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    4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!

    There is now just one week left until the 4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival! Fox is returning as the title sponsor of of the festival, and the list of all the other sponsors is humongous... We are very fortunate to have such a large chunk of the mountain biking world represented both in and near Santa Cruz county. The Festival is FREE to attend. There is food and beverage for purchase, and there are still some spaces left for races and clinics. Who is going?

    10 Reasons to Be There:

    1. To Demo Bikes! There will be 14 bike demo vendors and 37 other vendor booths including SRAM, Shimano, Specialized, Ibis, Pivot, Cannondale, Niner, Rocky Mountain, Salsa, Santa Cruz, Trek, Yeti, and more!
    2. To Ride! You can get a cup of Verve coffee, book a Shuttle Ride from Shuttle Smith Adventures up to Demo, do a couple laps then cruise down Aptos Creek and have...
    3. Beer!! The local microbreweries will have beer for purchase! And fine local Santa Cruz food vendors will be serving up food to soak it up.
    4. To entertain the kids! If you have kids in tow, no worries - there is the pump track, as well as a Kid's Fun Lap!
    5. To compete! There are some fun events such as the Pumptrack Pandemonium and the Short Track race and the Amateur Jump Contest. Registration still available!
    6. To Learn! There are a variety of Bike Skills Clinics put on by Sweetlines for every skill level. (Note: The Sweetlines Enduro clinic is sold out and the other Sweetlines clinics are getting pretty full...)
    7. To Watch! All of the events are very spectator friendly, and seeing our local pro talent at the Dirt Jump Jam as well as the women's Sugar Showdown Jump Contest on Sunday will be sweet!
    8. To Volunteer! Volunteering for a 4 hour shift will net you a wonderful t-shirt, a raffle entry, and a good vibe.
    9. To Party! There is an after-party with a live band on Saturday from 5-7.
    10. To Win! There will be a raffle where you can win extraordinary, unbelievable, RIPpin' schwag. (hint hint...)
    11. To Represent! And last but not least, a large portion of all the money you spend here goes to support amazing new mountain bike trails, and we could use a few more of those...


    OK, that's > 10. The benefits are too numerous to count!

    Park at Sea Cliff Beach and ride your bike there if you can. There is secure valet bike parking for free. Car parking is definitely tight near the venue.
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    Always a great event! I'll be there!
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    No go for me. I shall be pondering whether it's okay for a 38 yr. old man to attempt a BMX backflip into the foam pit @ Woodward West Old School BMX Reunion. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    No go for me. I shall be pondering whether it's okay for a 38 yr. old man to attempt a BMX backflip into the foam pit @ Woodward West Old School BMX Reunion. :/
    You got life insurance, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    No go for me. I shall be pondering whether it's okay for a 38 yr. old man to attempt a BMX backflip into the foam pit @ Woodward West Old School BMX Reunion. :/
    In September for my 48th birthday, I spent 3 days doing backflips into the foam pit at Woodward Tahoe. On the 3rd day, I moved it to the resi-mat and landed 2 backflips.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc1y...A0yD2w&index=4

    Prior to that, my only attempts at this were into the airbag at Sea Otter last April.

    Of course, there were some miscalculations, too.

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    I'm racing short track

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    Can't wait! My g/f and I signed up to volunteer (and I'm hoping to demo a Mojo HD). Thanks for posting this!
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    4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!

    Sweet RyanMTB - put on some mtbr socks or something so we can cheer for you!

    Also, I forgot to mention that the parking this year isn't at Cabrillo, but they are asking peeps to park at Seacliff State Beach. Details are correct on the website.

    And be sure to enter the raffle, because the grand prize is a choice of Mojo HD or Ripley from Ibis!!!
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    4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!

    And thank you dirtvert & gf for volunteering!!! It is definitely much appreciated.
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    This is the most awesome event in the Bay Area universe.

    Attend.

    Raise money for the new tractor trail.

    Live the dream, take the family, meet the people that are affecting the mountain biking movement.
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    I'll be there to see if I can learn something from the great kirt vories in the enduro clinic. hope to see everyone out there

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    Some other deets...

    This year is going to be the biggest and best festival yet. The team has been working really hard to dial up the quality. We hope to bring you the best bikes, athletes, food and beer and the great vibe that Santa Cruz is known for.

    The weather is looking great for next weekend.

    Some items of interest:

    * Lots of great beer at the beer tent including kegs from "Discretion" breweries and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Who knew that Capitola is fast becoming the new west coast brewery hotspot.

