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, as well as through 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 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 progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities 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.

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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SDSF Flow Trail Update: Trail Head Cyclery 1/25 volunteer work day recap; Mike’s Bikes 2/15 work day open for registration

Dirt reverence. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Dirt reverence. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Trail Head Cyclery 1/25 volunteer work day recap; Mike’s Bikes 2/15 work day open for registration

MBoSC/Trail Head Cyclery SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
Our biggest day yet, an impressive 73 volunteers showed up to work on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past Sunday, January 25. Kicking off the day with coffee and breakfast treats provided by Whole Foods, nine crews pitched in on the soon-to-be-completed Specialized Bicycles-sponsored segment 2 and the brand new Ibis Cycles-sponsored segment 1. Volunteers fine tuned segment 2, tweaking berms and jumps, renaturalizing the trail corridor and testing features. Finish work was completed on part of segment 1 as well.

Trail Head Cyclery of San Jose provided hearty lunches, post-workday refreshments, and a huge array of raffle items. Summit Store threw in their usual generous support by way of a deep discount on lunch, 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 the Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge, ski lift tickets, 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 extensive project.

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Next volunteer work day Sunday 2/15, presented by Mike’s Bikes
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for Sunday February 15, with Mike’s Bikes 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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Geo H. Wilson donates truck for trail building; Mick’s Automotive & Mid-County Auto Supply pitch in, too

1999 Ford F250 recently retired from Geo H. Wilson  fleet joins MBoSC trail building efforts.

1999 Ford F250 recently retired from Geo H. Wilson fleet joins MBoSC trail building efforts.

A huge thank you to Geo H. Wilson, Mick’s Automotive, and Mid-County Auto Supply for their recent contributions of a truck and associated maintenance and parts to assist us in our trail building work.

MBoSC is giving a second job life to a 1999 Ford F250 that recently retired from Geo H. Wilson’s fleet. It will be helping us out on the flow trail, moving equipment, supplies and trail builders in and out of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF).

Mick’s Automotive in Santa Cruz donated maintenance work and Mid County Auto Supply in Capitola donated needed parts.

Please support these local companies for THEIR support of our community and local trail building!

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SDSF Flow Trail Update: MLK Jr. Day volunteer work day recap; next work day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery

Family teamwork. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Family teamwork. Photo by Bruce Dorman.


High school mountain biking teams finesse the flow on MLK Jr. Day
Crew leaders, parents and others joined local high school mountain biking teams out at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) for a day of advocacy and work on the flow trail this past this past Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 30+ volunteers finished up the top leg of Specialized-sponsored segment 2 out to Tractor, tackling finishing work, back sloping, compaction and renaturalization. Smiles were abundant on this beautiful day as volunteers got to reap the benefits of their hard work by testing the flow. The high school teams included Aptos High Mountain Bike Club, Kirby Mountain Bike Team and Santa Cruz Composite Racing Team.

Next volunteer work day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for this coming Sunday January 25, with Trail Head Cyclery generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. Who’s in for another amazing day of trail building and camaraderie out in the redwoods?

**Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the Trail Head Cyclery Sunday January 25 event HERE.**

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Save the Date — MBoSC Membership Party February 21!

SAVE-THE-DATE-SIDE-PROJECT-final-with-FebSave the Date! We’re excited to announce our Annual Membership Party, a fun-filled evening of beer, bikes and tacos on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 6-10pm at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz.

Come join us in this celebration of MBoSC members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. More details will be coming soon, but for now … Save the Date!

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Dig the Flow! Help build the SDSF flow trail … Join MBoSC’s Volunteer Trail Work Day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery

Fun guaranteed. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Fun guaranteed. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

The next Volunteer Trail Work Day at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) is scheduled for this coming Sunday January 25, with Trail Head Cyclery generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store and Adventure Sports Journal. Who’s in for another amazing day of trail building and camaraderie out in the redwoods?

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