Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

Mountain 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.

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.

Check out our Dig Days Volunteer Trailwork Schedule for opportunities to help out on our local trails! Sign up now!

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

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Become a Leader : Help Build Trails

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Trail Work and Crew Leader Training Interest Form

MBoSC will be offering crew leader training classes this summer and fall to give our volunteer crew leaders the knowledge and skills they need to successfully lead volunteers on trail construction and maintenance projects. MBoSC is taking on more and more trail work every year, help us keep our trails dialed!

Classes will run from mid-October through mid-November. Completing these classes is a requirement for leading volunteer crews at MBoSC workdays.

Please let us know about your interests and preferences by filling and submitting the form.
https://goo.gl/forms/SmOYBFy8CE7I8vU42

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Now Open : Harvey West Pump Track

 

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Guess what?! The new pump track at Harvey West park is now OPEN!!

Build your skills on this wonderfully sculpted pump track. The continuous loop of rollers and berms is designed to help riders build bike-handling, balance and coordination skills for safe and controlled trail riding. As you progress on the track you can even go airborne on one of the multiple jump features!!

ALSO – Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening party!! October 15th at 11am.

If you are interested in helping with track maintenance and watering please contact info@mbosc.org for access to tools and hoses.

New to pump track? Check out these articles for a little background, safety and etiquette.
Adventure Sports Journal – http://bit.ly/2bNkE2c
Berm Style – http://bit.ly/2bHghqR
MTB 4 HER – http://bit.ly/2ckXdNy

You might also consider pump track instruction by one of the many local *talented* groups and individuals that offer pump track lessons in our area.
Mount Hermon/ Velocity Bike Park – http://bit.ly/2cjh8iK
The Ride Guids – http://bit.ly/2bMnoLS
Abby Hippely – http://www.abbyhippely.com/

We’re so grateful for all of the help getting the park up and running. Special thanks to: Rob Donato, City of Santa Cruz, Central Coast Wilds, Central Home Supply, Day One Solar, George H. Wilson, Las Animas Concrete, Plantronics, Kirby School, A Tool Shed, Granite Construction, Mark Aubin, Bocci’s Cellars, Bogard Construction, Broughton Properties, Bruce Mechanical, Catto’s Graphics, Dave Manning Development, Dean Lululiano, Elements Manufacturing, Erik’s Deli Cafe, Granite Rock, Happy Days,City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz high school trail crew, Lyn Wilkinson, Rob Donato, JP Basile, **Brian Barnhart** who took these amazing photos and John Tillman.

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Harvey West Pump Track Receives HUGE Plant Donation

We know you are all dying for an update on the Harvey West Pump Track and we have one!!

This past week the Harvey West Pump Track crew received a very generous donation of native plants from Central Coast Wilds valuing nearly $2000. The plants donated include four beautiful varieties of grass, two varieties of rush, on species of sedge and other drought resistant shrubs and herbs.

These plants will help the track keep it’s shape naturally through an irrigation system called bioswales.

The purpose of the landscaping and bioswales is to:

  1. Add to the track’s visual appeal
  2. Prevent erosion by stabilizing the contours of the track.
  3. Reduce the quantity of runoff during storms. Read more here.
  4. Improve water quality of storm runoff by filtering out fine sediment.

This means less manual labor and more mother nature working to keep the Pump Track in great riding condition!

And, we are happy to announce that the track will be open to the public very soon!
The park includes multiple jump lines and a wonderfully sculpted pump track.

Be sure to stay tuned for the grand opening date of the Harvey West Pump Track, brought to you by MBoSC and our awesome team of volunteers and sponsors.


Special shout outs to: Rob Donato, City of Santa Cruz, Central Coast Wilds, Central Home Supply, Day One Solar, George H. Wilson, Las Animas Concrete, Plantronics, Kirby School, A Tool Shed, Granite Construction, Mark Aubin, Bocci’s Cellars, Bogard Construction, Broughton Properties, Bruce Mechanical, Catto’s Graphics, Dave Manning Development, Dean Lululiano, Elements Manufacturing, Erik’s Deli Cafe, Granite Rock, Happy Days,City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz high school trail crew, Lyn Wilkinson, Rob Donato, JP Basile, **Brian Barnhart** who took the amazing photos above and John Tillman.

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Harvey West Pumptrack Construction Commences!

MBoSC is excited to announce that construction of the new Pumptrack at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz is now underway! The site is cleared and track construction will begin this week. We are really excited about the support within the community that is making this project possible. The City of Santa Cruz, Las Animas Concrete, Plantronics, Day One Solar, Geo. H. Wilson, Rob Donato, Mark Aubin, Kirby School, A Tool Shed, and Central Home Supply have all been crucial to making this new facility into a reality.

