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!
The much anticipated Yetman Reroute is finally happening! Please join SDMB for upcoming work days in November, December, and January. SDMB will provide all the tools we will need, but please come dressed for a day outside, bring work gloves, and make sure to bring water and snacks. We will provide lunch for after the work days. The dates of the work days are:
All work events will run from 8:00am to 12:30pm with lunch following. We will meet at the Sarasota Trailhead off of Kinney Rd and hike in from there. Parking is limited so we encourage you to carpool. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Facebook Event by the Wendesday prior to the work day to make sure we have lunch for you. See everyone out there!
Bikes & Brats Recap
This year’s annual Bikes and Brats was the largest turnout yet with over 35 people – some camping, most riding, and all eating and relaxing. SDMB supplied brats and snacks for all and wooden stunts for the kids to get ‘big air’. Catalina Brewing Company and Cirrus Visual Communications were on hand to supply some adult beverages after the ride. The weather was perfect, especially with the overnight sprinkles, and the ride was as good as it gets. If you have never camped at and/or ridden from the Catalina State Park, it is a must do. Try it out someday soon, and be sure to come out to the Bikes and Brats next year – same weekend on Nov 1/2!
National Trails Symposium Recap
A letter from Matt Nelson, Executive Director of the AZ Trail Association sums up the Symposium quite well!
THANK YOU for being part of the Arizona Trail mobile workshop as part of the Partnership for the National Trails System conference. I couldn’t have imagined a better day to be out on the trail, with an inspired group of people that are key players in the management of trails around the nation. I heard very positive comments from everyone about their time on the Arizona Trail, and what YOU brought to the experience. So thank you.
Today was more than just a hike or a ride – it was an opportunity to show other trail associations, land managers, and young people who are going to be future leaders in this industry what we’ve been able to accomplish by working together. It’s the thing I am most proud of about the Arizona National Scenic Trail, and the fact that we had equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers sharing the same trails today is proof that it works. It’s one thing to talk about it; it’s another thing to see and feel it in action.
October Last Saturday Ride – 26th – 50Year & 27th at Butterfly/Crystal Springs
Brian is going to lead a kid’s-friendly version. If you’d like to get a more difficult and/or longer ride in, feel free to come on out and do your thing. Meet at the Golder Ranch parking area at 8:15, feet in pedals at 8:30 or so. For those wanting a bit more gnar, Zach is leading a Mt. Lemmon Butterfly/Crystal Springs ride on SUNDAY the 27th. Meet at LeBuzz at 7:00am or the Butterfly Trailhead parking at 8:00am.
October Trail Love – October 20th – Bug Springs
Another great Trail Love Event coming up on Sunday, October 20th. We will be going back up to Bug Springs Trail to continue addressing erosion issues after the monsoons and improving corners, maximizing flow, and keeping the trail generally awesome. Meet at the Le Buzz parking lot at 7:30 AM with clothing and gear appropriate for a day in the sun. This time some of us are planning on working all day, so make sure to bring a lunch if you want to join us. There will also be the option to work until lunchtime, then hike out. This will be a family friendly work event – some of us will be bringing the kids and there will be hosted hike so the parents can enjoy some adult time on the trail. Please let us know if you are interested so we can plan accordingly – your kids are responsible for their own water and snacks/lunch. As usual, SDMB will provide the tools but if you have a favorite McLeod or Pulaski you want to bring, go ahead. Email email@example.com to RSVP or ask questions. Looking forward to seeing folks out there!
Bikes and Brats! – November 1-3 – Catalina State Park
Save the Date: November 1-3 at Catalina State Park. Typically we camp over on Fri and/or Sat, ride 50yr Sat and/or Sun am (official ride leaders and schedules TBD, but casual rides will occur amongst the campers). Due to the Bike Park Workshop on Sat the 2nd, the official ride will be Sunday am with a BBQ around noon (time can vary depending on temperature to allow for a cooler or not so early ride). This is a family friendly event, there will be a hosted kids hike involved so parents can go ride. Stay tuned here and TucsonMTB for more details as the time gets closer. Hope to see you there!
Bike Park Workshop – November 2nd
SDMD and IMBA, with assistance with Pima County Parks will be putting on a one-day workshop on bike park and pumptrack development. You can download the Bike Park Summit Schedule for more details. There will be a social ride on Friday, November 1st at Starr Pass, starting at 4:00, and then meeting at Tap and Bottle at 7:30ish for refreshments.
September Last Saturday Ride – September 28th – Sweetwater
Meet at the Sweetwater Trailhead at 7:00 AM. From Silverbell and Camino Del Cerro, head West on Cmo Del Cerro, then South on Tortolita. Tortolita deadends at the Trailhead. We will plan on riding everything out there, for a total of around 12 miles. This will be a mellow XC ride, beginners welcome. No one gets dropped.
September Trail Love Corps – September 21st – Bug Springs
Please join us for the SDMB September TLC Day on Saturday, 9/21/13. This month we will be working on Bug Springs to do some tread work and stump removal to repair damage done by the monsoons. If we get enough volunteers there will be an option for a crew to ride it top to bottom, brushing as they go.
Meet in the Le Buzz/Safeway parking lot at Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway at 7AM. Please bring snacks, water, and appropriate clothing for trailwork. Post-work beverages will be provided.
There will be two options for the July 27th Last Saturday Ride. Read on, and we hope to see you at one of them! Option 1: Mt. Lemmon loop, approx. 15 miles, several thousand feet of climbing. Some technical spots on the trails, but nothing that can’t be walked. Plan for a 4-5 hour ride. Social pace, no one gets dropped. Plenty of bail-out points. We will start at the Sunset Trailhead and ride a loop that includes Sunset Trail, 1918 Trail (both ways), Bigelow Road, Bigelow Trail (through Palisades), and Secret Trail. Most if not all of the climbing is on road and dirt road, and all of the descending is on singletrack. Meet at Le Buzz at 7:00 to carpool or the Sunset Trailhead at 8:00. RSVP if you’re coming so we can keep an eye out for you.
Option 2: For those who can’t get to the mountain we are offering a ride at the Golder Ranch trailhead on the 50-Year trail for a cool nighttime alternative. This will be a great beginner and kid friendly event. Brian will lead a kids ride toward the chutes and Bert will take a group around someplace – it really just depends on who shows and what kind of an adventure we want to go on! Meet in the lot around7:15 PM – sunset is at 7:30. It will be a dark night with no moon so have yourself set up with some good lights. Post ride socializing supported by CBC.
July Trail Love – July 13th – Aspen Draw
Please join SDMB for our July TLC day on Aspen Draw Trail on Saturday, July 13th. We will be doing some erosion management and tread restoration to make sure the trail is in the best possible shape as the monsoons roll in. SDMB will provide the tools, although if you have work gloves, pulaskis, or mcleods please bring them. Make sure to bring appropriate food, water, and clothing for the day, and remember that monsoon weather on the mountain can be unpredictable Meet at Le Buzz at 6:30, or at the parking area at the top of the ski lifts at 8:00. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know you’re coming.
