MBOSC Presenting "Freedom Riders" at the Rio Thursday Sept 17th
MBOSC is presenting the film "Freedom Riders" 7 pm at the Rio Theatre next Thursday Sept 17th. http://freedomridersthemovie.com/. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Cruz State Parks district.
Tickets are $10 at the door and are also available at the following bike shops in the Santa Cruz and surrounding area (cash only please):
* Another Bike Shop (ABS)
* Scotts Valley Cycle Sport
* Aptos Bike Station
* Family Cycling Center
* Bicycle Trip
* Trailhead Cyclery (in San Jose)
* Passion Trail Bikes (in Belmont)
The film is about an unauthorized trail system which became legitimate through a partnership between local riders and land managers. This is a story which could be repeated in Santa Cruz county if there is a willingness for both sides to work together. We have invited land managers from the State Parks district and BLM to see the film.
This film is a benefit to raise money for our local State Parks district to replace the sign at the entrance of the Wilder Ranch back country (~$4000). Any other left over funds will be given to the district to pay for capital maintenance costs.
The State Parks district has been very active in finding more legitimate mountain biking in the Santa Cruz area (even in this budgetary environment!) and we would like to express our appreciation by raising money to pay for the hard costs of maintenance. If you support our local parks then please check out this movie. Buying a ticket for this film is an easy way to support our local parks.
We are planning to have a raffle at during the show. We have items from Fox Racing Shox, Giro, Kali Protectives, IMBA and many others.
Please spread the word about the film. Tell your friends, family and riding buddies. If you have a business then you may want to place a poster in your reception area or on your web site:
More details about the event can be seen here: http://mbosc.org
Thanks and we hope to see you at the show!
Great cause,but, WTF! How much for the sign? Why so expensive? LOL, how expensive can a "closed" sign be?
Originally Posted by mrtoadsc
Last edited by jms; 09-10-2009 at 10:23 PM.
The existing Wilder Ranch sign is really old (see attached). I believe the map is from the early 90's and doesn't reflect the Gray Whale or Scaroni properties which were added. The map view is a perspective drawing and not really to scale so it's difficult to use for navigation. It was also hit by a truck a few years ago and it's falling apart. It's kind of embarrassing that this sign is could be the first real experience of Wilder Ranch State Park.
$4000 is a lot of money but that is just a ball park figure. What we will get is a high quality sign with a map and interpretive features done in a style which is consistent with other interpretive panels throughout the Monterey Bay Area.
The sign will be done by Wildways Illustrated. We think it could look something like the Nisene Marks sign: http://www.wildwaysillustrated.com/p..._signs_16.html
Hope you can attend the film!
I'll be there. I'm excited to check out the movie. I haven't been able to attend the last couple of MBOSC meetings due to the birth of my boy. Any progress in regards to State Parks?
Progress in Santa Cruz area State Parks District
Congrats on the birth of your son! Fatherhood is an interesting change of pace. I'm sure you are busy with the greatest and most important job in the world.
Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
We have made a lot of progress with State Parks this summer. I have been meaning to inform the membership about this but between work, family and riding the time keeps slipping away....
Anyway, I have been combing though my notes and messages and here is a summary of the story so far...
We have made a lot of progress this year.
* History: back in Nov 2006, we submitted a trail conversion proposal (http://mbosc.org/2006/11/trail_propo...final_Ver2.pdf) which asked to convert 24 mi of single track and 12 miles of fireroad to multi-use from limited use in Castle Rock, Big Basin and Fall Creek State Parks. We focused on trails which are currently open to hikers and equestrians only. This proposal has been met with stale mate. We met with the parks staff many times and have been stonewalled.... until this year.
* More history: There has been a change in leadership in the district. Senior management - mostly conservation oriented - have retired and been replaced by newer leaders who are sympathetic to active recreation. They have also filled a role of a District Trails and Road Superintendent - a key position required to address our proposal and other change in use for existing/future trails.
