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, and cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups.

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 sustainable and progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities. Learn more here.

Help out with our current event project, the SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL. Volunteers and sponsors are needed for this wildly popular community event taking place April 11-12, 2015 (the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic). Learn more 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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Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival presented by MBoSC & FOX returns to its roots April 11-12

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bike demos • skills clinics • poker ride • aerial jump bag
vendor fair •  kids’ area • beer garden •  food court
raffles • after-party • & so much more!

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is happy to announce a new venue for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF), which will return to its roots in the city of Santa Cruz. Now in its sixth year, the festival will run at San Lorenzo Park on April 11-12, 2015—the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey.

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SDSF Flow Trail Update: Sign up for this Saturday’s (2/28) volunteer trail work day sponsored by Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers

A dirty face is a happy face. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso

A dirty face is a happy face. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Sign up for this Saturday’s (2/28) Volunteer Trail Work Day sponsored by Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers


Don’t forget! The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for this coming Saturday February 28, with Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. We’re looking forward to another inspiring day of trail building and camaraderie out on the flow trail! Sign up for this work day HERE.

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Bash on the Bluffs Member Appreciation Party Recap

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We’re pleased to announce our first public member appreciation party that took place Saturday February 21st at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center was a great success. Bash on the Bluffs drew close to 250 attendees with 67 new memberships and renewals.

The evening began with drinks while guests mingled, placed silent auction bids, and enjoyed exploring tanks of sea jellies, sea anemones, and other Monterey Bay aquatic wonders. Later guests enjoyed a delicious Mexican dinner catered by Cornejos Catering while MBoSC president, Mark Davidson, gave out volunteer appreciation awards. Juli Furtado, founder of Juliana Bicycles, member of both the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, and honorary International Mountain Bicycling Association board member, shared a few words on the importance of community involvement to preserve mountain biking in Santa Cruz and thanked MBoSC members and volunteers for their dedication to trail work. The evening ended with a member raffle and giveaways.

“I am very happy with the results. The main goal of this party was twofold; appreciate our members, volunteers, and donors and gain new supporters through a membership drive and we accomplished this with great success,” says Mark Davidson, president of MBoSC.

We are grateful to our fantastic local sponsors who donated highly prized silent auction items and member raffle prizes. Their continued support and presence in Santa Cruz County is key to preserving mountain biking in our community.

And thank you to our volunteers who made this successful event. MBoSC is a 100% volunteer non-profit mountain bike advocacy organization that benefits from the great work and dedication from volunteers passionate about mountain biking. MBoSC proceeds will aid future and current bike projects. To learn more about the effort and projects lead by MBoSC, click here.

Final great thanks to our silent auction, raffle, and beer donors:
FOX, Family Cycling Center, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Bell Helmets, Juliana Bicycles, Koinonia Conference Grounds, Dollars and Sense Tax Service, Pacific Yachting, Spokesman Bicycles, Bike Teacher, Momma Mary Creations, Shuttlesmith Adventures, Nextspace Santa Cruz, The Ride Guides, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Spokesman Bicycles, Specialized Bicycle Components,  Golden Chiropractic, Glenn Kazmierski, Another Bike Shop, Bicycle Trip, Epicenter Cycling, Doug Ross Art, Allterra Solar, SUP Experience, This Tiny Ocean, Abby Hippely, Seabright Brewery, Corralitos Brewing, Eastside Industries, and Wunderbrau.

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SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mike’s Bikes 2/15 volunteer work day recap; Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 2/28 work day open for registration; oh and …

Mike’s Bikes hooked trail workers up with a hearty lunch and post-workday snacks. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

Mike’s Bikes hooked trail workers up with a hearty lunch and post-workday snacks. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso.

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mike’s Bikes 2/15 volunteer work day recap; Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) 2/28 work day open for registration; oh and … segments 1 & 2 are open for beta testing :)


MBoSC/Mike’s Bikes SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
53 people showed up on Valentine’s Day weekend to give some love to the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Sunday’s workday started off with coffee and breakfast treats provided by Whole Foods, then crews headed into the forest for a full day of fine-tuning Ibis Cycles-sponsored segment 1 and Specialized Bicycles-sponsored segment 2.

Mike’s Bikes provided delicious lunches, post-workday refreshments, and an assortment of raffle items including a gift certificate for a bike tune-up. Summit Store gave a deep discount on lunch as usual, while Ninkasi Brewing rewarded trail builders with well-earned cold beverages at the end of the day. Adventure Sports Journal again hosted the volunteer raffle, offering goodies such as a gift certificate to Mount Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours, Sierra-at-Tahoe ski lift ticket, a Platypus portable water filtration system, Crazy Creek camp chairs and more.

Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who came together for Sunday’s productive work event, and much appreciation to land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for partnering with us for this unique and innovative project.

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Rundown of events happening over the next couple of weekends

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Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Wow, there sure is a lot going on over the next couple of weekends! Hope you can make it to one or more of these events presented by MBoSC and our partners.


Saturday, February 14: MBoSC Wilder Ranch State Park Club Ride for intermediate level riders, co-ed. Spend a few hours on the trail with the love of your life — your bike ;-) Click here for more info.

Also on Saturday, February 14: Epicenter Cycling Girly Ride, an event for the ladies that includes a FREE pump track basic skills session with Dave from Shuttle Smith Adventures and a pedal through beautiful Nisene Marks State Park to Sand Point. Kat Sweet is offering a special deal on a Pump & Jump skills clinic for intermediate to advanced women.  More info here. That afternoon, Epicenter Cycling and Aptos Street BBQ are hosting RIP Post Office FREE BBQ — a send off for the Aptos Post Office Jumps, which are closing early next week. More info here. (Learn more about the Post Office jumps in this Adventure Sports Journal tribute featuring photos by MBoSC volunteers Bogdan Marian and Katie Jo McNair.)

Sunday February 15: MBoSC Volunteer Trail Work Day on the SDSF Flow Trail, presented by Mike’s Bikes. Click here for more info.

Saturday, February 21: MBoSC Wilder Ranch State Park Club Ride for intermediate level riders, co-ed. More info here.

Saturday, February 21: Girls Rock Ride for women of all riding abilities. This ride is hosted by Another Bike Shop and includes a suspension clinic by FOX and skills coaching by Lorraine Blancher. Click here for more info.

Saturday, February 21: Bash on the Bluffs — Don’t miss this MBoSC membership appreciation party, a bike-filled evening celebrating membership, volunteers, and sponsors. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but members will be entered in a special raffle, so it’s a great time to join! RSVP required. More info here.


Other upcoming local events and rides can be found on our brand new Community MTB Events page, an “at a glance” monthly listing of mountain biking happenings in Santa Cruz County.

The Community MTB Events page is sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal. If you have a mountain biking event or ride you would like added to this list, please contact michele@adventuresportsjournal.com.

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