Parks & Pedals Recap
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Parks & Pedals event! We had well over 60-participants, and a great time was had by all. A special thank you to Chris at Cirrus Visual, The Saguaro National Park, and the Arizona Trail Association for organizing and putting everything together.
SDMB Board and Board Meeting
The proposed SDMB Board is shown below. Currently all positions are running un-opposed. Keep an eye out for public/club open election in the near future. The next Board Meeting (all are welcome) will be held on the Third Monday in August at 6pm, at Cafe Passe.
Zach MacDonald – Pres
Brian Vance – VP/Secretary
Bert Ehrmann – Treasurer
Evan Pilling – Advocacy / TLC
Cat Green – Events
Todd Sadow – Corporate Liason
Graeme Hunt – Marketing, Comm, IT
Lee Blackwell – Advocacy / TLC / AZT
Chris Eaves – Advocacy / Youth Outreach
Don’t Forget to BE NICE
A Friendly Reminder from the Forest Service: Please Play Nice with the Hikers on Mt. Lemmon. Robert Walters at the Forest Service informed SDMB that there have been several negative interactions between mountain bikers and hikers on the Aspen Draw Trail in recent weeks. For those of you who haven’t ridden up there, Aspen Draw is a fun and technical trail that is easy to shuttle, in addition to being a very pretty trail to hike, so it sees heavy use by both the mountain biking and hiking community. Please make sure to ride responsibly and under control, and give hikers the option to take the right of way. Be friendly and pleasant when passing. When you see equestrians, offer to get off your bike when passing or being passed. And make sure to be nice to the donkey lady and her donkey. SDMB has been making significant strides in our relationship with the Forest Service, and the fact that they are calling us about this is proof of this. Thank you everyone for riding responsibly and respectfully!
Pedals and Parks – Cycle Saguaro – June 22nd – 8pm
Celebrate mountain bikes in Saguaro National Park (Rincon District) by joining us for this special event highlighting the Hope Camp Trail. The trail was recently opened to mountain bikes and in order to raise awareness for this AZTrail link, Saguaro National Park is hosting a night ride during June’s full moon. We will ride from the Pistol Hill area to the Camino Loma Alta trailhead. After ice-cold beverages are enjoyed we will return to fire up the BBQ for post-ride festivities. RSVP to Chris at email@example.com.
SDMB Board Meeting – June 17 – 6pm
Come one, come all to hear the latest about mountain bike advocacy in the Tucson region. We’ll be meeting at Cafe Passe (415 N. 4th Avenue). Hope to see you there!
SDMB Adopts Bugs!
It’s Official! While SDMB unofficially adopted Bug Springs Trail on Mt. Lemmon, the Forest Service officially gave us the “thumbs up.” We look forward to partnering with the Forest Service and continuing to develop a great relationship with them. Keep an eye out for future trail days on Bugs.
June TLC Recap
Thank you to everyone who came out for the National Trails Day – June Trail Love on Aspen Draw. We had a great turnout and spent our time rebuilding a crib wall and making access over the known “step up.”
National Trails Day – Saturday, June 1
This coming Saturday, June 1 2013 is National Trails Day. Volunteers all over the country will be joining up to go and give their local trails some love. Please join SDMB for a service project on the Aspen Draw Trail on Mt. Lemmon, in coordination with other events facilitated by REI and the Southwest Conservation Corps. We will be hiking down from the top to a spot about halfway down to rebuild a crib wall at the big rock step-up. We will work until lunchtime, then join the larger National Trails Day/Southwest Conservation Corps crew for lunch.
Meet at Le Buzz at 0630 to carpool (look for the SDMB flag), or at the parking lot at the top of the Ski Valley lifts at 0730. Bring water, food, and clothing appropriate for a day on the mountain. Remember that the weather can be unpredictable up there. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by the morning of 5/29/13 to get your lunch order included in the numbers.
We had a great turnout for the May TLC at Hope Camp in Saguaro National Park. Thank you to everyone who participated. The Arizona Trail Association organized, and SNP Rangers facilitated. We hiked in 1-1.5 miles, moved many tons of rock to fill in a couple large areas of erosion back-cutting the trail, and re-vegged the area to encourage folks to stay on the singletrack.
How can you help make mountain biking in Tucson better? Join SDMB – a Chapter of IMBA, share and lead a ride sometime, participate in our monthly TLC days, help with tabling at special events such as Cyclovia or the bike swap, help with fundraising, organizing events, or just be a part of the discussion. Whatever your interest and expertise, we can use your skills.
The bulk of this work is done by a handful of volunteers who also have jobs, families, and other obligations. We are always looking for new people to step up. In order for SDMB to become more than it is now, to do more and be more effective in achieving what we all want – for Tucson to be a mountain bike destination with world class trails and features, we need you to join in the fun. We are always looking for new folks to get involved. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact us for a meeting to discuss ways you can help out SDMB and the mountain bike trails community.
Cinco de Mayo Recap!
We had a great turnout for our Cinco de Mayo Aspen Draw shuttle and Picnic. Thanks to everyone who came out, and a special thanks to Chris for the great photos!
May Last Saturday Ride – 5/25 – Bigelow to Molino
May LSR 5/25 – Mt. Lemmon Bigelow to Molino: Meet at Le Buzz at 7:00, carpool to Molino Basin parking area, and shuttle to the top of Bigelow at the radio towers. Start riding at 8:30 – Kellog Mtn Trail, Incinerator Ridge, Green Mountain, Bug Spring, and finish with Prison Camp to Molino. This will probably be 4 hours (+/-) on trail depending on group size. The ride is a difficult 4-D type ride with tough climbs at higher elevation, lots of technical challenges (e.g. big/loose rocks, ruts). There are a number of bail-out points along the route to hop back on the highway if time is an issue. RSVP to our Facebook Event, or let Zach know you’re coming.
May Trail Love Day – 5/11 – Hope Camp
For May, we are partnering with the ATA, SNP and the other mountain bike groups in town to do some work on the newly opened Hope Camp Trail. Please join us on Saturday, May 11th at 7am at the Camino Loma Alta Trailhead. Lunch will be provided at 11am. Dress prepared and bring water. RSVP with Matt Neslon at email@example.com.
Cinco de Mayo Ride and Potluck – Sunday, May 5th
Last year’s SDMB/TucsonMTB Cinco de Mayo Ride moved from the traditional Sweetwater location to Bug Springs and Molino picnic area to beat the heat as well as the piñata. This year we are going higher. We are going to ride Aspen Draw. And picnic after at Inspiration Rock. We will meet at le Buzz at 8 to coordinate rides. Shuttles (or if anyone wants to pedal up…) will start from the base of the run in Summerhaven at 9. We will do as many as we can until noon, and head down to Inspiration Rock picnic area for a potluck picnic. SDMB will provide water and drinks, some snacks, and bagels for pre-ride. Everyone else is to bring a dish or snack, or salad or etc; something that doesn’t need heating up of course. Let Brian Vance know if you are interested, and what you can bring. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
SDMB Micro Grant 2013
Once again, SDMB is proud to offer a $1000 grant available to Pima County residents and organizations with the intent of bettering the local biking community. All projects will be reviewed and rated according to guidelines established by the SDMB Grant Committee. Applications are accepted by mail only, and must by postmarked by June 30, 2013 in order to be considered. Applications will be reviewed and the winner(s) will be notified by July 31, 2013. Download the Application Information Sheet here.
