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:



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

January/February 2017 Build Days Schedule

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


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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
o Registration:
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:
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:
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:
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


Join us for a build day with REI on 12/17/2016


Join SDMB and REI for another Build Day at Starr Pass on Saturday, December 17! We are making huge progress, and the 5.25 miles of new trail at should be finished by Spring.

SDMB will have all the tools we need, along with lunch and refreshments for afterwards. All you need to bring is long pants, closed-toe shoes, and all the water and snacks you need. REI will have some sweet swag to give away. Email with questions.


Brushtober Fest!

Is your favorite trail overgrown?

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This year’s monsoon has brought a lot of vegetation growth, and even though that is awesome, it is a little too much for any one person or organization to handle.

We are looking for your help!

Brush a trail and you will be entered to win one of 9 prizes.

– one of three gift cards – B-Line, Wilko, Time Market
– one of two Giant Horizon helmets – compliments of Roadrunners Bicycles
– one of five Maxxis tires –  compliments of Epic Rides
– one Camelbak Hydration pack – Compliments of IMBA Southwest
– the grand prize is a Renthal carbon handlebar and stem – compliments of Arizona Cyclist

 Winners will be drawn during our pint night at Catalina Brewing Company October 26th.
You do not have to be present to win.


Follow the steps below, happy brushing and good luck!



1 – Watch the video on proper trail brushing technique and read the Arizona Trail Association’s Trail Brushing Guide.


2 – fill out the forms bellow and return them to
(print form and scan signed copies)




3 – Once you receive a confirmation email, you are registered and ready to brush.

4 – Take before/after pictures and email them to, or post the pictures to our Facebook page with #brushtoberfest by October 24th.

5 – You are now entered to win.

6 – (optional) Come to pint night October 26th, have a beer and see if you’ve won.






August Social Ride: AZT and Captain’s Camp

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For our August Social Ride we’ll be hitting up the Arizona Trail from Pistol Hill Road for a night ride. After the ride, anyone who wants to hang out around a campfire (and camp out) can join us at the Captain’s Camp, only 1/4 mile up the road from the trailhead. Parking at the Captain’s Camp is limited, so if you are NOT planning on camping, please park at the regular Pistol Hill TH for the ride and then roll over after to hang out.

For directions to the Captain’s Camp, see the map bellow.

There are 2 ride options:

Option 1 (Intermediate): Pistol Hill to 3 Bridges and back (South). 17.5 miles, 1,675′ of climbing.

Option 2 (Novice/Intermediate): Pistol Hill to Hope Camp and back (North). 12 miles, 800′ of climbing.

SDMB Social Rides are open to everyone, and no one gets dropped. All riders must have a well-maintained mountainn bike, a helmet, and good (min. 250-500 lumen) lights.

Follow the link for the event page on Facebook

August Social Ride: AZT and Captain’s Camp!


Hope to see you out there!



New Starr Pass Trail Development Schedule

SDMB Starr Pass Trail Build

Help SDMB build new trail at Starr Pass!  After more than two years of planning, we are ready to break ground on more than 5 miles of sweet singletrack. No trail building experience is needed (although seasoned builders are welcome as well), and SDMB provides all the tools, along with lunch and post-work refreshments.  Everyone who comes our gets a FREE TLC t-shirt, and local businesses are stepping up to give away more swag like a Surly Instigator frame and REI goods.


In order to ensure quality trail work and volunteer safety, most work events are capped at 15 volunteers. Please register via the provided link if you want to come out!  If a work day is full, please check out a different day. Weather permitting, we may schedule additional work days in May.  Stay tuned for details.

All work days go from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, and we will meet at the Sarasota Trailhead off of Kinney Rd.

Email with questions.

Build Days

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Sunday, March 13 (sponsored by Arizona Bicycle Experts):  One lucky volunteer will win a Surly Instigator frame! y9y8vevdur6faznx

Saturday, March 19: 58cdn74deefthhfp

Sunday, March 20 (sponsored by REI): All volunteers get an REI t-shirt and a chance to win REI gear and swag!  Work event is capped at 25 volunteers. starr-pass-trail-building-w- sdmb/tucson/139061

Saturday, April 9: Tucson MTB Addicts event.  MTB Addicts members contact Scott Knockaert for registration information. Event Registration on Facebook.

Sunday, April 10 (sponsored by Sabino Cycles): Team Cirrus event.  Team Cirrus members contact Cap’n Carls for registration information.

Sunday, April 24: Team Oro Valley Bikes event.  Team OVB members contact Cory Foster or Beth Utley for registration information.

Check out the photos from the Starr Pass Build Day 1!

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