 

Are you interested in helping out? We are looking for volunteers to help out with shaping for the next few weeks, we will be working Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm . We are also looking to hire a few hands to help out with digging and shaping. Email info@mbosc.org if you want to lend a hand or are interested in temporary employment!

 

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Polo Grounds Bike Park Opening Day Celebration

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A view of the return rollers (on the right) and the table top line (on the left) at the newly revamped Polo Grounds Bike Park.

What: Party and Jump Jam
When: July 16th from 12-3pm
Where: Visit the Polo Grounds at 2255 Huntington Avenue, Aptos

Join us on July 16th to see some of the current stars of the sport ride along with the next generation of riders, and demonstrate that dirt jumping belongs in the heart of the Aptos community. This family-friendly event will provide food and fun and it’s open to everyone. Bring the kids out to ride, cheer and celebrate this community effort! Appetizers will be prepared by generous local sponsors: Aptos St. BBQ, Little Owl Italian Kitchen, Burger Aptos, The Hideout, DeeDee’s Deli-ishes Taqueria, Severino’s Bar and Grill, and Quiznos. Aptos Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm.

Huge thanks go out to Alex Fowler of Action Sports Construction (ASC), Dave Smith of Shuttle Smith Adventures, Granite Construction, Earth Works Construction, McGuire Hester Construction, Alex Reveles of Dirt Magic Creations, C&N Tractors, Epicenter Cycling, MBoSC, PPD Multimedia, and all our amazing volunteers for making the rebuild a reality.

For over 15 years, Aptos has been at the forefront of dirt jumping. Since the demise of the Post Office Jumps and the Aptos pump track, there is a void left in the community. The dirt jumps at the Polo Grounds Park have served as a location for beginner and intermediate BMX and Mountain Bike (MTB) riders to develop their dirt jumping skills. This is a place where people can learn the basics, and progress to that elite level. However, the site was overdue for a refresh and a new perspective on the jumps. The rebuild is now complete and has upped the level of construction, and it will help riders up their level of riding. The Polo Grounds rebuild also serves as an example of the dirt jump community coming together to renew a public riding space for future generations to enjoy.

The Story of the Rebuild

The 10,000 square foot site provides the opportunity to progress from small rollers to intermediate gap jumps. Thanks to the tireless work of volunteers, the jumps slowly evolved with park users and riding styles. Last spring Epicenter Cycling and the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) received approval from the County Parks Department to rebuild and update the jumps lines. Alex Reveles and Dirt Magic Creations begin the rebuild process. Due to the drought conditions, completing the rebuild was postponed until the winter.

In January, a favorable window for building presented itself: there had been sufficient rains to prime the dirt for digging and compacting. Alex Fowler of Action Sports Construction (ASC) and Dave Smith of Shuttle Smith Adventures had a free schedule and were able to spare some time to work on the park before the next rounds of rain. Unfortunately, complications arose once again.

Due to drainage issues and the need to mix the dirt, the site was leveled. Granite Construction came in and checked the grade using professional laser equipment. Earth Works Construction and McGuire Hester Construction supplied trucking and some fresh dirt. MBoSC paid for the rental of a skid steer tractor and C&N Tractors donated a day of tractor use as well as delivery and pickup of the tractor.

Action Sports Construction then went to work, spending 8 hour shifts in the tractor to lay out and sculpt the various jump lines. Dave Smith helped coordinate efforts of other volunteers, and worked with ASC to dial in the drainage. Several volunteers provided some shovel work during the process.

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Alex Fowler of Action Sports Construction getting precise shaping a jump with the tractor.

Once complete, the jumps had a chance to settle before the next round of rains. The good news during those rains was that the drainage was working as designed. The bad news was it would be a little bit longer until the rebuild was ready to ride. During the next few weeks of dry weather, ASC dialed in the lines and completed the main construction of the park.

Riders took to the air right away. On any given day, there are groups of riders out shredding the park. The new design features some small jumps and rollers for the true beginners. An intermediate tabletop jump line will keep riders from beginners to intermediate challenged as they hone their skills. The larger gap jump line will help intermediate riders really progress and be ready to tackle larger jumps that are found at other bike parks.

Interested in riding the rebuilt park? Visit the Polo Grounds at 2255 Huntington Avenue, Aptos, CA. Want to help provide more opportunities for mountain biking in Santa Cruz? Consider joining or donating to Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz at www.mbosc.org. Want to have an expertly constructed pump track or bike park? Check out Action Sports Construction at www.actionsportsconstruction.com. Need a good dirt jump bike? See Epicenter Cycling in Aptos or Santa Cruz. Need a shuttle and trail advice? Contact Shuttle Smith Adventures at (831) 234-3383.

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Andrew Hofkins stylin’ over the shark fin jump on the fenceline.

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