|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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!
FREE and FOR SDMB MEMBERS only!
If you are not a member yet, you can join at SDMB.org 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 email@example.com.
THIS SKILLS RIDE IS LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS.
You must REGISTER by going to:
Join SDMB tomorrow night (Thursday, 4/20) from 4-8 PM at Green Feet Brewing Company for a Beer Night Fundraiser! Green Feet will donate $1 for every beer purchased (drink up!), and there will be prizes from Brushfire BBQ, Arizona Cyclist, and Tucson Endurance Performance Center. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
Mountain Bikers Get Recognition from Pima County Board of Supervisors
Yesterday SDMB and our volunteers were recognized by the Pima County Board of Supervisors as part of Pima County Volunteer Appreciation Week. We can’t say it enough- huge, huge thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who help build and maintain trails in Pima County!
Upcoming Starr Pass Build Days
Summer is coming, and we have more trail to build at Starr Pass! 3 more Build Days should do it… All remaining build days meet at the Genser TH and run from 7:00 – 11:30 AM. No experience is needed! SDMB provides tools, lunch, and refreshments. Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water/snacks, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. Follow the links below to sign up:
· Saturday, April 22: Register Here.
· Saturday, April 29: Register Here.
· Sunday, April 30: Register Here.
McKenzie Ranch Update
After months of negotiation with the Arizona State Land Department, Pima County has finally acquired the Right of Way for the access road to McKenzie Ranch and we are one step closer to breaking ground! Pima County is getting ready to blade the parking lot and install the fencing, then we will begin construction of Pima County’s first-ever XC race venue. Stay tuned in the next few months for more details!
100-Acre Wood Update
Progress continues on 100-Acre Wood Bike Park! The City of Tucson is working on site cleanup, and SDMB has contracted with Hilride Progression Development to design 4-6 miles of MTB-specific singletrack in May. We expect to start construction in the Fall.
How to Get Involved
· Become a member! Memberships start at only $35, and all funds help us Build, Ride, and Maintain trails in Tucson and Pima County.
· Like us on Facebook!
· Come to a board meeting! Meetings are usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6-8 PM at Epic Rides and are open to everyone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm dates and times.
Spring is here in the Sonoran Desert, and things are warming up! SDMB volunteers have built nearly 3/4 mile of awesome trail at Starr Pass since the first of the year, but we need your help to complete the remaining .6 miles to connect the 4-Way with the Beer Garden. Join us for one of our upcoming Build Days (details below). As always, SDMB provides tools, crew leaders, lunch, and post-work refreshments. Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water/snacks, sun protection (remember… it’s getting HOT!), long pants, and closed-toe shoes.
To ensure that we have enough crew leaders, tools, and lunches, please register through the included links. PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO INCREASING TEMPS, WE HAVE MOVED THE START/FINISH TIMES TO 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM!
Tuesday, March 21: Spring Break Youth Build Day #2, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM. All participants must have waivers signed by a parent/guardian, and everyone under 14 needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Go here for details and registration:
Saturday, March 25: 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Go here to register.
Sunday, March 26: El Grupo Youth Build Day (Not open to the public. El Grupo members should contact their coaches for details).
Sunday, April 2: 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Go here to register:
Saturday, April 22: 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Go here to register:
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Last year SDMB did our first-ever 24HOP Pre-Ride and Campout, and it was a blast. This year we’re teaming up with the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) to make it even bigger and better, with riders coming from all over the state! Join SDMB and MBAA on February 4th and 5th for a weekend of riding, camping, and course maintenance. Saturday night we’ll have fundraiser dinner and beer from Brushfire BBQ and Catalina Brewing Company (all proceeds benefit trail projects in S. AZ).
For beer and BBQ members pay $10.00 and non-members pay $20.00. If you are a non-member and chose to sign up at the event, your food and beer will be on us.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details! Remember: AZSLD permits are required to ride at the 24HOP course, along with many other trail systems throughout Arizona. Go here to get your permit:https://land.az.gov/
2017 Tentative Schedule:
• Saturday, 2/4/17
o 9AM – 12PM: Brushing Ride (SDMB will provide loppers and saws… bring your own if you have them!).
o 2PM: 24HOP Course Pre-Rides (Grouped based on anticipated pace. Novices welcome, and no one gets dropped).
o 6PM: SDMB Fundraiser Dinner, hosted by Brushfire BBQ and Catalina Brewing Company.
o 8PM: Night Ride (Half or full-lap).
• Sunday, 2/5/16
o 9AM: Pre-Ride Lap #2
We have 1.6 miles to go to finish this phase of trail development at Starr Pass, and we need your help! Check out the schedule below, and sign up for a day that works for you. We hope to have the next section done and opened up by the end of February. Unless otherwise noted, all Jan./Feb. Build Days will meet at the Genser Trailhead at 8 AM and work until 1230 PM. SDMB provides tools, lunch, and post-work refreshments. Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water/snacks, long pants, and closed-toe shoes. Thanks everyone!
•SUN. 1/8/17: Women’s Build Day with Bell Joy Ride
o Event is full!
•SAT. 1/21/17: Build Day sponsored by JW Marriot Resort
•SAT. 1/28/17: Build Day sponsored by REI Tucson
•SUN. 1/29/17: Build Day sponsored by Catalina Brewing Company
•SAT. 2/4/17: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Pre-Ride and Course Maintenance Campout with MBAA (not a Starr Pass Build Day)
•SAT. 2/11/17: Build Day (sponsor TBA)
•SUN. 2/26/17: Build Day with Team Oro Valley Bikes
SDMB has been awarded a $7500 grant from The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) to assist with construction of the McKenzie Ranch XC Race Venue! We hope to start construction this Spring, and could be finished as early as the end of 2017!
Thanks to MBAA, and to everyone who participates in their race series. Your registration fees make projects like this, and others all over Arizona, possible.