Rebuilding Scotts Valley Pump Track!

Who: Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and Action Sports Construction
What: Rebuilding Scotts Valley Pump Track!
Where: Sky Park, Scotts Valley
When: Thursday April 27th – Sunday April 30th
How: With your help!

MBOSC is excited to announce the rebuild of Scotts Valley Pumptrack! This great facility is going to get a much needed face lift! The track is going to be rebuilt as a joint project between Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and Action Sports Construction. Machine work will begin Thursday April 27th and we hope to wrap up the project with a big volunteer push! Drop by the pumptrack to lend a hand with finish work anytime Thursday – Sunday. We will need the most help on Saturday and Sunday!  A huge thanks to Scotts Valley Cycle Sport and Velocity Bike Parks for taking part in MBOSC’s new Adopt-a-Pumptrack Program which makes projects like these possible! Another big thanks to Granite Construction for donating dirt and trucking for the project! Email info@mbosc for more info!

Action Alert: Public Meetings and Survey Santa Cruz County Parks Strategic Plan

Who: Santa Cruz County Parks Department
What: Strategic Planning Process
Where: Multiple Public Meetings across county and online survey
When: April 26th – May 11th (more info below)
Why: To get community guidance on parks operations – this could lead to more mountain bike trails, pumptracks, and dirt jumps
How: Take the survey! Attend a meeting!

The County Parks Department is creating its first Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will be developed with input from the community and is an opportunity to create a collaborative vision for the future of County parks, programs, and facilities. This is an opportunity for mountain bikers to advocate for an increase in access and new facilities.

MBOSC is advocating for:

  • Increased connectivity between Santa Cruz County trails
    • Creation of a county wide trail plan
    • Acquisition of easements or new properties to create key trail connections
  • Creation of mountain bike specific trail opportunities
  • A bike park to replace the Post Office Jumps and Aptos Pumptrack which would provide for the needs of all skill levels of riders from tots to elite pros.
  • Funding for bike facilities construction and maintenance
  • Activation of the Miller Property in the San Lorenzo Valley for mountain bike use
    • Mountain bike specific trails
  • Activation of the Bert Scott Property with a bike park

Please take a few moments to take the online survey. Try to make one of the meetings if you can. Consider highlighting the above points in the survey and at the meetings.

Upcoming Public Meetings

The Parks Department will be holding a series of meetings throughout the county, and we need to hear from you and your neighbors!  Your input is essential as we identify how we can improve County parks, programs and facilities. What do YOU want to see in YOUR County Parks? Please join us as we look to the future of our County! Childcare and Spanish translation services will be available.

Public Meeting Dates & Times

Please click here to RSVP for a meeting.  You may also sign up to receive Strategic Plan updates by clicking HERE.

San Lorenzo Valley – Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 PM
Highlands County Park, 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond (map)
Watsonville – Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8:30 PM
Civic Center Community Room, 275 Main St (upstairs) (map)
North Coast – Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8:30 PM
Pacific Elementary School, 50 Ocean St, Davenport (map)
Aptos – Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Aptos Village County Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd., Aptos (map)
Live Oak – Thursday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 PM
Community Room at Simpkins Family Swim Center
979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (map)

Recap: A Very Productive Dig Day with Another Bike Shop!

We had around 40 volunteers show up Saturday, 4/15, ready to haul 10 or more wheelbarrow loads down U-Conn. Together we completed two drainage lenses and armored several parts of the trail. It was a hard Dig Day, and Another Bike Shop rewarded our volunteers with a hearty raffle. See full photo album by volunteer Bruce Dorman here!

Big thanks to Verve Coffee Roasters for getting us energized, Velocity Bike Park for keeping the spring in our step, and New Bohemia Brewing for the post-work libations!

See full calendar here, with updates on upcoming trail work opportunities, and MBOSC events, such as our 20th Anniversary Party. Of course, the best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up for our mailing list.

MBOSC Position Paper- Parks and Rec Master Plan

Hello folks,

Please take a moment to read through our Position Paper regarding the City of Santa Cruz Parks Master Plan.

This paper outlines the case for increasing mountain bike access in Santa Cruz City Parks, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC). Our objective is to add clarity and data to the public discussion surrounding trail access with the hope that this will foster educated policy decisions that will allow all user groups to enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces in a sustainable manner.

This paper covers the following:

  • Who are mountain bikers?
  • Who is MBOSC?
  • What do mountain bikers want?
  • How can the City of Santa Cruz Parks Master Plan reflect those desires?
  • Responses to common arguments against expanded mountain bike access

MBOSC Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary!

Celebrating 20 years of creating world-class mountain biking. Responsibly, sustainably, collectively.

We at Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. That’s 20 years of creating world-class mountain biking, responsibly, sustainably, and collectively.

It was 1997 when we first came together to raise money to bring Gray Whale Ranch into the State Parks system as a part of Wilder Ranch. The addition of Gray Whale created a network of awesome legal mountain-biking trails.

To mark our anniversary we’re rolling out a new website, www.mbosc.org, and an updated logo designed by local artist Campbell Steers. The new website will make it easier than ever to find out what’s going on with trail advocacy in Santa Cruz and how you can get involved. We are also bringing our celebration of our 20th anniversary out of the virtual world and into the real work with a party on April 27th at New Bohemia Brewing.

The weekly Good Times newspaper has noticed our hard work and put MBOSC on the cover of its March 29th issue. Check it out here.

In just the last five years, our dedicated volunteers have generously donated 14,000 hours of volunteer work on local trails, in city and state parks, and in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest. MBOSC has also funded over 10,000 hours of professional time serving our mission and invested nearly $1 million enriching our community.