April Bug Springs Trail Work
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us clean up some of the Bug Springs trail. Here are a few photos taken of the before and after:
SDMB & Cyclovia Tucson – April 7th
Who’s ready for another fabulous day with car-free streets between downtown Tucson and the City of South Tucson? Bring your walking shoes, roller skates, or bike to the event and be prepared to see Tucson’s streets like never before. Got some bike-handling skills? Try them out at SDMB’s Obstacle Course! We’ll be located on 23rd Street and 4th Avenue. Hope to see you there! For more Cyclovia information, see their website.
GABA 4th Avenue Bike Swap – April 14th
It’s time for the Spring 2013 GABA Tucson Bike Swap. Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 7AM through 2PM. It’s four city blocks, closed to car traffic in Tucson’s lively Fourth Avenue district, centered at the corner on 5th Avenue and 7th Street! SDMB will have a booth so come by, say “hello”, find out more about our events, and purchase some really great SDMB shirts, hats, jerseys, and socks!
April Trail Love – Bug Springs – April 20th
Our April Trail Love will be taking place on Mt. Lemmon on our favorite SDMB adopted trail: Bug Springs. Come prepared in work clothes, gloves, and water. We’ll meet at LeBuzz Cafe at 7:30am to carpool, and we’ll hike in from the lower trailhead.
April Last Saturday Ride – April 27th- Sweetwater
Not riding the Whiskey? Then why not join SDMB for April’s Last Saturday Ride. If you’re not heading up to Prescott then meet up with our ride leader Bert at the Sweetwater trail-head for some modest paced loops on one of our favorite local systems. Saturday April 27th, 8:00am.
March LSR – “Into the Tortolita Trail system: from the backside!”
Join SDMB on Saturday March 30th as we do an out and back ride into the Tortolita Trail System – from the back, er, east side…
This ride starts at 8:30 from the windmill parking / trail-head near the west end of Rail X Ranch Road (headed west off of Oracle Road at the North end of the town of Catalina, just before Saddle Brook Blvd). The road off Oracle is dirt but easily passable by passenger car to the parking area. You can’t miss it, turn west off the highway and drive toward the Tortolitas…
From our starting point there are several options to ride. We might break into groups, but the main group intends to do the steep climb up the jeep road then drop into the east end of the inner basin of the Tortalita Mountains. If you have not been into this area before it is well worth the effort – it is a Sonoran desert wonderland inside that mountain range… Anyway, we will do an out and back, venturing 5 to 10 miles out to the current point of constuction on the connector trail, near the top of Wild Burro (above the Ritz).
Please EXPECT for this to be an adventure – depending on your skill level and fitness, it could could be a tough ride. Although we would never leave anybody behind all riders are expected to be self supported. This trail leads into remote country and there is no water available. If it is a good spring day it will be warm – have appropriate equipment, wear sunscreen and bring plenty if not extra food and water! The trail is mostly XC with a lot of good climbs and technical challenges tossed in to keep you on your toes. Probably 3 to 5 hours on the trail depending on events – it is work to get into those mountains then work to get back out, but again – well worth the effort.
This should be a good one – hope to see you there!
March Trail Love
TLC crew Martin, Max, Max, & Luong working the Tortalitas (TLC Director Evan took the shot). Turns out, the grey, drizzly day made the trails awesome to work on. Thanks!
Sonoran Desert Museum – Buffelgrass Removal on Sunday, March 3rd
2:30 – 4:30pm. Bring sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeves and pants, hat, reusable water bottle, gloves if you have them, shovel or pick if you have them. Meet at pull-outs K-18 and K-19 along Kinney Rd. To get there, take Speedway/Gates Pass Rd. over Gates Pass, turn right onto Kinney Rd. at the T intersection, heading toward the Desert Museum. Drive about 1 mile. You will pass McCain Loop Rd. and the Brown Mountain picnic area. If you reach the Desert Museum, you went too far. Staff will carry cell #334-5978, but reception is spotty in the mountains. Please try to carpool as parking is very limited. Please RSVP directly to Sonya at the Desert Museum via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trail Love Corps (TLC) – Sunday, March 9 – Tortolitas
We will be working wtih Martin Adriaanse to help him finish up a few projects up there he has been working on since the summer. To get an idea of the work that Martin and others have been doing up there, see the thread on TucsonMTB. Meet at the Wild Burro Trailhead, 15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ at 8:30 AM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided after the trailwork, so please RSVP so I know how much lunch to order.As always, please bring appropriate clothing and water to be working outside in the sun for several hours. Hope to see everyone out there!
MTB Park Input Needed!
There is a new bike park opening in Tucson called Xtreme Fun Spot. They are open to building MTB-specific trails and features, and input is needed to help them understand what MTBers want. Apparently the best way at this point is to go onto their facebook page. If you are interested in providing input and getting more MTB-park style riding in Tucson, please take a moment to post up on their facebook page.
January Last Saturday / Trail Love – 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Course
It’s our monthly LSR ride – and this time the “S” is for “Sunday”! So, do you still need to pre-ride the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo course before race day? Just want to get out for a day of fun? Then join SDMB this Sunday at the 24HOP Start/Finish area for a day of riding and socializing. Meet for carpooling at the Safeway shopping center at Ina/Oracle at 9:00AM, or if you want to drive separately, meet us at the Start/Finish area (NOT the Willow Springs Arch parking lot) at 10AM. Remember to display the State Land Permit! The SDMB EZ-UP will be set up as a “base camp”. From there, the group will ride the course, or if you’re super familiar with the area, we can venture off to explore the infamous Painter Boy or Bones trails.
What SDMB will provide:
Hibachi, charcoal and some basics (burgers & dogs)
Want to combine some urban night riding and some holiday family fun? – SDMB is joining BICAS this year to escort Santa on decorated bikes in the Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights – Dec 15th at 6:30 pm. Let us know if you are interested in joining us so we can start getting a tally. BICAS will be ordering blinky lights that work great for decorating bikes they offer up for a small donation.
Annual Turkey Day Ride aka… Earn The Right To Pig Out 2012
We’ll hit the west side of Tucson Mountain Park and ride a couple of hours to make room for all that turkey and pie. This is a fun, no drop ride that has been going on for over a decade, hope all can make it. November 22, Thursday (Thanksgiving) – When: 7:50am – Where: Parking area G9 on Gates Pass Road – Ride Info: 3-B, 12-15 miles.