    * The Epicenter pump track was completely rebuilt last week. I rode it this morning and the flow has improved and it's wicked fast. There is a jump line along the fence which can be used while we run the events on the track.

    * Sombrio will be bringing their portable plastic pump track to our festival. I really want to check this out. 4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!-riglife6.png4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!-p4pb8718302.jpg

    * We are trying to reduce our environmental impact by reducing our waste. Operations and sound will use a portable solar array provided by Allterra Solar of Santa Cruz. Bottled water will not be sold on site but Zuvo Water will provide free filtered water. Bring a water container!

    * There is no public parking at the site. Please carpool and park far away and ride in. Seacliff State Beach is a great place to go. You would have to pay the $10 state parks day use fee (free if you have an annual pass!) and ride 1 mile to the festival. A great option if you have family who want to spend the day at the beach so you can ride bikes, drink beer and bum around at the festival.

    * Please volunteer if you have a 4 hours to spare. This is a grass roots, non-profit volunteer event. No one is paid except our vendors Consider donating some of your time to help us out. We can use some help on Friday April 12 with the set up. Benefits include T-shirt, lunch, entry into our generous volunteer raffle and there are other great benefits as well. Please contact volunteers@santacruzmountainbikefestival.com.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to see you all at the festival.
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    Mark - I think you meant Seacliff State Beach. I love Seabright Beach, but it is farther away and has little to no parking

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    rox - I so wish I pulled the trigger on that Enduro clinic sooner! It's all sold out. Let us know how it goes. Sounds awesome. Perhaps I can wiggle out of some volunteering to do the jump clinic
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean View Post
    Mark - I think you meant Seacliff State Beach. I love Seabright Beach, but it is farther away and has little to no parking
    You are correct. I have Seabright on my brain. See my post to the MBoSC list about the monthly meeting.

    Can't wait for this festival to be over so I can drink beer, ride bikes, and sitting in front of the TV in my boxer shorts watching mind numbing crap while scratching my big fat gut. You know. Having a normal life.

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    Whoohooo! I'm looking forward to this. Paige tried to sign-up for a skills clinic, but they're all full. :-(

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    Is there a shuttle that runs from the bottom of Demo back to the top of Nisene, as well? Or is the ride - shuttle to top of Nisene, ride down Demo, ride up Demo, and ride back down to Aptos?

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    Bummer - Yeah the mountain bike (core) skills clinics and enduro clinics are sold out. The Sweetlines jump clinic for women with Kat Sweet is still available!

    The Short track races and pumptrack pandemonium are still available, and there are real prizes for podiums! (I think Paige would do great on the short track race Mark...!)
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    Drew (our trail guru) just finished building the short track course yesterday in between installing bridges at the Pogonip. I'm a big fan of using machines to build trails quickly. Drew rented a power mower and an excavator and built the whole course in less than 2 days.

    Dave Shuttlesmith and son completed watering it down this afternoon and was planning to ride motos for a dozen laps to tamp it down.

    We can use a hand riding the track it to pack it down for the weekend.

    We have such an awesome community of trail builders and mountain bikers in Santa Cruz County. I feel blessed to work with such passionate volunteers.

    This weekend is going to be amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esses View Post
    Is there a shuttle that runs from the bottom of Demo back to the top of Nisene, as well? Or is the ride - shuttle to top of Nisene, ride down Demo, ride up Demo, and ride back down to Aptos?
    I think it can be arranged if you time it right. I understand that there is going to be a shuttle pickup for the Enduro clinic Saturday at 4 pm: Schedule | Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival

    I may be wrong on the deets so don't take my word for it. We don't have specific plans to do pickups in Demo but you would have to work with Dave 'shuttle' Smith with that.

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    Just a small heads-up - online registration for events, clinics and shuttle rides ends at midnight tonight! (See website event and shuttle pages for registration links). There is still on-site registration Saturday and Sunday if you don't mind chancing it .

    And of course, to be clear - the festival itself is free to attend - no need for any registration if you are not doing clinics, competitive events or shuttles.
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    So stoked to have a job interview in SC...PLEASE let me live here!!!!

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    Also, can any of you spare some time to volunteer?

    See Volunteer | Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival for details on how to sign up! They are particularly looking for folks to help out with registration and do raffle ticket sales. If you take a 4+ hour shift, you will receive a free lunch, raffle ticket and festival t-shirt.

    Volunteering for the festival counts for folks in school looking for community service credits, as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Also, can any of you spare some time to volunteer?

    See Volunteer | Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival for details on how to sign up! They are particularly looking for folks to help out with registration and do raffle ticket sales. If you take a 4+ hour shift, you will receive a free lunch, raffle ticket and festival t-shirt.

