Santa Cruz MTB Fest Press Release


APTOS, CA – April 4, 2013  Today the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) and FOX, announced a list of professional riders to be involved in this year’s 4th annual festival. The festival will take place April 13-14, 2013 (the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey) at the Barry Swenson Builder property (Aptos Pump Track and Post Office Jumps) in Aptos, CA from 9am-7pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday.

This year the festival is proud to welcome some of the bike industry’s top talent slated to host events, coach skills clinics, and judge competitions. This is a unique and valuable opportunity for riders to push their limits with and learn from the pros themselves in some of the world’s best mountain biking terrain. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register now, as spots are filling fast.

Festival Events Hosted, Coached and Judged by the Pros


  • Kat Sweet (Host/Coach): Kat brings her popular ladies’ event to Santa Cruz for this year’s festival. She is a former professional downhill mountain bike racer, and X-Games ski competitor, featured in Bike Magazine, decline magazine, Freehub, Momentum, NW Cyclist, and Dirt Rag magazine. Kat brings her unique brand of passion and coaching to Sweetlines and Sugar Showdown, with a team of top IMIC-certified coaches including Gale Dahlager, Tammy Donahugh, Cortney Knudson and Lisa Tharp involved with this year’s event. Learn more about Kat, Gale, Tammy, Cortney and Lisa.


  • Lindsay Beth Currier (Coach): Lindsay is founder of Shine Riders Co., former professional high speed downhill racer, and coaches her own Shine Skills Clinics as well as classes for Sweetlines and the Trek Dirt Series. Learn more about Lindsay.

  • Kyle Jameson (Coach): Kyle has been competing in jump jams for over 6 years. He also teaches mountain bike camps and is heavily involved in building bike parks for local communities. Learn more about Kyle.


  • Kirt Voreis (Coach): Kirt is a 1996 top American World Cup Downhill and Dual Slalom Racer and all around leader in the mountain bike industry sponsored by the top factory teams. He is creator of AllRide, and teaches all disciplines of mountain biking. Learn more about Kirt.

  • Lindsey Voreis (Coach): Lindsey—a former Survivor cast member—has been a professional mountain bike racer for over 15 years and promotes her love for riding by teaching clinics. Learn more about Lindsey.

Summer Gravity Camp 831 AMATEUR JUMP CONTEST

  • Andrew Shandro (Host): Andrew is a two time World Cup winner in Downhill MTB, four time Canadian National Champion in Downhill MTB, and X-Games Gold Medalist in Bikercross. Creator and owner of Summer Gravity Camp, Andrew is generously throwing down the grand prize of a week-long camp experience at SGC Whistler for the 831 Amateur Jump Contest.

  • Cam McCaul (Judge): Cam has been competing in Freeride and Slopestyle races for 10 years and  took first place at Crankworx Colorado, Red Bull District Ride, 26 Trix, and the Bearclaw Invitational.

  • Ryan “R-Dog” Howard (Judge): With 11 years’ riding experience, local pro R-Dog is a dirt jumping master, sponsored by industry leaders such as Trek and SRAM

Local Talent Lends Support

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival would also like to acknowledge the generosity of local talent Jeffrey Herbertson, Jimi Tharp, Keegan Quiroz and Luke Brennan.

Jeff Herbertson, Pivot Cycles-sponsored rider residing in Aptos, teamed up with videographer Keegan Quiroz to produce a short but super sweet video promoting the festival and Point frames (generously donated by Pivot) that will be offered up as silent auction and raffle items. Check out the video here.

Jimi Tharp, owner of Stache Surfboards, has a deep history of throwing down with the pros at BMX and mountain bike competitions. Jimi, along with wife Lisa Tharp, generously offered a custom-shaped SCMBF commemorative longboard for our festival to raffle off as a fundraiser for bike projects in our community. Jimi, Lisa and fellow dirt jumper/surfer Luke Brennan all joined forces to help produce the SCMBF Signature Raffle campaign materials, which involved a fun photo shoot resulting in the flyer found on the SCMBF Raffle page.