Blazing Environmentally Sound Trails. Flying over jumps, zooming around redwood trees on a wheel's edge and pushing the limits of endurance is what Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz lives for. Since 1996, the organization's Saturday "weekly ride" has toured the prime mountain biking trails that Santa Cruz County has to offer, with an emphasis on welcoming all levels.
But tight spandex and fat treads are only a small part of this mountain biking advocacy group's purpose. MBoSC also puts in long hours blazing new trails, maintaining old ones, fundraising for the community's various bike programs and helping to ease the potential impact of mountain biking on the environment. It also organizes the ridiculously fun and continuously expanding Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival each April in Aptos.
Most recently, MBoSC members have been putting their backs into a multi-use trail in the Pogonip, a 640-acre forest area in Santa Cruz known more for its crime ledger lately than for its beautiful hiking and biking trails. The 1.5-mile Emma McCrary Trail will link Golf Club Drive with the U-Con Trail and the Rincon fire road, and will be an ideal trail for beginners and families.
MBoSC is committed to keeping their trails environmentally sound. They've even made a point to maintain harmony with the horses of Wilder Ranch trails, starting "Carrot Fest" workshops that have successfully helped desensitize horses to mountain bikers by having bikers feed them carrots in a controlled setting.
To read more about MBoSC and to get involved with their regular rides and trailbuilding, visit the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz website.
Contact MBoSC at:
P.O. Box 331
Santa Cruz, CA 95060