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MBP DIG was a huge success, raising $20,000 for McLaren Bike Park!

April 29, 2015

Last Sunday’s DIG fundraiser for McLaren Bike Park exceeded our expectations. Together, we raised $20,000 to get #morekidsonbikes in San Francisco.

We kicked off the event with a silent auction with tons of great merchandise from donors in the bike industry, San Francisco based companies, local businesses, photographers and even some donations from individual cyclists that wanted to support the cause.

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Upstairs, the Silent auction quickly filled up with the near sold-out crowd of over 150 attendees. After drinks, appetizers, bidding and lots of socializing, MBP supporters headed down to the dining hall for Dinner.

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Shortly after the start of dinner, Irish Greg from KFOG’s morning show welcomed guests and turned over the mic to Dustin Smith, Chair of the MBP Founders. Dustin gave an emotional acknowledgement to the outpouring of support to the cause and the energetic crowd in attendance. Lisa Bransten from SF Rec and Park was invited up to say a few words and reiterated the commitment from SFRPD to make MBP a reality. Will Aldrich, MBP Founders Co-Chair graciously thanked everyone for their donations and attendance, and made it clear that this bike park is for the kids of San Francisco. The neighborhoods surrounding McLaren Park have the most kids in the city, and many that are at-risk. MBP would serve as a positive outlet for these kids… A place for exercise, mentorship, growth, and FUN!

Dustin and Will welcomed Greg Minnaar to the event and up to the stage for the highlight of the evening: A little Greg vs. Greg.

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Irish Greg just happens to be a “Roadie” and For those of you who don’t know, Greg Minnaar is the three time UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion. The type of riding they do couldn’t be more different. Questions were written submitted by the crowd earlier. In addition to the Q & A, the two Gregs took bike-related jabs at one another causing laughs and whistles from the crowd. A few personal questions made it into the mix… Video to be released shortly.

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Photo: Dustin Smith

The volunteers were incredible! They kept our plates full, drinks flowing and even kept it fun in the kitchen! After dinner, everyone headed back up to check out the MBP Plans and make their final bids on silent auction items.

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There were a bunch of great photo prints from local photographers, and signed photos of Greg Minnaar riding in San Francisco.

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Photo: Dustin Smith

Tons of great bike parts and components.

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There was a nice selection of frames and bikes.

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Photo: Dustin Smith

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A little something for everyone.

The night wrapped up with the live auction and the signed warriors ball won by none-other than Phil Segura himself!

Words can’t express what a great night it was. We raised a good chunk of change for the park. But the most amazing part was the coming together of all these cyclists of all different wheel sizes to show their support for this amazing cause and the kids of San Francisco.

A big THANK YOU you everyone who touched this event! 

Thank you to Lisa Bransten, Director of Partnerships at San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department for being there. Thank you to 3-time UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion and GamutUSA athlete Greg Minnaar for the intimate Q&A with our fabulous host, Irish Greg from KFOG. Thank you to Chema Hernandez Gil from the SF Bike Coalition. Thank you to Nick from PODER SF. Thank you to Laurel Harkness, IMBA’s Director for Northern California, who made a special trip to attend our event.

Thank you to MBP Founders and rideSFO Events and their amazing volunteers for feeding us and helping our auction happen. Thank you to Naked Juice, 21st Amendment Brewery and New Belgium Brewing Company, and La Sombra Juice for keeping us hydrated. Thank you to Wing Wings for the Appetizers. Thank you to Elevation Bike Co., Intense Cycles, Roaring Mouse Cycles, Cult Crew, GoPro, Stance Socks, Strava, Gamut USA, Mash SF, UNIONMADE, Sports Basement, Leatt Protectives, WD-40, Rumpl Blankets, The Center Studio, and Barfly for their silent auction donations. Thank you to Tyler Gourley, Dwight Eschliman and Brian Slaughter for donating photographic prints. Thank you to all the generous donors to our fundraiser! And thank you Bermstyle for their great photos from the event.

When we started planning #MBPdig2015 we knew this was a project whose time had come. Your generosity has gotten us one big step closer to riding this bike park.

What’s Next
This week is big. On Thursday we’re meeting with Supervisor Avalos’ office to explore potential funding opportunities. On Friday we learn whether we’ve received a grant from the Mary A. Crocker Trust.

