3rd Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival April 14-15

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, a free two day event, will be raging between April 14-15th. Come out rain or shine and test ride bikes from a variety of manufacturers, enjoy the beer garden (stocked with local brews), and enjoy or compete in the various races and events.

Bikes from Ibis, Niner, Pivot, Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz, Giant, Specialized, and Cannondale will be on hand. Take them out on the famous post office dirt jumps, around the newly revamped pump track, or for a spin through the forest of Nicene Marks. In addition, shuttle rides to the top of Nicene Marks will be available, as well as the Camp of Champions gravity bag.

Events include the first legally sanctioned enduro race through Demo Forest (rumor has it a certain DH bike is named after this network of tacky technical trails). As well as a dirt jump jam featuring some of the biggest names in the world of freeride.

The event is hosted by the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC). This group of dedicated volunteers has made great strides towards legalizing and maintaining trail networks, and raising funds for the establishment of new features and bike parks. The proceeds from the festival go directly towards furthering their mission.

For more information, check past the break

831 Jump Contest: Calling All Creative and Tricky Styles. Stand-out moves rewarded, be you Beginner, Expert or Pro. Doesn’t matter how you rate now, we want to recognize you. Announcer will call, music will bump, judges will decide. Those who push their own limits will be recognized at the 831 Jump Contest. Test yourself, the rewards will come.

Pump Track Pandemonium: It’s you against the clock! See who has the skill to shred the hardest and pump the fastest through perfectly apexed berms. Your score is your fastest timed lap.

Specialized/Scotts Valley Cycle Sport Short Track: It’s intense! It’s fast! It’s fun! Come weave and wind your way through the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival on our elaborate 1/2 mile Specialized/Scotts Valley Cycle Sport Short Track race course. Speed by the vendor booths, rally through off-camber corners and pump your way through berms and rollers. You’ll go as hard as you can for a few minutes and then it’s one more lap and a mad dash to finish.

Bike Skills Clinics: Learn from the best! Pro rider, and Santa Cruz native Tammy Donahugh will team up with Kat Sweet to host two bike skills clinics – a Mountain Bike Skills Clinic, and a Pump Track Skills Clinic.

Plus, these exciting brand new events:

Bell Super Enduro at Demo: One Bike. Three Climbs. Three Descents. Be the first to race Euro style at the Bell Super Enduro at Demo – Soquel Demonstration State Forest’s first legally sanctioned race! Climb fast. Descend faster on a closed course. Then do it all over again. Do you have what it takes? Sold Out, but come out anyways to cheer on riders like: Mark Weir, Ross Schnell, Jeff Kendall-Weed, Duncan Riffle, Ariel Lindsley, Abigail Hippely, Kathy Pruitt,  Katie Holden, Mike West, Nathan Riddle, Curtis Keene, and more!

WTB All-Mountain Challenge: Pump, Shred, and Endure. Beat all your friends up the climbs, around the corners and down the mountain? Ever wonder where you really stand? The super enduro, short track, and pump track events won’t leave you hanging. Different bikes for each event welcome, best rider determined by cumulative points. Fearless and fit riders, find out who really rules the mountain.

Specialized and Scotts Valley Cycle Sport Kids Rodeo: Because You Want Them to Love This Sport. Introduce your kids to mountain biking or encourage them to improve their skills. Sign a waiver, put a helmet on them, and watch them try their skills and tackle obstacles in a challenging and supportive environment. They will gain confidence and have fun. You will love that they want to ride.

For race and contest registration, schedule and event details please visit the SCMBF website.
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