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 another huge success in new venue

MBoSC is happy to announce yet another successful Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF) presented by MBoSC and FOX. Running at an all-new venue — San Lorenzo Park in downtown Santa Cruz — on April 11-12, 2015, the popular community-minded festival drew an estimated 6,000 attendees. 

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was created in 2010 to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz county, with proceeds benefiting local bike projects. The eco-conscious, family-friendly event grows year after year with the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community. The success of the event is a testament to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz County. 

Festival Director Justin Becks enthuses, “The 2015 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was a huge success. We couldn’t have done it without so many dedicated sponsors, partners and volunteers. San Lorenzo Park was a great home for this year’s festival as it was easy to get to for so many people and easily accessible to miles and miles of rip roaring world class trails. As I strolled through the expo, I heard a lot of people trading stories, getting tips, and sharing their stoke on mountain biking … and that’s what the festival is all about. It was great to see so many families enjoying the sport together.” 

98 volunteers pitched in 1,100 hours to organize and run this year’s event which included bike demos, skills clinics, an aerial jump bag, an expanded kids’ area, contests, an expansive vendor fair, beer garden and food court, and live music.

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Join us Saturday May 9 for the Grand Opening of the SDSF Flow Trail

Impeccably crafted features and attention to re-naturalization are hallmarks of the flow trail at SDSF (Called To Creation).

Impeccably crafted features and attention to re-naturalization are hallmarks of the flow trail at SDSF (Called To Creation).

MBoSC is excited to announce the completion of the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Over 530 unique volunteers have donated 6,300 hours of labor since February 2014 to build this epic 4-mile trail. We could not have done this without the generous support of our volunteers, sponsors, donors, and members, and we’d love to celebrate the completion of this amazing endeavor with you!

Please join us at the GRAND OPENING ceremony and celebration on Saturday May 9, 2015 at Badger Spring Picnic Area at SDSF from 1-4pm. Badger Spring is located just down Hihns Mill Road from the bottom of Sawpit trail, and is a beautiful spot next to the creek. We’ll have a short opening ceremony plus food, drink and live music.

RSVP here as soon as possible to help us plan food and other aspects of the party. Feel free to invite others as this party is open to all. Attendees are encouraged to ride in (via the flow!) and out from the party site, but carpooling will be available for those who need it.

Have you snapped any special shots while out digging and riding the flow? We’re compiling an album of photos that document this amazing endeavor, if you’d like to contribute! Send photos, captions and credit to michele@mbosc.org.

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SDSF Flow Trail Update: Specialized Bicycles’ 4/14 volunteer work day recap; Save the Date for 5/9 Grand Opening

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Volunteers finesse one of the final berms on the flow trail, capping off nearly four miles of feature-laden flow.

Specialized Bicycles Volunteer Work Day Recap
Photos by Bruce Dorman
13 of Specialized Bicycles’ top pro riders joined forces with Specialized employees and trail work regulars to put the finishing touches on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest this past Tuesday April 14. A total of 58 mountain biking enthusiasts compacted berms still moist from the most recent rain, and hand built the connecting trail between segments 5 and 6. Between the jovial atmosphere and giddy test riding, cheek muscles got a great work out as well judging by all the massive smiles.

Pacific Coffee Roasting Company fueled volunteers with morning java, and Specialized provided tasty lunches and post-workday snacks from Summit Store. Volunteers also enjoyed post-workday cold beverages donated by Ninkasi Brewing and a generous raffle sponsored by Adventure Sports Journal and Specialized. Raffle prizes included a sweatshirt and canopy tour courtesy Mt. Hermon Adventures Redwood Canopy Tours, assorted Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) product, ASJ t-shirts and more. Specialized generously contributed the grand prize of the day, a downhill helmet signed by Specialized pros.

Many thanks to the Specialized athletes from around the world who threw in with us on the trail: Curtis Keene, Christoph Sauser, Todd Wells, Matt Hunter, Hannah Barnes, Anneke Beerten, Lea Davison, Mitch Ropelato, Simon Andreassen, Egan Bernal, Pablo Mazuera, Howard Grotts and Sam Gaze, and of course to Specialized and its employees as well for all the support and hard work. Much appreciation as always to the day’s volunteers and sponsors, and to land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for partnering with us for this unique and innovative project.

Segment 6 opens Friday 4/17; Save the Date for 5/9 Grand Opening!
534 unique volunteers have donated 6,330 hours of labor since February 2014 to build this epic 4-mile trail. All six segments will be open effective Friday afternoon 4/17 – let’s get some tires rolling to compact the newly crafted berms on Trail Head Cyclery-sponsored segment 6!

Plus, please join us at the GRAND OPENING ceremony and celebration on Saturday May 9, 2015 at Badger Spring Picnic Area at SDSF from 1-4pm! Mark your calendar … details to be announced real soon.

Check out this Adventure Sports Journal write-up preview about the event in which Anneka Beerten, Lea Davison, Christoph Sauser and Todd Wells chime in about trail work.

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Monthly Meeting Agenda: Monday April 13, 2015

The 2015 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was a resounding success at its new venue in downtown Santa Cruz!

The 2015 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was a resounding success at its new venue in downtown Santa Cruz!

Join us tonight, Monday April 13, 2015, for our monthly club meeting at Seabright Brewery, 7pm.
Tonight’s agenda includes:
  • Coast Dairies National Monument status — Our special guest will be Steve Reed who is the campaign manager for the NM effort. He is willing to answer any questions that you will have.
  • SDSF Flow trail update — We’ve almost finished the final segment and are planning an opening ceremony on May 9.
  • Bike Parks update — Some great progress from the City of Santa Cruz and the County.
  • SCMBF recap — The 6th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was held at the San Lorenzo Park this past weekend. It was a new venue with a different vibe, and as always a great time.
  • MBoSC Board Elections. Come by and step up to help lead this great organization. We are soliciting nominations for the board which is open to any MBoSC member. Candidates may present on May 11 (next MBoSC meeting) voting will take place the later half of May. New board members will be announced at the June meeting and will be in effect on July 1st.
Hope to see you!
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SDSF Flow Trail Reminder: Join us for a special volunteer work day sponsored by Specialized Bicycles on Tuesday April 14!

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Don’t forget, Specialized Bicycles is hosting a very special Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest this coming Tuesday April 14! Ten of the best Specialized pro riders – including Anneke Beerten, Lea Davison, Matt Hunter, Curtis Keene, Christoph Sauser, and Todd Wells – will be throwing in to help us out on the home stretch of this amazing project. Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing will be kicking in their support as usual as well.

Check out this Adventure Sports Journal write-up about this upcoming event, including feedback from the pros.

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