Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

Website-Graphic-1Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is a non-profit mountain bike advocacy organization and a chapter of  the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). MBoSC works to promote mountain bike recreation and to expand sustainable trail access in the Santa Cruz area.

MBoSC enriches the local mountain bike community through trail building, group rides, events such as our annual mountain bike festival and Enduro race, as well as through cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups. These activities are driven by our volunteer staff and our members.

Get involved with our current trail project, a FOUR MILE FEATURE-RICH FLOW TRAIL that swoops through the beautiful Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). A project in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), this progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities and is an excellent example of how local mountain biking enthusiasts and land managers can work together to build new trails in a sustainable way. Learn more about this highly anticipated trail and how you can help here.

MBoSC encourages you to be a part of bringing mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living. Join, volunteer, and sponsor/donate — we appreciate your support!

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Adventure Sports Journal 12/20 work day recap; Tread Bikes 1/10 work day announced

Squeaky clean, but not for long! Volunteers prepare for a day of trail work in the forest. Photo: Michele Lamelin

Squeaky clean, but not for long! Volunteers prepare for a day of trail work in the forest. Photo: Michele Lamelin

SDSF Volunteer Trail Work Day #2 Recap, sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal

25 volunteers pitched in for trails this past Saturday December 22 at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Crews worked on drainage and other maintenance issues on Ridge Trail and the existing flow trail segments.

Hospitality provided by California-based Adventure Sports Journal included a delicious lunch, post-workday snacks, and an array of raffle goodies. Whole Foods fueled volunteers with morning coffee and breakfast treats, and Ninkasi provided post-workday beverages. Summit Store contributed as usual by offering a deep discount on lunch. We appreciate Saturday’s hardworking crew and generous sponsors!

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

The next SDSF Volunteer Trail Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 10 and is sponsored by Tread Bikes in Campbell. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for details! Continue reading

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Invest in your riding future—make a year end gift for trails

Giddy on the SDSF flow trail. MBoSC projects are funded by YOU. Help generate more mountain biking opportunities in Santa Cruz County — donate now! Photo by Bruce Dorman. Giddy on the SDSF flow trail. MBoSC projects are funded by YOU. Help generate more mountain biking opportunities in Santa Cruz County — donate now! Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Giddy on the SDSF flow trail. MBoSC projects are funded by YOU. Help generate more mountain biking opportunities in Santa Cruz County — donate now! Photo by Bruce Dorman.

MBoSC projects are funded by YOU. Invest in your riding future — your donation will create more mountain biking opportunities in Santa Cruz County!

Donations of any amount make a difference and are greatly appreciated.

That said, the first thirty $100 gifts will be matched by a grant provided by generous MBoSC supporters—making your donation worth twice as much. Can YOU help us meet this challenge that will fund new trails?

Click here to donate.

Get the skinny below from our direct mailing sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles.

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MBoSC releases 2010-2013 Four Year Annual Report

2010-2013 Annual Report Cover Page

MBoSC is proud to release our 2010-2013 Four Year Annual Report. This report covers four years of steady growth for mountain biking access in Santa Cruz County which includes the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, the Santa Cruz Super Enduro and the Emma McCrary Trail in the Pogonip open space. We appreciate your support and are excited to share the progress we have made.

Our mission and passion is to expand mountain biking opportunities in the county, and we are happy to say that we have been working vigilantly to deliver on this commitment. The Emma McCrary Trail demonstrates that mountain bikers can work with local land managers to facilitate projects that benefit the greater community.

In our report, you’ll see the powerful impact your support and donations make toward creating more mountain biking opportunities. Tax-deductible contributions to MBoSC remain in the local community, so please consider donating now and donating often.

Currently, we are working on the 4-mile flow trail trail project at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Future plans include developing more trails and working with local government and neighborhoods to further enhance Santa Cruz County as a flourishing mountain bike community.

Click here to download the annual report.

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Reminder: Next Volunteer Trail Work Day Saturday 12/20, presented by Adventure Sports Journal

Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Trail work is FUN! Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Volunteer Work Day #2 is scheduled for Saturday, December 20, with Adventure Sports Journal generously providing the day’s hospitality. We expect to resume work on the flow trail that day and would love another big turnout of help.

Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing the flow trail, and work days are scheduled for twice a month. Check out the schedule and mark your calendar! All are welcome at our workdays—no trail work experience required. Bear in mind that work days are weather dependent. Windy and wet weather may produce hazardous conditions, or limit workday productivity.

Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the December 20 event HERE.

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An open letter to support mountain biking at SDSF

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Mountain biking activity at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF, colloquially known as Demo) is at risk of being restricted or eliminated due to illicit land usage by mountain bikers. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) SDSF recently contacted local leaders in the mountain biking community to help address this situation.

The main issue at hand is illegal trail building and riding at SDSF and through neighboring private property. Other issues are night riding and unauthorized stunt building.

Complaints from private landowners, internal agency pressure, and concerns for public safety have prompted an emphatic response by CAL FIRE SDSF. These issues are threatening recreational access for mountain bikers. Consequences of not addressing these issues include closing trails, ceasing flow trail work, and denying special use permits (i.e. Santa Cruz Super Enduro).

It’s important to understand that Soquel Demonstration State Forest is not a park; it is a working demonstration forest, with its primary purpose being timber management, watershed and habitat protection, along with forestry education and outdoor recreation. Learn more about SDSF here.

SDSF land managers have gone above and beyond in support of mountain biking. In recent years, they have taken a proactive approach toward the mountain biking community by expanding opportunities which include more trail access and allowing special events. Without their support, we would not have our exceptional existing trail system, we would not be building a four mile flow trail, and we would not have the Santa Cruz Super Enduro.

Also worth noting is that other land managers look to SDSF as a model for developing mountain biking access. We have significant opportunities to expand legitimate mountain bike trails in Santa Cruz County within the next 10 years. Maintaining an excellent relationship with CAL FIRE SDSF demonstrates to other land managers that the mountain biking community is a trusted partner.

How can we—the mountain biking community—help? It’s simple: influence, urge, press, pressure, cattle prod, and downright put the screws to our peers to not jeopardize mountain biking opportunities at SDSF by engaging in these illicit activities.

If you have any questions, contact Drew Perkins, Trails Officer at trails@mbosc.org. We appreciate your commitment to our community!

—Board of Directors, Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) Continue reading

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