May Social Ride On Fifth Avenue & SDMB Intermediate Skills Ride At Starr Pass with Edy Yee



What is Fifth Avenue? It is the new Trail we just opened at Starr Pass. With hundreds of hours of work from our vollenteers this build season it is now open.

Where is it? It starts at the Rock Wren/Yetman 4-way(now a 5 way) and connects to the Beer Garden at the Yetman.
The ride will start at the Richard Genser Trailhead at 8am. Please be all signed in and ready to ride by 8:15.
We can start with an intermediate ride and add different levels as needed.
Route will be Genser up Rock Wren to the 5way. Take Fifth Avenue to Beer Garden. Beer Garden to Starr Pass to Flint trail, around to the Yetman and back through Fifth Avenue to 5-way. And back to Genser.




Beware, it will be hot! Make sure you have plenty of electrolytes and snacks


Our first Skills Ride for the season will be an Intermediate ride at Starr Pass with PMBIA-certified instructor Edy Yee. Starr Pass trails are beautiful, but also rocky and often loose, and a perfect place to work on climbing and descending skills. The ride will include basic instruction, and opportunities to “session” challenging sections of trail in a safe and supportive environment.
Beware, it will be hot! Make sure you have plenty of electrolytes and snacks to get you through the class!

If you are not a member yet, you can join at or on our Facebook page. This class is a $75 value!

As this is an intermediate skills ride, all participants should be comfortable riding the entire Lone Cactus Loop at Fantasy Island without stopping or getting off. All riders must have a helmet and a mountain bike in good working order. Questions: post up here, or email


You must REGISTER by going to:



Newsletter – April 2017

Beer Night at Green Feet Brewing Company

Join SDMB tomorrow night (Thursday, 4/20) from 4-8 PM at Green Feet Brewing Company for a Beer Night Fundraiser!  Green Feet will donate $1 for every beer purchased (drink up!), and there will be prizes from Brushfire BBQ, Arizona Cyclist, and Tucson Endurance Performance Center.  Check out the Facebook event for more details.



Mountain Bikers Get Recognition from Pima County Board of Supervisors

Yesterday SDMB and our volunteers were recognized by the Pima County Board of Supervisors as part of Pima County Volunteer Appreciation Week.  We can’t say it enough- huge, huge thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who help build and maintain trails in Pima County!



Upcoming Starr Pass Build Days

Summer is coming, and we have more trail to build at Starr Pass!  3 more Build Days should do it…  All remaining build days meet at the Genser TH and run from 7:00 – 11:30 AM.  No experience is needed!  SDMB provides tools, lunch, and refreshments.  Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water/snacks, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection.  Follow the links below to sign up:

·  Saturday, April 22: Register Here.

·  Saturday, April 29: Register Here.

·  Sunday, April 30: Register Here.



McKenzie Ranch Update

After months of negotiation with the Arizona State Land Department, Pima County has finally acquired the Right of Way for the access road to McKenzie Ranch and we are one step closer to breaking ground!  Pima County is getting ready to blade the parking lot and install the fencing, then we will begin construction of Pima County’s first-ever XC race venue.  Stay tuned in the next few months for more details!



100-Acre Wood Update

Progress continues on 100-Acre Wood Bike Park!  The City of Tucson is working on site cleanup, and SDMB has contracted with Hilride Progression Development to design 4-6 miles of MTB-specific singletrack in May.  We expect to start construction in the Fall.

How to Get Involved

·  Become a member!  Memberships start at only $35, and all funds help us Build, Ride, and Maintain trails in Tucson and Pima County.

·  Like us on Facebook!

·  Come to a board meeting!  Meetings are usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6-8 PM at Epic Rides and are open to everyone.  Email to confirm dates and times.

Come help with with the last few build days before the heat!


Spring is here in the Sonoran Desert, and things are warming up!  SDMB volunteers have built nearly 3/4 mile of awesome trail at Starr Pass since the first of the year, but we need your help to complete the remaining .6 miles to connect the 4-Way with the Beer Garden.  Join us for one of our upcoming Build Days (details below).  As always, SDMB provides tools, crew leaders, lunch, and post-work refreshments.  Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water/snacks, sun protection (remember… it’s getting HOT!), long pants, and closed-toe shoes.


To ensure that we have enough crew leaders, tools, and lunches, please register through the included links.  PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO INCREASING TEMPS, WE HAVE MOVED THE START/FINISH TIMES TO 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM!


   Tuesday, March 21: Spring Break Youth Build Day #2, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  All participants must have waivers signed by a parent/guardian, and everyone under 14 needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Go here for details and registration:


   Saturday, March 25: 7:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Go here to register.


   Sunday, March 26:  El Grupo Youth Build Day (Not open to the public.  El Grupo members should contact their coaches for details).


   Sunday, April 2:  7:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Go here to register:


   Saturday, April 22:  7:00 AM – 11:30 AM.  Go here to register:


Questions? Email


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




SDMB has been awarded a $7500 grant from The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) to assist with construction of the McKenzie Ranch XC Race Venue! We hope to start construction this Spring, and could be finished as early as the end of 2017!

Thanks to MBAA, and to everyone who participates in their race series. Your registration fees make projects like this, and others all over Arizona, possible.


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.


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