The holidays are almost here, which means it’s time for awkward work parties, ugly sweaters, and the 8(ish) Days of Xmas ride series!
Now in its 7th year, the 8(ish) Days runs from Christmas through New Year’s. The 8(ish) Days rides showcase the incredible variety of trails that Tucson has to offer, led by the clubs and businesses that make up Tucson’s vibrant mountain biking community. Rides are open to everyone, but make sure to read the ride description and do your homework so you know what you’re in for. All rides are social pace, no-drop rides.
Go ride with some new folks, check out a new trail, and celebrate the holidays the right way: on your mountain bike!
All rides are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Please RSVP on the Facebook event pages or directly to the ride leaders so you can receive updates and additional information.
Thursday 12/24: Christmas Eve Family Ride on the Loop
When/Where: 9:00 AM, Loop Parking Lot at 3401 N. Craycroft Rd.
Ride Info: A mellow, family-friendly spin on The Loop with stops at parks along the way for the kiddos to play.
Friday 12/25: Robles Pass
When/Where: 1:00 PM, Cascabel Parking Lot, 2.3 mi. W. of Mission Rd., N. side of the road. There is very limited parking at the Cascabel Trailhead (and it’s not marked. If it’s full, there is a large dirt lot several hundred feet down the road, also on the North side.
Ride Info: Two ride options on the intermediate trails at Robles Pass, the Southern-most trail system in the Tucson Mountains. Hammer on the 20-mile option, or cruise on the 8/10-mile option.
Saturday 12/26: SAMBA Honeybee/Badlands Ride
When/Where: 9:00 AM at OVPD Rancho Vistoso Substation parking lot, 1171 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.
Ride Info: A beginner-friendly XC ride, approx. 22 miles with minimal climbing and numerous bail-out options.
Other info/contact: Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association- www.sambabike.org
Sunday 12/27: TORCA Bug Spring/Milagrosa Shuttle Ride
When/Where: 8:00 AM at the Avenida De Suzenu trailhead (Suzenu & Horsehead Rd.)
Ride Info: An advanced/intermediate shuttle ride through some of Tucson’s best technical terrain.
Other info/contact: Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists- www.torca.org
Monday 12/28: Tucson Endurance Performance Center 50 Year Night Ride
When/Where: 6:00 PM at the Golder Ranch Rd. Trailhead
Ride Info: Intermediate level night ride; good lights are required.
Other info/contact: Tucson Endurance Performance Center- http://www.tucsonendurancecenter.com/
Tuesday 12/29: Our MTB Rides AZT Hope Camp Night Ride
When/where: 7:00 PM at Pistol Hill Rd. trailhead
Ride info: An intermediate/beginner night ride on the Arizona Trail, 15 miles out/back with mellow climbing.
Wednesday 12/30: Cirrus Visual December BBBR Sweetwater
When/where: 4:00 PM at the Sweetwater Preserve trailhead
Ride Info: The December edition of Cirrus Visual Communications’ monthly Business Builder Bike Ride. Ride options available for all ability levels.
More info/contact: Cirrus Visual Communication- http://www.cirrusvisual.com/ourcompany/bizandbikes.html
Thursday 12/31: 8(ish) Days Starr Pass Ride
When/where: 12:00 PM at Genser Trailhead
Ride info: An sampler of some of the chunkier trails at Starr Pass including Krein Trail and Explorer/Cat Mtn.; intermediate ride, approx. 15 miles. A few substantial climbs with some moderately technical sections.
More info/contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 1/1: Tucson MTB Addicts Fantasy Island New Year’s Day Ride
When/where: 12:00 PM at Fantasy Island South trailhead (Valencia Rd. between Nexus and Houghton)
Ride Info: Probably the biggest group ride of the year! Ride options for all abilities on mellow XC trails.
Other info/contact: Email email@example.com
Saturday 1/2: SDMB Arizona Trail Lakes Rd. to Cmo. Loma Alta XC Shuttle Ride
When/where: 9:00 AM at Camino Loma Alta trailhead
Ride Info: An intermediate XC shuttle ride on some of the best parts of the Arizona Trail; options for 31 or 24 miles. Some climbing but minimal technical riding. May be a beginner option if there is interest.
More info/contact: Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists- www.sdmb.org
Sunday 1/3: Catalina Brewing Company 8(ish) Days Baby Jesus Finale
When/where: 9:00 AM at Golder Ranch Rd. trailhead
Ride info: The ride that started the 8(ish) Days 7 years ago! An upper-intermediate XC ride at 50 year including the back-country “Baby Jesus” trail. A beginner option may be available as well depending on interest. Sample beer from CBC following the ride.
More info/contact: http://www.catalinabrewingco.com/