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

Volunteers gather ‘round for a safety talk prior to heading out to their assignments on the trail.

Volunteers gather ‘round for a safety talk prior to heading out to their assignments on the trail.

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 will enjoy hospitality that includes a catered lunch provided by this locally owned Japanese auto specialist. Registration is required; sign up here by Friday March 28 to ensure your spot on the trail crew.

Industry Dig Day Tuesday April 8: Save the Date
Industry folk in town for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (April 5-6) and Sea Otter Classic (April 10-13) will be invited to come dig and celebrate with us on Tuesday April 8. We are looking for a hospitality sponsor to host this event. If you would like to help feed and hydrate this day’s diggers, please contact us for more info.

Be sure to mark your calendar to vote (April 7-20)—the Bell Built grant would go a long way for this amazing trail! Continue reading

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

Title sponsor for the 4th year running, FOX's awesome service crew will be on hand as usual to dial in your suspension.

Title sponsor for the 4th year running, FOX’s awesome service crew will be on hand as usual to dial in your suspension.

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 for local bike projects returns to its popular Barry Swenson Builder venue in Aptos Village April 5-6, 2014, the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey.

Open from 9am-6pm Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday, there is no cost to enter the Expo Area which offers a wide range of activities for the whole family plus a varied selection of industry manufacturers and retailers. In the Expo Area, attendees will find: Continue reading

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

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. Each day, over 50 trail building enthusiasts chipped in to make significant headway on FOX-adopted segment 3 and fine tune Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5.

The weekend, which boasted perfect weather and ideal trail building conditions, was hosted by Mtbr, who helped recruit volunteers and spread the word. Mtbr—renowned for their hospitality—provided volunteers with breakfast and lunch each day, with potluck dinner and icy brew topping off a full day in the dirt on Saturday. Soquel Demonstration State Forest land manager CAL FIRE issued a rare permit for the first-ever opportunity to camp on Demo’s hallowed grounds, with 19 volunteers calling the lower helipad home Saturday night.

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

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 long way toward construction costs of this four mile trail. A skills center planned for the area between segments five and six will be funded by the Mark Reynolds Memorial Fund.

Donations from Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, Shimano, Easton and X-Fusion kicked off our project, while the Stewards of Soquel Forest pitched in by hosting our first official volunteer trail work event on February 22. We’re appreciative of all in our community who believe in our work and want to be a part of this highly anticipated endeavor.

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Public Access Planning for the CEMEX Redwoods

CEMEX meeting

Special report by Mark Davidson, MBoSC President

One prospect that gets me excited about local mountain bike advocacy is the opportunities presented by the CEMEX redwoods property. This 8,500 acre parcel was owned by the multi-national company CEMEX but had recently been purchased by 4 land trust partners with the goal of conservation and recreation. This parcel and the adjacent Coast Dairies property (managed by the BLM) represents nearly 14,000 contiguous acres between Bonny Doon and Davenport. Linking these two properties with a trails system could provide for long descents with a 2,500 foot elevation drop. Imagine a ten to fifteen mile ride from Empire Grade to the beach through spectacular redwood forests with sweeping ocean views within 10 years.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is responsible for the public access plan and have started engaging recreational stake holders, the communities of Davenport and Bonny Doon and the public soliciting feedback. On Thursday March 6th, I attended the CEMEX Recreational Stakeholders meeting hosted and facilitated by the Land Trust at their office in Santa Cruz. This meeting was well attended by representatives from diverse recreational and neighborhood interests which included: mountain bikers (me), Bonny Doon residents, birders, hikers, equestrians, the Sierra Club, mushroom gatherers, Big Creek Lumber, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and the BLM. This was an opportunity for leaders of the various interest groups to come together to build consensus on the types of recreational activities appropriate for the property and to hash out potential conflicts. The format allowed for all voices and points of view to be heard. The discussion was respectful and civil.

The great news is that multi-use trails and mountain biking access throughout the entire property has been considered and is part of the public access plan. None of the stakeholders objected or pushed back on that point. I was also happy to learn that undeveloped camping is considered as part of the public access plan. Beyond that, I asked for single use trails (mountain bike only, hiker/horse only) and one way directional trails should be considered to mitigate conflict. Also, events like races, festivals and commercial activities like photo shoots and (mtb) product testing should be considered. The objective is to open this property to the public in October 2015.

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