* Back in February, there was a change in strategy to deal with unauthorized riding at Henry Cowell Park. The Rangers would be issuing warnings then citations to enforce the bike ban on the west part of the park adjoining UC - incorrectly referred to as "UCSC" (ie. Campers, Carpet, Sick & Twisted, etc...). This was seen as those handouts on car windshields in the lot.
* MBOSC successfully negotiated a change in tactics from enforcement to education. In response, we ask that mountain bikers try to limit their activity in that area.
* Sensing growing negative sentiment towards the local parks, the State Parks District Superintendent made creating more legitimate mountain biking opportunities the highest priority for the new Mountain Sector Superintendent (to be hired). He suggested that addressing our submitted proposal is where the new Sector Super will start.
* Karl Tallman was hired as the Sector Superintendent earlier this summer. In June, MBOSC members and Tom Ward from IMBA CA met with him and the District Trails and Roads Supervisor to restart the trail proposal process. Karl demonstrated the commitment of the District to find more legitimate mountain biking opportunities. We spent most of the meeting looking at maps and discussing the trails in the proposal. There was a definite "can do" attitude within the State Parks Staff. We made more progress in a 2 hour meeting than we made in the past 2.5 years.
* The senior trails specialist from Sacramento has been visiting Santa Cruz this summer (at least twice) to move this process forward. The sector super has been giving me progress updates all summer. This demonstrates the commitment from the District AND Sacramento to provide more legal mountain bike trails.
* The Sacramento trails specialist will be in town on Sept 15th to meet with the District Trails and Roads supervisor to do a construction estimate on the first trail (3 segments) in our proposal to get addressed: The Skyline trail in Castle Rock - which is part of the Bay Area Ridge trail.
The biggest impact has been the change in attitude towards mountain biking in top management in the District. Our local State Parks are willing and honest partners for mountain biking. This means that we have a bright future for legal mountain bike access in Santa Cruz.
We want to demonstrate our appreciation for the district by raising money to help pay for some hard costs of maintaing the district. We hope you agree and support more legitimate mountain biking in Santa Cruz County by attending our showing of "Freedom Riders" this Thursday at the Rio.
Thanks for the update and the well wishes. See you Thursday.
Looking forward to it... besides seeing a great flick - donating to State Parks now, while they really need the money, is great way to show the local park ranges that mountain bikers are a concerned group that is willing to help -- maybe we'll get more of them to change their tune with respect to opening trails to mountain bikes.
Raffle Items and Seabright Brewery after party
Just a small update with a couple of items:
* The local bike industry and shops have been generous with raffle donations. We have hats, hoodies, gloves, Dakine packs, *lots* of body armor, bash gaurds, full face helmet, etc... The big item is a new Fox 36 Float RC2 Fork. Also a beach vacation rental for a week in Baja, Mexico is also a great prize.
* There will be an after party at Seabright Brewery. Happy hour prices with a ticket stub.
Below is a full list of the raffle items that we have so far.
