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


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


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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Demo Flow Trail Update: the Flowin’ is GOOD!

TONS happening with the Demo Flow Trail lately — so much, it’s hard to keep up with ourselves!!

MBoSC President Mark Davidson getting his dig on during the 4/8 Santa Cruz Bicycles-sponsored trail work event. Photo courtesy Scott McClain of Called to Creation, up from SoCal to shoot the Sea Otter Classic.

MBoSC President Mark Davidson getting his dig on during the 4/8 Santa Cruz Bicycles-sponsored trail work event. Photo courtesy Scott McClain of Called to Creation, up from SoCal to shoot the Sea Otter Classic.

Recap: Santa Cruz Bikes April 8 Dig Day
Industry friends in town for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival and Sea Otter Classic made their way into the Demo forest on Tuesday, April 8 to check out the flow and help dig a bit with our regular volunteers. Fueled by grub sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles (thank you SCB!), the crew worked hard on the FOX-adopted segment 3, shaping berms and rollers, and re-naturalizing finished areas.

Mick’s Automotive Sponsors Next Dig, Saturday April 19
Mick’s Automotive will be providing hospitality for our next volunteer work event, Saturday April 19. This full service Santa Cruz auto repair shop specializing in the maintenance and repair of select Japanese vehicles is committed to providing hospitality for volunteer work events throughout the project. Huge thanks to our friends at Mick’s! Finishing work on Epicenter Cycling-adopted segment 5 and FOX-adopted segment 3 are in the dig day plan.

Can’t make this Saturday’s trail building? Santa Cruz Bicycles sponsors the next dig Saturday, May 3.

>>Sign up here to secure your spot on either or both crew (s).

Home stretch for Bell Built Voting (Sunday 4/20 deadline)! Continue reading

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VOTE NOW! Help win the Bell Built grant for the Flow Trail at Demo

VOTING IS NOW OPEN UNTIL 4/20 — Please SHARE THIS LINK with your networks and help win this grant! 

Your vote counts — YOU can help us complete this amazing trail that will deliver smiles for riders of all ages and skill levels, from the young (or not so young) beginner to the downhill pro!

Voting is easy, but you do have to follow all the way through by clicking the link in the confirmation email. And especially important at the very end — when you get directed back to the Bell Built page for our project, be sure to click the Facebook “SHARE” button to let all your Facebook friends know to follow your lead.

Check out this amazing promo vid and then get your vote in!

Gratitude to SDSF land manager CAL FIRE for their support of this endeavor, and to our awesome sponsors, donors & volunteers, too!

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