8(ish) Days of Xmas 2018

The 8(ish) Days of Xmas 2018 Ride Series is almost here!  Now in it’s 12th year, the 8(ish) Days is a great chance to ride with all of the organizations, groups, and businesses that make Tucson such an amazing place to live and ride.  Read on for the schedule and info for each ride/event.  More events will be added between now and the start, so check back from time to time.  Want to add a ride?  Email trailsteward@sdmb.org.


Saturday 12/22:  Full Moon No Lights Ninja Ride on the AZT @ Gabe Z

  • Leader: Evan Pilling/SDMB
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Gabe Zimmerman TH
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Info: A no-lights ride on the Arizona Trail under the full moon.  We will head south from the Gabe Zimmerman TH to SR-83 and back for about 13 miles round-trip.  Bring a backup light just in case!
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1305542439584174/


Sunday 12/23: Bug Spring-Milagrosa Shuttle Run w/ TORCA

  • Leader: Vernie Aikins/TORCA
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Milagrosa TH (Avenida De Suzenu & Horsehead Rd.)
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Info: A shuttle ride down Bug Spring, Prison Camp, and Milagrosa, featuring some of the best tech riding in Tucson!  TORCA is leading the ride, and Homegrown Tours is providing the shuttle.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/478018602605515/


Monday 12/24: Family Ride on the Loop w/ Our MTB Rides


  • Leader: Dave Slagle/Our MTB Rides
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Location: The Loop TH on Craycroft just South of River
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Info: We will ride the Loop from Craycroft to the Childrens Memorial Park at family pace. There you have the choice of staying at the park or head down to Kory Laos BMX park and doing a few laps there before we head back.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/361357468003586/

Tuesday 12/25: Westside 50 w/ Blue Dog Bicycles

  • Leader: Nate Woiwode/Blue Dog Bicycles
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Location: The Buffet Bar (538 E. 9th St.)
  • Difficulty: Advanced/Expert
  • Info: Not into Christmas, or tired of hanging out with your family?  Join the good folks at Blue Dog for a HUGE ride in the Tucson Mountains.  This ride isn’t for the faint of heart (or legs), and includes A-Mountain, Starr Pass, Gates Pass, Brown Mountain, Cat Mountain/Explorer, and Robles Pass.  Start/finish is at The Buffet, one of Tucson’s best dive bars.  Make sure to read all the info on the FB event, as this is a completely self-supported ride.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/363280911105849/

Wednesday 12/26: Sweetwater Preserve w/ the Cranksters

  • Leader: Gus Markes/Cranksters
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Location: Sweetwater TH
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Info: Spend Boxing Day morning pedaling your own loops (not guided), or just come and hang out at Sweetwater. After your ride, walk, hike, etc., we’ll be in the parking lot with donuts and drinks. Huzzah!!
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/508173636346835/

Thursday 12/27: Fantasy Island Trail Maintenance w/ SDMB

  • Leader: Pedro Almeida/SDMB
  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Fantasy Island North TH (Irvington & Harrison)
  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Info: The 8(ish) Days doesn’t just have to be about riding… let’s do some trail work too!  Fantasy Island has gotten pretty beat up with the construction this year, and we are slowly working to get it all put back together.  Meet at the North TH (Irvington and Harrison) at 9AM, and plan on working until around 1PM. SDMB will have tools and post-work refreshments. Volunteers need to bring long pants, closed-toe shoes, work gloves, and water/snacks.  To ensure we have enough tools, please RSVP in the comments on the FB event or email trailsteward@sdmb.org.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/670415296686466/ 

Friday 12/28: Starr Pass w/ Our MTB Rides

  • Leader: Dave Slagle/Our MTB Rides
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Richard Genser TH
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (depending on route)
  • Info: Join Our MTB Rides for a tour of the Tucson Mountains, from Starr Pass to Robles Pass and back.  May be as many as 15-20 miles depending on who shows up.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273409973520573/

Saturday 12/29: SDMB Poker Ride & Trail Run @ Starr Pass

  • Time: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Richard Genser TH
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Info: Poker ride and trail run at Starr Pass.  Collect cards, win prizes!  Riders decide their distance and difficulty.  More info to follow.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/183866169208581/


Sunday 12/30: AZT Cmo Loma Alta – Colossal Cave Mountain Park w/ Tucson MTB Addicts


Monday 12/31: Bugs/Millie w/ Sonoran Cycles.  Details TBA.

Tuesday 1/1: Tucson MTB Addicts 8th Annual New Year’s Day Hangover Ride

  • Leader: Tucson MTB Addicts/Bobby Harris
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Location: Fantasy Island Irvington TH (Irvington & Harrison)
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Info: Ride off your hangover with the MTB Addicts at Fantasy Island!  This might be the biggest group ride of the year, and it’s always a blast.  Routes and distances are TBD, but there will be plenty of options depending on interest.
  • Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1667401256653796/

Wednesday 1/2: Cirrus Visual BBBR @ Sweetwater

  • Leader: Chris Carls/Cirrus Visual Communication
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Location: Sweetwater TH
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Info: Ride your bike, network with like-minded individuals, and enjoy a few frosty beverages… that’s what the Cirrus Business Builder Bike Rides are all about.  Sweetwater has numerous route/distance options for beginner and intermediate riders alike, and if you don’t know the trail system there will be plenty of folks to show you around.
  • Event: TBA

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