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.

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

November Trail Love Crew (TLC) – Tucson Mountain Park

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  • When: Sunday, November 22 @ 8:30am
  • Where: Tucson Mountain Park

For November we will be working in Tucson Mountain Park, on the connector between Explorer Trail and Robles Pass. It’s badly eroded and in need of some Trail Love! We will be working with Pima County NRPR to install drains and do rock work to keep the trail rideable and sustainable.

Due to limited parking at the work site, we will meet at the NE corner of Ajo and Mission, in the Food City parking lot in front of Rodolfo’s Mexican Restaurant at 8:30 AM. We will carpool to the 6′ culvert on Ajo and work until lunchtime.

Afterwards, plan on a king burrito or tacos; Rodolfo’s has some of the best Mexican food on the West side.

Please bring water, snacks, work gloves, and anything else you need to be comfortable and safe for a morning of trail work. SDMB will provide all the tools.

RSVP on the Facebook event.

November Social Ride

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  • When: Sunday, November 29 @ 8am
  • Where: Arizona Trail/ATV Route
  • Ride Rating:  3B-3C

Come ride Redington Pass on Thanksgiving weekend! For November’s Social Ride, we are going to ride the AZT/ATV Route. This is a solidly intermediate ride, with about 1500 ft. of climbing over 12 miles. The route climbs the ATV route to the Italian Trap trailhead, then descends the AZT for several miles to Bellota Lake. After a break at the lake, we will climb out Bellota Rd. back to the ATV trail, and back to the car. The views are amazing, and the trail provides a mix of rock and flow.

This is a mellow-paced ride. No one gets dropped. Post-ride refreshments at the lot courtesy of SDMB. This is also a great way to link up with Milagrosa via the AZT if anyone wants to drop a vehicle at Suzenu and hitch a ride up to the top.

RSVP on the Facebook page event.

Meet at Le Buzz at 8:00 AM to arrange carpools and get coffee.

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