    Volunteering for the festival counts for folks in school looking for community service credits, as well!
    Just signed up for a double shift Sunday. Plan is to work booth in the AM, ride in the noon, come back, and help tear down. word
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Also, can any of you spare some time to volunteer?

    See Volunteer | Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival for details on how to sign up! They are particularly looking for folks to help out with registration and do raffle ticket sales. If you take a 4+ hour shift, you will receive a free lunch, raffle ticket and festival t-shirt.

    Volunteering for the festival counts for folks in school looking for community service credits, as well!
    It might help people decide if there was a schedule online showing what slots need filling. Maybe some google doc or something.
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    I think I will bring the whole clan on Saturday.

    On Sunday, maybe Nisene to Demo at 8am and then hang out at the Festival after. Is there any beer around there?

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    Volunteering Sunday morning

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    Wow, thanks for the responses on the volunteering! You guys rock. I presume the volunteer coordinator (Maggy) can probably work with whatever slot you can give. Slots start as early as 7am both days and go until probably about 5 pm, or even later for packing up/breakdown. There may even be help needed for set up on Friday. Just send an email to: volunteers@santacruzmountainbikefestival.com. Thanks a lot!
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    Wouldn't miss it! Prolly be there Saturday.

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    [*]To Represent! And last but not least, a large portion of all the money you spend here goes to support amazing new mountain bike trails, and we could use a few more of those...[/LIST]

    I'm sure this a great event but I've never favored crowds. I do like that you are trying raise money to put back into the trail system. Is there a way to donate $$$ without having to attend?

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    Totally understood SOG, here is a link for the double-win of supporting trails (particularly, the 4-mile flow trail at Demo) and entering the raffle to win an Ibis bike:
    Own the Flow | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC)

    OR, see it on Ibis' home page (they are so cool...):
    Home | Ibis Cycles US

    While this raffle will certainly be publicized during the festival, it is separate from the festival, and the drawing is May 1. I believe there is another thread floating around here somewhere that introduced it...

    If you do attend the festival, there are even *more* goodies up for raffling, including:

    "FOX 32 831 fork, Tepui Tents tent (for race travel & fun adventures), Formula brakes, Gamut USA chain guide, Pivot Cycles Point frame, RockShox Reverb -- PLUS sooo much more! And don't miss this special treat: our SIGNATURE RAFFLE which includes a custom long board by Stache Surfboards, cruiser (your choice of men's or women's) courtesy Family Cycling Center AND board rack from Moved by Bikes to get you to the beach."

    (Directly from the festival marketing director)
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    I'm pretty sure Drew has the skill to build the course w/ his mind alone at this point...</jediskillz>

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    Totally understood SOG, here is a link for the double-win of supporting trails (particularly, the 4-mile flow trail at Demo) and entering the raffle to win an Ibis bike:
    Own the Flow | Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC)

    OR, see it on Ibis' home page (they are so cool...):
    Home | Ibis Cycles US

    While this raffle will certainly be publicized during the festival, it is separate from the festival, and the drawing is May 1. I believe there is another thread floating around here somewhere that introduced it...

    If you do attend the festival, there are even *more* goodies up for raffling, including:

    "FOX 32 831 fork, Tepui Tents tent (for race travel & fun adventures), Formula brakes, Gamut USA chain guide, Pivot Cycles Point frame, RockShox Reverb -- PLUS sooo much more! And don't miss this special treat: our SIGNATURE RAFFLE which includes a custom long board by Stache Surfboards, cruiser (your choice of men's or women's) courtesy Family Cycling Center AND board rack from Moved by Bikes to get you to the beach."

    (Directly from the festival marketing director)
    This is great...thank you

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    Helped get things ready out there this afternoon. ZOMG! It's gonna be an uber fun time. Great vibe, super cool people, dialed-in pump track, massive bmx jumps, etc. Go git some.
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    I'll be going for the first time to the festival, my plan is to ride demo then enjoy the festival for a while before heading home. I have never entered demo from aptos, looks like it's possible via Aptos creek fire road? Is that the best way into demo on bike? How is the climb up Aptos creek rd to demo?

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    the climb up to demo is around 12 miles up a fireroad and 2500' elevation. That will put you at the entrance to the ridge trail and all of the goods in the Demo forest.
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    4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!

    Getting a shuttle up to Demo will save you some time/energy so that you can enjoy more of the festival. Check the website for details...