What you can do
Tag your photos with #MBPdig2015 and share them with us on Facebook and Instagram.
If you couldn’t attend, it’s never too late to donate.

We’re just a pedal stroke away from building San Francisco’s First Bike Park! Thanks again to all the attendees for coming out and showing their support!

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McLaren Bike Park DIG Fundraiser: Dinner, Drinks and Silent Auction April 26!

April 15, 2015

The McLaren Bike Park Founders have worked for over six years to bring a world class bike park to the kids of San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods. The SF Recreation & Parks Department has allocated just under 4 acres of land. City and neighborhood organizations have rallied to support the cause. So far, we’ve raised over $550,000 in grants, but need to raise additional funds for design.

Come have a blast, eat some great food, drink some drinks and help us close the funding gap!!! Attend the MBP DIG Silent Auction and Fundraiser, April 26th to benefit McLaren bike park. Buy Tickets here. If you can’t make the event, please donate here. With your help, kids of all ages will be riding in San Francisco’s first bike park as soon as Spring 2016!

Photo of Valmont Bike Park, courtesy of Alpine Bike Parks LLC

Photo of Valmont Bike Park, courtesy of Alpine Bike Parks LLC

Your tax-deductible ticket purchase gets you into the MBP DIG dinner and silent auction. Grab a table for appetizers, oven herb roasted chicken, pesto pasta, veggies, sides, dessert and beer. After dinner, check out the auction for great deals from bike companies and local bike shops and businesses. You’ll find everything from a complete Intense Cycles Carbine 275 to Stance Socks, Rumpl Blankets, bike apparel, premium Giants Tickets, and much, much more.

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But, most importantly, you’ll be supporting McLaren Bike Park with that last pedal stroke to breaking ground on Phase 1.

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If you’ve got a chunk of cash, check out the naming opportunities to help fund the remaining phases of the park.

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To help plan the the location of the features in the park to maximize the space and flow, Alpine Bike Parks, the designer of Valmont Bike Park is designing MBP, and has enlisted professional riders like Cam McCaul to help.

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Now, we need your help if we want to keep the project on schedule and be riding Phase 1 in 2016!

Event Details:

What? MBP DIG (Dine Imbibe Give) Food, Drink, Silent Auction, Music and Guest Speakers to benefit McLaren Bike Park in San Francisco.

Where? Monte Cristo Social Club, 136 Missouri Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

When? Sunday April 26, 2015, 5-9 pm

Individual tickets are $75. You can also reserve a group table for eight for $500, save some money and be insured a spot next to your riding buddies. Corporate groups can reserve a table for eight for $1000 and get a branded center-peice to show company support for McLaren Bike Park and the kids of San Francisco that need it.

Please buy a ticket to the event, or if you can’t make it, Please donate here!

Our list of silent auction items is growing daily!!!
An Intense 275 Carbine full bike from Intense bicycles and Elevation Bike Co.
A second Intense Carbine frame from Roaring Mouse Cycles
A complete Cult Gateway BMX Bike courtesy of Samar Carillo and Cult Crew
Custom MBP Rex Speaker from Boombotix
Chain guides and gear from Gamut USA
Mens, Womens and Kids Sock packages from Stance
Blankets from Rumpl
A pilates mat class from The Center Studio
ZOIC Clothing
The Gravity Cartel has donated Spank Bikes Oozy Pedals and IXS Dagger Knee Guards
Suture saddle
Hoppy Trails gear
A bike tour for 4 from Santa Cruz Bike Tours
Virtual Reality Headset kits from Dodo Case
A Sip and Spill package from Lagunitas Brewery
Shuttles for 4 from Shuttle Smith Adventures
Amazing gear from Crank Brothers
Great gear and tune-ups from Mojo Bike Cafe
SF Bike Expo Booths
SDG Saddle and Grips
Locks from Abus
OZ racing kit and gear from RideSFO
Three sets of Giants tickets
An autographed Warriors Ball
Photographic prints from some amazing San Francisco photographers

If you really want a bike park in San Francisco, grab some tickets, tell your friends and come enjoy the evening.

Organized by The MBP Founders and RideSFO Events.

