Santa Cruz Bike Culture

Spending a weekend in Santa Cruz is a fantastic getaway, encompassing a unique balance between urban and nature. I headed down last week to watch some exciting bike polo games and enjoy the thrill mountain biking.

Hardcourt bike polo is intense and really takes an amazing feel for your bike. These guys play nightly 2 on 2 games on their smaller “night-court”. Of course, beers and music add to the ambiance.

The bike polo crew in action. Skills, balance, and lots of practice…
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A halfcourt shot heading for the back of the net.
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The next day we headed up to the Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest mountain bike trails. We took a shuttle from Epicenter Cycling 13 miles up into the mountains for some great single-track riding and an amazing ride back down to Aptos.

Single-track riding fun.
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A gigantic redwood tree on the 13 mile downhill ride to Aptos.
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Looking towards the Pacific Ocean.
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An amazing weekend. I hope you all get a chance to go soon.

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