WELCOME TO SDMB

Thanks for visiting the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists! We are an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of mountain biking, and view the sport as a vehicle to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible. We hope that you will use this website as your Tucson mountain biking resource for finding events and trails to ride, as well as to stay up-to-date and help our trail advocacy efforts.

Brushtober Fest!

Is your favorite trail overgrown?

brushtober-fbHelp us brush and you could win fun prizes. 

This year’s monsoon has brought a lot of vegetation growth, and even though that is awesome, it is a little too much for any one person or organization to handle.

We are looking for your help!

Brush a trail and you will be entered to win one of 9 prizes.

– one of three gift cards – B-Line, Wilko, Time Market
– one of five Maxxis tires –  compliments of Epic Rides
– the grand prize is a Renthal carbon handlebar and stem – compliments of Arizona Cyclist

 Winners will be drawn during our pint night at Catalina Brewing Company October 26th.
You do not have to be present to win.

 

Follow the steps below, happy brushing and good luck!

 

 

1 – Watch the video on proper trail brushing technique and read the Arizona Trail Association’s Trail Brushing Guide.

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2 – fill out the forms bellow and return them to trailsteward@sdmb.org.
(print form and scan signed copies)

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3 – Once you receive a confirmation email, you are registered and ready to brush.

4 – Take before/after pictures and email them to trailsteward@sdmb.org, or post the pictures to our Facebook page with #brushtoberfest by October 24th.

5 – You are now entered to win.

6 – (optional) Come to pint night October 26th, have a beer and see if you’ve won.

 

 

 

 

 

Honeybee Canyon trail and access issue. What you need to know and what you can do.

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The Honeybee Canyon trail system contains about 27 miles of singletrack, it is situated to the Northwest of Tucson in the town of Oro Valley.  These trails are on state trust land, with the most common access point being a power company’s easement through a development. The dispute over this access point has reached a critical point where the HOA in charge of the area is planning on cutting off access as of the 1st of October 2016.

The PDF bellow includes everything you need to know, as well as what you can do, and the people you can contact to request that they preserve access and save the trails.

 

 

Honeybee WAPA Trail 180 fact sheet Sept 2016

 

 

There is also a city council meeting on September 7, please join us and let them know how important this issue is to the community.

Follow the link bellow to the facebook event for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1775319896074285/

August Social Ride: AZT and Captain’s Camp

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For our August Social Ride we’ll be hitting up the Arizona Trail from Pistol Hill Road for a night ride. After the ride, anyone who wants to hang out around a campfire (and camp out) can join us at the Captain’s Camp, only 1/4 mile up the road from the trailhead. Parking at the Captain’s Camp is limited, so if you are NOT planning on camping, please park at the regular Pistol Hill TH for the ride and then roll over after to hang out.

For directions to the Captain’s Camp, see the map bellow.

There are 2 ride options:

Option 1 (Intermediate): Pistol Hill to 3 Bridges and back (South). 17.5 miles, 1,675′ of climbing.

Option 2 (Novice/Intermediate): Pistol Hill to Hope Camp and back (North). 12 miles, 800′ of climbing.

SDMB Social Rides are open to everyone, and no one gets dropped. All riders must have a well-maintained mountainn bike, a helmet, and good (min. 250-500 lumen) lights.

Follow the link for the event page on Facebook

August Social Ride: AZT and Captain’s Camp!

 

Hope to see you out there!

 

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Honeybee Canyon/Tortolita Mountain Access Update

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As most mountain bikers in Tucson are already aware, there are a number of access issues going on right now at Honeybee Canyon in Oro Valley. Representatives from the MTB community are in touch with the respective stakeholders to try to find solutions. Here is an update of the current situations. Most of this information has already been posted, but we wanted to get everything in one place.

Parking Issues at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (Fast Rhino/Cop Shop):

First off, the property management who runs the commonly used parking area at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (sometimes called the “Cop Shop”) has, for the time being, prohibited non-customers from parking there 7 days a week. This has always been a popular place to park for folks using the Honeybee trails and, and since the Como Rd. access was closed off it has seen a huge spike in use. Numerous road cycling groups also use the lot to start and finish rides, sometimes having as many as 50 plus riders. There have been issues with folks parking there for years, mainly due to some local residents who were hostile to bikes, but things came to a head recently with business owners citing overuse of the lot during business hours, public nudity due to riders changing before and after rides, a recent bike demo day that was not cleared with the owners, and some riders urinating and even defecating at the lot.

Until further notice, please do not park at the parking lot at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. You will likely be towed. It is private property, and the owners are threatening to tow anyone who parks there for cycling purposes. Representatives from the cycling community are in contact with the property management company and are working hard to find solutions to maintain access, and we will update via Facebook and the internet as things progress. Please be respectful of the business owners at the Plaza; getting confrontational will not help us secure access.

Continue reading “Honeybee Canyon/Tortolita Mountain Access Update” »

New Starr Pass Trail Development Schedule

SDMB Starr Pass Trail Build

Help SDMB build new trail at Starr Pass!  After more than two years of planning, we are ready to break ground on more than 5 miles of sweet singletrack. No trail building experience is needed (although seasoned builders are welcome as well), and SDMB provides all the tools, along with lunch and post-work refreshments.  Everyone who comes our gets a FREE TLC t-shirt, and local businesses are stepping up to give away more swag like a Surly Instigator frame and REI goods.

