Volunteer Opportunity! MBoSC needs a General Meeting Coordinator for 2016. We need someone to help us organize our general meetings. We are going to a bi-monthly schedule for 2016. Our meetings are casual affairs that usually include food, beer, mingling and of course a bit of business. Typical responsibilities would include:
- Increasing attendance of MBoSC members at our general meetings
- Identifying and reserving the location/locations
- Promoting and advertising the meeting dates to club members through email, social media and our website etc
- Securing/purchasing the food and drinks for the meetings
- Planning activities associated with the meetings –
This role requires 3-4 hours total time commitment every 2 months. If you are interested in helping put on fun gatherings for mountain bikers in our community shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer crew leader Bruce Dorman sculpting the damp dirt at last Sunday’s volunteer day.
This past Sunday nearly forty steadfast volunteers showed up to Wilder Ranch just as the rain gave way to a cool and blustery day. These folks joined MBoSC and the local California State Parks trail crew to continue work on the Enchanted Loop reroute and restoration project. Volunteers helped with finish work, rock projects, and renaturalization, making steady progress towards completing the project.
A special thanks goes out to the Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association for sponsoring the workday. MBoSC is very grateful to the equestrian community for supporting trail development efforts in Wilder Ranch State Park, showcasing that partnerships between user groups can lead to a better experience for all trail users. MBoSC was also excited by the strong showing of younger volunteers from the Aptos and Santa Cruz Mountains Composite high school mountain bike teams. Continue reading
MBoSC Volunteer Crew Leader Bruce Dorman pauses during Saturday’s workday while clearing a drain on the Flow Trail
This past Saturday nearly fifty volunteers showed up bright and early at Soquel Demonstration State Forest to help Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) with trailwork throughout the forest. After an educational pep talk from the Stewards of Soquel Forest and land manager CAL FIRE, volunteers headed out on the trails. An impressive amount of work was accomplished. Volunteer crews cleared drains on most of the trail mileage in the Forest. The trails should be in good condition to deal with the coming rains.
We would like to extend warm thank yous to Tread Bikes for sponsoring the workday, keeping volunteers well fed and happy. Verve coffee for providing hot coffee, a warm welcome for volunteers on an early cold morning. Ninkasi Brewing for post workday beverages. The Summit Store for supplying a tasty lunch and snacks, and to the Adventure Sports Journal for teaming up with Tread to put on an amazing Volunteer Raffle, during which nearly all present walked away with cool new gear. And of course thanks to all of the volunteers for their hard work!
Next Dig Day – Sunday November 15th at Wilder Ranch State Park
The Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring MBoSC’s next workday at Wilder Ranch State Park. We are excited to partner with our equestrian friends on this project! We will be continuing to work on the Enchanted Loop Trail reroute and restoration project. The day’s focus will be on performing finish work on the newly cut trail, building rock retaining walls, and re-naturalizing the new route. Please join us! Event details and signup can be found here.
Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz is keeping the trail work train rolling with our second and third volunteer Dig Days of the season. Workdays run from 8:45 to 3:30. All skill levels of trailworkers are welcome! Volunteers are provided with Verve Coffee, pastries, lunch, post workday libations and refreshments, and entry into our Adventure Sports Journal sponsored volunteer raffle.
Saturday November 7th at Soquel Demonstration State Forest – Sponsored by Tread Bikes
Our friends at Tread Bikes, your one stop bike shop in Campbell, are sponsoring MBoSC’s Saturday November 7th volunteer Dig Day at SDSF. The focus for the day’s work will be drainage work on trails throughout the forest in preparation for a wet winter. Please come lend a hand to tune up the trails in the Demonstration Forest! Sign up here.
Sunday November 15th at Wilder Ranch State Park – Sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association
Our equestrian counterparts at the Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association are stepping up with a strong showing of trail user unity by sponsoring MBoSC’s November 15th Dig Day at Wilder Ranch State Park. The equestrian community is appreciative of the work MBoSC and California State Parks are doing to improve the Enchanted Loop Trail. You too can show your appreciation by lending a hand at our volunteer day! We will be performing finish work on the new Enchanted Trail alignment and performing restoration on the old trail. Find out all the details and Sign up here.
Over 40 enthusiastic volunteers showed up to work on the Enchanted Loop on Saturday.
Early this past Saturday over forty volunteers showed up at Wilder Ranch State Park for MBoSC’s first volunteer workday of the season. The focus of the day was to prep the trail corridor for the Enchanted Loop re-route and restoration project, a collaboration between MBoSC and the State Parks trail crew. After fueling up on coffee donated by Verve Coffee Roasters volunteer crews headed into the park to get busy. Volunteers hauled brush away from the new trail corridor and stashed it for later use in decommissioning the old route. Organic material was cleared from the new trail alignment in preparation for trail construction. These motivated folks accomplished an amazing amount of work, and even finished early!
After a hard day of working, tired but happy volunteers headed down to the parking lot for post workday snack and libations provided by Ninkasi Brewing. To top off the day Adventure Sports Journal kicked down some choice bits for our volunteer raffle, and a good number of people left sporting some new gear.
A big thanks to our sponsor Mick’s Automotive, our favorite full service Japanese auto repair shop, for keeping our hard working volunteers well fed and happy during the event. Mick’s has been a long time supporter of MBoSC and we are grateful for their continued support. Thanks to California State Parks and also to Trailworkers.org, for support in making this project and event happen.
Our next workday will be at Soquel Demonstration State Forest on Saturday November 7th and brought to you by our friends at Tread Bikes. Sign up here.
We will be back in Wilder Ranch working on the Enchanted Loop Project on Sunday November 15th. Stay tuned for more info!