Several families from the Tucson area brought kids and bikes down to ride the Barrio Trails system, including a few laps on the pump track. Local Strider representatives had demo balance bikes on hand, SDMB provided snacks and refreshments, and and everyone was all smiles with stickers and number plates provided by IMBA and sponsors. After several little shredders pedaled to their hearts content, a warm afternoon sun let us know it was time to pack it up for the day. A few tears were shed, fears overcome, and friendships made as a new generation hit the trails. Thanks to everyone for making it happen!
This Saturday! Join us at Barrio Trails in Tucson, 10-2.
Are you ready for IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, presented by Subaru? Events involving thousands of kids and parents, like this one advertised in Panama, are taking places all over the U.S. and across the world this weekend! Haven’t signed up for an event yet? Find one near you and help spread the joy of riding trails to the next generation:
Arizona Trail Day! – March 29th
Please join our Last Saturday Ride in coordination with the Arizona Trail Day- Tucson and the Colossal Campout. We will be meeting at 8:30 AM at the Pistol Hill Road trailhead (at the kiosk just South of Old Spanish Trail). We will do an out and back to Camino Loma Alta, including the newly opened (to mountain bikes) Hope Camp Trail. We will then keep going past Pistol Hill Road to Colossal Cave park to participate in the AZ Trail Day festivities, and folks can ride back to Pistol Hill Rd. at their leisure, or as a group.
The out and back to Camino Loma Alta totals 14 miles, and the out and back to Colossal Cave will total about another 9 miles, for a total of roughly 23 miles with maybe 2000 feet of climbing. The trail is rolling and non-technical. We will move at a relaxed pace, and no one will get dropped. If folks don’t want to do the whole thing they can turn around at any point, and there will be the option to drive from Pistol Hill to the park rather than riding on singletrack.
In the evening, the Arizona Trail Association is hosting the Colossal Campout at La Sevilla Campground at Colossal Cave. Join us for live music, food from It’s Greek to Me and Arizona Trail Ale by the campfire.
This event is part of Sirena’s 800-mile Arizona Trail Trek to promote the Arizona National Scenic Trail, the Gateway Communities, and the new official guidebook. More details on the AZT Trek can be found at www.aztrail.org/azttrek
Donations are greatly appreciated and go toward Sirena’s goal of raising $20,000 to protect, promote and maintain the Arizona National Scenic Trail!
The good guys over at TopoFusion are once again putting on their incredibly popular Arizona Trail Jamboree on Saturday, January 11th. This is a charity ride that benefits the Arizona Trail Association. This is 25- or 35-miles of sweet, sweet singletrack (one-way), and ends with free beer from New Belgium, schwag and food at Pistol Hill Road. SDMB will be hosting the “after party” at 12noon. Hope to see you there!