Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival – April 14-15, 2012


Aptos Village, CA

This coming weekend is the 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival presented by the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC).

I took my family with me last year and we had a great time. There’s plenty to do and see including a new Super Enduro race as well as the usual Short Track, Pump Track and Kid’s Rodeo. Come cheer on your favorite racers in the Super Enduro like Mark Weir, Ross Schnell, Duncan Riffle, Barry Wicks, Curtis Keene, Katie Holden, Kathy Pruitt, Mary Moncorge and more! Racers start in Aptos and finish at Soquel Demonstration Forest (the Bell Super Enduro is the first legally sanctioned race at Demo Forest). The Super Enduro starts at 8:45 am on Saturday.

If big air is more to your liking, then the 831 Jump Contest on Sunday is the event you will want to see. Competitors include Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul, Ryan Howard, Jake Kinney, Guy French and more!

Other highlights include:
-Pump Track Pandemonium
-All Mountain Challenge
-Skills Clinics
-Bike Demos

The expo area is really cool and there are quite a few shops, manufacturers and clubs displaying their goods. This is a great place to test ride the hottest new bikes from your favorite brands so bring your riding gear. Demo Bikes will be available from: Specialized, Ibis, Niner, Rocky Mountain, Pivot Cycles, Cannondale, Santa Cruz and Giant. If you get hungry or thirsty there is a food court and beer garden. There will also be raffles and prizes.

From the organizers:
Please join us for a celebration of bikes and dirt. Whether you love to take long climbs, descend down technical terrain, take big jumps or improve your flow over the pump tack, we’ve got something for you. For two days, we will be celebrating bikes on dirt with enduro racing through Soquel Demonstration State Forest, dirt jump and pump track contests, cross country short track races, and even a kids’ fun lap and some skills practice for the kids. Want mad skillz? Our mountain bike and pump track skills clinics will get you there. Dirt jumpers can practice worry free on the Big Air Bag.”

After hanging out and checking the scene, I recommend going for a ride at Nisene Marks State Park, which is located right next to the festival. Parking can get tight, so if you don’t get there early, you can do what I did and park at Cabrillo College and ride down to the Festival or take a shuttle.

For more info:

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Pump Track Pandemonium Video:

Pump Track Video #2:

A quick look at the pump track with the kids

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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