    You might want to bring your dirt jump bike if you got one, or 26" hardtail with seatpost dropped all the way to enjoy the awesome pump track! Just checked it out yesterday. There are some 8 year old kids out there that make some of us adults look bad.
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    Anyone know if the bike demos are first come first served?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho View Post
    Anyone know if the bike demos are first come first served?
    yes they are but plenty of bikes in stock to go around! Was there today

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    yes they are but plenty of bikes in stock to go around! Was there today
    Thanks for the lightning reply! rep

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    We did a quick Demo ride then heading down to the festival for lunch and some bike fest fun. My first year going, it was pretty fun. Lot's of talented and young riders at the post office jumps.

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    Demo in the forrest

    Demoed this little beauty in the Forrest today ! The weather was spectacular today !!
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    Phew! I am wiped. out.

    What an amazing event! Thanks so much to all of you who attended and helped out. The pump track & dirt jumps were filled with groms kickin' butt! What an awesome community resource, especially for the kids. It will be sad when it gets developed, but the developer has been more than kind to let it be for so many years. I believe that another Aptos bike park will replace it at some point.

    The Sweetlines dirt jump clinic was fun... I borrowed a DJ bike for it, which was a good move. It would have been really hard on a FS mtn bike. The beginning covered the basics of riding first - body position, bike-body separation, front wheel lifts, rear wheel lifts & bunny hops, then we went to the pump track and did some tabletops, which depending on your skill level you could either just roll, jump the little ones, or jump the big ones. I got to the point I could clear the little ones. It felt good! Then we did the pump track and got some helpful tips on railing berms and pumping. All the while, the coaches gave individual pointers to everyone depending on where they were and what they needed to progress.

    Then we went over to the beginner's jumps that some of the coaches (Lisa Tharp, Tammy Donahugh, Kat Sweet), built. There were a few different lines, and a good progression from two relatively small jumps to a step up and some bigger jumps. I rolled the smaller jumps a few times then slowly felt comfortable clearing them! Some ladies were already accomplished and did all the big jumps, which was exciting to see. But most of us were just working on the little ones. One little girl was like, 8 and was already clearing some of the big jumps! It was really amazing.

    Unfortunately, towards the end of the clinic my friend ended up endo-ing off of one of the jumps, landing on her face. She was knocked out for a couple of minutes and ended up getting flown over the hill in a helicopter. I ended up driving over there to visit her. Luckily, she is going to be fine! No broken bones, but she has a bruised vertebrae.

    Sunday, Mr. Shred did the short track race. He was totally stealth. He started out pretty chill, then when everyone else was getting tired he ended up passing 6 riders for a 4th place finish! The first 3 guys seemed way more experienced than the rest and were way, way ahead of the pack.

    There are all kinds of photos & stuff over on https://www.facebook.com/santacruzmountainbikefestival

    And congrats to Viv for killing it in the Pump Track with a 1st place finish!
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    What a blast. I went both days, so stoked on Saturday that I took my kids up on Sunday and they rode the pump track and short track MTB.

    Here are a few pictures from the pump track and dirt jumps on Flickr.

    4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos - Apri 13-14!-gl1c6542.jpg

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    Shredchic- Thanks for posting up the (relatively) good news about your friend. It was a pretty shocking reminder of how much damage can be done on even a fairly innocuous feature. It prompted me to finally buy some Teva's at the fest, and I'm getting flat pedals this week.

    Other than her crash, we had an awesome time at the fest. It was hard to go home; we probably spent the last hour watching the kids, big and small, on the pump track!
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    Yeah, mtn biking is an inherently dangerous sport and those jumps and the pump track are like cement! I'd rather fall on the redwood duff trails.
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    We had a really nice day at the event. Got there at 9:30 Sunday and the place was packed!!! What a great turnout all day, WOW. It seemed like everything went really smoothly, so great job and well done to the organizers.

    The bad: I went to demo a Cannondale Trigger 29er. The guy doing the demo was AN ABSOLUTE TOOL to us, for no reason other than he's having a bad morning or hates customers... I was going to buy another Lefty, but now not so sure. Damn you Cannondale demo dude!

    Completely disgusted, I walked across the row to the really nice folks at Pivot and got an awesome Pivot 429c. We took it out on a real ride and it was awesome. I'd say the bike is a contender for best overall FS 29er single quiver bike. (Need to ride the Ripley) I returned the bike late, and they gave me the stinkeye in jest. Bummer that 429c frame is so damn heavy.

    Note to bike demo mechs: All FS bikes need dropper posts. I somehow got the 1 bike in their fleet without a dropper, and boy did I miss it.


    Take away from the event: What a glorious day of sun, vibe and riders. Man, some of those little tikes can really rail the little pump track, WOW.

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