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.

Honeybee Update 9/27/16

As of Friday, 9/23, there is bad news and good news about access to the Honeybee trail system.

First off, the bad news. As of October 1, access to State Trust land and the Honeybee trails via WAPA Trail 180 at Quiet Rain Lane will be closed by vote of the Honeybee Canyon Estates HOA. It is not a popular decision, nor is it the right or fair one, but the HOA has the legal right to restrict access.

Next, the good news. The MTB and trails communities have spoken, and the Town of Oro Valley and Pima County are listening. With huge turnouts at the last two Oro Valley Town Council meetings, and contact with a variety of elected officials, government staff, and the community at large, mountain bikers have made it clear how important the Honeybee trails are. While the Quiet Rain access point may be closed, temporarily or permanently, local trail users, Oro Valley, Pima County are working together to establish alternate access points as quickly as possible. Details will follow as they are available, hopefully by the end of next week. Your patience is appreciated.

In the meantime:

• PLEASE RESPECT THE CLOSURE. Again, the HOA has the legal right to restrict access, and the MTB community needs to show that we can follow the rules. Disregarding the closure will make working with Oro Valley and other stakeholders that much harder, and may jeopardize access to the trails (and preservation of the Honeybee trail system as a whole) in the future.

• GET YOUR STATE LAND DEPARTMENT PERMIT. The Honeybee trails are on State Trust land, which requires a relatively cheap yearly permit. While permit enforcement is rare, this is the only concrete way to show how many recreational users there are on State Trust lands, and to show that mountain bikers are a strong user group (make sure to check “Bicycling” as your primary use. Get your permit here:  https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal

• USE ALTERNATE ACCESS POINTS. The only other “legitimate” access points to the Honeybee trails are via Rail X/Edwin Rd. in Catalina, or via Wild Burro trail from Dove Mountain. Be aware that Edwin Rd. is poorly maintained and high clearance/4WD is recommended. The trail crosses the road 2.6 miles West of Oracle Rd, and there is parking near the intersection. Check MTB Project or Trail Forks for maps.

• ACCESSING THE TRAILS VIA THE VISTA DE LA MONTANA METHODIST CHURCH: It has been reported that there is another access point at the Methodist Church on Oracle Rd. just South of Golder Ranch Rd. This is not an official access point, and SDMB can’t recommend that anyone uses wildcat trail to access State Trust land. However, the church has been contacted and are willing to let riders cross their land to get to the Honeybee trails. AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHURCH, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON CHURCH PROPERTY, AND DO NOT INTERRUPT TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD IN TO THE CHURCH. If you choose to ride in through the church property, find alternate parking near Oracle and Golder Ranch.

• CONTINUE TO CONTACT THE ORO VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL, THE PIMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. Let them know that trail access (especially to the Honeybee trails) and mountain biking is important to you, especially if you are an Oro Valley resident. They are on our side on this issue, and Oro Valley was just recognized for their cycling infrastructure, so make sure to be polite and solution-focused!

 

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 two Giant Horizon helmets – compliments of Roadrunners Bicycles
– one of five Maxxis tires –  compliments of Epic Rides
– one Camelbak Hydration pack – Compliments of IMBA Southwest
– 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!

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