One week use of Baja, Mexico Vacation House 1 Barry Swenson Builder
Wine and Rice Gift Baskets 2 Barry Swenson Builder
Short Sleeve Caletti Cycles jersey (Mens LG) 1 Caletti Cycles
Short Sleeve Caletti Cycles jersey (Womens XS) 1 Caletti Cycles
2 Rounds of Golf and Cart 1 City Santa Cruz
Fox Belt buckles 4 Fox Racing Shox
Fox 36 Float RC2 Fork 1 Fox Racing Shox
Fox Baseball caps (brown) 3 Fox Racing Shox
Fox Toques Blue/Gray 3 Fox Racing Shox
FRINGE Bag 1 FRINGE
Bashguard 4 bolt 104 mm P30 Red 1 Gamut USA
Gamet Zip Hoodie (large) 2 Gamut USA
Bashguard 4 bolt 104 mm P20 Blue 1 Gamut USA
Dual Guide P30 4 bolt 104 mm 1 Gamut USA
Giro Gloves (Medium) 4 Giro
Giro Fader Sunglasses 3 Giro
IMBA Short Sleeve cycling jersey (Med, Large) 2 IMBA
IMBA Hoodie (Extra Large) 1 IMBA
Aazis Soft Knee Guard Olive (Med) 1 Kali Protectives
Kali Protective T-Shirts (Med, Lg, XL) 3 Kali Protectives
Durgana Full Face Helmet (Medium) 1 Kali Protectives
Freedom Riders DVD 2 KGB Productions
Specialized Rocca Leg Pads (L/XL) 1 Scotts Valley Cycle Sport
Dakine Session 70 oz Hydrapack 1 Scotts Valley Cycle Sport
Specialized Kani Arm Pads (SM/MED) 1 Scotts Valley Cycle Sport
Dakine Clubhouse Girls Nomad Hydrapak 1 Trailhead Cyclery
Sugoi Sleeveless Jersey 1 Trailhead Cyclery
Under Amour Top 1 Trailhead Cyclery
Nose Dive knee protectors Black (Small) 1 Trailhead Cyclery
Hope to see you all tonight!
Interesting movie last night with some possible implications for our local "situation". I saw at least one mountain bike friendly land manager in the crowd last night which was encouraging. Thanks to Mark and the other volunteers for making this happen.
P.S. Anyone else spot the product placement throughout the movie?
Last edited by Carl Hungus; 09-18-2009 at 10:33 AM.
PBR placement everywhere....
Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
ding, ding, ding!
Originally Posted by venture
Props to Mark and MBOSC, they really put together Great Event -- well organized, great turn out...
I liked that the invited the State Parks rangers - having them there to see how many riders come out to support them is great!
Thanks for attending and supporting our event. I was really pleased that the BLM land manager showed up. I spoke with him before the film that he should contact the Wyoming Forest Service to discuss their plan for providing DH/FR trails on Federal land. It's a great precedent and could provide the model of how they can provide similar experiences locally.
Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
You mean the PBR? During the initial discussions with the film producers they offered a keg of Pabst Blue Ribbon for our event. I politely declined since we can offer high quality Seabright microbrew at a discount after the show.
Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
To summarize: We had 196 paid attendees and sold about $1400 in raffle tickets for a total of about $2000 raised for state parks. This was our first event so our rental and licensing costs were pretty high but should come down for subsequent events.
I must confess that I didn't feel great that 2 of our officers managed to win two big prizes. However, there seems to be karmic force that rewarded them. Those two have been really, really active in MBOSC this year and have volunteered lots of their time to the cause. They also purchased a lot of raffle tix between them.
I deliberately handicapped myself by paying $5/ticket and recusing myself from winning the Fork. Perhaps all the officers should have instituted the same handicap? I mentioned my raffle ticket plan but no one else followed suit. Can't say I blame them.
This is the first time we have put on an event like this and we're still learning. I'm pleased that it went so smoothly and everyone had a great time. I would like to thank all the volunteers, the local bike shops and the bike industry for the donations.
I also saw Ed from Cal Fire/Demo there in the crowd. I was a big LOSER when it came to the raffle. I was trying to send telepathic messages for that Baja trip, but it didn't work.
Thanks for a great event last night.
Originally Posted by mrtoadsc
I don't think there were any rumblings about the fork and other prizes. Every ticket had an equal chance of winning. The only rumblings were that my ticket didn't win. I was one digit off for the baja trip. :-(
BTW, Caletti is building me a 29er - looking to a delivery before 2010; we'll have to get together and do a Caletti ride.
Originally Posted by thinkcooper
John Caletti built me a 29" belt-drive single speed this summer. I pretty much ride this bike all the time. I can honestly say that this is the most comfortable bike I have every owned and it climbs like a monster.