10th Annual Bike and Brats
Saturday/Sunday, November 3&4 Bike ‘n Brats Family Camp-out! This is the 10th year of the annual Bike and Brats Weekend! Sadly, we missed last year, but we’ll be back for a weekend of fun at Catalina State Park! The way it works: if you want to do a ride – post it. If you want it Saturday before a campout at the site, a night ride, whatever. We have the camp site starting 7am on Saturday. Tradition has been for several rides the morning of Sunday, November 4, to all end at the campground for great bratwurst, sauerkraut, onions, and more! Gathering scheduled for 11am. Bring something to share if you can – Brats, dogs, burgers provided by SDMB. Contact Hank Rowe for more information.
November TLC – Starr Pass
When: Sunday, 11/11/12 at 8AM. Where: Meet at the Sarasota Trailhead on the South side of Tucson Mountain Park. We will hike over to the climb up to the top of Yetman wash and do rut management and water control work. The climb is thrashed and needs to be loved in a serious way. Plan on working until noon or 1. Lunch will be provided. Dress appropriately and bring plenty of water. SDMB has plenty of tools, but if you have Mcleods, Pulaskis, or good shovels go ahead and bring them just in case. Please post up on TucsonMTB.com if you’re coming so that we can make sure to have enough lunch!
October Trail Love Corps Day (TLC) 10-20-12
Come on out for the October TLC Day! We’re going to work on Fantasy Island again and focus on addressing ruts and sand. Meet at the Irvington trailhead (the intersection of Irvington and Harrison) at 7:30. Bring water, work gloves, snacks, and plenty of energy. If you happen to have a Pulaski, Macleod, or transfer shovel bring it. Lunch will be provided after the trailwork. Post up on Tucson MTB if you’re coming so we know how much lunch to bring.
Prescott Wonderschlautt Festival – October 19 and 20
Ride your mountain bike in Prescott October 20-21 for The Wonderschlautt Festival – BIKES, BEERS, GRINS. Support the local IMBA Chapter PMBA. Multitude of guided ride options for all skill levels. VIP beer tasting, beer garden, bike swap meet, roller races, obstacle course, and other great games. Live band Saturday night.
50/50 September LSR an Adventure!
Wow, what a ride. 11 of us showed up, and there was some serious shredding. Unfortunately, it was us getting shredded, not the gnar. After a long and beautiful climb up Charleau Gap Road and a lovely sunset, we dropped in to Cherry Tank trail. We suspected it would be ovegrown, but I would hesitate to even call it a MTB trail any more. The cat’s claw and other prickly things up there are so overgrown that in places we couldn’t even see the trail and all of us were bleeding by the end. Also, the monsoons were not kind to Cherry Tank and ruts were everywhere. After Cherry Tank we dropped in to Deer Camp and finished at the top of the chutes, then down 50 Year to the Lago del Oro TH. Regardless, it was a great ride that finished with some of us heading over to the CBC brew shed for burgers and awesome CBC beer.
Tucson is getting a lot of Trail Love
A very big thank you to ALL who have been turning out to help SDMB and local trail-lovers do some much-needed TLC to Mt. Lemmon’s trails. In July, we had a fantastic turnout to do some work on Kellogg Trail, and for August, Sunset Trail got the attention. Click on the photos below to see their galleries, and we encourage you to help out on a future TLC.
Join us for a 50/50 (day/night) ride at the 50-Year trail in Golder Ranch. We’ll start at the Lago del Norte trailhead at 4pm (feet in pedals!) and cruise on a 4-hour, Intermediate/Advanced ride through some of the best of 50-Year Trail. You must bring a light!
July Last Saturday Ride – Mt. Lemmon
The route is still up in the air but we’re planning to ride Meadow Trail to San Pedro Vista. It could be a shuttle from San Pedro Vista if anyone wants to organize: Ride Meadow, Aspen, Sunset (or HWY) to 1918, Bear Wallow Rd to Secret to Bigelow to Kellog to Incinerator and back to the cars. Meet at Le Buzz at 7:30 am to carpool. San Pedro to shuttle by 8:15 or at the top of Meadow by 8:45, FIP 9:00 am. We’ll probably meet at the Meadow Trail parking lot at the top of ski valley by 9:00. This ride contains some technical trail and climbing at higher elevations so it’s recommended for Intermediate-level riders. Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming. Details can be found on TucsonMTB.
Mt. Kellog Cleanup and Incinerator Ridge shuttle – July 15
We also need your help for another Mt. Lemmon Trailwork Day, coming up on Sunday, July 15th. We’ll be cleaning and rebuilding badly eroded sections on Mt. Kellog and Incinerator Ridge trail. Tools will be provided, but you need to bring LOTS of water for yourself, gloves, and dress appropriately. Meet at LeBuzz Cafe at 7:00am to shuttle up the mountain. And as an added bonus: Show up to three work events and get a free SDMB TLC – Trail Crew t-shirt and special deals on gear through SDMB. Take a look at the TucsonMTB forum post for the latest details on this work event.
June Last Saturday Ride – Fantasy Island Night Ride!
The SDMB Last Saturday Ride (or LSR) is a fun, social ride that takes place in various locations on the last Saturday of EVERY month. Rides vary in difficulty and location, but no one is ever left behind. For June, it’s going to be a night ride at Fantasy Island!We encourage you to RSVP to the ride on TucsonMTB so we know to look for you. Please bring helmet, a good-working bike, protection, and lights! Group ride leaders: Bert Ehrmann & Cat Greene. Meet at Irvington entrance
Crystal Springs Trailwork Recap
June 2nd was National Trails Day, and to celebrate, a dedicated number of Trail Love Crew volunteers made the drive up Mt. Lemmon to give needed love to a great and gnarly (but often ignored) trail called Crystal Springs. They cleaned and pruned, and cut and moved a number of fallen trees. This is quite a feat and sweat-equity when chainsaws are not allowed. Take a look at a few of the photos below to see their work.
Reveal The Path Screening – June 19th
Mountain bikers! Reveal the Path is playing tomorrow at The Loft Cinema, with live pre-show music by soundtrack artist Dominique Fraissard and a post-film Q&A with producer/director Mike Dion! Come on out to see a great movie and enjoy some knobby-tire atmosphere. Hope to see you there!
TLC – Trailwork Crystal Springs on Mt. Lemmon – June 2nd, 2012 –
June 2nd is National Trails Day so we are planning that for our TLC event. Just starting to get details but the plan will be to work Crystal Springs Trail on Mt. Lemmon. It has been very overgrown the last few years and needs a hefty dose of TLC. Please check out the TucsonMTB thread for the most up-to-date information. Mark your calendars. Time 7:00 am. Parking: Butterfly TH is on the right side on Lemmon highway as you are going up. Will try and get the mile marker but think its around 25 maybe. We would like to have two groups of workers one hiking in from the Control rd. and the other hiking in from Butterfly TH. Let us know who wants in so we can make the plans depending on the amount of people. If the group is small enough we will just do a shuttled thru ride. Only about 5 miles of trail we plan on working on.
