The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was created by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz 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.

Ninety-eight volunteers pitched in 1,100 hours to organize and run 2015’s event which included bike demos, skills clinics, an aerial jump bag, an expanded kids’ area, contests, an expansive vendor fair, beer garden and food court, live music and much more.

This family-friendly eco-conscious event continues to grow year after year with the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community—and our success testifies to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz county.

Learn from the best! This year’s skills clinics lineup features instruction from a wide array of skilled instructors. Cost varies for each.


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!


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!



  • Beer garden and food court featuring local flavors
  • Vendor Fair
  • Raffles



Image courtesy Patrick D. Rosso.

Getting pumped for the bike sumo. Image courtesy Patrick D. Rosso.