Save the date for our 6th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival! April 11-12, 2015

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Whoo hoo, it’s festy planning time!

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was created by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz county, and to raise funds to support local bike projects.

This family-friendly eco-conscious event continues to grow year after year with the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community—and our success testifies to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz county.

Event organizers are hard at work dreaming up a super fun festival at a new location (to be announced), with the following events and activities in the works:

bike demos skills clinics • poker ride aerial jump bag • pump track contest • vendor fair •  kids’ area • beer garden •  food court • raffles • after-party
& so much more!

SPONSOR or VOLUNTEER to make this year’s event a smashing success!

Details coming soon! Follow SCMBF on Facebook and keep tabs on the website.

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Year-end fundraising campaign a success

Much appreciation to Santa Cruz Bicycles for driving this fundraiser's direct mail campaign. Industry support like this contributes a great deal to our success. Photo: Bogdan Marian

Much appreciation to Santa Cruz Bicycles for sponsoring this fundraiser’s direct mail campaign. Industry support like this contributes a great deal to our success. Photo: Bogdan Marian

We’re thrilled to report that we raised over $12,500 in our year-end “Gift for Trails” fundraising campaign! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success, plus a special thanks to our challenge grant donors for doubling the first thirty $100 donations, and to Santa Cruz Bicycles for sponsoring the direct mail campaign.

If you haven’t yet pitched in, it’s not too late to invest in your riding future. Donations to MBoSC stay local for the trails YOU ride, and contributions of any amount make a difference. Help us create YOUR mountain biking dream town!

Donate on-line via PayPal, or mail a check to: Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, P.O. Box 331, Santa Cruz CA 95061-0331.


 

Save the date for our February 21, 2015 Membership Party (details to be released soon), and pitch in with our current trail project, the 4-mile flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF)!

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SDSF Flow Trail Update: Trail Head Cyclery 1/25 volunteer work day recap; Mike’s Bikes 2/15 work day open for registration

Dirt reverence. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

Dirt reverence. Photo by Bogdan Marian.

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Trail Head Cyclery 1/25 volunteer work day recap; Mike’s Bikes 2/15 work day open for registration

MBoSC/Trail Head Cyclery SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
Our biggest day yet, an impressive 73 volunteers showed up to work on the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past Sunday, January 25. Kicking off the day with coffee and breakfast treats provided by Whole Foods, nine crews pitched in on the soon-to-be-completed Specialized Bicycles-sponsored segment 2 and the brand new Ibis Cycles-sponsored segment 1. Volunteers fine tuned segment 2, tweaking berms and jumps, renaturalizing the trail corridor and testing features. Finish work was completed on part of segment 1 as well.

Trail Head Cyclery of San Jose provided hearty lunches, post-workday refreshments, and a huge array of raffle items. Summit Store threw in their usual generous support by way of a deep discount on lunch, while Ninkasi Brewing rewarded trail builders with well-earned cold beverages at the end of the day. Adventure Sports Journal again hosted the volunteer raffle, offering goodies such as a gift certificate to the Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge, ski lift tickets, a Platypus portable water filtration system, Crazy Creek camp chairs and more.

Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who came together for Sunday’s productive work event, and much appreciation to land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for partnering with us for this extensive project.

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Next volunteer work day Sunday 2/15, presented by Mike’s Bikes
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for Sunday February 15, with Mike’s Bikes generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. We’re looking forward to another inspiring day of trail building and camaraderie out on the flow trail! Sign up for this work day HERE.

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Geo H. Wilson donates truck for trail building; Mick’s Automotive & Mid-County Auto Supply pitch in, too

1999 Ford F250 recently retired from Geo H. Wilson  fleet joins MBoSC trail building efforts.

1999 Ford F250 recently retired from Geo H. Wilson fleet joins MBoSC trail building efforts.

A huge thank you to Geo H. Wilson, Mick’s Automotive, and Mid-County Auto Supply for their recent contributions of a truck and associated maintenance and parts to assist us in our trail building work.

MBoSC is giving a second job life to a 1999 Ford F250 that recently retired from Geo H. Wilson’s fleet. It will be helping us out on the flow trail, moving equipment, supplies and trail builders in and out of the Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF).

Mick’s Automotive in Santa Cruz donated maintenance work and Mid County Auto Supply in Capitola donated needed parts.

Please support these local companies for THEIR support of our community and local trail building!

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SDSF Flow Trail Update: MLK Jr. Day volunteer work day recap; next work day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery

Family teamwork. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Family teamwork. Photo by Bruce Dorman.


High school mountain biking teams finesse the flow on MLK Jr. Day
Crew leaders, parents and others joined local high school mountain biking teams out at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) for a day of advocacy and work on the flow trail this past this past Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 30+ volunteers finished up the top leg of Specialized-sponsored segment 2 out to Tractor, tackling finishing work, back sloping, compaction and renaturalization. Smiles were abundant on this beautiful day as volunteers got to reap the benefits of their hard work by testing the flow. The high school teams included Aptos High Mountain Bike Club, Kirby Mountain Bike Team and Santa Cruz Composite Racing Team.

Next volunteer work day this coming Sunday 1/25, presented by Trail Head Cyclery
The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for this coming Sunday January 25, with Trail Head Cyclery generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. Who’s in for another amazing day of trail building and camaraderie out in the redwoods?

**Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the Trail Head Cyclery Sunday January 25 event HERE.**

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