Venue and date change for June club meeting

What's your vision for mountain biking in Santa Cruz?

What’s your vision for mountain biking in Santa Cruz?

Please note that the June club meeting will be held on Monday June 15 (not June 8) at the Harvey West Park Scouthouse in Santa Cruz (7pm as usual).

The agenda will be focused on the leadership changes for MBoSC. We are holding board elections later this month and we would love for you to join our board and be part of our success. Folks interested in serving on the board will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and present their vision for mountain biking in Santa Cruz county.

See the post MBoSC is Seeking New Leadership for details.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please tell us about yourself by filling in this form.

The meeting will be more business focused and will include reports from all of MBoSC’s committees. We aim to run an efficient meeting and wrap it up early. If there is interest, we may go to a local spot for socializing.

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“Work hard, play harder” – Don “DT” Templeton

Don Templeton 1963-2014
Some of you may have noticed the quote attributed to Don “DT” Templeton on a nice redwood sign at the top of the Braile Trail. Don passed away last summer and a bunch of his friends got together to secure a $10,000 donation towards the flow trail and worked with the SDSF Forest Manager to buy and install the sign at the top of Braile.

What kind of guy was Don? From Art Hunt…

Don “DT” Templeton was an avid mountain bike rider in Montana before moving to the Summit Area in 1998. It only took one ride in the Demo Forest for him to fall in love with its trails and terrain. In contrast to most riders, DT enjoyed the descents but loved getting “in the zone” on the long climbs…and he excelled at them! Unfortunately leukemia ended his riding in 2011 and took his life this past June. The memorial plaque at the top of Braille Trail describes his outlook on life – work hard, play harder!

The plaque was placed in time for a memorial ride over labor day weekend. About 40 of DT’s friends and family rode the Highland Way – Cussacks – Ridge – Tractor/Flow – Hinh’s Mill loop and enjoyed a BBQ in his honor in the Highland Way parking lot. The ride was a great success and the organizers are hoping to make it an annual fundraising event open to the public.

MBoSC would like to thank Art Hunt, Joe Fabris and Don’s other friends and family for providing a $10,000 donation towards the flow trail. These funds helped to expedite the completion of the flow trail and thousands of riders from Northern California and all over the world are enjoying his legacy.

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MBoSC is Seeking New Leadership

Photo by Called To Creation.

Photo by Called To Creation.

Are you passionate about mountain biking here in Santa Cruz County? Do you want to be sure that we as mountain bikers take full advantage of opportunities to create more riding options in our community? Well now is the time to step forward. Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz is recruiting new leadership.

MBoSC’s role within the community has grown exponentially in recent years, and our club needs to grow proportionally. We have built two amazing trails, the Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip, and the Flow Trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. We have put on several ongoing events with great success, The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival and The Santa Cruz Super Enduro. But this is no time to rest on our laurels. With so many amazing opportunities coming down the pipes, trail development at Coast Dairies and San Vicente Redwoods, a trail reroute in Wilder Ranch State Park, several new pump tracks, a new bike park, and so many others, we need to grow and strengthen our organization to maintain the momentum we have achieved. New energy, ideas, and motivation will help us to capitalize on the momentum we have built.

Board Elections
MBoSC will be holding elections in late June for positions on our board of directors. The new board of directors will be tasked with leading and strengthening the club’s programs through the development of a strategic plan for the club, hiring an executive directors, and developing a volunteer staff recruitment plan.

Serving on MBoSC’s board of directors is an amazing opportunity to get involved in your community. Santa Cruz’s star as a mountain bike mecca is on the rise. You can be a part of shaping how the future of mountain biking takes form here in our home.

More information on the various positions that make up the board of directors and their associated responsibilities is available here.

If you are interested in running for a position on the board of directors, please fill out our online form.

Candidates will be requested to give a statement at our monthly meeting at 7:00 on June 15 at Harvey West Park (note new meeting location), those who cannot be present can submit a written statement.

The current board of directors will elect the new board from the pool of candidates at their next meeting in late June.

For more information contact

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SDSF Flow Trail Grand Opening celebration recap


Over 200 trail building and mountain biking enthusiasts gathered at the Badger Spring Picnic Area at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) on Saturday May 9, 2015 to celebrate the completion of the SDSF Flow Trail.

The festivities, sponsored by Quadzilla and Norman Bourdon, included catered Mexican cuisine, cold beverages courtesy Ninkasi Brewing, live music by Manny Swan, and an expansive volunteer raffle featuring product and services from a wide array of generous sponsors. Volunteers and sponsors received commemorative t-shirts designed and produced by Mount Tam Apparel. Special thanks to Shuttle Smith Adventures, Cyclepath OutfittersKoinonia Camp and Conference Center for supporting event logistics.

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Faces of the Flow

Tomorrow we celebrate the opening of the SDSF Flow Trail. This project was a monumental community effort and we are recognizing the folks who made it happen.

If you’re planning to join us tomorrow (Saturday May 9) for the Grand Opening celebration, be sure to RSVP here. Read more about the flow trail project and celebration event here. Huge thanks to the sponsors who threw in their generous support for this trail – please support those who support us!

Below is a gallery of photo collages that showcase a sampling of the 500+ dedicated volunteers who made this monumental project happen. Click on each image below to see the collage in full. Kudos to all!

Much appreciation to photographers Bogdan Marian, Bruce Dorman, Johnny Melack, Scott McClain (Called To Creation), Etienne Van Rensburg, James Bradley, Josh Sawyer and Aung Tun for documenting the camaraderie and hard work.

View gallery of Specialized Bicycles work day shot by Etienne Van Rensburg here. And Bell Helmets employee dig day shot by Josh Sawyer here.

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