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Make this the year you will master your mountain bike handling skills. This is a great workshop for all levels – I have attended twice! Check out the 2013 Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camp Calendar. Registration for all camps will open on February 1, 2013. And these camps sell out FAST! New this year: a co-ed workshop is being held in Santa Cruz.  — Karen Kefauver

ImageHere are dates for Santa Cruz. Click here for full list of dates and locations. 

APRIL
[27-28] Santa Cruz, CA

MAY
[4-5] Santa Cruz, CA (co-ed)
[11-12] Los Gatos, CA
[25-26] Whistler, BC

About the Trek Dirt Series

If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, our mountain bike camps are for you.

Based in Whistler and traveling throughout Western Canada and the US, we offer personalized instruction, professional programming, and an incredibly skilled, enthusiastic, and supportive coaching staff.

In the past eleven years we’ve taught over 7500 participants – cross-country and downhill, beginner through advanced. Our 2012 schedule includes sixteen women’s only camps and two co-ed weekends.

The Bike Dojo’s Project B.I.K.E (Believe in Kids’ Exercise) is kicking off the holiday season by giving away 20 bikes to children in need.  Bike Dojo is hosting the celebration event Saturday, December 15, from 12-2 p.m. — Karen Kefauver

Bike Dojo will be the hub of activity with kids showing off their new bikes and helmets They can enjoy special treats and cookies from Pacific Cookie Company, pizza from Woodstock Pizza and goodie bags from New Leaf Community Markets.

“We are excited to help make this holiday season special for children.  We can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces when they get their bike,” said Rob Mylls, Bike Dojo owner.

So far this year Project B.I.K.E has donated over 75 bikes with their charity partner Beach Flats, a program of Community Bridges.  Bike Church, CASA and UCSC Co-op have also received bikes as part of Project B.I.K.E’s outreach.

At the beginning of the year Mayor Don Lane did a proclamation naming it Project Bike Day and Bike Dojo plans on continuing the great tradition of giving away bikes to children in need.

“It has been an extraordinary year and we have loved giving away bikes and contributing to the community and local charities,” Mylls said.  “We have built great partnerships and want to thank our sponsors for helping us make a difference.  We are looking forward to keeping up a great tradition of getting kids riding.”

Project B.I.K.E sponsors include:  Spokesman Bicycles, New Leaf, Woodstock Pizza, William Ow Properties, By Marisa and Good Times.

For more information call Kim Mylls at 602-432-4940.

1101 Pacific Ave, Suite G, Santa Cruz
Entrance behind Pacific Ave. in the
farmers market parking lot off of Cedar and Cathcart

831.713.5475

info@thebikedojo.com

Magdalena Parker of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz wrote to invite cyclists and others to donate to make this big event successful. It’s coming up Saturday, December 8, at San Jose Convention Center. — By Karen KefauverScreen Shot 2012-12-03 at 11.02.59 PM

Turning Wheels for Kids will host their annual event, “The Big Bike Build,” where hundreds of volunteers will build 2,500 bikes in one day! It will be held at the South Hall of the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose.

Every year the request for bikes exceeds our ability to purchase them, and we hope that you will help us achieve our goal in getting every child in the Bay Area that needs and wants a bike, on one. We would like for you to be a part of this special event by making a donation that can be presented to Turning Wheels for Kids on the day of the Big Bike Build.

Your donation will be used for this and future events. Make checks payable to Turning Wheels for Kids. No donation is too small. $5, $10, $20. Anything will be greatly appreciated. Please direct questions and send all donations to:

Magdalena Parker

126 Ponderosa COURT

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(408) 314-3971   mags126@comcast.net

Turning Wheels for Kids is a registered 501c3 non profit that promotes healthy lifestyles by providing underserved children with a brand new bicycle at the holidays and year round through a number of partnerships focused on preventing childhood obesity and supporting low-income families. Their partnership with the Valley Medical Center Pediatric Lifestyle Clinic helps get kids with obesity related health issues experiencing the fun outdoors as an alternative to video and computer games, TV, and texting.

Tax Deductibility and Tax Identification Number

The value of your contribution will be a tax deductible donation. Turning Wheels tax identification number is 77-0187890.

Thank you for considering a donation to Turning Wheels for Kids. Your contribution will help ensure a successful event and we are happy to share your generosity.  I will bundle your donations with a list of contributors and present them on December 8 on behalf of MBOSC – Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz.

Have a great holiday season!