May Last Saturday Ride – 50-Year Trail
Let’s take a ride out on the 50 Year Trail and see the results of the SDMB/IMBA Trail Workday!! Time: 8:00am Place: Golder Ranch Parking Lot We NEED RIDE LEADERS and sweeps for this ride. Depending on the number and abilities of the participants that show up for this ride, we may break into several smaller groups, which could provide some varied ride options. Take a look at the official thread over on TucsonMTB.com.
April TLC – Green Mountain Trailwork Day – Saturday, April 28th
The Last Saturday Ride has been changed to a Trail Work Day, due to bad weather the last time we tried to work on Green Mountain. So grab your work gloves and join us this coming Saturday the 28th for some Green Mountain love! Be ready for a hike of about 2-2.5 miles into Green Mt. There are some downed trees most are manageable for us to move one will need the FS. Lots of little brushback to be done and maybe fix some wash outs. Meeting Time: 9am Shuttle Place: At the camp ground where Green comes out.Plan: Plan is to just hike from the top all the way thru. Bring a lunch won’t be a short day.Check out the official TucsonMTB thread for the latest updates.
2012 Cinco De Mayo – Sunday, May 6th
For the 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo event, we’re headed up Mt. Lemmon! Bring a potluck Cinco-inspired item, your bike, and prepare to have a great time. There will be BBQ Grills there if you need to grill. We’ll be stationed at the Molino Basin campground, and rides will go out from there. The plan, if we have enough riders, is to Shuttle to Bug Springs. If not, then we’ll just do Prison Camp. Both Bugs and Prison are considered Intermediate trails. If you’re familiar and comfortable with Starr Pass, then you’ll be good to go. Be there by 8am, and remember, you will need to either have a pass, or buy one at the station on your way up the mountain. Please RSVP on our Facebook event.
NEW! MOUNTAIN BIKE SKILLS CLINICS (MTB 101 & 102)
Pima County DOT Bike Ped Dept is venturing forth unto the wonderful world of mountain biking, and our very own Martha Lemen is teaching! Even better…. it’s FREE! In Part 1 of this two-part class, riders will learn the basics of mountain biking – body position, bike set up & skills to gain confidence on the trail. Newer riders will learn a lot and experienced riders will learn more efficient techniques to ride faster with more control. Part 2 will give riders the opportunity to apply the skills learned in Part 1 on the trails at Fantasy Island. We will analyze lines and take the time to get over/through the various features at Tucson’s most popular trail system. Class size is limited to 8 riders. Riders need to bring a bike in good working condition, bring water to last 3 hours in hot sun and wear a helmet. Sunglasses and gloves are highly recommended. Call 243-BIKE (2453) to sign up. (Ages 16 plus, 13-15 okay with a parent). TO REGISTER, CALL 243-BIKE (2453).
Part 1, Saturday, April 21st, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. George Mehl Park, 4001 E. River Rd.
Part 2, Saturday, April 28th, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fantasy Island – Irvington Trailhead (Irvington/Harrison)
Part 1, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Purple Heart Park,10050 E. Rita Rd.
Part 2, Sunday, April 29th, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fantasy Island – Irvington Trailhead (Irvington/Harrison)
Sign a Petition to Legalize Night Riding in Tucson
Many of you may not know, but night riding is currently illegal in Pima County trail systems such as Sweetwater, Starr Pass, etc. With summer temperatures reaching 110 degrees, night riding is sometimes is the only way to get some quality singletrack time. Please sign this petition to urge Pima County into allowing night riding.
Cyclovia Tucson is this weekend. Please visit the SDMB’s booth and decorate your helmet and/or a bike plate, and play some ring toss for a chance to win some cool prizes. We will have an all ages group ride leaving from the booth at 11:30am to do the 5 mile loop, led by the wonderful Martha Lemen. Cyclovia is March 18th from 10am to 3pm. The 5 mile loop starts downtown and loops around the south side of town. Check the map on the Cyclovia website for details. The SDMB booth will be near 4th Ave and 24th Street.See you on Sunday!
SDMB Offers Mini-Grant
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists is pleased to offer a $1000 grant available to Pima County residents and organizations with the intent of bettering the local biking community. If you are interested, please head on over to our Advocacy page and view/download the requirements. All submissions due by June 30, 2012. All applications received will be reviewed by committee and the winner notified by the end of the following month.
Build Trails + Ride Your Bike = FREE STUFF!
Yep, you read that right. And it’s no joke. SDMB wants to thank hard working folks who give back to the trails and offer their time to the mountain biking community. Here’s how it works… You attend certain SDMB events and you earn entries into a raffle that will be held at the end of the year, at the SDMB Holiday Party. The more events you attend, the more entries you earn. It’s that simple! What can you win? Well, we’re not going to spoil the surprise, but lets just say that it makes the membership raffle prizes look like chump change. What certain SDMB events do you need to attend to earn yourself entries to the raffle?
You will earn 3 entries for each SDMB TLC (Trail Love Crew) workday.
You will earn 1 entry for each SDMB Last Saturday Ride.
You will earn 1 EXTRA entry if you LEAD a group on a Last Saturday Ride.
There may be other SDMB Special Events throughout the year that can earn you additional entries. These Special Events will be posted and highlighted as such, as well as noted how many additional entries these events could earn you.
Some additional notes about the raffle: To win, you MUST be a current member of SDMB as of the time of the drawing, Board Members and Officers of SDMB are NOT eligible to win, Winners do NOT need to be present to win.
Hope to see more people out at these events. They are always fun, even if they do involve a bit of work here and there. The best way to make an impact is to be involved!
3-2-2012 Update – SDMB/IMBA Trailwork Day
50-Year Trailwork on Saturday, March 24th
Woohoo we have IMBA coming to town to help us out on a trail event. The plan is to meet at Coronado K-8 School 3401 W. Wilds Road Tucson, AZ 85739 Room 211 at 9am for some class room sessions. After the class work is all done then the fun begins at the 50yr. trail system. We will be working up near the Chutes in an area that has become damaged by riders riding threw when the trail is muddy. This has left this clay section extremely wide with tire ruts and all that mess.
1-27-2012 Update – SDMB Starts Some New Saturday Rides for Ladies and Beginners!
SDMB is proud to present two new monthly rides. The Third Saturday Ride is geared toward ladies looking to ride in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere. The ride actually is co-ed occasionally but is never high-pressure and is no-one-left-behind. The other new event is our First Saturday Beginners Ride, which (obviously) takes place on the First Saturday of every month. This ride is specifically for those new to mountain biking and/or mountain biking in Tucson. So come on out and enjoy these great rides!
There is no greater sporting event in all of cycling than the Tour de France. Chasing Legends touches on the rich history, passion and true grit of the The Tour as seen through the eyes of Team HTC Columbia along with commentary from Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong and some of the sports most prolific heros. With a stunning array of HD cameras, poignant and touching interviews, “Chasing Legends” will take viewers deeper into the pro peloton than ever on a roller coaster ride of action, story and emotion.
