Trailblazers: The Creative Story Behind Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz

Explore how the Santa Cruz County mountain biking community blazed the trail for creativity and innovation.

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February 7, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Second Floor Solari Gallery

From the dense redwood forests of Flow Trail to the rugged coastline of Wilder Ranch, mountain biking in Santa Cruz County has blazed the trail for community, creativity, and collaboration.

Come learn about the history and development of this popular Santa Cruz County sport in an exhibition co-created with local frame builders, artists and mountain bike enthusiasts like the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and the Marin Museum of Bicycling.

Inside, check out prewar Schwinn cruisers to full suspension down-hill speed machines. Then dive into the history of off-road cycling and the importance of public lands. Learn how the desire to explore our local landscapes alongside friends turned into the trail stewardship and internationally recognized brands we know today. Uncover the lifecycle of a trail and learn how expansive trail networks are built and maintained.

Throughout the exhibition, participate in a variety of collaborative programs from trail building days and group rides to behind-the-scenes workshops.

This exhibition is proudly sponsored by:

In the Press

"On a sunny day, it's hard to imagine why you wouldn't be out on one of those trails, but at some point, you're going to be downtown for an ice cream or a sandwich, and that's when this gallery at MAH beckons you inside to reflect and appreciate the "trailblazers" who came before you."

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"With a collection of early designs from the Marin Museum of Mountain Biking, visitors can get up close to these bikes and learn about the innovative development of the sport. Among the 25 bikes on display, the exhibition features hand-made frames from the 1970s and 1980s as well as new designs."

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Almost There

While we wait for Trailblazer to open make sure to visit We're Still Here before it closes in January 2020.