Created by Satchel Cronk
The Santa Cruz mountain biking scene is a bit oxymoronic; richly local yet famous the world ‘round. Those riders who call this paradisiacal wooded enclave home enjoy not only a sensational spider web of redwood singletrack, but a community that is all about milking every bit of stoke from the ride; before, during and after. Giro Sport Design takes you into the world of bikes, beers, and burritos with Locals, Part 3.
Sculpture and Smiles
Grown men, little kids and a dog. BMX bikes, hardtails, 6-inch full squish machines and maybe a banana-seat beach chopper or two. That’s not the start of a bad joke, but a quick survey of the cast of characters and machines cruising this corner of Harvey West Park on a warm Tuesday evening in July. While kids kick soccer balls and learn to swim at the bottom of the hill, riders and bikes of all ages, shapes and sizes gather at the edge of the towering redwood forest that expands up it.
They’re here to ride the Harvey West Pumptrack, a collaboration between the City of Santa Cruz and its aptly named dirt cycling advocacy group, Mountain Bikes of Santa Cruz (MBOSC). The two groups worked closely with each other to design, build, maintain and share the costs of the sprawling pumptrack, which opened in 2016. This corner of the park used to be a hangout for a more seedy cast of characters, but the opening of the pumptrack brought smileage up and sketchiness down, even if the hip at the back does see its fair share of sketchy mid-air moments. But hey, unintentional no-footers are how you learn superman seat grabs, right?