Go to our Facebook page for more event info. Contact: events@rideSFO.com or 415-553-8722 if you’d like to donate merchandise to the Silent Auction. Check out McLarenbikepark.com for more info on the project.

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MBP D.I.G. Fundraiser April 26th!

April 14, 2015

mbp_dig_4x4_keyvisual_r2Dine! Imbibe! Give!

Come have a blast, eat some great food, drink some drinks and get some great deals while mingling with the who’s who of the Bay Area cycling community.

Your tax-deductible ticket purchase gets you a seat at the table for appetizers, oven herb roasted chicken, pesto pasta, veggies, sides, dessert and beer. But most importantly, you’ll be supporting McLaren Bike Park with that last pedal stroke to breaking ground on Phase 1. Throughout the evening, attendees will have the chance to bid on some great merchandise, and experiences.

What? Food, Drink, Silent Auction, Music and Guest Speakers to benefit McLaren Bike Park. Check out the full concept design here!

Where? Monte Cristo Social Club, 136 Missouri Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

When? Sunday April 26, 2015, 5-9 pm

Individual tickets are $75. You can also reserve a group table for eight for $500, save some money and be insured a spot next to your riding buddies. Corporate groups can reserve a table for eight for $1000 and get a branded center-peice to show company support for McLaren Bike Park and the kids of San Francisco that need it.

Our list of silent auction items is growing daily!!!
An Intense 275 Carbine full bike from Intense bicycles and Elevation Bike Co.
A second Intense Carbine frame from Roaring Mouse Cycles
A complete Cult Gateway BMX Bike courtesy of Samar Carillo and Cult Crew
Custom MBP Rex Speaker from Boombotix
Chain guides and gear from Gamut USA
Mens, Womens and Kids Sock packages from Stance
Blankets from Rumpl
A pilates mat class from The Center Studio
ZOIC Clothing
The Gravity Cartel has donated Spank Bikes Oozy Pedals and IXS Dagger Knee Guards
A Suture saddle
Hoppy Trails gear
A bike tour for 4 from Santa Cruz Bike Tours
Virtual Reality Headset kits from Dodo Case
A Sip and Spill package from Lagunitas Brewery
Shuttles for 4 from Shuttle Smith Adventures
Amazing gear from Crank Brothers
Great gear and tune-ups from Mojo Bike Cafe
SF Bike Expo Booths
SDG Saddle and Grips
Locks from Abus
OZ racing kit and gear from
Three sets of Giants tickets
An autographed Warriors Ball
Photographic prints from some amazing San Francisco photographers

If you really want a bike park in San Francisco, grab some tickets, tell your friends and come enjoy the evening.

Organized by The MBP Founders and RideSFO Events.

Contact: events@rideSFO.com or 415-553-8722 for more info.

Share using #MBPdig2015

First Look: Exploring MBP Beyond Phase 1

April 8, 2015

We recently completed the conceptual design for Phase 1, and to help everyone envision the amazing potential of the completed park, we’ve been working with Alpine Bike Parks on the remaining phases.

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To help understand how the park will flow, I got on the phone with Judd de Vall from Alpine Bike Parks, and he walked me through the design. Please refer to the image above, or click here for a detailed pdf of both phases as reference.

As Alpine has become more experienced and design more parks, they’ve realized that, in almost all cases, more users flock to a bike park than they would have originally imagined. So, they recognize the need to increase the carrying capacity of their parks. The design for McLaren Bike Park incorporates all of the knowledge they have their myriad of other bike park projects into a single, progressive design.

At the top of the hill, there will be a sizeable start mound for people to meet, greet, and watch the action.

The sections of the park are laid out so riders at different levels don’t feel too much pressure to perform outside their comfort zone(s) and also helps them stay out of potential conflict with other riders.

Just above the main start mound, there’s a smaller start pad that drops into the XC loop, Downhill trails and  Slalom course. The XC trails are family friendly and weave through the eucalyptus grove ending at the finish corral.

The downhill trails will be highly technical and much more challenging. Riders will encounter large natural rocks that currently exist, and are designed into the natural landscape. The DH trails are short, so its important that they’re set up with very technical features to challenge riders and differentiate race times. Both trails pop out in the same place as the XC trails, but with a longer finish carral. Riders will also have the option to merge into the XL jump line consisting of three launch pads, and ending at the bottom just above the current phase 1 section. The goal of the DH course is to be a technical downhill style course, rather than all jumps. Tech features will be followed by smooth hard pack zones so riders would be able to get on the pedals and attack the next technical section with necessary speed.

