Ride with us to the San Francisco MTB Festival this Spring!

by Sr. Contributor on January 19, 2013

SF Urban Riders has found some momentum and is going big in 2013.

Over the past few years SFUR and its volunteers have worked alongside SF Rec & Park, park advocates, and neighbors to improve and maintain the trails in McLaren Park. It is time to take one day to just enjoy the fruits of all the hard labor!

San Francisco Mountain Bike Festival @ McLaren Park

Date: Saturday March 30th, 2013

Time: 9am – 6pm

The next generation of riders are psyched by the McLaren Bike Park project.

The San Francisco MTB Festival will showcase McLaren Park to local cyclists like never before, and provide opportunity for the cycling community to gather and celebrate our organizations 5th Anniversary and it’s achievements. The event will most certainly feature a McLaren Bike Park display booth to share the Design Plans and other exciting information including the SFRPD Community Opportunity Fund grant, which was recently awarded to the project ($250,000). SFUR will also be inviting local youth groups to attend the event, watch the demo riders perform, and hopefully expose them to another healthy, recreation option right in their backyard.

Ride SFO crew working with the kids at the Visitacion Valley Street Fair.

The festival will feature local/professional BMX and Trials rider demos, a youth BMX Skills Area, industry sponsor booths, several bike raffles, and a competitive challenge for the more adventurous cyclists.


The McLaren Short Track Challenge will be a 4-mile, mixed-surface loop, with approximately 500-feet of elevation per lap. The course will offer an urban challenge to even the most skilled riders, as they strive to roll 24-miles with nearly 3,000 feet of climbing in just 90-minutes. More information to drop soon!

The 2013 McLaren Short Track Challenge Course Layout

Bike Raffles are the way most mountain bike advocacy groups keep the lights on and pay the bills, SFUR is no different. In fact, our organization may even be overdue. Many of our industry partners are stepping forward and delivering some outstanding raffle prizes. More than one person will end up riding home on a new ride!

Now for the important part… SFUR is busy with the many details involved in planning this epic event. For instance, the media department is busy crafting event logos and promotion materials, and the planning committee is reaching out to sponsors. Event planning also involves temporarily realigning traffic flow on Mansell Street and temporarily closing a short section of Sunnydale Ave for the day in order to create the space needed. This requires detailed discussion with several city agencies including SFRPD, SFMTA, and SFPD who are doing there best to accommodate.

There will be plenty of ways for everyone to get involved with SFUR, and we will need all the volunteers we can get in 2013.

It all starts with a Trail Work Volunteer Day in McLaren Park on Saturday March 30th, 2013. Check the Facebook Event Page for Info/Directions: http://www.facebook.com/events/308834362571655/




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