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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.

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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!

MBP Wins COF Grant for $250,000!!!

January 16, 2013

For over four years, we’ve been building trails, selling t-shirts, getting kids on bikes, supporting neighborhood gatherings, going to meetings, meeting with important people. Some things are clearly visible, but a lot happens behind the scenes. It’s been awhile since we’ve had some big, public news about MBP. But, it’s been well worth the wait, and all the time we’ve invested has paid off. We’re about to build a bike park!!!

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Renderings and photos courtesy of Alpine Bike Parks, LLC

With the help of Alpine Bike Parks and funded by the MBP Founder’s Club, The SF Urban Riders Bike Park Committee wrote and submitted a Community Opportunity Fund grant application at the end of June. The awards were to be announced in September. Groups usually submit applications for this grant multiple times before winning, and this was our second time. In September we were notified that the selection committee was a few people short, and that selections would be delayed until the end of the year. SFUR has been working diligently toward a bike park for over four years, we’ve been fully vested in the surrounding community, and knew this year we had a strong application. So, we’ve been waiting very patiently, yet anxiously, until now…

On January 9th, I received a surprise call from Phil Ginsberg, General Manager of SF Recreation and Park Department, congratulating SF Urban Riders and McLaren Bike Park on receiving the COF grant. And the next day, we received an email from Jacob Gilchrist, Project Manager with SF Recreation and Park with the list of winning projects.

The Community Opportunity Fund Project Selection Committee had made its recommendations to the Recreation and Park Commission for the award of Round 3 projects. They received over $3.5 million in requests and had just $1.25 million available for award. So, we are incredibly fortunate to have won the second largest grant in the group at $249,835.

The winning projects will be presented at the Recreation and Park Commission Capital Committee Meeting on February 6. Assuming Capital Committee approval, the full Commission would take final action on February 21.

Here’s a project Summary from our McLaren Bike Park COF Grant application:

San
 Francisco
 Urban
 Riders
 is
 proposing
 the
 design
 and
 installation
 of
 a
 youth‐focused
 bike
 park
 in
 a
 vacant
 area 
of 
McLaren
 Park.

This 
proposed
 project
 is 
the 
first
 phase 
of 
a 
larger
 bicycle
 park 
as 
shown
 on
 the
 attached
 conceptual
 master
 plan
 that
 has
 been
 approved
 by
 SFRPD
 following
 the
 community
 design 
meeting 
process.
This
 shovel 
ready
 project
 will
 create 
a
 facility 
for 
individuals
 looking
 to
 learn 
or
 improve
 their
 basic
 bike
 riding
 skills,
 and
 aesthetically
 pleasing
 passive
 areas
 for
 parents
 and
 other
 constituents.
 The
 project
 will
 create
 an
 engaging
 and
 innovative
 park
 amenity
 that
 resonates
 with
 teenagers, 
many 
of
 whom 
are
 underserved 
and
 at
 risk.

Supported
 by
 neighborhood
 community
 groups
 and
 the
 cycling
 community,
 the
 park
 will
 fill
 a
 demonstrated
 need
 in
 the
 community.
 
 
 The
 park
 will
 provide
 an
 accessible
 and
 dedicated
 space
 for
 cyclists 
to 
improve
 their 
skills, 
while 
providing 
a
 safe 
area 
for
 the 
community
 to 
passively
 participate.

The completed project will be broken down into approximately three phases. The COF grant will fund the first phase, which includes:

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Subsequent phases will be funded by additional grants and fundraising projects. SF Urban Riders and Alpine Bike Parks are already partnering with SFRPD to secure additional fundraising. There’s still much work to be done, but the COF grant is the first domino to fall, and will help immensely in securing more funding.

Next steps?

  • January TBD – Come celebrate the awarding of the COF grant, ask questions, and find out how you can get involved. Look for meeting date, location and time to be announced shortly.
  • January 26 –  Come lend a hand improving trails in McLaren Park. Click here for more info.
  • February TBD – Come out to the SFRPD Commission meeting and show your support for McLaren Bike Park and the COF grant award.
  • March 30 – Participate, volunteer or spectate in the San Francisco Mountain Bike Festival Fundraiser on March 30th in McLaren Park. Click here for more info.

We’re also making one last push for Founder’s Club donations. This is the time to support future grant writing, so donate! We’re making this park happen and founders will have their name attached to the park. But, space is limited to 20 Industry founders. 20 Bike Shop founders and 50 individual founders. So donate now, and encourage your biking friends to do the same. This is especially huge for industry and bike shop folks. Once the park is near completion, sponsorship will be less affordable. This is a chance to put your name on the park, show you supported it from the beginning, and help fund the next phases of construction asap!!!

Huge thanks to everyone at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, The COF Selection Committee, and our fiscal host, SF Parks Alliance. Thanks to all the community organizations and supporters that came out for meetings, wrote letters, bought t-shirts and rallied for the cause.

Big props to Industry founders Gamut USA, Custom SLR and Ride SFO. Our non-profit founders, the Mary A. Crocker Trust and the Matt Peterson Fund. And to all of our individual founders. Thanks to Dan Schneider, SF Urban Riders Executive Director, Tom Borden my Co-project manager. Thanks to Alpine Bike Parks for putting time against this, even when they didn’t know if they’d get paid. And to everyone that’s come to a meeting, picked up a shovel, written a letter, bought a shirt, or voiced their support for the park. Lets keep it going!!!

Dustin Smith
McLaren Bike Park Project Manager
SF Urban Riders Board Member

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