Founded in 1997 to raise money towards the purchase of Gray Whale Ranch as an addition to Wilder Ranch State Park, MBoSC has since been the driving force behind an impressive number of accomplishments.
4 mile Flow Trail in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest
MBoSC has partnered with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to build a four mile flow trail in Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). The objectives of this project are to promote mountain biking by creating a progressive trail that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and ability level, and to increase the diversity of riding opportunities, demonstrate innovative and sustainable trail building design and techniques, and provide a model for other land managers for similar types of projects. In June 2014, MBoSC opened segments 3 and 5 (1 mile) to the public. Segments 1 and 2 opened for beta testing by the public effective February 2015, and the full trail is expected to be complete by Summer 2015.
Learn more about the 4 mile Flow Trail at SDSF.
Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip
In March 2012, MBoSC received approval to begin construction of a 2+ mile multi-use trail on the east side of Pogonip Park. This trail would provide bike access from Golf Club Drive to U-Con trail and connect downtown and the east side of Santa Cruz to upper UCSC campus and Wilder Ranch. MBoSC worked closely with the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department on the design and construction of this trail with MBoSC Trails Officer Drew Perkins hired by the City of Santa Cruz to manage trail construction. Construction began May 2012 and was completed on June 1, 2013. Over 300 volunteers donated over 3,500 hours to complete the trail. MBoSC raised over $30,000 with large donations coming from the local bike industry including FOX, BELL, Specialized, Santa Cruz Bicycles and Ibis Cycles.
This trail is a showcase of contemporary trail construction techniques and incorporates elements of pump tracks and flow trails into the design. The construction developed the crew leadership and trail building expertise of our officers, members and volunteers.
Learn more about the Emma McCrary Trail.
Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival
The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF) was first held in 2010 and has grown each year since. This family friendly two-day, volunteer-run festival includes competitive events, a kids’ obstacle course, skills clinics, demo bikes, an exposition area, food court, beer garden, live band and more for bike enthusiasts, family members, and friends. This free event showcases mountain bike culture in the Santa Cruz area and strongly encourages community participation. Funds raised benefit bike projects throughout Santa Cruz County.
Learn more about the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival.
Santa Cruz Super Enduro
In April 2012, MBoSC presented the Bell Super Enduro in Demo as part of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival. The event brought together the top riders in the world to compete in the first sanctioned competitive event in Soquel Demonstration State Forest.
In October 2013 MBoSC hosted the second Bell Santa Cruz Super Enduro, the season finale of the California Enduro Series. We had over 190 athletes and provided a fun weekend of racing, camping, trail work, shuttles and free demo bikes from Specialized, Santa Cruz, Trek, Marin and Norco.
Learn more about the Santa Cruz Super Enduro.
U-Con Trail in Pogonip
In 1999, MBoSC partnered with the Santa Cruz County Horseman’s Association (SCCHA) and the Association of Concerned Trailriders (ACT) to advocate and construct the U-Con trail in the city of Santa Cruz’s Pogonip park. The first multi-use trail in Pogonip that connects Henry Cowell State Park through Pogonip Park to UCSC. This trail provides an important connection for all users from the San Lorenzo Valley all the way to the ocean. This trail and collaboration has been written up in Sunset Magazine and others as a model for other user groups in the county.
Gray Whale Ranch
In 1997, MBoSC was invited by CA State Parks to serve on the Gray Whale Advisory Committee (GWAC) to help evaluate which trails to open in Gray Whale Ranch and what precautions were necessary to prevent negative environmental and social impacts. Additionally, MBoSC prepared a detailed topographic map survey with GPS showing the existing trails in Wilder Ranch State Park and Gray Whale Ranch. This map was used throughout the GWAC process to allow proper discussion of the trails and any environmentally sensitive areas.
MBoSC raised over $30,000 through raffles and donations towards the purchase of Gray Whale Ranch in the mid to late 1990′s.
Fundraising and Volunteer Efforts Benefiting Local Bike Projects
- In September 2011, MBoSC raised and donated $2,500 towards a multi-use trail conversion project at Castle Rock State Park. This Skyline Trail – which opened April 6, 2012 – is a part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connects Saratoga Gap with Skyline Sanborn Park.
In September 2010 MBoSC raised and donated $3,500 towards the design and construction of a new sign for the back country entrance at Wilder Ranch State Park.
- MBoSC raised over $30,000 through raffles and donations towards the purchase of Gray Whale Ranch in the mid to late 1990′s.
- Several joint fund raising events were held in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Horseman’s Association in the late ’90’s to help improve trails in Wilder Ranch State Park and protect riparian habitats and the red legged frog.
In 2010, MBoSC helped form, fund raise and lead rides for a Trips for Kids chapter in Santa Cruz. The mission of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is to provide at-risk youth positive outdoor experiences and to overcome the challenges of learning new skills through mountain biking. Trips for Kids focuses on empowering youth in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
MBoSC has participated in the Turning Wheels for Kids program in San Jose from 2007-2012. MBOSC members have donated thousands of dollars and built dozens of bikes over the years in support of this cause.
MBoSC has helped to plan, organize, and raise funds for club trips to Lake Tahoe from 2005-2011 help build and maintain trails. The club was instrumental in pulling together many Northern California mountain bike clubs and have built several thousands of feet of trail on the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Donner Lake Rim trail. We are happy that the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association were reinvigorated by those events.
MBoSC has sponsored monthly trail workdays in Wilder Ranch State Park since 1997 to improve and protect the trails for all users. In 2000, the management of trail work projects was taken over by Trailworkers.com. MBoSC has supported the efforts of Trailworkers.com though volunteers and donations.
MBoSC and SCCHA held Carrot Fest workshops to help educate bikers how to interact with horses on the trails and to foster positive experiences for horses. This involved practicing several scenarios in an controlled setting with bikers feeding carrots to horses and has been extremely successful.
MBoSC has conducted information stations to promote responsible mountain biking at local CA state parks and at the UCSC campus natural reserve.
- MBoSC helped with the formation of the California Enduro Series – of which several MBoSC officers form the board.