2017 Old Cabin Classic Race Recap!

Blue skies and mild temps set the scene for the second annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The day kicked off bright and early with the first racers hitting the course starting at 8:00am. The course was harder this year, as relentless rains took their toll on our local trails. We commend the brave souls who raced the vintage class and were rattled and bounced about on their pre-1993 bikes.  Despite the added challenge on the course the overall vibe remained positive and the feelings of camaraderie pervaded.  

The neutral feed zone was lit, thanks to Cycledelicats and Spokesman Bicycles for serving up bacon, PB&Js, and keeping it fun!

The experts and pros started their 3 lap journey in the afternoon, local pro cyclocross racer Tobin Ortenblad Santa Cruz Factory Racing finished 1st in pro men with a time of 2:21; a 16 minute gap between himself and second place. Caitlin Bernstein of Vive la Tarte, hailing from San Francisco, finished in 3:03, taking the win in the women’s pro race.

Scott Chapin of Santa Cruz Bicycles won pro singlespeed with a time of 2:44, and won our hearts by taking the mic to thank Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz for our hard work, and congratulated us on another successful event- he donated his podium purse to MBOSC, which dominoed into the whole category donating their winnings (Cesar Chavez, 2nd place, Ibis/Buycell, and Brent Wood, 3rd place, Ibis/Buycell). Scott works for Santa Cruz Bicycles, so when he donates to an organization like MBOSC, his company will match his donation, which totally rules. Thank you Scott for always going the extra mile, and taking the lead!

We are super lucky that our friends behind the California Enduro Series, Megan and Steve Gemelos, hopped aboard the timing train and nailed it. See full results here.

The action didn’t stop at the finish line. The expo area was jammed pack with local artists, food vendors, and a great group of local industry and businesses. A huge thanks is in order for our title sponsor, FOX, platinum sponsors Ibis Cycles, Santa Cruz Bicycles, and Velocity Bike Parks, gold sponsors Spokesman Bicycles, Rock Lobster, Verve Coffee Roasters, and New Bohemia Brewing, silver sponsors Another Bike Shop, Bicycle Trip, California Enduro Series, CLIF Bar, Current eBikes, Cycledelicats, Family Cycling Center, MORCA, Sandbar Solar, Trips for Kids and to all of our other sponsors as well!

Our friends at Bike Santa Cruz County quickly filled up all their bike valet racks- it is always inspiring to see so many people bike to an event. Kudos to them for a job well done!

Sandbar Solar helped keep the event environmentally friendly by bringing out their solar truck and powering the stage. The Ride Guides set up a water station so that everyone could stay hydrated- without plastic bottles. Thanks guys!  

Pros in spandex weren’t the only ones showing their skills; the Kids Rodeo by MORCA and Trips for Kids was packed all day with younguns ripping around and practicing their cornering techniques.

Sauceyz, Tacos El Chuy, and Cycleworks Santa Cruz all stepped up to the plate to feed 400 hungry racers and even more festival-goers. Some major home runs by each team. Big thanks to these folks for keeping everyone happy!

Strawfoot Handmade, Hunter Cycles, Eastside Industries, and Patagonia Santa Cruz delivered the goods for a sweet prize selection at the podium.

New Bohemia Brewing poured delicious beers to keep us going all day, such as their famous Old Cabin Classic IPA- be sure to swing by their taproom and relive the race day memories sometime soon.

We are happy to announce that Juan Navarro of San Jose is the lucky winner of our 2017 Old Cabin Classic custom Rock Lobster Cycles Raffle! Juan raced the Old Cabin Classic on a borrowed bike and was plagued by dropped chains and a seatpost malfunction… Seems fitting that he will now be the proud owner of a brand new custom Rock Lobster race bike. He is thinking singlespeed…

Jesse Daniels sang sweet melodies to end the day on a high note.

We are proud to have raised over $10,000 for new singletrack in Wilder Ranch State Park and an additional $4,000 for Wilder Ranch operations. This event has further cemented the collaborative partnership between Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and California State Parks. This collaboration is leading to more trail maintenance and new singletrack in our local parks.

