The End of an Era in Aptos

Sunset on the Post Office

Sunset on the Post Office – from Santa Cruz Waves

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 February 17, 2015 as part of the construction planning for the new Aptos Village development. We all knew that the days were numbered for these temporary County Parks and now the countdown clock is ticking.
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Bell SCSE 2014 celebrates another successful weekend of racing & camaraderie

Race organizers — all MBoSC volunteers!

Race organizers — all MBoSC volunteers!

The 2014 Bell Santa Cruz Super Enduro—organized by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC)—returned to the Santa Cruz Mountains October 10-12 to cap off the second season of the California Enduro Series (CES).

2014 marked the third year for our wildly popular event, and the coveted 200 entries sold out on-line in a matter of minutes.

After kicking off the day with breakfast and rider’s meeting, racers took on the trails at Soquel Demonstration State Forest, hammering out 4 stages that covered 22 miles with 4800’ feet of elevation. The weather was perfect and the trails were running fast, making for a day of all time racing in sunny Santa Cruz. The end of season vibe ran strong back at camp, with music blaring, beers flowing and friends rubbing elbows for one last time, until next season. Continue reading

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Celebrating the transfer of the inland Coast Dairies to the BLM

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On Friday Oct 3rd there was a ceremony near the town of Davenport to celebrate the conveyance of the Coast Dairies properties. After a very long wait the almost 6,000 acre inland portion of the Coast Dairies was finally transferred … Continue reading

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The Scotts Valley Pump Track is Open!

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The Scotts Valley pump track opened this past Saturday and to an enthusiastic crowd. This project was originally proposed in March of 2011, final approval was in July of 2014 and construction started mid-August 2014 led by Alex Fowler of … Continue reading

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Scotts Valley Pump Track Grand Opening set for Saturday, October 4

Volunteer Dig Day. Photo courtesy Scotts Valley Cycle Sport.

Volunteer Dig Day. Photo courtesy Scotts Valley Cycle Sport.

We’re excited to announce the grand opening of the new Scotts Valley Pump Track at Sky Park on Saturday October 4, 2014 at 10 am.  There will be a ribbon cutting followed by a demo by local pro dirt jumpers Jack Fogelquist and friends, a grom (youth) ride, an all ages ride, and a prize drawing.

The Scotts Valley Pump Track was built with the help of many sponsors and volunteers including FOX, Bell, Scotts Valley Cycle Sport (SVCS), European Wax Center, Steve Smith’s Bavarian Motors, and Scarborough Lumber.  The track was constructed under the keen direction of pump track guru Alex Fowler of Action Sport Construction.

The track is the largest pump track in Santa Cruz County at approximately 14,000 square feet and provides two sections; an easy track for beginners and an advanced track with larger rollers and berms. This pump track is temporary and will be dismantled when construction of the Scotts Valley Town Center begins and is expected to last 2 -5 years.

The cost of the pump track totaled $18,000, which covers 400 yards of clean dirt, equipment rental costs, designer/operator expenses, drainage and signage.  And although FOXBellScotts Valley Cycle Sport and MBoSC have committed financial support, donations are still needed to help pay for long-term maintenance.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide this pump track in Scotts Valley.  We believe it is important to provide places like this where our youth can not only exercise but develop solid bike handling skills and confidence,” says Mark Davidson, President of MBoSC.

To help support the pump track, donations are greatly appreciated and tickets are being sold for a drawing to win a Specialized P2 dirt jump bike and FOX fork donated by Scotts Valley Cycle Sport.  Purchase tickets for the Scotts Valley Pump Track drawing now until day of the drawing here or go to Scotts Valley Cycle Sport to purchase tickets in person.



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