 

In order to ensure quality trail work and volunteer safety, most work events are capped at 15 volunteers. Please register via the provided link if you want to come out!  If a work day is full, please check out a different day. Weather permitting, we may schedule additional work days in May.  Stay tuned for details.

All work days go from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, and we will meet at the Sarasota Trailhead off of Kinney Rd.

Email trailsteward@sdmb.org with questions.

Build Days

Saturday, March 5: https://doodle.com/poll/ 7nf69pysnw9hh9ig

Sunday, March 13 (sponsored by Arizona Bicycle Experts):  One lucky volunteer will win a Surly Instigator frame! https://doodle.com/poll/ y9y8vevdur6faznx

Saturday, March 19: https://doodle.com/poll/ 58cdn74deefthhfp

Sunday, March 20 (sponsored by REI): All volunteers get an REI t-shirt and a chance to win REI gear and swag!  Work event is capped at 25 volunteers. http://www.rei.com/events/ starr-pass-trail-building-w- sdmb/tucson/139061

Saturday, April 9: Tucson MTB Addicts event.  MTB Addicts members contact Scott Knockaert for registration information. Event Registration on Facebook.

Sunday, April 10 (sponsored by Sabino Cycles): Team Cirrus event.  Team Cirrus members contact Cap’n Carls for registration information.

Sunday, April 24: Team Oro Valley Bikes event.  Team OVB members contact Cory Foster or Beth Utley for registration information.

Check out the photos from the Starr Pass Build Day 1!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1274905582525352.1073741839.119439674738621&type=3

SDMB needs your help at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo!

Join Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists as we partner with Epic Rides and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company to run the beer garden at the 24HOP for the second year. This year, there will be a second beer garden up at the rock drop in addition to the main beer garden.

As the nonprofit running the beer gardens, all proceeds go directly to support SDMB’s advocacy efforts. We are finalizing a stewardship program with Pima County for county trails including Tucson Mountain Park, Sweetwater, Robles Pass, and Ridgeline Trail. SDMB is raising more than $3,000 to provide stewards with trail tools, training, and incentives to keep the trails we ride and love in great shape.

Shifts are only 1.5 – 3 hours long, so they fit in great between laps during the race. We need 5 volunteers per shift for the main beer garden, and 2 per shift up at the rock drop. Volunteers must be 18 or older. The Main Beer Garden is open from 2 PM – 8 PM on Friday, 11 AM – 9:30 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM – 3 PM on Sunday; the Rock Drop Beer Garden is open from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM on Friday, 11 AM – 6:30 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM – 1 PM on Sunday.

Please follow the links below to sign up for shifts; there is a separate link for each beer garden. If you have any questions, email trailsteward@sdmb.org.

Link to sign up for the Main Beer Garden: https://doodle.com/poll/324cv4zqe3g7tc5q

Link to sign up for the Rock Drop Beer Garden: https://doodle.com/poll/8y5axbd76xb3gf2e

Thanks for pouring beer for trails!

January TLC Day- Sweetwater

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When: Sunday, January 17th, 8:30 AM.
Location: Sweetwater Trailhead

Let’s give Sweetwater some love while we wait for the county to finish it’s review of the new Starr Pass trails! We will start by working on Saguaro Vista and Black Rock Loop, then hit Lost Arrow if there is time.

Meet at the TH at 8:30 and plan on working until noon. SDMB will provide all the tools we need, along with lunch and beverages for after the work day. All you need to bring are work gloves, water, and appropriate clothing.

Please RSVP in the comments on the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1646403618907381/ or emailtrailsteward@sdmb.org so we know how many lunches to get.

24HOP Pre-Ride Campout

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Join SDMB for our first-ever 24HOP Pre-Ride Campout, Saturday January 30th! We will have day and night laps, an instuctional session with Fat Tire Finesse, dinner from Brushfire BBQ, and beer from Catalina Brewing Company. The campout is for first timers and veterans alike, and a great opportunity to check out the course at a social pace or hammer for a KOM. Bring the family!

Dinner and beer are free for members, $10 for non-members. Membership is only $35/year, and you can sign up the day of, or anytime between now and then. Go to www.sdmb.org to become a member.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660501307565005/ or to trailsteward@sdmb.org if you are coming, so we can order enough food!

SDMB Town is on the right just before you get into the main camping area; look for the SDMB tool trailer, and turn right into the campsite. Directions to get to the 24HOP course are here: http://www.epicrides.com/pdf/24/map_to_24.pdf

Arizona Land Dept. permits are required for any use of the 24HOP course, 50 Year, and Fantasy Island. Enforcement is more frequent around the race each year. Permits are only $15/yr., and show the land dept how many recreational users there are. To buy a permit go to https://land.az.gov/natural-resources/recreational-permits

Schedule for Saturday:
2:00 PM: Daytime laps. All are welcome, and Fat Tire Finesse will be leading an instructional lap with info about endurance racing, bike handling, and nutrition. Riders should be able to ride 16 miles of XC trail with about 1K ft. or climbing. Go here for the trail description: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6247192/willow-springs-24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo-course

6:00 PM: Dinner from Brushfire BBQ and Catalina Brewing Company beer. Free for members, $10 for non-members.

8:00 PM: Night laps. Mellow or race pace depending on interest. Make sure your lights are charged!

Sunday:
Folks can ride another lap, or check out Painter Boy and Bones Trails.

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