Jun 02

Saratoga REI Event 6/10: The Future of Mt. Biking in Santa Clara County


Date: 6/10/2015
Event Location: Saratoga REI
Event Fee: Free
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM PDT

Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers is giving its membership and the public an opportunity to meet Dorsey Moore, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Open Space Authority, and Greg Bringelson, Trail Program Coordinator of Santa Clara County Parks. They will discuss current projects, conservation, volunteering, and the future of mountain biking in the county. Santa Clara County Park’s five decade legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations has resulted in one of the largest regional park systems in California. The Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 29 regional parks encompassing nearly 48,000 acres of land. Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is an independent special district – rather than a part of county government. The Open Space Authority’s purpose is to preserve key portions of the natural environment in order to balance continuing urban growth. Buying land, acquiring easements, contributing funds to joint conservation efforts, and careful land management are OSA’s major preservation tools. Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) is a local chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association.


May 13

SVMTB has received a $15,000 Grant from REI!!!

xx_Twitter_logo-update_400x400The grant funds will be used to produce design and construction documents to build many of
the different features in the bike park. These features will be designed for a range of skill levels and include some of the following:

Pump Track Area will allow cyclists to learn and perfect their riding skills. This track will allow for progression of skills and fitness for riders from kids to advanced adults.

Advanced Flow Trail will contain flow features such as rollers, dips, berms, jumps, and man-made features allowing users to transfer their pump track and jump park skills to trail use.

Skills Area
will feature man-made features such as riding walls, teeter totters, progressive jumps, and log riding for example. Many of the existing christmas trees on the property may be used to build these feature.


Apr 09

Important meeting for Mountain Bikers – April 29

Fellow parks and trail lovers:BearCreek

There is an important MidPen meeting regarding the Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Los Gatos Community Center – Adult Recreation Center 208 E. Main St. Los Gatos, CA 95030. It is an ‘information gathering’ session put on by the District – essentially an opportunity for the public, the staff and the board to propose ideas for how the Preserve will be used. The existing plan calls for no mountain bike access but we believe there is an opportunity for true multi-use access on at least part of this preserve. It is important that mountain bikers show up to this meeting to let the MidPen staff know we are looking for. I’ve been to several of the meetings regarding the plan for the stables and have been impressed with the openness of the process and the desire of staff to understand the preserve user’s interests.

Some of the comments that we have heard from SVMTB members, other riders and the broader community are summarized here:

  1. We would like to see the District create a regional connector trail so that cyclists can ride from Los Gatos or Lexington Reservoir up to Skyline. This would create safe loop options utilizing the recently opened John Nicholas Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail and reduce traffic congestion riding up narrow Bear Creek Road.
  2. The preserve is only a five minute drive from Los Gatos. Can we get some loop trails that families, kids and beginner riders can use that aren’t as steep and challenging as the dirt roads in Sierra Azul?
  3. Please recognize that Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve has been a great place for equestrians to ride, keep their horses and give children opportunities to experience nature. We believe that allowing cyclists a safe route would maximize the public benefit by broadening public access and use of the Preserve. It appears that it would be easy to open the preserve lands west of Bear Creek Road (currently closed to ALL users) to allow true multi-user access for hikers, equestrians and cyclists.

What I’ve learned from working with Land Managers and staff is that you should:

  1. Keep your message simple (ask for a few concrete things)
  2. Keep your message respectful (these are people doing their jobs just like you)
  3. Let them know what you want and why (why you want something is as important as what you want)
  4. Figure out how you can get what you want and help other users get what they want (classic Win/Win)
  5. Be pleasant and persistent (these processes take time)

Details on the planning process and the April 29 meeting can be found here http://www.openspace.org/plans_projects/bear_creek_planning.asp

Mar 31

New Segment of Ancient Oaks Trail Complete

Construction of new 1-mile segment of the Ancient Oaks Trail was completed last fall by District field staff. The new trail was the final phase of the POST-funded Mindego Gateway Project, and will connect the new Mindego Parking Lot with Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve’s popular multi-use trail network. The trail also provides a new, 4-mile loop opportunity for hikers, bikers and equestrians to experience the spectacular vistas and shady woodlands of the Mindego area.

Mar 04

IMBA Announces Spring Membership Drive – Special Prizes

IMBA is launching a unique membership campaign—to dramatically improve mountain biking nationwide—with a spring registration drive that will offer special prize opportunities and limited-edition IMBA gear to all who register, join or renew in March, April and May. The drive’s goal is to increase the capacity of IMBA’s local chapters by helping them grow their ranks of members to support new trails and better mountain biking nationwide. Members receive great benefits and help support local volunteer trail projects, advocacy work, and fun events in 2015 and beyond.

The spring drive includes prize incentives from Scott Bicycles, Western Spirit Cycling, Specialized Bicycles and the Oskar Blues Brewing/REEB Ranch worth over $10,000. Anyone who registers with IMBA, joins, or renews their IMBA and/or IMBA chapter membership between March 1 and March 31, 2015, will be entered into a random drawing for either a Scott Genius 750 mountain bike or a VIP trip for two to the Burning Can Beer Festival at REEB Ranch in Brevard, N.C. Additional prize incentives will be offered as the spring membership drive continues through the Sea Otter Classic in April, wrapping up in May.

Memberships and contributions help support new trails, bike parks, advocacy and land protection efforts. When membership is associated with an IMBA chapter, that chapter receives a portion of each membership to directly support local and regional efforts.

Additional IMBA membership benefits include a special kit with a member card and stickers, a subscription to IMBA Trail News quarterly magazine, a year-long subscription to a cycling magazine of choice, discounts on a new Subaru, bike and outdoor gear, event registration and insurance.

Read the fine print on the prizes, including all the ways to enter and sweepstake rules.


Mar 02

Crystal Springs Watershed

One of our directors, Charlie Krentz, rode the Fifield Cahill Ridge ride in SFPUC’s Crystal Springs Watershed yesterday. Outrageously beautiful land! Though our docents were great, we look forward to the end of their accompaniment’s being mandatory. We also look forward to the proposed opening of Whiting Ridge out to the coast and perhaps the opening of other areas. The San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s is having a public meeting on Thursday April 2, 2:00 pm. We need a packed house!. Please join us.



Feb 23

SVMTB Flow Trail workday coming up Feb 28th

Don’t forget! The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for this coming Saturday February 28, with Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) generously providing the day’s hospitality, along with regular work day sponsors Whole Foods, Summit Store, Adventure Sports Journal, and Ninkasi Brewing. We’re looking forward to another inspiring day of trail building and camaraderie out on the flow trail! Sign up for this work day HERE.

You Dig, You Ride! And All Are Welcome!IMG_0501

Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing the flow trail. Work days are scheduled twice a month (see Volunteer Trail Work Day Schedule), and include breakfast, lunch, and post-work day gathering featuring refreshments and a volunteer raffle provided by Adventure Sports Journal and other generous project supporters. Trail work days sponsored by Ibis Cycles and Mick’s Automotive are still ahead on the winter schedule.

Everyone is welcome — no trail work experience required! Our supportive, experienced crew leaders and trail builders will teach you techniques and make a confident trail builder out of you in no time flat. Plus, volunteer trail workers get to test ride and dial in new sections of the flow trail—how cool is that?!

Keep in mind that trail work days may be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or hazardous conditions.

Sign up here:



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