It’s that time of year again! After last year’s Ante Up For Trails campaign, put on by the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, it returns, this time with an Ibis being the grand prize. Enter at MBOSC and read the full press-release below!
One lucky donor will ride away with a new $9,500 Ibis bicycle in the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz’s (MBOSC) “Ante Up for Trails” campaign. Donors receive one entry for every $5 donated to the MBOSC between now and May 29 when a winner will be chosen. The winner then gets to pick the production Ibis bicycle of their choice as the prize. Donations can be made at www.mbosc.org/anteup.
“We have witnessed MBOSC gain momentum as they work to improve trail access in Santa Cruz,” said Ibis Founder Scot Nicol. “Their recent growth and success has been impressive, and they’ve clearly cultivated great relationships with local land managers. All of us at Ibis are proud to support MBOSC, and we are eager to ride new trails that can be built as a result of the Ante Up for Trails campaign. We look forward to sending a bike to the lucky winner!” MBOSC continues to work towards its vision to make Santa Cruz County the premier place to be a mountain biker through advocacy, trail construction, maintenance, and world-class cycling events. Some of the current project updates include:
● Three Miles of New Trail in Scotts Valley: Three miles of new public multi-use trails are coming to the Glenwood Open Space Preserve in Scotts Valley. These trails will provide local schools and the community a new resource for recreation and connection with the environment. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, responsible for stewarding the property, has partnered with MBOSC to perform the trail design and construction. Construction began on April 25, 2018 and is planned to be completed by mid-June.
● New Trail Reroute in Wilder Ranch: MBOSC has received full approval for the West Engelsmans
Reroute at Wilder Ranch. MBOSC will be working with CA State Parks to decommission the badly
eroded West Engelsmans Fire Road and replace it with just over a mile of sustainably built trail. Through their fundraising efforts, MBOSC will be covering their own costs for this project and paying for State Parks staff time and expenses. Construction is scheduled for the fall of 2018.
● New 30+ Mile Trail Network in San Vicente Redwoods: MBOSC took a leading role on the design of a 30+ mile trail network in the San Vicente Redwoods. Recently the partners managing this property have successfully worked through their public access planning process and are moving forward with submitting their plan to Santa Cruz County for approval this spring. This means the new trail network is one step closer to becoming a reality.
“Ibis Cycles and MBOSC have been longtime partners working to expand and promote sustainable trail access in the Santa Cruz area,” said MBOSC Marketing and Events Director Amanda Schaper. “We are thrilled to have their support through advocacy campaigns, trail construction and maintenance projects, event sponsorship, and volunteer appreciation. Our progress on bringing more trails to Santa Cruz wouldn’t be possible without Ibis’ continued support, and we are grateful to have them behind the MBOSC mission.”
In 2013 Ibis and MBOSC launched Own the Flow, a fundraising campaign that coincided with the original Ripley release, which raised over $40,000 towards construction of the legendary Flow Trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. In 2017 Ibis and MBOSC launched the first ever Ante Up for Trails fundraising campaign, which raised a record-breaking $60,000 for trails in Santa Cruz.
The current Ante Up for Trails campaign is open until 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.