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; for example, the 2011 event raised over $15,000 toward a permanent bike park in Aptos.

The 2013 SCMBF event featured an increased focus on environmental sustainability, fundraising, and advocacy. The festival boasted an estimated 9,000 attendees (50% increase over 2012), 395 registered participants (220% increase), over 300 kids’ rodeo participants (50% increase) and 50 vendors and 14 bike demos. The environmental impact of the festival was greatly reduced with the help of three solar vendors and five solar arrays to power sound and IT, plus a 65% diversion rate of waste from going into a landfill was achieved. Attendees were encouraged to utilize bike transport to the festival, with People Power parking over 650 bikes at their bike valet station. Through raffles and beer sales over $22,000 was raised for local mountain bike projects and organizations. The festival has elicited favorable coverage in many renowned mountain bike forums such as Adventure Sports Journaldecline magazineBike MagazineDirt Rag magazine, mbaction.com, VitalMTB.com, Pinkbike.com and MTBR.com.

Visit the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival website for more information on this inspiring community event.


The End of an Era in Aptos

November 23rd, 2014

Greetings Friends, I have some sad news to share with you. Jesse Nickel called me the other week to regretfully announce that the world famous Post Office Jump Park and the Epicenter Pump Track in Aptos will be closing on … Continue reading

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival — New Announcements

April 1st, 2014

Well, hello April! Can it really be April 1 already? Who’s down to join us this coming weekend (April 5-6) in Aptos Village, CA for our 5th annual festival? We’ve sure come a long way since our very first event … Continue reading

Family friendly expo activities & more at the 5th Annual SCMBF April 5-6, 2014

March 25th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE — March 25, 2014, Aptos Village CA — The 5th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF), presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) and FOX, today announced Expo Area activities and vendors. This eco-conscious, volunteer-run fundraiser … Continue reading

5th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival to Run April 5-6 in Aptos; FOX Returns as Title Sponsor

January 12th, 2014

APTOS, CA – January 10, 2014 Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is proud to announce the return of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF) to Aptos Village for its fifth year on April 5-6, 2014—the weekend before the … Continue reading