Magdalena Parker, MBOSC Team Captain for 2012 Big Bike Build

Drew Perkins with the City of Santa Cruz reports that the next Pogonip workday will be Sunday, December 2nd. You don’t have to have experience. Just know how to shovel dirt, rake leaves and follow directions. That’s what I did and you can read about it here when I made my debut at trail work recently. Here’s the story from my monthly Spin City cycling column.  Keep reading for details on the next trail work day on Sunday, December 2. To make a donation to the trail, click here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/147116

— Karen Kefauver

“This trail will connect U-Con to Golf Club Drive and is designed to be a sustainable, beginner friendly, and fun way to get from downtown Santa Cruz to Henry Cowell, the upper UCSC Campus, and Wilder Ranch State Park. We had a great workday last Saturday with almost 30 volunteers and we have now logged over 2,000 volunteer hours for this project, awesome!” said Drew Perkins, the trail work organizer.

Meet at the bottom of the U-Con singletrack at 9 a.m. and working three to four hours. We will work rain or shine, but high winds may cancel due to safety concerns.

We will have a pizza lunch afterwards sponsored by Caletti Cycles. We will have very tasty coffee to get us started provided by Verve Coffee Roasters.

Please bring sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and water. Tools will be provided.

To make sure there are enough tools and pizza, sign up in advance at www.trailworkers.com.

 

Trips for Santa Cruz, www.tripsforkidssantacruz.org,  is looking forward to 2013. To grow the Trips for Kids Santa Cruz program, the goal is taking more kids out biking on a monthly basis and creating a community of young people who will continue to ride bikes on their own. The Martinelli trailer space in Watsonville has worked out well and Trips for Kids Santa Cruz has a fleet of about 30 bikes.                 — By Karen Kefauver

One goal for next year is to get volunteers more involved. Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is under the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz umbrella.

Outlined below are specific areas where help is needed. Feel free to contact names of coordinators listed below.

The next ride is December 1, 2102 at 10 a.m. See what Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is all about.

Contact Roxanne Harrison for more info to register for the Dec. 1 ride or to volunteer: bikesantacruzca@gmail

Volunteers needed:

Kid Coordinator: Kymberly Lacrosse  (3 people needed)  klacrosse@unitedwaysc.org

·      Research youth organizations for possible participation in T4KSC

·      Contact and set up presentations with potential local youth organizations

·      Make presentations to potential groups as needed

·      Assist with information packet preparation and distribution

·      Attend local community events/fairs to promote T4KSC

·      Follow-up on potential participant organizations

·      Participate in T4KSC rides to get an understanding of what we are doing

Website/Database: Gene Knipe  (2-3 people needed) egenesk@mac.com

·      Help maintain and continue to develop T4KSC website.  Keep pictures and posts up to date.

·      Help in development of T4KSC database so we can better track our participants and volunteers.  Filemaker experience helpful.

·      Interested in Facebook?  Help optimize our FB page.

Facilities/Bike Maintenance: John Fuchs (4 people needed) john@johnfuchs.com

  •  Bike Mechanic-2 people needed and repair approximately 30 mountain bikes at our facility and tools.
  •       Administration: Maintain electronic and paper files related to rides and riders
  •    Facility Maintenance- Maintain and repair facility interior and exterior.

Fundraising/Grant Writing: Roxanne Harrison (2 people needed) bikesantacruzca@gmail.com

  •        Apply for local fundraising opportunities with restaurants and grocery stores
  •        Grant writing experience and able to write one or two grants per year.
  •        Help with fundraising events as they are developed,

In an effort to reach out to farmworkers, youth, homeless and anyone else who may be in need of a used bicycle, the Watsonville Bike Shack will host a Big Bike Sale on Saturday, October 13,  from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Keep reading for details. — Karen Kefauver

The event will also feature a “Tianguis Graits” (free market) where farmworkers and homeless can take home up to six items of clothing, household items, etc. free of charge. A turquoise Fuji road bike will be raffled off: $5 per ticket. All of the proceeds from this event support the Bike Shack program.

The Watsonville Bike Shack is 100% community driven and sustained.

About the Watsonville Bike Shack

Bike Shack’s normal operating hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays at the Farmers’ Market. We also offer service hours to youth who want to learn more about bike maintenance and repair, and to work in exchange for a bike, or get credit for high school graduation or community hours towards probation. At the Bike Shack, youth learn useful skills, focusing their energy on something creative and productive, and get mentoring from lead mechanics who share similar life stories.

Event Details
Who: The Watsonville Bike Shack

What: Big Bike Sale

When: Saturday, October 13 12- 6 p.m.

Where: at Warehouse located behind the Ramos Furniture Store at 555 Main St.