Let us know what you thought of the event and how we can make next year even better by filling out this survey!

Until next year.

-Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz

We had multiple photographers capturing all the Old Cabin Classic action- from the festival to the racing, and everything between. If you want to relive the good times, all photos are now posted. Check ‘em out here and share your favorites, be sure to tag the photographers and #OldCabinClassic @oldcabinclassic! 

Dig Day With Santa Cruz Bicycles Tidies Up Race Course!

We had a fantastic Dig Day last Saturday, 4/29, sponsored by Santa Cruz Bicycles in Wilder Ranch State Park. We had just over 50 volunteers come out to work on filling in giant entrenchments on Zane Grey, and digging drains on Twin Oaks.

Zane Grey and Twin Oaks are featured on the Old Cabin Classic race course and are looking A+#1!

Big thanks to Santa Cruz Bicycles for treating us to a BBQ after the work day at their factory and supporting us time and time again.

We couldn’t host our work days without help from our friends at Verve Coffee Roasters, Velocity Bike Parks, and New Bohemia Brewery.

Photos by Bruce Dorman. See full album here.

20th Anniversary Party Kicks Off a Busy Month!

We are delighted we could celebrate our 20th Anniversary with our community last Thursday, 4/27 at New Bohemia Brewery! The celebration consisted of over 100 happy community members, live music from Shotgun Suitor, new MBOSC t-shirts and water bottles, lotsa delicious cold beer, and a giant cake of course! We can’t wait to share the next 20 years with you all!

Big thanks to Bike Santa Cruz County for parking over 40 guests’ bikes with their premium bike valet service, and thank you to New Bohemia Brewery for hosting!

MBOSC Completes Shakespeare Connector Trail!

Shakespeare Connector Trail Report 4/20/2017

by Ben Cook

Over this past winter MBOSC partnered with the City of Santa Cruz to design and build a pedestrian-only trail in Delaveaga Park to connect the Prospect Heights neighborhood with the Shakespeare Santa Cruz outdoor theater venue. The trail replaced a user-created trail that had some erosion and accessibility issues. Parts of the old trail were too steep for many trail users and were experiencing accelerated erosion. MBOSC worked with MBOSC volunteers and City staff to construct a more gradual replacement trail armored with steps, retaining walls, and landings designed to resist erosion and allow users to walk the trail comfortably.

MBOSC’s volunteer base sets us apart as a trail building force within the community of Santa Cruz. Not only did MBOSC’s members help break ground en masse on the Shakespeare connector trail during or Delaveage Dig Day, but you also showed up individually during weekdays at critical moments. Building rock structures is burly and technical work, requiring both brains and brawn. All together, we carried, placed, chiseled, or otherwise manipulated about 10 tons of boulders ranging in weight from 30 lbs to over 300 lbs (not to mention 6-8 tons of base- and drain-rock). On half a dozen occasions, I anticipated working by myself when City Parks staff were away tending to the many issues related to the extended winter. Miraculously, MBOSC volunteers “just popped in” at the right moment, and stayed for several hours at a time, helping to wheelbarrow, roll, and lever rocks into place for the trail’s many steps and wall rocks. I would especially like to thank Michael Kinsler, MBOSC member and volunteer, who gave 60 hours of his time over the duration of the project. Thanks also to Dirk V., Tom W., Connie W., Tom E., Andria, and Delaveaga Dig Day participants. Another special thanks goes to the Ponderosa High School student and teacher volunteers along with Ariel Hunter at the Museum of Natural History who collectively contributed 100 hours of their time to the construction of the trail. The construction of the Shakespeare Connector Trail was truly a community effort.

So why would MBOSC build a pedestrian-only trail? Aren’t we all about mountain bike access? MBOSC recognizes that trails are links in the broader trail network, and that individual trail users and user groups are all connected by that network. MBOSC believes that working to improve one trail ultimately benefits all trail users and the community as a whole. Building pedestrian-only trails gives on-foot users the experience they are seeking, and ultimately improves mountain bikers’ chances of gaining access to the kinds of trails that mountain bikers like to ride.

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: Attend 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!