SDSF Flow Trail Update: Specialized Bicycles’ 4/14 volunteer work day recap; Save the Date for 5/9 Grand Opening

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Volunteers finesse one of the final berms on the flow trail, capping off nearly four miles of feature-laden flow.

Specialized Bicycles Volunteer Work Day Recap
Photos by Bruce Dorman
13 of Specialized Bicycles’ top pro riders joined forces with Specialized employees and trail work regulars to put the finishing touches on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest this past Tuesday April 14. A total of 58 mountain biking enthusiasts compacted berms still moist from the most recent rain, and hand built the connecting trail between segments 5 and 6. Between the jovial atmosphere and giddy test riding, cheek muscles got a great work out as well judging by all the massive smiles.

Pacific Coffee Roasting Company fueled volunteers with morning java, and Specialized provided tasty lunches and post-workday snacks from Summit Store. Volunteers also enjoyed post-workday cold beverages donated by Ninkasi Brewing and a generous raffle sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal and Specialized. Raffle prizes included a sweatshirt and canopy tour courtesy Mt. Hermon Adventures Redwood Canopy Tours, assorted Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) product, ASJ t-shirts and more. Specialized generously contributed the grand prize of the day, a downhill helmet signed by Specialized pros.

Many thanks to the Specialized athletes from around the world who threw in with us on the trail: Curtis Keene, Christoph Sauser, Todd Wells, Matt Hunter, Hannah Barnes, Anneke Beerten, Lea Davison, Mitch Ropelato, Simon Andreassen, Egan Bernal, Pablo Mazuera, Howard Grotts and Sam Gaze, and of course to Specialized and its employees as well for all the support and hard work. Much appreciation as always to the day’s volunteers and sponsors, and to land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for partnering with us for this unique and innovative project.

Segment 6 opens Friday 4/17; Save the Date for 5/9 Grand Opening!
534 unique volunteers have donated 6,330 hours of labor since February 2014 to build this epic 4-mile trail. All six segments will be open effective Friday afternoon 4/17 – let’s get some tires rolling to compact the newly crafted berms on Trail Head Cyclery-sponsored segment 6!

Plus, please join us at the GRAND OPENING ceremony and celebration on Saturday May 9, 2015 at Badger Spring Picnic Area at SDSF from 1-4pm! Mark your calendar … details to be announced real soon.

Check out this Adventure Sports Journal write-up preview about the event in which Anneka Beerten, Lea Davison, Christoph Sauser and Todd Wells chime in about trail work.

Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming. Photo: Bruce Dorman

Sometimes you just have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.

58 volunteers, including a number of Specialized pros from around the world, gather for the last flow trail work day. Photo: Bruce Dorman

58 volunteers, including a number of Specialized pros from around the world, gather for the last flow trail work day.

One of many impeccably crafted berms along the trail. There’s a massive amount of heart and soul in that there dirt.

One of many impeccably crafted berms along the trail. There’s a massive amount of heart and soul in that there dirt.

The flow trail winds through an inspiring variety of terrain, blending beautifully with the environment.

The flow trail winds through an inspiring variety of terrain, blending beautifully with the environment.

We’ve published a number of shots illustrating the hard work that goes into the creation of well-crafted berms. As you ride these features, keep in mind all that went into their creation.

We’ve published a number of shots illustrating the hard work that goes into the creation of well-crafted berms. As you ride these features, keep in mind all that went into their creation.

Specialized pros test riding the flow. 13 riders came in from all over the world to pitch in with trail work. British cyclist Hannah Barnes summed up the experience in a post on her Facebook page, saying, “So much fun trail building near Santa Cruz today, and with such a lovely group of people! It was great to see how much passion and hard work the local biking communities put into their trail development and to be part of it for a day!”

Specialized pros test riding the flow. 13 riders came in from all over the world to pitch in with trail work. British cyclist Hannah Barnes summed up the experience in a post on her Facebook page, saying, “So much fun trail building near Santa Cruz today, and with such a lovely group of people! It was great to see how much passion and hard work the local biking communities put into their trail development and to be part of it for a day!”

And that’s a wrap. Get out there and ride the flow in full! (Yes, segment 6 is open as of Friday afternoon, April 17!!)

And that’s a wrap. Get out there and ride the flow in full! (Yes, segment 6 is open as of Friday afternoon, April 17!!)

 

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