A heartfelt thanks to the over 70 sponsors, 200 athletes, 200 kids’ rodeo participants, 150 volunteers, estimated 6,000 attendees (from as far as France) and perfect weather for making the Fox 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival an incredible success! The festival grew 50% in both activities and attendance over 2011, and MBoSC raised upwards of $10,000 to benefit projects and organizations that support mountain biking in Santa Cruz County.

The mission of the festival is to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and over $600 million cycling industry of Santa Cruz County by bringing the community together to participate in recreational and competitive mountain bike events.

The family friendly two day volunteer-run festival included competitive events, big air bag, kids’ rodeo, skills clinics, an exposition area, food court, beer garden, live band and more for bike enthusiasts, family members, and friends.

The festival reflected what Santa Cruz in general is all about: loving the outdoors, meeting friendly people, kicking back and enjoying that big stoke from your favorite sport. Mission accomplished.

Download the post-festival 4/19/12 Press Release (PDF format) here.

Check out 2012 Race Results here.

Relive the action through photos provided by:

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/15/12, by Julie Jag:
Mountain bikers bring festival, Superenduro race to Aptos

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/16/12, by Haven Livingston:
WHEELS ARE TURNING: Two popular biking events across county get riders back into the saddle

Video footage courtesy of Super D TV.

More to come!