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Love bikes? Volunteer for the 2015 SCMBF!

Photo by Michele Lamelin

Stoked groms at the 2014 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival. Photo by Michele Lamelin.

If you love bikes and want to help preserve riding in Santa Cruz for future generations, we need your help. Please join us in our efforts to keep mountain biking alive by volunteering a little time at the 2015 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival.  We are currently seeking volunteers to help run the festival Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz.  As a non-profit organization, the festival relies on volunteers. Funds from the festival are used to maintain and build bike trails and parks in Santa Cruz County.

For donating your time to this worthy cause, you’ll not only have a great time working with bike minded people, you’ll receive a festival t-shirt, lunch and/or breakfast and entry into the volunteers-only raffle to win a variety of prizes.

Festy fun. Photo by Michele Lamelin.

Festy fun. Photo by Michele Lamelin.

Grab a buddy or several and sign up to help out in some of these events:

  • Kid’s Rodeo Helper
  • Audio Assistant
  • Raffle Sales
  • Band Load-in/load-out
  • Parking
  • Green Captain

We also need beer servers who can give us six hours at the event and can attend a responsible beverage service training workshop on Saturday, March 28 from 11am-2pm in Santa Cruz. If you can help with this, know someone who can or if you have questions, please email us at volunteers@santacruzmountainbikefestival.com

If you are unable to volunteer, you can still help by encouraging students or groups to volunteer for fun and for community service requirements.  As a registered non-profit organization we are authorized to verify community services. If you don’t know of anyone who can help, you can still help by sharing this message with your networks.

Thank you for lending a hand for this highly anticipated community event that raises funds for bike projects in Santa Cruz County!

Press Release: The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival returns to its roots in Santa Cruz

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Whoo hoo! Photo: Al Roybal

Santa Cruz – February 23, 2015Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is happy to announce a new venue for the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF), which will return to its roots in the city of Santa Cruz. Now in its sixth year, the festival will run at San Lorenzo Park on April 11-12, 2015—the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Debuting at Depot Park in Santa Cruz in 2009, the festival moved to the Barry Swenson Builder property in Aptos Village in 2010, where is was immediately embraced by the Aptos community and grew exponentially over the course of its five year run there. The venue included the world-renowned Aptos Pump Track and Post Office jumps, and the pump track contest and Post Office jams were a crowd favorites every year.

Temporary in nature, this bike park was recently closed (learn more here) and although we’re disappointed to lose this beloved venue, we knew this time was coming and we’re grateful to Barry Swenson Builder for their support over the years. MBoSC President Mark Davidson reflects, “Both the pump track and the jumps were a huge draw for the festival and I’ll never forget all the joy and wonder the competitors and spectators had at these special places.” He adds, “MBoSC thanks Barry Swenson Builder for generously allowing us to run our event on their  property, and for providing the community with these spectacular places to ride.”

The new venue, San Lorenzo Park, is in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Situated along the San Lorenzo Park Riverway multi-use path, it’s a relaxing 1.5 mile pedal to the popular Emma McCrary Trail built by MBoSC and opened in June 2013. This new location will allow for an expanded Kids’ Rodeo, accommodating two separate age groups to enhance the riding experience for children. SCMBF Festival Director Justin Beck says, “We’re excited to bring the festival to San Lorenzo Park, a great new location that ties together the heart of downtown and easy access to endless miles of world class singletrack. The park benchlands will be a beautiful place to enjoy a day of music, food, beer, and of course bikes!”

FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER
The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was created as an MBoSC fundraiser to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz county, with proceeds benefiting local bike projects. The event grows year after year with the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community. In its fifth year, the 2014 eco-conscious, family-friendly festival drew over 9,000 attendees and 400 registered participants. The success of the event is a testament to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz County.

This year’s volunteer-run festival will include bike demos, skills clinics, kids’ riding areas, a poker ride, aerial jump bag, vendor fair, beer garden, food court, bands, raffles, after-party, and much more.

FOX CONTINUES LOYAL COMMITMENT AS TITLE SPONSOR
MBoSC is thrilled to announce FOX‘s return as the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival’s title sponsor. 2015 marks the fifth year that the Scotts Valley-based suspension products manufacturer has provided title sponsorship support to our grassroots event that raises funds for bike projects throughout Santa Cruz County. The worldwide industry giant’s generous support contributes a great deal to the festival’s success and demonstrates their commitment to the local community.