Contact: Lorenzo Holguin, Phone: 831-206-2955 Email: lorenzo757@yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElBikeShackBrownBerets

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Many local mountain biking enthusiasts, including members of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, are headed to the Kernville Fat Tire Fest, Oct 19-21. It’s home of the Cannell Plunge. Let me know how it goes! 
— Karen Kefauver

It is that time of the year again in lovely *Kernville, California. The leaves are changing, the crowds have dwindled and the mountain biking is at its finest in the Southern Sierras. Mountain & River Adventures is hosting the 21st annual Fat Tire Festival. 2012 marks the 21st year that we have been celebrating mountain biking with guided rides, exciting activities and a Halloween Party not to be missed! Featured is a long weekend of the best trails in California. Be sure to ride the Cannell Trail, 20+ miles of breathtaking views and clean air.

* Kernville is located 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 2667 feet (813 m). The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census, down from 1,736 at the 2000 census.

The 14th Annual Event Offers FREE breakfast for cyclists. That’s one of my favorite parts. Here’s a list of breakfast sites. — Karen Kefauver
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Ecology Action announced the 14th annual Santa Cruz County Fall Bike to Work/Bike to School Day will take place Thursday, October 4.
“It’s time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and ride your bike to work or school,” said Nick Mucha, Ecology Action program specialist. “Fall Bike to Work and School Day continues to provide a fun, safe and inviting event to encourage Santa Cruz residents to ride their bikes to work, to school, to shop, to go out to eat or go to the beach.”
Started in 1988, the Bike to Work/School program is the largest sustainable transportation program in Santa Cruz County. To date over 83,400 participants have bike commuted to school or work through this program.
On Bike to Work Day, there will be 15 public breakfast sites from Watsonville to Santa Cruz, as well as locations in Felton and Scotts Valley, where bike commuters can receive free breakfast, basic bike maintenance, acupuncture and massages. The event will also include 44 schools that will celebrate Bike to School Day and reward theirs students who walk or bike to school. In 2011, over 7,000 people rode their bikes for Bike to Work/School Day, the largest turnout since the inception of Bike Week in 1987.
The fall Bike to Work Day activities provide businesses, commuters and public agencies the opportunity to engage in active, healthy, cost-saving and pollution reducing transportation. Transportation is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions and riding a bike provides a direct, healthy and cheap way to reduce your carbon footprint.
About Bike to Work/School Day
Bike to Work/School Day is coordinated by Ecology Action and is funded by numerous local businesses, public agencies and community groups. Major funding is provided by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, City of Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, The Bicycle Trip, City of Watsonville, Fox Racing Shox, Odwalla, Whole Foods, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jamba Juice and UCSC TAPS.
Learn more: www.bike2work.com
About Ecology Action
Ecology Action, a California-based non-profit founded in 1970, is passionately driven to empower individuals, businesses and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action delivers marketing and engagement services statewide to serve consumers, businesses, public utilities, government agencies and community partners through numerous programs, some of which include Energy Upgrade CaliforniaRightLightsLodgingSavers,CasinoGreenEarth Day Santa Cruz and Bike-to-Work.

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The 12th annual Surf City AIDS Ride on Sunday, October 7, is a community event designed to raise funds to support the mission and work of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.
Participants can choose from a 12, 30, 60 or 100 mile ride. The ride takes you from country roads to ocean views to strawberry fields.

Register today to join this family friendly ride for a great local cause.

Details: http://www.scapsite.org/ride.php

— Karen Kefauver

Roxanne Harrison of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz  wants to share two upcoming fall events to help get kids outside and on bicycles. Both look worthwhile. — Karen Kefauver

The first event is the second annual Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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Date: September 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Ave.
Watsonville, CA 95076

The second event is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Toro Park, Monterey on Saturday, October 6,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a great event sponsored by MORCA and IMBA designed to expose kids to mountain biking.

Our hope is to bring some of veteran kid riders and hopefully attract some new kids to come along for this event.Image

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

When: Saturday October 6th, 2012, 10am to 2pm

Where: Toro Park near the Quail Meadows day use area.
Click here for park information.

Cost: The event is free but there is an $8 entrance fee to Toro Park if you drive in.

What to expect:
On site registration will start at 10am and continue throughout the event.

All participants must sign a waiver and helmets are required (NO EXCEPTIONS!!!).

Activities include basic bike safety, a skills course, trail rides for all ages, prizes and a barbeque.

This local event is part of a nationwide celebration known as “Take-A-Kid-Mountain-Biking Day,” supported by IMBA. The event purpose is to provide a means for kids and their families to enjoy local trails together. The Monterey County Parks Department will allow bikes on certain Toro Park trails that are usually closed so beginners can enjoy a safe ride. Local bike shops have donated products along with contributions from IMBA and Cliffbar.

Participants will need to bring their own bikes and helmets (MORCA has a few extra kids’ helmets to loan and some demo bikes will be available on a first come first served basis). Bike gloves are recommended, but not required. Parents are encouraged to ride with their children.

This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids.

For questions or more information, email: tkmbd@morcamtb.org

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