Flow Trail at Demo

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4/19 Mick’s Automotive Dig Day
Join us on Saturday April 19 for this Mick’s Automotive-sponsored dig day. Micks Automotive is set to take great care of volunteer trail workers for this coming Saturday’s Dig Day (April 19)! This full service Santa Cruz auto repair shop specializing in the maintenance and repair of select Japanese vehicles is committed to providing hospitality for volunteer work events throughout the project. Huge thanks to our friends at Mick’s! Finishing work on Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5 and FOX-adopted segment 3 are in the dig day plan.

Can’t make this Saturday’s trail building? Santa Cruz Bicycles is sponsoring the next work event on Saturday, May 5. Sign up here to secure your spot on either or both crew (s).

DIG — and VOTE! — the FLOW!

Please note: THIS TRAIL IS NOT YET OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Trail segments will be opened as they are finished. Sign up for our email list to be apprised of Flow Trail announcements.

Smooth banked turns wind around a burly redwood and lead into a fun wall ride on segment 5. Photo courtesy Bruce Dorman.

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MBoSC has partnered with land manager CAL FIRE to build a four mile flow trail in Soquel Demonstration State Forest (Demo).

PURPOSE BUILT | Built specifically for mountain bikes, a flow trail emphasizes speed and rhythm, featuring berms, rollers, jumps and other features that are designed in a way that uses the rider’s momentum to minimize pedaling and braking (think downhill pump track). From the young (or not so young) beginner, to the downhill pro, a flow trail delivers smiles for riders of all ages and skill level.

Learn more about flow trails.

DEMO FOREST | The site of this highly anticipated trail is a 2,681 acre working forest established in 1990 and managed by CAL FIRE. Soquel Demonstration State Forest (Demo) is a favorite destination for Bay Area and Santa Cruz County mountain bikers and contains trails for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, with long climbs and challenging, technical descents.

Learn more about this popular destination.

ALL ABILITIES | The flow trail’s design will allow for a wide range of skill levels, providing more opportunities for riders of all abilities to enjoy mountain biking at Demo. The rollers, tabletops and built features will be designed in a progressive manner, rollable by novices —or with ride-around options—but taking on a different characteristic when ridden with speed and style by intermediate to advanced riders.

Learn more about about the flow trail’s design.

VOLUNTEER | Three uniquely qualified employees have been hired by MBoSC for this extensive endeavor. Work days and volunteers will be coordinated by Project Manager Patty Ciesla, while dirt moving operations will be managed by MBoSC Trails Officer Drew Perkins with Matt De Young’s assistance. In addition to this paid staff, over 40 crew leaders—trained by MBoSC—will lead volunteers in the field. Large scale volunteer work parties led by this inspired expertise will accelerate the project. This will allow for riders to enjoy the trail by the end of 2014.

Learn more about the flow trail’s construction process.
Sign up for volunteer work events and add your name to the volunteer roster.

SPONSOR OR DONATE | Significant financial contributions have given this project an excellent start, but we need help to raise the estimated $60,000 needed to complete the trail. Sponsors can host volunteer workdays, adopt segments of the trail, and purchase necessary equipment.

Learn more about the generous supporters of this endeavor and how you can help by sponsoring or making a private donation.

BENEFIT TO COMMUNITY & BEYOND | The Flow Trail at Demo will be the first of its kind on public lands in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. This type of progressive trail is extremely popular with mountain bikers, and will attract riders from near and far. MBoSC believes that significant long-term benefits can be realized not only in the Santa Cruz mountains vicinity, but also on a statewide and regional scale by showcasing the benefits of modern trail construction techniques. The flow trail will demonstrate the viability of providing mountain biking trails that are intentionally built to be fun and safe while protecting natural and cultural resources.


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Bell Built Trailbuilding Grant Kicks Off

April 2nd, 2014

4/7 UPDATE: Flow Trail Supporters—VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Please share this link on your social media channels! Let’s go viral and win this grant!!  Bell published info and promo videos for all finalists this evening. Here’s our own stellar vid, which many of … Continue reading

Flow Trail at Demo 3/30 & 4/8 Dig Days Reminder

March 26th, 2014

Mick’s Automotive Hosts March 30 Dig Day The next official volunteer dig day is scheduled for this coming Sunday March 30, and will be hosted by Mick’s Automotive. Volunteers will be assigned a variety of projects to work on and … Continue reading

Dig Weekend Recap + Dig Days Ahead; Bell Built Grant Finalist!!

March 20th, 2014

Here’s the skinny on what’s happening with the Flow Trail at Demo! Mtbr Dig Days a Success Volunteers turned out en masse for last weekend’s Mtbr-sponsored Demo Dig Days event, making excellent progress on the Flow Trail at Demo project. … Continue reading

Flow Trail at Demo Segments Adopted; Mtbr Hosts Demo Dig Days March 15-16

March 11th, 2014

We’re incredibly excited to announce that all six segments of the Flow Trail at Demo have been officially “adopted” by local bicycle industry sponsors! Generous contributions from Bontrager, Epicenter Cycling, Ibis, FOX, Specialized and Trail Head Cyclery will go a … Continue reading