Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

1978494_10152049499323564_631459955_oMountain 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, our  annual mountain bike festival and enduro race, group rides, social events, and 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 project, the Demo Flow Trail —featured in the April/May 2014 issue of Adventure Sports Journal! — a 4 mile feature-laden purpose-built trail that swoops through the beautiful Soquel Demonstration State Forest. This progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities from beginner to pro 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.

Join MBoSC/IMBA to be a part of bringing mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living. Volunteer, sponsor or donate — we appreciate your support!

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Summary of the San Vicente Redwoods Access Plan Released

Sweeping views of the Pacific ocean from the San Vicente Redwoods property. Photo credit Bruce Dorman

Sweeping views of the Pacific ocean from the San Vicente Redwoods property. Photo credit Bruce Dorman

The San Vicente Redwoods is a 8,500 acre property between Davenport and Bonny Doon which will be managed by a consortium of land trusts for conservation and recreation. Mountain biking is one of the allowed recreational activities consistent with use of the property.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has released a summary of the draft public access plan. The goal of the plan is to achieve a balance between conservation and recreation and identifies key corridors for recreation while providing a buffer for mountain lions and more sensitive lands. This plan was developed with community, partner and stakeholder input. MBoSC has been working with the Land Trust over the past year and we feel that the plan is favorable to the mountain biking community.

The public access plan has two distinct phases. Phase 1 would open a trailhead/parking area along Empire Grade road near the Ben Lomond Conservation camp and provide about 3.5 miles of multi-use trail near the top of the property. Phase 2 (the buildout phase) would provide about 40 miles of multi-use and single use recreational trails. The phase 2 plan proposes that equestrians and mountain bikers be on separate trails and that hikers are allowed on any trail but have the choice in which they can share the trails with mountain bikers or equestrians. The 40 miles of trails in phase 2 will be developed during the first phase of public access. The Land Trust and their conservation partners are hoping that public access to this property will be late 2015 or spring of 2016.

The staging area on Empire Grade and the recreational corridor along the east side to connect to the BLM managed Coast Dairies could provide opportunities for an approximately 14 mile 2,500 ft descent to the coast. See the map on page 6 of the Summary Draft Access Plan to see how this trail network could look like.

The Land Trust will be hosting a community meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday September 10 at the Paradox Hotel to solicit feedback on the draft access plan. Please reserve your spot with Eventbrite.

MBoSC has offered to partner with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County in fund raising and will offer trail design and construction for phase 2. We ask that our members support the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and MBoSC to see this plan implemented.

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Construction underway on the Scotts Valley Pump Track

Watching the daily construction progress is almost as exciting as it's going to be to ride it!

Watching the SVPT’s daily construction progress is almost as exciting as it’s going to be to ride it! Photo: Nick Thelan

The Scotts Valley Pump Track is starting to take shape under the direction of pump track guru Alex Fowler. A big thanks to FOX and Bell for the support of their hometown project.

Scotts Valley Cycle Sport has also been an integral supporter of this project and donated a Specialized P2 dirt jump bike to be used in a drawing to raise funds for dirt and construction. Tickets for this drawing are available on-line here and at Scotts Valley Cycle Sport. The winning ticket will be drawn at the pump track’s Grand Opening scheduled to take place in early October.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop on this exciting community project’s progress!

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Allterra Solar Promo Benefits MBoSC & Members

Allterra Solar is proud to partner with MBoSC in an effort to support outdoor activity and celebrate our region’s natural beauty.

$250 will be donated to MBoSC for each homeowner that goes solar with Allterra. Homeowners will also get a $50 gift card at the local bike shop of their choice!

Learn more here.

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AmazonSmile Fundraiser

Now when you shop at Amazon, a portion of your purchase can help support MBoSC! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon everyone knows—same products, same prices—but shoppers can select MBoSC to receive a donation equaling 0.5% of the purchase price in support of MBoSC’s trail advocacy efforts.

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Creating Your MTB Dreamtown

Envisioning an MTB Dreamtown. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Envisioning an MTB Dreamtown. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Mountain biking is experiencing explosive growth in Santa Cruz and Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) wants to foster that growth. MBoSC is a 501c(3) non-profit that is committed to promoting sustainable trails in Santa Cruz County. In order to fulfill our mission we need to hear from you what you would like to see us engaged in.

Please fill out the survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MBoSC2014 – so that we can learn more about your priorities for mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. We will not share your personal information with anyone else, any information disclosed will be used only for MBoSC’s research in order to create the trails that you want!

In the last 14 months we have opened two new trails, the first new legal singletrack in Santa Cruz in over 12 years! With our recent successes a ton of new opportunity has opened up on the BLM Managed Coast Dairies property and the San Vicente Redwoods (formerly the CEMEX lands). Add to that requests from the City of Santa Cruz for another pump track (after our successful support of the Westside Pump Park that opened November 2013) and long simmering opportunities like the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Rail Trail and we’ve got a bunch of decisions to make! Now you can place your vote on what kind of trails and what opportunities you think MBoSC should support, just complete our survey here.

Your engagement doesn’t have to end after you complete the survey though, we are also soliciting help in putting together teams to implement your dream mountain biking town’s trails. At the end of the questionnaire we ask if you would like to volunteer your time to support one of our new initiatives. If you’re looking to learn more about these opportunities we’d like to invite you to the MBoSC recruitment party hosted by BRG Sports (formerly Easton/Bell) in mid-August. For more detail simply complete the survey and fill in the box, we’ll get you more detail from there.

Now do yourself a favor, throw your leg over your bike this week and savor these amazing trails that we call home!

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