Bicycle Dreams & Re-CYCLE – Fox Theatre – Wednesday, Jan 18th, 2012 – 5:30pm
Do you have some bike parts, clothing, bikes, bike relate anything you no longer have a need for? Lets Re-CYCLE it. Your trash may be someone’s treasure and vice versa. Bring something- take something. This event is part of the Bicycle Dreams movie at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are 8 in advance at Ordinary Bikes, Fairwheel, Sabino Cycles and Fitworks. $10 at the door. For Bicycle Dreams, filmmaker Stephen Auerbach and his crew worked around the clock to capture the highs and lows of the Race Across America. With 18 cameras in the field, the team found innovative ways to document this massive event. To uncover the inner workings of the race, embedded camera operators traveled inside the riders’ crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams. Their footage captured emotional and physical breakdowns, late-night strategy sessions, and great moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then took on the enormous task of editing hundreds of hours of material into a powerful, inspiring look inside the most difficult race on Earth.
Want to combine some urban night riding and some holiday family fun? – SDMB is joining BICAS this year to escort Santa on decorated bikes in the Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights – Dec 15th at 6:30 pm. Let us know if you are interested in joining us so we can start getting a tally. BICAS will be ordering blinky lights that work great for decorating bikes they offer up for a small donation.
Fix “The Shaft” Fantasy Island Trailwork – Saturday, December 10th
One of the most fun parts of Fantasy Island, known as “The Shaft” is in bad need of repair. Come on out and help lay some pavers down to stop erosion and keep this obstacle in good shape. Wear grubby clothes, and bring water! meet at the main North trailhead at Harrison and Irvington at 8am sharp.
Come on out and help keep a Tucson mountain biking gem in tip-top shape!
The 3rd annual fundraiser for the Arizona Trail. Help promote this event by inviting friends, posting on facebook walls, etc. How does it work? Donate directly to the Arizona Trail Association and you get a free shuttle ride to your choice of through rides on the AZ Trail, along with unlimited access to the post-ride BBQ (free beer!) and other goodies. This is a 35-mile (25-mile option) of some of the best AZTrail singletrack available. We meet at Pistol Hill, shuttle to Box Canyon Road and end up back at Pistol Hill. For exact details and maps, please see Topofusion’s website.
11-21-2011 Update – Turkey Day Ride!
Annual Turkey Day “Earn The Right to Pig Out” 2011 Ride
November 24, Thursday (Thanksgiving) . Annual “earn the right to pig out” ride. 3-B, 12-15 miles. We’ll hit the west side of Tucson Mountain park and ride a couple of hours to make room for all that turkey. Meet at 7:50 at the parking area G9 on Gates Pass Road. This is a fun ride that has been going on for about a decade, hope all can make it.
Buffelgrass Eradication a Success!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who came out to Starr Pass and helped SDMB and the Southern Arizona Weedwhackers destroy some annoying bufflegrass. For those who don’t know, bufflegrass is a non-native and VERY invasive plant that is taking over our beautiful desert, and brings an incredibly high-fire danger with it. Only with constant eradication can we get ahead of this pervasive grass.
11-9-2011 Update – Upcoming Events!
SDMB at the Bike Swap – Saturday, November 12th
Don’t miss one of the biggest bike events in Tucson – the GABA Bike Swap. Come down to 4th Avenue to find great deals on tons of bike-related material. Officially it starts at 8am, and the best deals are often gone at 8:05am so get there early! Stop by the SDMB tent and say “hi!”
Eradicate Some Buffelgrass – November 19th
SDMB is partnering up with the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers for a great day of bufflegrass removal at Starr Pass. This will be a great opportunity for us as community to show how dedicated we are to preserving our desert and protecting our trails. We will need as many volunteers as we can get.Click to view photos of this event.
November Last Saturday Ride – November 26th – 9am.
Join us for a beautiful Last Saturday Ride on one of our favorite sections of the Arizona Trail. We will be riding from Pistol Hill to Three Bridges, though we may not go that far if the group decides not to. This ride is Intermediate. There are restrooms and water available in Colossal Cave Mountain Park, about 1/4 of the ride in from the start. Contact us if you’re interested in riding. As always, our rides are open to everyone… no need to be an SDMB member to ride. Come on out! Be ready to ride at 9am.
October Last Saturday Ride 10/19 – HoneyBee Canyon
The October LSR is a lesser-ridden loop that starts and finishes at the HoneyBee Canyon trailhead on the south side of Rancho Vistoso Blvd just after it crosses the HoneyBee wash travelling west to east on Rancho Vistoso. We’ll ride road from there to N Tortilla Hills Tr and up Gecko Canyon Tr climbing over the top of the ridge and descending gradually until reaching the HoneyBee Canyon single track which we’ll ride back to the power line road and thence back to the trailhead on Rancho Vistoso. Great views, good workout. About 20 miles, 1300 ft of climbing. Somewhere between a 3B and a 3C on the SDMB rating system.
The plan is to meet at the lower Bug springs trailhead at 7:30. From there we will judge the group size and determine what we what to accomplish, and will be finishing up around 10:30am. If you’re interested, contact Vern and let him know you’ll be joining. Wear work clothes, bring gloves if you have them, and always bring water.
September LSR Recap!
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy Sweetwater for our Last Saturday Ride in September. We had a great turn out with 10 riders, 3-4 were new to the LSR scene. We rode the entire sweetwater loop, stopping to regroup at the major intersections for some nice trail and mtb talk. Overall it was a great day on the bike in the beautiful Tucson desert.
9-21-2011 Update – Lots of Events!
September Last Saturday Ride – Sweetwater – September 24th
Vern is leading the LSR this month out at Sweetwater. This will be a beginner friendly ride, so we will have a mellow pace, no one left behind, plenty of breaks, and bail out options if you need them. Great ride for beginners who want to get out and meet great people or just want to have a nice mellow social ride on their mtb. Be ready to ride at 8am, and as always, bring plenty of water.
Camp Wildcat Bike-A-Thon – November 12th – 9am-1pm
Camp Wildcat is a non-profit organization on the University of Arizona campus that takes underprivileged children from Tucson on camping trips to promote college. To keep these camps cost-free to children, we are having a bike-a-thon on November 12th on the Rillito River Trail. We are trying to advertise our event to the Tucson community. This is a bike ride through the peaceful Rillito River Park. The distance is up to you, but we have recommended trails of 22, 12, and 6 miles. Following the event is a celebration! Registration costs are $10 (payable at the event). You can bolster your contribution to the club with our sponsorship form. Find friends, family, and businesses who share your desire to help Tucson’s youth, and have them pledge a per-mile donation on the sponsorship form. The farther you ride, the more you’ll help! If you find 3 sponsors, you will receive a free stylish bike-a-thon t-shirt! For more information, visit their website >>
Eradicate Some Buffelgrass – November 19th
SDMB is partnering up with the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers for a great day of bufflegrass removal at Starr Pass. This will be a great opportunity for us as community to show how dedicated we are to preserving our desert and protecting our trails. We will need as many volunteers as we can get.More information >>
Sweetwater Trail Day Recap
SDMB wants to send out a special thank you to the dozen folks who showed up on Saturday, September 10th for the Sweetwater Trailwork Day (and post-work ride). The 12-folks broke into broke into two groups, one of which went out on foot and one went out on bikes. They did a lot of preventative pruning and fixed some small drainage issues.
