Demo Flow Trail

2014_BellBuilt_Facebook_WallPost_DemoBELL BUILT VOTING IS NOW OPEN!
Our Demo Flow Trail project is up for a $33k grant which would go a long way toward completing this 4 mile feature-laden purpose-built trail that swoops through the beautiful Soquel Demonstration State Forest.

This progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities from beginner to pro 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. Please VOTE DEMO FLOW TRAIL and download this “What You Can Do” sheet for information on how you can help spread the word. PLUS check out the inspiring promo video below!

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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. 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).

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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About the DEMO FLOW TRAIL Project

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 Demo Flow Trail 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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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

Flow Trail Update: Volunteer Work Events Off to a Great Start

March 5th, 2014

WARNING: read this in a place where it’s okay to jump up & down with extreme excitement. Really. Dig every word. Stewards host first official workday; big progress on Epicenter Cycling-adopted Segment 5 The Flow Trail at Demo volunteer work … Continue reading

Trail Talk #5: Testing, Tuning, Tamping

March 2nd, 2014

Good morning and welcome to Trail Talk… With the heavy digging complete on segment 5 we are left with the task of fine tuning the trail into its final iteration. We are adjusting turns, steepening berms, changing the spacing of … Continue reading

Trail Talk #4: Digging for Dead Presidents

February 18th, 2014

Well, with some good digging conditions and the help of volunteers segment 5 is well on its way to completion. The machine construction was completed at the end of last week and the hand finish work is rip-roaring along. On … Continue reading