Todd Wells Retirement Party & Pint Night




Local MTB legend Todd Wells is retiring from professional racing, and he’s throwing a party to benefit SDMB! Come join Todd and the SDMB board at Catalina Brewing Company on Friday December 22 to see him off in style, and while you’re at it enjoy some great CBC beer. Todd will be there from 5-7PM, and Catalina Brewing Company is donating $1 for every beer purchased from 5-9PM!

Todd Wells began his professional racing career in 1997 and other then a brief stint at the UofA to finish up his degree has been going nonstop ever since. Along the way he has gone to three Olympics, earned 15 National championship titles, and has won three Leadville 100’s along with La Ruta, the Breck Epic, and a host of XC/STXC/Marathon/CX races.

Needless to say, Todd is a card-carrying MTB bad-ass, so let’s help him celebrate his retirement and raise some funds for SDMB in the process.


8-ish Days of Christmas 2017

It’s December, which means that it’s almost time for the 8(ish) Days of Xmas Ride Series! Now in it’s 11th year, the 8(ish) Days runs from Xmas(ish) to New Year’s(ish), and includes rides with the MTB groups and businesses you know and love. We still have a few openings; if you want to add a ride or event, email

Read on for the schedule. Final schedule will be posted on the SDMB website. See you on the trail, and happy holidays!



  • Fri. 12/22: Arizona Trail@Bellota to La Milagrosa
    • Leader: Homegrown Tours
    • Time: 12:30 PM
    • Location: Meet at Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead (Milagrosa TH)
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Info: Shuttle ride that includes the Bellota section of the Arizona Trail and La Milagrosa, one of Tucson’s best and most scenic backcountry all-mountain rides.  Please note: there is a $25 fee for the Homegrown shuttle.  Please reserve in advance.
    • Event:


  • Sat. 12/23: Bicycles and BBQ w/ Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Leader: Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Time(s): 10AM
    • Location: WOW Arizona/50-Year Trail ( )
    • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
    • Info: 15-mile mountain bike ride, to include Charleau Gap Rd., Cherry Tank, Upper 50, Gem, and the Chutes.  Followed by a BBQ at WOW AZ, courtesy of Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Event:


  • Sun. 12/24 (Xmas Eve): Family Ride
    • Leader: Dave Slagle
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: River & Craycroft Loop Entrance
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Family-friendly
    • Info: Family-friendly spin on the loop with stops at the Children’s Memorial Park and Kory Laos.
    • Event:


  • Mon. 12/24 (Xmas Eve): Sweetwater Morning Ride
    • Leader: Cranksters
    • Time(s): 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Location: Sweetwater Preserve
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Info: Christmas Eve ride, route TBD based on who shows up.  Pre- and post ride eats and drinks courtesy of the Cranksters.
    • Event:


  • Mon. 12/25 (Xmas Day): OPEN


  • Tues. 12/26:  Our MTB Rides Tues. Night Lights
    • Leader: Our MTB Rides
    • Time(s): 7:00 PM
    • Location: Tucson Hop Shop
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Info: Up and back on the Urban Assault Trail, starting and finishing at Tucson Hop Shop.  Bring lights.  FIP at 7:15 sharp.
    • Event:


  • Wed. 12/27: SAMBA Starr Pass Ride
    • Leader: Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA)
    • Time(s): 6:00 PM
    • Location: Richard Genser Starr Pass TH
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info:  Night ride at Starr Pass; will be the “standard” figure-8 loop including Rock Wren, Starr Pass, Sarasota, Beer Garden, and 5th Ave.  Bring lights
    • Event:


  • Thurs. 12/28: SAMBA Sweetwater Ride
    • Leader: Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA)
    • Time(s): 6:00 PM
    • Location: Sweetwater TH
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info:  Night ride at Sweetwater Preserve; will be as many as 12 miles.  Bring lights
    • Event:


  • Fri. 12/29:  McKenzie Ranch 8(ish) Days Build Day
    • Leader: Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB)
    • Time(s): 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Location: McKenzie Ranch (direction will be emailed to participants)
    • Difficulty: N/A (It’s trail building- no experience is needed!)
    • Info:  Volunteer trail building event with SDMB; help build Pima County’s first MTB race system.  Please sign up!
    • Event:


  • Sat. 12/30: SDMB Starr Pass Poker Ride
    • Leader: Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB)
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: Genser Starr Pass Trailhead
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info: Holiday Poker Ride at Starr Pass.  Ride your bike, collect cards, win prizes!  An intermediate/advanced ride depending on the route you take.  If not familiar with the local trails, make sure to download MTB Project or Trailforks.
    • Event:


  • Sun. 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): TORCA Bugs-Milagrosa Shuttle Ride
    • Leader: Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists (TORCA)
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: Avenida De Suzenu and Horsehead Rd. (lower Milagrosa TH)
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Info: Shuttle ride down Bug Springs, Prison Camp, and Milagrosa; 3 of Tucson’s best and most scenic tech trails.  Full suspension and body armor strongly recommended.
    • Event:


  • Mon. 1/1 (New Year’s Day): MTB Addicts Hangover Ride
    • Leader: Tucson MTB Addicts
    • Time(s): 12:00 PM
    • Location: Fantasy Island North TH (intersection of Irvington and Harrison)
    • Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate, depending on the route
    • Info: XC ride; mellow pace and route TBD depending on participants.
    • Event:


  • Mon. 1/1 (New Year’s Day): Super Moon No-Lights Ninja Ride
    • Leader: SDMB/ Evan Pilling
    • Time(s): 6:30 PM
    • Location: Gabe Zimmerman TH
    • Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate; mellow trail but the goal is to ride it without lights.
    • Info: January 1st is one of only two super moons in 2018, making it a perfect night to ride the AZT without the use of lights.  Bring beverages for a post-ride campfire if you want.
    • Event:


  • Tues. 1/2: Our MTB Rides Tuesday Night Lights part dos
    • Details TBA


  • Wed. 1/3: Cirrus Visual Communication Business Builder Bike Ride (BBBR)
    • Details TBA


  • Sun. 1/7: CBC Baby Jesus Ride (8(ish) Days Finale
    • Leader: Catalina Brewing Company/Hank Rowe
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: Golder Ranch/50 Year Trailhead
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info: A rugged backcountry ride through some beautiful country in the foothills of the Catalinas, followed by beer from Catalina Brewing Company!
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Wednesday, August 30: SDMB is hosting Tucson’s only screening of Red Bull Media’s newest film Blood Road at the Loft Cinema! All proceeds go to support construction of the McKenzie Ranch XC Race Venue.

We’ll have raffle prizes, a food truck, tabling with your favorite community nonprofits, and the Loft will have tasty local beers for sale.

Doors open at 6PM, and the movie starts at 7PM. Tickets are only $10 for SDMB members and $15 for non-members. For tickets, go to

To watch the trailer, go to

Thirsty Thursdays are coming!




Is there anyone that does not like beer out there?

Yeah, that’s what we thought!





Come drink some Ales and help build some trails!
We are going to start a monthly brewery tour called “Thirsty Thursdays” on, 
you guessed it, a Thursday.


So join us for the first one at Ten Fifty-Five Brewing on July 27th.

These generous Breweries are looking to give back by donating $1.00 for each beer sold.
Make sure you come thirsty!
We will work our hardest to acquire cool raffle prizes. The SDMB EZ-up will be there with merchandise, Swag and folks eager to let you know about the latest projects and developments. 100 acre woods (a bike park right in Tucson), XC race course out in Vail, Big wash into Honeybee, more trails at TMP, and of course maintaining it all. There is plenty of work to keep us occupied for a while, but we need your support to make it happen.


And because Tucson is home to over 20 breweries, there will be plenty of variety to go around! Already signed on are: Catalina Brewing CompanyCopper Mine Brewing Co., and Public Brewhouse.

Got and Idea for a Brewery? Maybe you own one and want to help out?
Please get a hold of us at so we can get to coordinating and making fun times happen!

Events are posted on Facebook at:


Member Appreciation Campout

Get out of the heat and shred some trails on Mt. Lemmon next weekend with SDMB and REI Tucson at the Member Appreciation Campout!  SDMB has reserved the Whitetail Campground (site #1) from Friday, June 30 (5PM) through Sunday, July 2 (10AM)!  It’s FREE for members, but there are only 25 spots available so sign up soon.  There will be multiple ride options on Saturday, sweet swag and prizes from REI, bike games, and good company.  Email for more details and to register.

Mt. Lemmon Skills Ride

Another member benefit- Skills Rides!  Join PMBIA-certified MTB instructor Edy Yee for an Intermediate Skills Ride on Saturday, July 1.  Riders will learn important skills to enjoy the steep and technical trails on Mt. Lemmon.  Meet at 9AM at Whitetail Campground on Mt. Lemmon.  Follow the Doodle link to register.

Membership Drive

More members = more trails!  Membership is an important part of how SDMB funds our projects, such as 100-Acre Wood Bike Park, McKenzie Ranch, Big Wash Trail, and Tucson Mountain Park.  Join SDMB through IMBA’s membership drive page and get entered to win a Yeti Dream Bike!

May Social Ride On Fifth Avenue & SDMB Intermediate Skills Ride At Starr Pass with Edy Yee



What is Fifth Avenue? It is the new Trail we just opened at Starr Pass. With hundreds of hours of work from our vollenteers this build season it is now open.

Where is it? It starts at the Rock Wren/Yetman 4-way(now a 5 way) and connects to the Beer Garden at the Yetman.
The ride will start at the Richard Genser Trailhead at 8am. Please be all signed in and ready to ride by 8:15.
We can start with an intermediate ride and add different levels as needed.
Route will be Genser up Rock Wren to the 5way. Take Fifth Avenue to Beer Garden. Beer Garden to Starr Pass to Flint trail, around to the Yetman and back through Fifth Avenue to 5-way. And back to Genser.




Beware, it will be hot! Make sure you have plenty of electrolytes and snacks


Our first Skills Ride for the season will be an Intermediate ride at Starr Pass with PMBIA-certified instructor Edy Yee. Starr Pass trails are beautiful, but also rocky and often loose, and a perfect place to work on climbing and descending skills. The ride will include basic instruction, and opportunities to “session” challenging sections of trail in a safe and supportive environment.
Beware, it will be hot! Make sure you have plenty of electrolytes and snacks to get you through the class!

If you are not a member yet, you can join at or on our Facebook page. This class is a $75 value!

As this is an intermediate skills ride, all participants should be comfortable riding the entire Lone Cactus Loop at Fantasy Island without stopping or getting off. All riders must have a helmet and a mountain bike in good working order. Questions: post up here, or email


You must REGISTER by going to:



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