Flow Trail Update: Volunteer Work Events Off to a Great Start

Forest. Dirt. Dig. You just *get* it. Photo courtesy Josh Davidson.

Forest. Dirt. Dig. You just *get* it. Photo courtesy Josh Davidson.

WARNING: read this in a place where it’s okay to jump up & down with extreme excitement. Really. Dig every word.

Stewards host first official workday; big progress on Epicenter Cycling-adopted Segment 5
The Flow Trail at Demo volunteer work events are off to an enthusiastic start with a great turnout for our first official dig day on Saturday, February 22. Over 35 people helped dig, compact, sculpt, shore up, and drain some nice sticky soil that will form the hardened tread of Segment 5, generously adopted by local bike shop Epicenter Cycling. The workday was infused with hospitality provided by the Stewards of Soquel Forest, a small non-profit that supports the recreation and education elements of Soquel Demonstration State Forest’s mission. The Stewards fueled volunteers for their day with morning coffee and carbs, followed by a selection of sandwiches, fruit and cookies for lunch, and a post-project tailgate party featuring quality snacks and cold bee…. beverages for all to enjoy.

BELL pitches in
A motivated crew of 15 BELL employees pitched in the day before our official volunteer event, giving volunteer trail crew leaders the chance to practice their leadership skills. This industry giant’s self-hosted work day also offered the opportunity to energize their BELL Built grant program through IMBA… er… speaking of which… WE JUST FOUND OUT WE’RE A FINALIST FOR! We learned of this literally upon publishing this blog; stayed tuned for more info—you know we’re busting to give you the full lowdown on this extraordinary opportunity.

Next work event sponsored by MTBR, includes camping at Demo (!!) Continue reading

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March Action at a Glance

MBoSC friends— here’s what’s shaking in our corner of the world these days:

Club Meeting — March 10
Monday March 10, 7pm Seabright Brewery, more info here.

Flow Trail at Demo — Next Volunteer Weekend Work Event March 15-16
Sign up NOW for our next volunteer weekend work event, March 15-16! (And if you can play hookie this coming Friday March 7, shoot an email to trails@mbosc.org for the skinny on this impromptu weekday dig sesh.) Keep up to date on this incredible endeavor via trail builder Matt De Young’s engaging Trail Talk blog—if you aren’t motivated to pick up a shovel or other rad tool after reading his posts, you might want to check your pulse! Learn more about volunteering, donating to or sponsoring by visiting the flow trail section of our website.

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival — April 5-6, Aptos Village
Just one more month (!!!!) ‘til MBoSC’s biggest fundraiser comes to town, can you believe it? The SCMBF planning committee has been JAMMING and things are looking sweet for this year’s family-friendly, eco-conscious MTB celebration. We could use your help! Mosey around our updated website to see what’s what and then hit us up to VOLUNTEER or SPONSOR! Continue reading

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Trail Talk #5: Testing, Tuning, Tamping


Drew piling a berm high and deep. Photo Josh Davidson

Good morning and welcome to Trail Talk… With the heavy digging complete on segment 5 we are left with the task of fine tuning the trail into its final iteration. We are adjusting turns, steepening berms, changing the spacing of rollers and grade reversals to maximize the flow.  Trail Construction Manager Drew Perkins dropped some knowledge on the situation, “the goal is to maximize return on your potential energy rather than converting it to heat with your brakes.” Heady. Very little pedaling or braking is required to make it through this section with the quickness. Continue reading

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Registration for Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival Events & Clinics Now Open


We’re stoked to open online registration today for this year’s Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF) events and skills clinics! Our family-friendly, eco-conscious, and volunteer-run fundraiser—presented by MBoSC and FOX—returns to its popular Barry Swenson Builder venue in Aptos Village April 5-6, 2014.

The 2014 competitive events and skills clinic lineup includes: Continue reading

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Trail Talk #4: Digging for Dead Presidents


Volunteer Crew Leader Mark Aubin puttin the hurt
on some backslope. Photo Bogdan Marian.

Well, with some good digging conditions and the help of volunteers segment 5 is well on its way to completion. The machine construction was completed at the end of last week and the hand finish work is rip-roaring along. On Saturday a group of volunteer crew leaders came out to do some finish work and practice their trail work and leadership skills in preparation for the forthcoming large public volunteer days. The goal for the day was to leave a few finished sections and to complete several trail features. The volunteers sculpted a couple berms, backsloped through some serious terrain, and improved trail drainage. Soil moisture was perfect for compaction so we broke out the hand tampers and vibraplates to pound some of that loose terra firma into some tasty singletrack, built to leave your synapses tingling for years to come. Continue reading

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