. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Here you can see the results of a high level of attention to dirt quality. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Break time. Photo by Bogdan Marian’s camera. (That’s Bogdan in the middle — usually behind the lens!)

Break time. Photo by Bogdan Marian’s camera. (That’s Bogdan in the middle — usually behind the lens!)

Getting a lil wet. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Getting a lil wet. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Sweat equity. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Sweat equity. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Creating more sublime trail building dirt by picking through the organic material. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Creating more sublime trail building dirt by picking through the organic material. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Always watch out for our buddies in the forest! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Always watch out for our buddies in the forest! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Happy bikes. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Happy bikes. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

A gourmet spread featuring tri-tip, salmon, hot soup, cheese & crackers and more … wow! Photo by Mark Davidson.

A gourmet spread featuring tri-tip, salmon, hot soup, cheese & crackers and more … wow! Photo by Mark Davidson.

Caption contest. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Caption contest. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Basking in the glow of a job well done. Oh, yeah, and a glorious sunset over the Monterey Bay ;-) Photo by Mark Davidson.

Basking in the glow of a job well done. Oh, yeah, and a glorious sunset over the Monterey Bay 😉 Photo by Mark Davidson.


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 additional funds 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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