Demo Flow Trail Update: FOX and Epicenter-adopted segments to open June 1!

We’ve been given the green light to open both completed trail sections—FOX-adopted segment 3 and Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5!

You are cordially invited to join MBoSC, CAL FIRE, FOX and Epicenter Cycling on Sunday, June 1 at 11am at the bottom of segment 5 for a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting—then we’ll send you on your way to experience the flow. After a few laps of swoopy goodness, head back to the parking lot to continue the celebration with snacks and beverages provided by Epicenter Cycling, and raffles featuring product and swag donated by FOX.

How To Get There
The Demo Flow Trail is beginner friendly but requires fitness to get there. From the Demo parking lot off Highland Way, expect a 4 mile ride to the ceremony location and a 3/4 mile climb to the top of the first open segment, with a 4 mile climb back out to the parking lot. We will have signage posted to keep you on course.

Helmets are mandatory; safety gear such as knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended.

Learn more about this project and what to expect for your flow trail riding experience.

 A huge shout of gratitude to our project partner California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and the sponsors, donors and volunteers who have contributed thus far to the Demo Flow Trail project — we couldn’t do it without you! Looking forward to our continued journey ahead!

Birth of a flow trail.

Birth of a flow trail.
Photos:
1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Bogdan Marian
2 Elliot Wilkinson-Ray
3 Josh Davidson
7 Scott McClain, Called to Creation

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Demo Flow Trail Update: Segments 3 & 5 to open June 1!

The flow trail goodness is never ending — read on for all our happy news!

Recap: Santa Cruz Bicycles May 3 Dig Day
Saturday’s volunteer workday in Soquel State Demonstration Forest brought almost 40 willing and able bodies out to the flow trail. Crews worked on FOX-adopted segment 3 and left it very near complete. Two bridges assembled from found redwood logs and hand-split decking took form over the day. Crews worked on compacting berms that have been holding their moisture under tarps since the last rain. Other volunteers worked on re-naturalizing finished portions of the trail. After work wrapped up, those who brought their bikes had the privilege of riding the yet to be opened segments of the trail. After enjoying some flow, volunteers adjourned to the parking lot for refreshments and a raffle. Massive thanks to Santa Cruz Bicycles for sponsoring the work event, with much appreciation as well to Summit Store and Verve Coffee for their part in fueling our volunteers. Big ups to our generous network of local bike shops for their donations to the volunteer raffle: Another Bike Shop, Epicenter Cycling, Family Cycling Center, Trail Head Cyclery, Tread Bikes, Scotts Valley Cycle Sport, and Sprockets Bike Shop.

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5th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival another smashing success!

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PRESS RELEASE: 5th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival another smashing success

Santa Cruz, CA, May 1, 2014Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is thrilled to announce yet another successful Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival presented by MBoSC and FOX. The 5th annual event was held at the popular Aptos Village venue (Aptos Pump Track and Post Office Jumps) courtesy Barry Swenson Builder. The eco-conscious festival drew an estimated 9,000 attendees and nearly 400 registered participants.

The mission of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival is to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz County by bringing the community together to participate in recreational and competitive mountain bike events. Funds raised by the event benefit projects and organizations that support mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. This family friendly two-day, volunteer-run festival included competitive events, a kids’ rodeo, skills clinics, an aerial jump bag, demo bikes, an exposition area, food court, beer garden, live band and more for bike enthusiasts, family members, and friends. Continue reading

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Demo Flow Trail Update: Winding down for the season

We’re proud of the progress made since breaking ground less than three months ago. We’re on the brink of finalizing FOX-adopted segment 3 and Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5, and looking forward to opening both segments to the public in the near future. With California experiencing the driest year in recorded state history, soil moisture is quickly becoming inadequate for digging, leading us to end construction for this season sooner than expected. Trail design and implementation will be tested throughout the summer and winter, as we see how the completed segments hold up to high summer use and winter weather in 2014/2015. Lessons learned will be utilized in determining the final design of the remaining four segments. Trail construction and volunteer work events will resume post-evaluation, and once soil moisture is once again appropriate for digging. Email demo@mbosc.org to be sure you receive important notices about future dig events. (And check out these great tips on conserving water!) Continue reading

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AZ bike park wins Bell Built grant; high fives to all finalists & big thanks to our supporters

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Despite our best efforts—rallied under a challenging time with tapped out volunteer resources—MBoSC couldn’t get a strong enough foothold in this competition and now offer our sincere congratulations to the folks out in Flagstaff who will receive some hefty help on their project, the Ft. Tuthill Bike Park. Field trip to AZ anyone? !! High fives to all of our west coast competitors, and best of luck to the Central Coast and East Coast finalists.

We should all be super proud of how hard we worked to bring in the votes while simultaneously preparing for and throwing the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, our club’s biggest fundraiser which benefits mountain biking organizations and projects throughout Santa Cruz county.

At the close of this campaign, we look to what makes our project a winner no matter who receives the coveted grant: the heart and soul of the Demo Flow Trail—the people making it happen. This comment plucked from a thread about the grant contest cements the MBoSC pride: “Considering the passion of the people working on [the Demo Flow Trail] and supporting it… this is so deserving of a fair share of the grant.”

Passion, commitment, dedication, heart. We’ve got that dialed here in the 831. ;) Thank you, friends, for the heaps of support you have given to us in our quest to win the Bell Built grant. No matter what, #wewin.

Dig on and peace out!

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