THE 8(ISH) DAYS OF XMAS RIDE SCHEDULE IS HERE!!

8(ish) Days of Xmas Ride Schedule

Santa Claus rides a 2014 Salsa Beargrease fat bike at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota. (Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune/MCT)

The 10th annual 8(ish) Days of Xmas Ride Series is almost here! Way back when, the 8(ish) Days rides were started to showcase some of the best trails in Tucson when folks were off for the holidays, and it has grown to not only show off our amazing trails, but to highlight fantastic the nonprofit organizations and groups that make the riding community in Tucson what it is. There are rides for every riding style and ability level all over the area, so get your bike and get riding!

 

· Friday 12/23: Bugs/Millie with the Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists (TORCA)

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1205703522858110/?ti=icl
o The Ride: Bug Spring and Milagrosa AM shuttle ride.
o Difficulty: Advanced
o Meet: N. Avenida De Suzenu @ 8:00 AM

 

· Saturday, 12/24: Starr Pass/Robles with the Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA)

o Event: https://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/236300333/
o The Ride: 13-15 miles of chunky XC in the Tucson Mountains, including Rock Wren,     The Beer Garden, Explorer, and the Robles trails.
o Difficulty: Intermediate
o Meet: Genser TH @ 9:30 AM

 

· Saturday, 12/24: Family Ride on the Rillito

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/570348843155436/
o The Ride: A mellow family spin on the Rillito bike path.
o Difficulty: Beginner/child friendly.
o Meet: Swan/River TH @ 9:00 AM

 

· Sunday, 12/25: Arizona Trail @ Hope Camp

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1483720194990133/
o The Ride: 14 or 20 miles of sweet XC singletrack on the AZT.
o Difficulty: Novice/Intermediate
o Meet: Cmo. Loma Alta TH @ 10:00 AM

 

· Monday, 12/26: Sweetwater Preserve with the Cranksters

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/978908148888209/
o The Ride: 12-15 miles of XC goodness.
o Difficulty: Novice-Intermediate (depending on route)
o Meet: Sweetwater TH @ 9:00 AM

 

· Tuesday, 12/27: Urban Assault Trail with Our MTB Rides

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1073065592816181/?ti=icl
o Difficulty: Novice (may involve quick pace)
o Meet: Hop Shop Tucson @ 6:15 PM

 

· Wednesday, 12/28: Cirrus Visual Business Builder Bike Ride (BBBR) at Fantasy Island

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1826284300992234/?ti=ia
o The Ride: A mellow XC spin around Fantasy Island, route TBD. Bring lights if you want to ride after dark.
o Fantasy Island North TH (Irvington/Harrison) @ 4PM

 

· Thursday, 12/29: Starr Pass Night Ride

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/387280431663480/
o The Ride: 12+ mile XC ride.
o Difficulty: Intermediate
o Meet: Richard Genser Starr Pass TH @ 6:00 PM

 

· Friday, 12/30: 50-Year Tech Ride

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/377380059272244/
o The Ride: Black Diamond-level tech ride on the backcountry trails at 50-Year. Sessioning, drops, and steeps!
o Difficulty: Advanced
o Meet: Golder Ranch TH @ 8:00 AM
o Ride Leader: Justin Dietrich

 

· Friday, 12/30: Volunteer Build Day @ Starr Pass

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1289692717754213/
o Registration: https://doodle.com/poll/musnwnr79pxqh3nx
o The Ride: Help build more singletrack at Starr Pass!  Bring water/snacks, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and work gloves.  SDMB provides tools and post-work refreshments.
o Meet: Sarasota TH @ 8:00 AM.

· Saturday, 12/31: Arizona Trail Shuttle Ride (Lakes Rd. to Loma Alta) with Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB)

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1965981180295123/
o The ride: 31 or 13-mile shuttle ride options, XC ride on the AZT.
o Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (31-mile version) or Intermediate (13-mile version)
o Meet: Cmo. Loma Alta TH @ 8:00 AM (31-mile version) or Gabe Zimmerman TH at 8:30 AM (13-mile version).

 

· Sunday, 1/1: MTB Addicts Sweetwater Hangover Ride

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504706513066223/
o The Ride: 12-15 miles of XC riding; shorter loops possible.
o Difficulty: Novice-Intermediate, depending on route.
o Meet: 11:00 AM at Sweetwater TH.

 

· Sunday, 1/8: Baby Jesus 8(ish) Days Finale Ride with Catalina Brewing Company

o Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/235879523500130/
o The Ride: Backcountry XC/AM ride in the 50-Year trail system.
o Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
o Meet: Golder Ranch TH at 9:00 AM

 

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