8-ish Days of Christmas 2017

It’s December, which means that it’s almost time for the 8(ish) Days of Xmas Ride Series! Now in it’s 11th year, the 8(ish) Days runs from Xmas(ish) to New Year’s(ish), and includes rides with the MTB groups and businesses you know and love. We still have a few openings; if you want to add a ride or event, email trailsteward@sdmb.org.

Read on for the schedule. Final schedule will be posted on the SDMB website. See you on the trail, and happy holidays!

 

 

  • Fri. 12/22: Arizona Trail@Bellota to La Milagrosa
    • Leader: Homegrown Tours
    • Time: 12:30 PM
    • Location: Meet at Avenida de Suzenu and Horsehead (Milagrosa TH)
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Info: Shuttle ride that includes the Bellota section of the Arizona Trail and La Milagrosa, one of Tucson’s best and most scenic backcountry all-mountain rides.  Please note: there is a $25 fee for the Homegrown shuttle.  Please reserve in advance.
    • Event: http://homegrownmtb.com/event/8ish-days-christmas-ride/

 

  • Sat. 12/23: Bicycles and BBQ w/ Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Leader: Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Time(s): 10AM
    • Location: WOW Arizona/50-Year Trail (http://wowarizona.org/ )
    • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
    • Info: 15-mile mountain bike ride, to include Charleau Gap Rd., Cherry Tank, Upper 50, Gem, and the Chutes.  Followed by a BBQ at WOW AZ, courtesy of Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/194006374502229/

 

  • Sun. 12/24 (Xmas Eve): Family Ride
    • Leader: Dave Slagle
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: River & Craycroft Loop Entrance
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Family-friendly
    • Info: Family-friendly spin on the loop with stops at the Children’s Memorial Park and Kory Laos.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/328097714332216/

 

  • Mon. 12/24 (Xmas Eve): Sweetwater Morning Ride
    • Leader: Cranksters
    • Time(s): 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Location: Sweetwater Preserve
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Info: Christmas Eve ride, route TBD based on who shows up.  Pre- and post ride eats and drinks courtesy of the Cranksters.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/185535565356933/

 

  • Mon. 12/25 (Xmas Day): OPEN

 

  • Tues. 12/26:  Our MTB Rides Tues. Night Lights
    • Leader: Our MTB Rides
    • Time(s): 7:00 PM
    • Location: Tucson Hop Shop
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Info: Up and back on the Urban Assault Trail, starting and finishing at Tucson Hop Shop.  Bring lights.  FIP at 7:15 sharp.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/260456627815845/

 

  • Wed. 12/27: SAMBA Starr Pass Ride
    • Leader: Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA)
    • Time(s): 6:00 PM
    • Location: Richard Genser Starr Pass TH
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info:  Night ride at Starr Pass; will be the “standard” figure-8 loop including Rock Wren, Starr Pass, Sarasota, Beer Garden, and 5th Ave.  Bring lights
    • Event: http://bit.ly/2C7APDQ

 

  • Thurs. 12/28: SAMBA Sweetwater Ride
    • Leader: Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA)
    • Time(s): 6:00 PM
    • Location: Sweetwater TH
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info:  Night ride at Sweetwater Preserve; will be as many as 12 miles.  Bring lights
    • Event: http://bit.ly/2iXN6Cr

 

  • Fri. 12/29:  McKenzie Ranch 8(ish) Days Build Day
    • Leader: Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB)
    • Time(s): 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Location: McKenzie Ranch (direction will be emailed to participants)
    • Difficulty: N/A (It’s trail building- no experience is needed!)
    • Info:  Volunteer trail building event with SDMB; help build Pima County’s first MTB race system.  Please sign up!
    • Event: https://doodle.com/poll/d8yvtbmvn7hh6a7q

 

  • Sat. 12/30: SDMB Starr Pass Poker Ride
    • Leader: Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB)
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: Genser Starr Pass Trailhead
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info: Holiday Poker Ride at Starr Pass.  Ride your bike, collect cards, win prizes!  An intermediate/advanced ride depending on the route you take.  If not familiar with the local trails, make sure to download MTB Project or Trailforks.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/140839299880001/

 

  • Sun. 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): TORCA Bugs-Milagrosa Shuttle Ride
    • Leader: Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists (TORCA)
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: Avenida De Suzenu and Horsehead Rd. (lower Milagrosa TH)
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Info: Shuttle ride down Bug Springs, Prison Camp, and Milagrosa; 3 of Tucson’s best and most scenic tech trails.  Full suspension and body armor strongly recommended.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146368099341305/

 

  • Mon. 1/1 (New Year’s Day): MTB Addicts Hangover Ride
    • Leader: Tucson MTB Addicts
    • Time(s): 12:00 PM
    • Location: Fantasy Island North TH (intersection of Irvington and Harrison)
    • Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate, depending on the route
    • Info: XC ride; mellow pace and route TBD depending on participants.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/118304392167245/

 

  • Mon. 1/1 (New Year’s Day): Super Moon No-Lights Ninja Ride
    • Leader: SDMB/ Evan Pilling
    • Time(s): 6:30 PM
    • Location: Gabe Zimmerman TH
    • Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate; mellow trail but the goal is to ride it without lights.
    • Info: January 1st is one of only two super moons in 2018, making it a perfect night to ride the AZT without the use of lights.  Bring beverages for a post-ride campfire if you want.
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/522305028137654/

 

  • Tues. 1/2: Our MTB Rides Tuesday Night Lights part dos
    • Details TBA

 

  • Wed. 1/3: Cirrus Visual Communication Business Builder Bike Ride (BBBR)
    • Details TBA

 

  • Sun. 1/7: CBC Baby Jesus Ride (8(ish) Days Finale
    • Leader: Catalina Brewing Company/Hank Rowe
    • Time(s): 9:00 AM
    • Location: Golder Ranch/50 Year Trailhead
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Info: A rugged backcountry ride through some beautiful country in the foothills of the Catalinas, followed by beer from Catalina Brewing Company!
    • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/295928990899297/

 

 

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