FOX is joined by event sponsors decline magazine, Santa Cruz Bicycles and Santa Cruz CORE, platinum sponsors Cannondale, Devinci Women’s Weekend,Pinkbike, Sandbar Solar, Velocity Bike Park / Mt. Hermon Adventures Redwood Canopy Tours, Vital MTB and gold sponsors Adventure Sports Journal and Harlot Bike Wear. The following manufacturers will be on hand offering their bikes and other products for demo:Cannondale, Ibis, Light & Motion, Pivot, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Scott, SRAM and Trek.

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival appreciates the support of these industry and community businesses. Sponsorships are still available for most levels. Learn more here.

JOIN THE FESTIVAL TRIBE
Volunteers power this MBoSC fundraiser. A wide array of positions are available; learn how you can help here.

Follow SCMBF on Facebook and visit the SCMBF website.

 

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Press Release: 6th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival announces skills clinics and bike demos

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6th ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SKILLS CLINICS AND BIKE DEMOS

SANTA CRUZ, CA – March 11, 2015  The 6th annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (SCMBF), presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) and FOX, today announced skills clinics and bike demos. The family-friendly, eco-conscious festival will be held April 11-12, 2015 in San Lorenzo Park situated along the San Lorenzo Park Riverway multi-use path in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.

Bike Skills Clinics
This year’s skills clinics lineup features instruction from a wide array of skilled instructors. Cost varies for each; registration opens Friday March 13, 2015.

Bike and Other Product Demos
The following manufacturers will be on hand with their bikes and other products to demo. Come try out your dream bike on the nearby Emma McCrary Trail!

Festival Fun
The festival will also feature:

  • VELOCITY Aerial Jump Bag — no fear, just big air and big smiles

  • SWEETLINES Shred Games — test your skills to become the Queen or King of Shred

  • Kids’ Rodeo — expanded kids’ area provided by MORCA and Trips for Kids Santa Cruz includes 2 skills courses for ages 2-6 & 7-14 with over 20 riding features, plus face painting and 3 bounce houses

  • Poker Ride — all new for 2015, get some saddle time in Santa Cruz with the possibility of sweet prizes, including a Santa Cruz Bicycles weekend for two

PLUS

  • Beer garden and food court featuring local flavors

  • Bike industry exhibitors

  • Raffles

SCMBF was created to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz County, and to raise funds to support local bike projects. The event continues to grow year after year with the generous support of its sponsors, volunteers, and community—and its success testifies to the depth of the mountain bike culture in the Santa Cruz area.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers power this MBoSC fundraiser and a wide array of positions are available. Volunteers receive a SCMBF t-shirt, breakfast and/or lunch, and raffle ticket(s) to the volunteer-only raffle. Learn how you can help here.

Sponsors
FOX returns for a fifth year as the festival’s title sponsor, and is joined by event sponsors Bell, decline magazine, Santa Cruz Bicycles and Santa Cruz CORE, platinum sponsors Cannondale, Devinci Women’s Weekend, Dirt Rag, Pinkbike, Sandbar Solar, Velocity Bike Park / Mt. Hermon Adventures Redwood Canopy Tours, Vital MTB, gold sponsors Adventure Sports Journal, Branding Out and Harlot Bike Wear, and demo sponsors Breezer Bikes, Cannondale, Ibis, Light & Motion, Pivot, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Scott Sports, SRAM and Trek.

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival appreciates the support of these industry and community businesses. Sponsorships are still available for most levels. Learn more here.

Follow SCMBF on Facebook.

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Volunteers Needed for Festy Weekend!

Are you any good at having fun? Then please volunteer to help out with our festival!

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The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival is just around the corner (Saturday April 13 – Sunday April 14) and we sure could use more volunteers! Volunteer perks include lunch and a festival t-shirt, PLUS you will be entered into our generous volunteer raffle!* Here’s how you can help us out:

  • Donate 4 hours of your time. (Of course we would love for you to volunteer more than 4 hours if you can…)
  • Grab your riding buddies & bike club members and create a volunteer team.
  • Help us out with the festival build on Friday April 12.
  • Encourage students to volunteer on festival weekend for community service requirements. MBoSC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we can sign any volunteer fulfillment certification for them.
  • If you had signed up to volunteer  and have not yet committed to a time slot, please do so now by contacting volunteers@santacruzmountainbikefestival.com.
  • Share this message with your networks!

Thanks so much for helping to make this year’s festival the best one yet!

*must complete minimum of 4 hours to qualify for volunteer benefits