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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Creating Your MTB Dreamtown

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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Additional backcountry panel installed at Wilder

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It’s great to provide funds for improvements to the local state parks that we all enjoy.

Another backcountry panel was recently installed at the intersection of Woodcutters and Chinquapin trails at Wilder Ranch State Park.

MBoSC donated $2,250 on behalf of the mountain biking community to pay for this sign which includes a map of the Wilder trails we all enjoy. In 2010, we donated $3,500 for the first sign which stands at the by the Highway 1 tunnel entrance of the Wilder Ranch State Park backcountry.

Thank you all very much for your donations, memberships and support for our fundraisers and events. We could never provide these donations for community improvement projects without you and we truly appreciate it.

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First two completed segments of SDSF flow trail open to great fanfare!

SDSF Forest Manager Angela Bernheisel and Flow Trail Construction Manager Drew Perkins lop the ribbon, officially opening the two completed segments of the flow trail.

SDSF Forest Manager Angela Bernheisel and Flow Trail Construction Manager Drew Perkins lop the ribbon, officially opening the two completed segments of the flow trail.

Excitement was at an all time high in Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) in the Santa Cruz mountains as at least 200 mountain biking enthusiasts and project supporters turned out for the Sunday, June 1 opening of flow trail segments #3 (sponsored by FOX) and #5 (sponsored by Epicenter Cycling). The highly anticipated opening was put on by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) in conjunction with land manager and project partner California Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and held on the 1-year anniversary of the opening of MBoSC’s last trail project, the Emma McCrary Trail, created in collaboration with the City of Santa Cruz. Continue reading

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SDSF Flow Trail Opening Reminders

We’re expecting a big turnout for this Sunday’s opening of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest flow trail’s completed segments 3 & 5, sponsored by FOX and Epicenter Cycling respectively.

Some last minute info: Continue reading

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Club Ride at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) with San Jose Mountain Biking — Sunday June 1

This ride leaves at 9:15am from the SDSF parking lot. We’ll do a warm-up ride on Corral, then head down Hihns and up Tractor to the opening ceremony for flow trail segments 3 & 5 (see poster below).

Please carpool (parking will be limited), arrive early, and bring a dish to share at the afternoon potluck (starts at 1:00)! Continue reading

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