A Message From Our Trail and Business Manager Matt De Young On Wet Weather Riding Etiquette

Wet Weather Riding Etiquette

Hi folks,

You may have noticed that this winter has been significantly wetter than those in recent years, as such it’s a good time to brush up on some wet-weather riding etiquette. Here are a few things that will keep you out of the mud and minimize your impact on the trails and environment.

1. If your tire is leaving an imprint on the trail, it is too wet to ride. A tire imprint on a wet trail is the first step to a rut, or mud hole. Please realize that someone, a trail builder, a volunteer, or parks staff will have to take the time to smooth out your tracks and repair winter trail damage.

2. Respect seasonal trail closures – State Parks and UCSC post trail closures when conditions are too wet for public access. Please respect these postings. UCSC Natural Reserve staff have requested that trail users respect and avoid the closures, especially those at the meadows around Marshall Fields and the Seven Springs Trail(s) through the Forest Ecology Research Plot. Soquel Demonstration State Forest is temporarily closed while CAL FIRE inventories and addresses storm damage.

3. Be strategic about where you choose to ride if it has been raining. Trails through flat areas don’t drain very well and are susceptible to becoming muddy quagmires. Trails across steeper side slopes drain much better. Steeper is better when it has been raining a lot. Soil type plays a big part in a trail’s ability to drain. A fire road armored with rock is a much better alternative to a flatish dirt trail. Sandier trails dry out the quickest. Taking a trip to Ft. Ord or riding in sandier areas is a great option.

4. Don’t ride around puddles-ride through them. If you find yourself facing a puddle on the trail, ride though it. Riding around it will lead to widening of the trail. Keep singletrack single.

5. Sometimes it is just too wet to ride trails. Dust off your road bike, rebuild your bottom bracket, read a book, be a well-rounded human…

6. Do trail work. The wet season is our trail work season here in Santa Cruz. Volunteer with MBoSC on the trails. Check out upcoming opportunities below.

Make good choices out there this winter folks!

Thanks,

Matt De Young
MBoSC Trail and Business Manager

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Dig Day Sponsored by Scotts Valley Cyclesport MLK Day at Delaveaga Park

When: Martin Luther King Day. Monday, January 16th 8:45am-1:30pm
Where: Delaveaga Park – Meet at Parking Lot – Entrance off of Branciforte (map here)
Transportation: We will hike into work site
What to bring: Water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, safety glasses, helmet
What we provide:  Tools, coffee, lunch, after work snacks, and a raffle!

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley Cyclesport are hosting a special Dig Day at Delaveaga with an emphasis on getting youth out on the trail. This is a great way to get young riders to experience the rewards of advocacy and to learn about trail building. Of course all are welcome, not just youngins. Sign up here!

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New Trail: Shakespeare Connector Trail!

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is excited to announce we will be constructing a new trail at Delaveaga Park in partnership with the City of Santa Cruz to provide access to the new Santa Cruz Shakespeare venue from the Prospect Heights neighborhood. The project will commence in January and wrap up in February, well in advance of the upcoming performance season. MBoSC staff will work hand in hand with City staff on the project. Some of the construction will be completed by MBoSC’s volunteer crewleaders as part of their ongoing trailwork training. If you are interested in volunteering on the project, please contact info@mbosc.org.

Volunteer opportunities:
Thur 1/12
Fri 1/13
Wed 1/18 – Fri 1/20
Wed 1/25 -1/27
Wed 2/1 -2/3

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Volunteer of the Month: Daniel Abernethy

   Daniel Abernethy, also known as Lt. Dan, has been a stalwart volunteer of MBoSC for years. He always shows up with a smile on his face and brings happiness to all. What a joy it has been to have Dan in our community. Dan has just made the move to Klamath Falls and will be sorely missed. Thank you for all of your work and support, Dan! 
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Dig Day Sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles January 7th on the Emma McCrary Trail

Howdy, fellow mountain bikers, trail hikers, and community likers!

Join MBoSC, the City of Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz Bicycles for the first Dig Day of the new year on January 7th! We will have a grand ol’ time doing maintenance on Emma McCrary Trail.

After the work day Santa Cruz Bicycles will be hosting a BBQ for volunteers at Harvey West Park from 1:30 – 4pm. We have a lovely picnic area reserved in the Friendship Garden at the North end of the park (see map here). Santa Cruz will be bringing out their pumptrack bike fleet so you can go for a rip around the new pumptrack. We will provide the food, beer, and raffle. Find more info and sign up here!

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