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.

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.

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New Starr Pass Trail Development Schedule

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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!

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.

8(ish) Days of Xmas Rides

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/177855505901257/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/408010059397845/

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.

http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/227070148/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/625003134308308/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/112959345738280/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/969586966414046/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/713881968749003/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1514154835545535/

More info/contact: Email trailsteward@sdmb.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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/967442836635607/

Other info/contact: Email tucsonmtbaddicts@gmail.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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/172903943061052/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/148244065531890/

More info/contact: http://www.catalinabrewingco.com/

 

Starr Pass Build Day #1

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After more than 18 months of planning, we are finally ready to start building new trail at Starr Pass! Join SDMB for our kickoff of an entire winter of trail building.

Sunday, December 20th

Meet at the Sarasota Trailhead at 8:30 AM, and plan on working until 12:30 PM. SDMB will provide all the tools; all you need to bring is work gloves, water/snacks, and appropriate clothing for a day in the desert.

Lunch and beverages after the event will be provided courtesy of SDMB.

Please RSVP to the following Doodle link so we know how many tools and how much lunch to bring:

https://doodle.com/poll/xefrw59xp5dfkwcn

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