Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

mbosc_ad_forwebsiteMountain 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. Our organization enriches the local mountain bike community through trail building, group rides, events and cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups.

On May 9, 2015 we celebrated the Grand Opening of the SDSF Flow Trail, a progressive and sustainable trail built in partnership with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Read Adventure Sports Journal‘s recent article on the flow trail here.

Read the recap on our 6th annual family-friendly, volunteer-run Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival which took place in a brand new venue – San Lorenzo Park, downtown Santa Cruz – April 11-12, 2015.

Mountain biking promotes Community, Opportunity, Achievement and Sustainability. Help us bring mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living and create more authorized trail access.

Join, volunteer and sponsor/donate – together we can make a difference!

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Trail Design and Construction Classes

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MBoSC will be holding two trail work training classes covering trail design and construction. Classes will be held in Santa Cruz and the South Bay. Field days to practice skills will follow and will be scheduled after the two classroom sessions.

Class 1 – Trail design
South Bay – Wed, July 29th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 1257 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Santa Cruz – Thurs, July 30th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 250 Harvey West Blvd, Santa Cruz 95060

Class 2 – Trail construction
South Bay – Wed, Aug 12 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ location TBD
Santa Cruz – Thursday, Aug 13 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 250 Harvey West Blvd, Santa Cruz 95060

Contact trails@mbosc.org for details or questions.

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Take this city survey; speak up for more trails

Emma McCrary Trail in the Pogonip City Park. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Emma McCrary Trail in the Pogonip City Park. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

The City of Santa Cruz is creating a city-wide Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan to help guide future park and facility improvements. They are asking for public feedback for city parks, beaches, open spaces, and facilities.

What would you like to see in Santa Cruz City parks and open space? More trails at DeLaveaga? Permanent pump track and dirt jumping facilities? Bike legal trails on city watershed land like Loch Lomond?

We need to make our voice heard if we want trails and mountain biking to be a focus of the parks department going forward. Take this quick survey to ensure that mountain bikers are well represented.

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Course Marshals Needed for Equestrian Event

Let’s help our friends in the equestrian community with their biggest annual event!

The Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association (SCCHA) is hosting its annual Fireworks Endurance Ride on Saturday July 11, 2015.  There is a 50 mile and 25 mile endurance course, both starting at Graham Hill Showgrounds and running through Henry Cowell, Pogonip/UC, and Wilder.  Volunteers are needed to direct the competitors at several key intersections, primarily in Wilder.  How about planning a mtb ride with a rest period to direct some traffic?

Locations and times are:

  • Bottom of UConn/Top of Emma – 6am to 9:30am
  • Chinquapin/Long Meadow Junction Near Twin Gates – 7am to 3pm
  • Eucalyptus Grove – 7am to 1:30pm
  • Eucalyptus Loop/Old Cabin intersection 7am to 9am
  • Wilder Ridge Fire Rd / Twin Oaks intersection 7:30 to 11:30
  • Junction of Eucalyptus/Enchanted/Baldwin 8am to 3pm

For the locations with long time requirements, we are hoping to have enough volunteers so that one person wouldn’t have to be there the entire time.

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Venue and date change for June club meeting

What's your vision for mountain biking in Santa Cruz?

What’s your vision for mountain biking in Santa Cruz?

Please note that the June club meeting will be held on Monday June 15 (not June 8) at the Harvey West Park Scouthouse in Santa Cruz (7pm as usual).

The agenda will be focused on the leadership changes for MBoSC. We are holding board elections later this month and we would love for you to join our board and be part of our success. Folks interested in serving on the board will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and present their vision for mountain biking in Santa Cruz county.

See the post MBoSC is Seeking New Leadership for details.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please tell us about yourself by filling in this form.

The meeting will be more business focused and will include reports from all of MBoSC’s committees. We aim to run an efficient meeting and wrap it up early. If there is interest, we may go to a local spot for socializing.

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“Work hard, play harder” – Don “DT” Templeton

Don Templeton 1963-2014
Some of you may have noticed the quote attributed to Don “DT” Templeton on a nice redwood sign at the top of the Braile Trail. Don passed away last summer and a bunch of his friends got together to secure a $10,000 donation towards the flow trail and worked with the SDSF Forest Manager to buy and install the sign at the top of Braile.

What kind of guy was Don? From Art Hunt…

Don “DT” Templeton was an avid mountain bike rider in Montana before moving to the Summit Area in 1998. It only took one ride in the Demo Forest for him to fall in love with its trails and terrain. In contrast to most riders, DT enjoyed the descents but loved getting “in the zone” on the long climbs…and he excelled at them! Unfortunately leukemia ended his riding in 2011 and took his life this past June. The memorial plaque at the top of Braille Trail describes his outlook on life – work hard, play harder!

The plaque was placed in time for a memorial ride over labor day weekend. About 40 of DT’s friends and family rode the Highland Way – Cussacks – Ridge – Tractor/Flow – Hinh’s Mill loop and enjoyed a BBQ in his honor in the Highland Way parking lot. The ride was a great success and the organizers are hoping to make it an annual fundraising event open to the public.

MBoSC would like to thank Art Hunt, Joe Fabris and Don’s other friends and family for providing a $10,000 donation towards the flow trail. These funds helped to expedite the completion of the flow trail and thousands of riders from Northern California and all over the world are enjoying his legacy.

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