Our next trail day will be October 8th at Bug Springs Trail.
Pedal Driven a Success!
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported SDMB and local trail advocacy last night at the Pedal Driven Premier! According to our first count, we had well over 125 folks show up! We’ll have photos up soon, as well as the winner(s) of our raffle prizes.
Sweetwater Trail Maintenance Day and Ride – Saturday, September 10th
Sorry for the short notice, but if you want to learn the basics of trail maintenance and go for a nice ride as well, then show up tomorrow at the Sweetwater Trails Sat, September 10, 7am – 9am. Its still going to be hot out so we aren’t going to be doing serious amounts of trail work until it cools off. This month we have a great opportunity to offer those who are new to trail work and want to learn more. SDMB is putting on a trail pruning and general maintenance class. Tools will be provided but if you have a favorite pair of loppers bring them. You will also want to bring a pair of gloves, a hat, and water. Post ride will also probably happen so bring your bike.
The Tucson Premier of Pedal-Driven: A Bikeumentary
Help Support Tucson Trail Advocacy AND Have a Great Time Doing It! Presented by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists – at the Fox Theatre, Thursday September 8th – Doors open at 6pm and Show starts at 7pm. Bike Valet Available!
Tickets on sale now!Tickets are only $5.00 each to support your all volunteer 501c3 Non-Profit mountain bike trail advocacy organization! The night of the show, you can enter to win great prizes from our sponsors including a Kona “Shonky” Dirt Jump Bike.
C’mon out for a casual, fun, no-one-left-behind ride out at Fantasy Island this coming Saturday NIGHT! Meet at the main trailhead (Irvington and Houghton) at 7pm. Bring a light worthy of a couple hours of burn-time. Beginner night/newbie friendly. Distance and route will be figured out depending on who shows up. Hope to see you there!
Arizona Trail Work Day Photos
Thanks to all of you who came out to repair the recent Monsoon damage on the Arizona Trail. We had a good turnout, the weather was nice, and all the damage was fixed. Take a look at the photos!
Arizona Trail Work Day – Sunday, August 21st
The recent monsoon storms caused some trail damage on the Arizona Trail near Colossal Cave Mountain Park. We’re looking for volunteers to help repair this damage. If you’re interested, please meet at the Colossal Cave Mountain Park entrance at 7:00am. Bring comfortable work clothes (long pants/jeans, durable shoes/boots), gloves, and a hat if you have them. Please also remember to bring water and sunscreen.
July Last Saturday Ride – Two Choices This Month!
Ride #1: Mount Bigelow – Butterfly – Crystal Springs Shuttle Not quite as tech as Green Mountain but more then Bugs. A “3C” on the SDMB scale. Intermediate to advanced riders with good physical fitness not really a beginner ride. We will shuttle off of the top of Mount Bigelow, dropping down to the Butterfly trail and then ending on the control road after Crystal Springs trail. Dropping off of the top it’s mostly DH to start and then a mix of ride-able climbs and short hike a bikes. It is similar to Green Mountain and Bug Springs but about one mile shorter 8.5 miles total. A little more then 3 miles of uphill riding with a .5 mile hike a bike in the middle. Meet at 7:00 am at LeBuzz then it will take a couple of hours to drive up the mountain and set the shuttle. Shuttle involves dirt so not the best for low clearance rigs.
Ride #2: Fantasy Island Night Ride Good for beginners who are new to night riding. No one left behind. Meet at 7:15pm at the Northern Harrison/Irvington trailhead. Route will depend on who shows up and what everyone wants to do. PLEASE bring a light capable of lasting at least 2 hours.
June Last Saturday Ride – Time Change
It’s freakin’ HOT so we’re bumping the night ride start time to 7:00pm. Meet at the Sweetwater trailhead. Please contact Zach if you plan to attend or if you have an extra light you would be willing to share for those without. We will have a few extra lights so don’t let that stop you from coming out.
June Last Saturday Ride – Location Change
Due to the recent Coronado Forest closure because of high fire danger, our June Last Saturday Ride has been changed to a beginner-friendly NIGHT ride at Sweetwater! If you want to do a longer ride, that’s cool, too. We’ll split up as needed. Yeah, we’re bummed we can’t ride up in the cool pines of Mt. Lemmon, but if you’ve never experienced mountain biking at night in the Sonoran Desert, you need to join us… it’s a fantastic ride. Meet at 6:00pm at the Sweetwater trailhead. Please contact Zach if you plan to attend or if you have an extra light you would be willing to share for those without. We will have a few extra lights so don’t let that stop you from coming out.
Help Tucson Win Outside Magazine’s 2011 Best Town in America Contest
Yes, another contest! But SDMB doesn’t gain anything in this one…. we just like to shout out to the world how proud we are to be living in Tucson. So head on over to Outside magazine’s facebook page, and vote for Tucson. For a bit of motivation, you’ll be entered to win a 5-day trip to the top 10 town of your choice… pretty sweet, eh?
National Trails Day at Bug Springs
Big, big thanks to everyone who came out for the SDMB National Trails Day event on Bug Springs trail. We met at the lower Bug Springs Trailhead at 8:00am and were joined by Greg from the Forest Service, who was nice enough to work with us for the entire project. Stan, the head ranger for the Catalina district, stopped by and was extremely appreciative of our ongoing efforts to take care of trails in the area. He also told us about some negative experiences he had with riders while running on Bug Springs, and we discussed our efforts to promote trail etiquette (remember, you never know who you’re pissing off when you behave disrespectfully!) and play nice with other user groups. We worked on two spots just downhill from the Hoodoos; one was a crib wall in need of reconstruction, and the other was a section with erosion problems that needed some stairs and armoring built. In all, it was a very successful event. Not only did we get some good trail work done, but we continued to develop a strong relationship with the Forest Service. Greg has always been a strong supporter of the MTB community, and he definitely takes note of all the hard work we put in. I think it’s a real testament to working within the system, and hopefully this will lead to more sweet trails to ride in the future.
In response to Forest Service needs, the SDMB National Trails Day event will now be at Bug Springs Trail. Meeting date and time are still the same: Saturday 6/4/11, meet at the lower trailhead at 8:00am, or if you want to carpool, meet at Le Buzz at 7:30. For the project, we will be addressing erosion control issues. We will have the ATA tool trailer, so will have all the tools we need. Just show up with food, water, and appropriate clothing. If you are planning on attending or have questions, please RSVP to Evan. We would love to have at least 10 total volunteers for the project.
Pedaling Towards Platinum
The City of Tucson produced a nice video to help promote their want to become Platinum-level certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Tucson is currently a Gold-level city.
