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
o https://doodle.com/poll/5zfbck9dgax9fsty

•SAT. 1/28/17: Build Day sponsored by REI Tucson
o https://www.rei.com/…/trail-building-w-sdmb-i…/tucson/163783

•SUN. 1/29/17: Build Day sponsored by Catalina Brewing Company
o https://doodle.com/poll/7aym9nh2rztw6b7f

•SAT. 2/4/17: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Pre-Ride and Course Maintenance Campout with MBAA (not a Starr Pass Build Day)
o https://www.facebook.com/events/1831031700510289/

•SAT. 2/11/17: Build Day (sponsor TBA)
o https://doodle.com/poll/nrmeurncszp3uuyf

•SUN. 2/26/17: Build Day with Team Oro Valley Bikes
o https://doodle.com/poll/3m9remmexvyuftnh




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: 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


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

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER: https://www.rei.com/events/trail-building-w-sdmb-in-starr-pass/tucson/160107

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 trailsteward@sdmb.org with questions.

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER: https://www.rei.com/events/trail-building-w-sdmb-in-starr-pass/tucson/160107

Honeybee Update 9/27/16

As of Friday, 9/23, there is bad news and good news about access to the Honeybee trail system.

First off, the bad news. As of October 1, access to State Trust land and the Honeybee trails via WAPA Trail 180 at Quiet Rain Lane will be closed by vote of the Honeybee Canyon Estates HOA. It is not a popular decision, nor is it the right or fair one, but the HOA has the legal right to restrict access.

Next, the good news. The MTB and trails communities have spoken, and the Town of Oro Valley and Pima County are listening. With huge turnouts at the last two Oro Valley Town Council meetings, and contact with a variety of elected officials, government staff, and the community at large, mountain bikers have made it clear how important the Honeybee trails are. While the Quiet Rain access point may be closed, temporarily or permanently, local trail users, Oro Valley, Pima County are working together to establish alternate access points as quickly as possible. Details will follow as they are available, hopefully by the end of next week. Your patience is appreciated.

In the meantime:

• PLEASE RESPECT THE CLOSURE. Again, the HOA has the legal right to restrict access, and the MTB community needs to show that we can follow the rules. Disregarding the closure will make working with Oro Valley and other stakeholders that much harder, and may jeopardize access to the trails (and preservation of the Honeybee trail system as a whole) in the future.

• GET YOUR STATE LAND DEPARTMENT PERMIT. The Honeybee trails are on State Trust land, which requires a relatively cheap yearly permit. While permit enforcement is rare, this is the only concrete way to show how many recreational users there are on State Trust lands, and to show that mountain bikers are a strong user group (make sure to check “Bicycling” as your primary use. Get your permit here:  https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal

• USE ALTERNATE ACCESS POINTS. The only other “legitimate” access points to the Honeybee trails are via Rail X/Edwin Rd. in Catalina, or via Wild Burro trail from Dove Mountain. Be aware that Edwin Rd. is poorly maintained and high clearance/4WD is recommended. The trail crosses the road 2.6 miles West of Oracle Rd, and there is parking near the intersection. Check MTB Project or Trail Forks for maps.

• ACCESSING THE TRAILS VIA THE VISTA DE LA MONTANA METHODIST CHURCH: It has been reported that there is another access point at the Methodist Church on Oracle Rd. just South of Golder Ranch Rd. This is not an official access point, and SDMB can’t recommend that anyone uses wildcat trail to access State Trust land. However, the church has been contacted and are willing to let riders cross their land to get to the Honeybee trails. AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHURCH, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON CHURCH PROPERTY, AND DO NOT INTERRUPT TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD IN TO THE CHURCH. If you choose to ride in through the church property, find alternate parking near Oracle and Golder Ranch.

• CONTINUE TO CONTACT THE ORO VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL, THE PIMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. Let them know that trail access (especially to the Honeybee trails) and mountain biking is important to you, especially if you are an Oro Valley resident. They are on our side on this issue, and Oro Valley was just recognized for their cycling infrastructure, so make sure to be polite and solution-focused!


Brushtober Fest!

Is your favorite trail overgrown?

brushtober-fbHelp us brush and you could win fun prizes. 

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 trailsteward@sdmb.org.
(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 trailsteward@sdmb.org, 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.






Honeybee Canyon trail and access issue. What you need to know and what you can do.

honey bee


The Honeybee Canyon trail system contains about 27 miles of singletrack, it is situated to the Northwest of Tucson in the town of Oro Valley.  These trails are on state trust land, with the most common access point being a power company’s easement through a development. The dispute over this access point has reached a critical point where the HOA in charge of the area is planning on cutting off access as of the 1st of October 2016.

The PDF bellow includes everything you need to know, as well as what you can do, and the people you can contact to request that they preserve access and save the trails.



Honeybee WAPA Trail 180 fact sheet Sept 2016



There is also a city council meeting on September 7, please join us and let them know how important this issue is to the community.

Follow the link bellow to the facebook event for more info.


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