Among the highlights from the last two decades are the U-Con Trail, Emma McCrary Trail, the Flow Trail, the Enchanted Loop Reroute and the Harvey West Pump Track.  The U-Conn trail “was the first legal singletrack in Santa Cruz,” notes Geoff Smith, former MBOSC president. “And it was a good model for what was to come.”

Aside from all the celebrating, we’re still busier than ever—thanks to hundred of volunteers—getting trails back into shape after the wet winter. We’re also collaborating with local land managers to create new trails that will make the next 20 years even more notable.

Current projects

Twenty years in and we are by no means resting on our laurels. We are working to bring new trails to Pogonip, Delaveaga, Cotoni-Coast Dairies, San Vicente Redwoods and Wilder Ranch State Park. We are working with the City of Watsonville to bring a pump track to South County and with Santa Cruz County to bring a new dirt jump park to Soquel.

Join us Thursday April 27th from 6-9 p.m. for the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz 20th Anniversary Party at our friends New Bohemia Brewing, 1030 41st Ave., Santa Cruz. We’ll have food trucks, live music, and a few words from notable figures from the mountain bike community.

Also coming up is the 2nd annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic set for Saturday May 13th. This cross-country race is a throwback to the early days of mountain bike racing and is a celebration of the sport. A significant portion of the proceeds will go directly into a fund earmarked for trail development at Wilder Ranch State Park.

Recap: 3/25 Epicenter Cycling Dig Day on EMT a Big Success!

Folks, we wanted to take a moment to herald our work this weekend on Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip. We had about 60 volunteers come out to the work day and there wasn’t a moments rest- together we completed two culverts at the base of the trail. Although the trail has been running wonderfully (despite the rain), you may have noticed a pesky ditch near the gate. The addition of these culverts, or pipes under the trail, will guide water to appropriate drains, so you can keep riding (and not sliding)!

Please head over to our facebook to see Bruce Dorman’s beautiful photos documenting the day.

Thank you to Epicenter Cycling for sponsoring the work day and giving $10 Epicenter Bucks to every volunteer!

And of course our awesome sponsors Velocity Bike Parks for keeping us fed, Verve Coffee Roasters for energizing us, Praxis Works for sweet raffle prizes, and New Bohemia Brewing Co for bringing the funk!

Lest we not forget our biggest thanks is to you: the best volunteers ever. Thank you for showing up!

 

Matt De Young Named Executive Director of MBOSC!

This is just a brief interruption to all the amazing updates you get in these emails…the trail work, the advocacy, the races, the general meetings. There’s a ton going on at MBOSC and I want to take a minute to recognize the driving force behind all that activity, Matt De Young.

Matt’s been an incredible force for mountain-bike-goodness in Santa Cruz for many years, but joined MBOSC as its first full-time employee just a little over a year ago, in December of 2015. We agreed on a somewhat clunky title for Matt as ‘Trails and Business Manager’ because, well, he’s a trail guru and we knew we’d need his help driving the myriad other activities that make MBoSC tick. We had very high expectations of Matt based on the great work he’d been doing and we knew that you, the folks we represent as a Board, deserved the very best. What we couldn’t anticipate was how thoroughly Matt would crush those expectations in year one.

In my time with Matt over the last few years, I’ve always admired his unique blend of talents. Matt’s our key liaison with our Land Managers and has earned their respect with a combination of strategic thinking and real ‘dirt under the fingernails’; he’s been the key to rallying and organizing the amazing community of volunteers that make Dig Days, The Old Cabin Classic, and all our other events’ huge successes; and, more recently, through both very public and very private outreach, Matt’s been our key voice as we advocate for expanded trail access (such as his excellent presentation at the City Council meeting last month). And he’s done it in a way that sheds the best possible light on our cause… he is likeable, open-minded, respectful, and a true believer in our collective cause, and I think we all see that. What folks might not have as great an appreciation for, though, is that Matt is also incredibly strategic in his approach and very, very driven to succeed. In short, Matt’s done everything we’d hoped for from a highly-capable leader for our deserving organization; so it’s with great pleasure that we announce Matt’s promotion to Executive Director of MBOSC.

-John Leckrone, MBOSC President

New Dig Day Schedule Announced! Next event Saturday, March 11th at Wilder Ranch State Park!

Well the sun has decided to make more than just a fleeting appearance. This being the case it’s time we all peel ourselves off the couch, hitch up our britches, and get moving. No doubt we are all eager to get pedaling, but there is much work to be done on the trails after the recent rains!  We have rescheduled cancelled events for this spring, with new events at Wilder Ranch and SDSF. Check out our updated Dig Day schedule here.

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Tom Wilson: Volunteer of the Month

Tom Wilson has been a dedicated volunteer for many years, beginning with the construction of Emma McCrary Trail. Tom has also participated in our Crew Leader Training course and leads crews on Dig Days. Tom comes to nearly every Dig Day, always offering to pick up coffee or help out. Beyond that, Tom’s business, Geo H. Wilson, serves as the home for the MBoSC tool trailer, wheelbarrows, trail leader training classrooms, tool cleaning parties, and occasionally barbecues. We at Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz truly could not set out to accomplish the completion of our projects and operations without people like Tom.

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Recap: Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Meeting

Last night’s special joint session of the Santa Cruz City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission overflowed from City Council Chambers into the neighboring Civic Auditorium. MBoSC would like to extend a huge thank you to those of you that attended to show and voice your support for the Draft Parks and Recreation 2030 Master Plan, which contains recommendations for new multi-use and mountain bike specific trails in City Parks. Our strong showing was clearly noted by Council and the Parks Commission. Mountain bikers dominated both written correspondence leading up to the meeting and comments during the meeting.  more “Recap: Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Meeting”