The single slalom course is designed for many different styles of bikes. It will be ideal for fun, single or two-up, dual eliminator style racing with big berms, jumps and drops built in. An expert line with drops could be easily taped off for kids races, and the beginner line taped off for expert races.

The large, lower start mound will be an overlook and handicap accessible to the parking lot. Coming off that mound is an expert/pro pump track that will provide a great place for riders to warm up and practice advanced skills. It will be a mix of street and dirt, with many hidden lines, and very bmx oriented, though hardtail mountain bike riders will love it too.

Riders in the pump track will be able to bounce back onto the start mound, or go right into the slopestyle course.

In the slopestyle area, the trail closest to the return path is the easiest. Berms and hips flow into medium jumps, and converge on one merge point into the next larger set. The level of difficulty increases as you move upward and to the right.

Riders may choose to go straight over the hitching post into trick jumps down the middle, or far left into four, extra large lips into the corkscrew, then jump back over following riders.

The lower section will consist of a progressive levels of berms, jumps and table tops. Beginners will move up from the phase 1 pump track into this area, which will see a great deal of skill development as riders become ready to move up and into the more advanced features upward in the park including the slopestyle park.

This conceptual design, like phase 1, is tentative and will be further developed as we move into Design Development and when Construction Documents are developed. We love to hear from riders, so please feel free to comment here or on Facebook.

And please support the bike park by buying a ticket to the MBP DIG Fundraiser April 26th.

We want to keep Phase 1 design and construction on schedule and need to close our funding gap by the end of May!

Thank you for your support!

Getting Shovel-ready in 2015!

December 29, 2014

Throughout 2014, The McLaren Bike Park Core team has been working with the landscape architect and Alpine Bike Parks on cost estimates for phase 1, and outlining exactly what our $500,000 in construction grants will build. We’ve taken what we’ve learned and are now able to dive into the details of Phase 1: Intermediate level pump track and family skills trail.

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Phase 1 Mclaren Bike Park Site Plan

This latest plan shows that extra level of detail, and prepares us to move ahead into construction documents or “CD’s”. Construction documents are the very detailed drawings and specifications that inform the construction of the project, and will include grading, drainage, landscaping, site furnishings and materials, and construction details for custom elements.

The reality of construction on public land in the city of San Fransciso has yielded a smaller footprint than originally anticipated, but a higher level of features within that space. The space for phase 1 will utilize .75 acres of the four acre site, leaving over 80% of the space for future phases.

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Approximate space allocation for Phase 1

Since the construction grants are not specified to fund design, we’ve also been working to raise design funds. In total, we’ve raised over $55,000 in grants and Founders Club donations for design, which will fund the project up to late April, when we’ll begin creating final construction documents. For final CD’s, we’ll need to raise another $50,000, fully funding Phase 1 and putting shovels in the dirt in 2016!!! Check out the projected schedule here. 

Phase 1 will consist of an intermediate pump track and family/beginner skills loop with loads of fun features that will appeal to MTB riders and BMXers of all ages and skill levels.

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Close-up of Phase 1 Youth/Intermediate Pumptrack and Faimly/Beginner Skills Trail

The pump track will dip approximately three feet below the surrounding concrete flatwork and riders will be able to drop in from anywhere around the outside. It creates a good roll in area for the park that will maximize terrain capacity. The pump track is being built on an existing slope so the final depths of the bowl will be determined in the CD process.

The goal was to maximize the number of turns and pockets within a relatively small area.The way it is designed, there are lots of lines to choose from, and lots of opportunities for gaps and transfers.

— Judd De Vall, Alpine Bike Parks, Principal Owner.

The round rollers within will be like “volcanoes” with a rolled top allowing you to hit them in any direction. The berms at the top of the quarter will tie to the quarter like hips. And the quarter pipe itself will be Flowform or constructed of formed concrete. There will also be wall rides built into a few key berms within the pump track.

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Cecelia Ravine pumptrack – Photo courtesy of Alpine Bike Parks

Around the perimeter will be a family/beginner skills trail consisting of lots of Flowform features including bridges, rainbows, sunsets and plenty of dirt rollers and tabletops. Youth and beginner riders will be able to practice their skills here and work their way up to riding the pump track.

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Valmont Bike Park – Photo courtesy of Alpine Bike Parks

Native and drought-tolerant planting will be incorporated around the bike park features to create a family-friendly park experience that blends into McLaren Park and gently manages storm water.

Once Phase 1 is completed, it will become shining example of what’s possible for the rest of the site. Funding of the remaining phases of McLaren Bike Park should go much quicker as a result of the desire for more advanced features, like the planned expert pump track, progressive and pro dirt jumps, slopestyle course, slalom and short track downhill courses, XC trails, cyclocross features… and much more. Once the remaining phases are completed, phase 1 will remain as the beginner area of the bike park.

The design team is currently working hard to coordinate with public agencies, stakeholders, and future riders to make great tracks in 2015. To support McLaren Bike Park and help keep the project moving as quickly as possible, please donate and become a part of the Founders Club. Without the support of private donors like yourself, we wouldn’t be this far, and we’d never have a bike park in San Francisco. Thank you to everyone who’s supported the project in the past, and those who will help in the future!

 

Cam McCaul talks about designing San Francisco’s first bike park

December 22, 2014
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Cam McCaul is working with Alpine Bike Parks to bring a world-class bike park to San Francisco

The natural slope, rocks and amount of space approved for McLaren Bike Park are appealing to designers like Alpine Bike Parks as they provide a great canvas to integrate man-made features like jumps and ladders into the riding experience. Alpine has enlisted professional riders like Cam to help plan the the location of the features in the park to maximize the space and flow.

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The project is currently in conceptual design phase which has been fully funded through Founders Club donations and grants from the Hellman Foundation and Mr. And Mrs. Caroline Gretsch. The next phase of design, which consists primarily of creating construction documents, begins in late April and will require an additional $50,000 in funding.

We need your help if we want to keep the project on schedule and be riding Phase 1 in 2016! Please donate here!

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Half a Million Dollars and Counting!

November 26, 2013

It’s been an amazing year so far for McLaren Bike Park. In January we learned we’d won the Community Opportunity Fund Grant for $249,835 to fund phase 1 of the MBP Project. This was our first major grant award and gave us some much needed momentum heading into the new year and other grant opportunities.

The COF Grant made us eligible for other grants, so shortly thereafter, we worked with SFRPD and Alpine Bike Parks to apply for a matching grant from The Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF Program provides matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas.

In July we were awarded an LWCF grant for $249,835, bringing our total funds raised to almost half a million dollars!!! This allows us to expand the scope of phase 1 to include more than the originally proposed pumptrack. What phase 1 will include is still being discussed. If more funds are secured, more can be added to its scope.

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Adding to the momentum, in September, over 300 racers participated in the McLaren Short Track Challenge at the SF Mountain Bike Festival where SFUR raised over $5000 for McLaren Bike Park. This event will be the premiere SFUR fundraising event each year, and will continue to grow and draw racers and bike lovers from all over the west coast.

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Be on the lookout for a Kickstarter or Indie Go-Go campaign to raise up to another $100,000 for the project. Currently, the main hurdle is funding the completion of full construction documents for the project. The COF and LCWF grants can only be used for Construction costs and cannot be used for design and planning. So, to unlock those funds, we need to fund the final design process. In our estimation, this will cost from $75,000 to $100,000.

If we raise funds for the Construction documents by May of 2014, it’s likely the design development process could take the remainder of 2014 and we’d be breaking ground early in 2015. This seems like an eternity from now, but only a drop in the bucket when you consider SFUR has been working at this for almost five years!!!

In addition to the Kickstarter campaign, we’re working with SFRPD to identify other grant opportunities, and refine the first phase of the project. If you have a background in fundraising or grantwriting and want to help, give me a shout at dustin@sfurbanriders.org

If you’re interested in contributing personally, please contribute to the Founders Club. If you’re in a position to help with an industry Founder’s donation, please jump on board, or point those industry folks our way. COF grant funding must be put to work by January 2015 or SFUR will forfeit the grant funds and any other funding that was leveraged from its foundation… as it has a 24-month time frame. That time will fly by so we need to get our motor into drive mode!

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