May Last Saturday Ride – Bug Springs, Molino Basin, and La Milagrosa
The May LSR will be the epic combination of Bug Springs, Molino Basin and La Milagrosa trails. Bugs and Molino are Intermediate level riding, while La Milagrosa is Advanced. Let’s meet at Le Buzz / McDonalds on the corner of Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde at 6:45am, which allows us to get carpooled up and on the trail early enough to finish in a reasonable time. It is supposed to get up to 100 degrees by Saturday so bring lots of water! There will be three rides if so needed: 1) Bugs only, 2) Bugs-Prison, and 3) Bugs-Prison-Millie. Let Brian Vance, ride leader, know if you plan on riding and what you would prefer, and he will get more details put together.
Oh, and also:
SDMB Won the Ford/Good $50k Grant!
That’s right! Thanks to your generous voting, SDMB pulled ahead and we won the Good/Ford “Reinventing the Great Outdoors” Grant! This is hot off the press so we’re not sure what the timeline is going to show, but we will definitely be posting up more news as it’s available. And of course, what we plan on doing with this generous amount. Tucson’s trails just got a HUGE shot in the arm! Take a look at the official announcement article here!
GO VOTE AND HELP US WIN $50,000!
The GOOD.is $50,000 Grant contest is now live! Please go vote for SDMB every day through May 20th. Encourage your friends and family to do so, as well. You will have to register (it’s free)
SDMB Selected for a potential $50,000 Grant from Good.is and Ford Motor Company!
Launched on Monday April 4, GOOD and the 2011 Ford Explorer will be devoting six weeks to the Reinventing the Outdoors Contest, which showcases amazing organizations like the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicycists that are redefining the way we live, work, and play outside. Check in every day for a new story about the people, celebrities, and programs behind each organization. Help SDMB win the $50,000 grand prize by voting for them starting Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20. We are up against some tough competition (Ed Norton and Will Ferrell, seriously.) So PLEASE prepare yourself for voting starting Monday, May 16th.
Tucson area trailheads are busy every weekend with mountain bikers, and the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists will be counting helmets this weekend. The count and survey of mountain bikers is part of a regional effort to achieve “Platinum” status from the League of American Bicyclists. Eastern Pima County currently has a “gold” status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Read more from Examiner.com >>
Ride of Silence
The sixth observance of the Ride of Silencewill begin at 5:30pm in the Santa Cruz Valley and 6:00pm in Tucson on Wednesday, May 18. Light refreshments, provided by local volunteers, will be available at 5:30 and the ride will begin at 6:00 PM. We had 100 plus riders participate last year and we are looking for 100 plus plus this year. See details on the Ride of Silence Website.
National Trails Day – June 4th
National Trails Day is coming up on Saturday, June 4th and SDMB has got some ideas floating around to get some trail-work done. We haven’t decided yet exactly what we’re going to do (as there are a lot of trails that need our TLC) but check back here, as well as Twitter and Facebook for any developments. Rest assured, we will do something, so block out Saturday, June 4th and prepare for some good ‘ole Tucson trailwork!
Bike Swap Meet and Downtown Old Pueblo Grand Prix – Sunday, April 17th
Don’t forget about the 4th Avenue Bike Swap this Sunday, starting at 6am and going through 12noon. Get there early to find the best deals, but even if you don’t need any bikes or bike parts (that’s hard to imagine, though) at least come down and enjoy the atmosphere. Also… new this year! The Old Pueblo Grand Prix Race! After you’re done shopping at the swap, grab a latte and watch as riders cover a 0.6-mile course at speeds of 30mph in the heart of downtown. The start/finish line is located on North Church Avenue in front of the old courthouse. Riders will make turns onto Alameda, Stone, Pennington, Scott and Congress streets before turning back onto Church to complete a lap. It’ll be a screaming good time!
SDMB and Lee Blackwell Honor the Bike Monk
Fantasy Island is one of Tucson’s most well-known and loved mountain biking trails. Located on a chunk of State Trust land, and surrounded by developments, it truly is an island of sweet, winding singletrack in the heart of Tucson. It was the brainchild of a few Tucson mountain bike pioneers, with the most prominent being Craig Randall, otherwise known as the Bike Monk. Lee Blackwell, a long-standing member of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, created a metal sign as a tribute to the Bike Monk and all of the hard work and dedication he put into Fantasy Island. This video, created by John Bransky, celebrates and documents not only the Bike Monk’s work, but also to all those who were part of Fantasy Island’s early days, and those who continue to maintain and enjoy it.
Save the Date and RSVP – Cinco de Mayo Ride and Potluck – May 8th
The 4th annual SDMB/TMTB Cinco de Mayo ride and potluck will co-exist with Dia de las Madres this year. Saturday is the Elephant Head race so we chose Sunday for the Cinco party. Bring your mother if you want, we can get a game of Bingo going. Bring your kids as well, the playground will be theirs for the day while you go ride. And Mom can watch them (I mean enjoy their company.) Please save the date, RSVP to Brian Vance, and let me know what you would like to bring for the potluck. SDMB will supply drinks, fruit/bagels for breakfast, and eating tools. I will make some chili colorado shredded beef and salsa. Usually we start the ride to Sweetwater at 8 from my place. Breakfast at 7:30. If folks just want to join the ride at the TH, probably meet there at 8:20ish. Lunch at 11. Hang out as long as you want. Take a look at some of our previous Cinco Celebrations.
Last Saturday Rides Posted!
It’s been a long time coming and we apologize for the delay in getting our Last Saturday Rides posted. But now you can check them out on our Rides and Events page. We’ve got a lot of nice rides planned this year, including some “beginner friendly” rides. So if you haven’t joined us on one of our LSRs before, this is the time. Hope to see you!
Last Saturday AZTrail Work Day Recap
A very special thank you to all SDMBers who came out and were among the many who helped finish off a section of the Lakes area Arizona Trail. The weather was fantastic, and the free lunches provided by Beyond Bread were a welcome end to the day. Take a look at some of the photos, and click on any of them to see the rest…
The Elephant Head Challenge is a 20-mile mountain bike adventure through Coronado National Forest in the Santa Rita Mountains. Come participate in this fantastic race on Saturday, May 7th. For more information, please visit Xtreme Bicyling’s website.
Urban Assault Wrap-Up
Looks like the New Belgium Urban Assault Ride was another huge success! A special thank you to all SDMBers who volunteered for SDMB and WOWArizona. We’ll have some photos up as soon as we can, but in the meantime, check out our Facebook page to see some photos from participants.
March Last Saturday “Ride” – AZTrail Work Day – Saturday, March 26.
A few of us can say we’ve done a lot of trail work. Some of us can say we’ve done some – but there’s a whole lot of us that really haven’t taken the time to pay some time back to our trails. So now is the perfect time to jump right in and help punch through one of the very last segments of the Arizona Trail! THIS IS OUR “LAST SATURDAY RIDE” FOR MARCH! And the weather will be perfect to help SDMB make a strong showing at this event. So – let’s take the cleats *out* of our pedals, don some jeans and wear a nice shady hat instead of our helmets. If you can help, and would like details – location, etc. – you can contact Mark Flintto sign up. Let him know you’re making this your SDMB Last Saturday “Ride” – he’ll not only give you the low down, but will make sure you’re in the count for the wonderful sandwiches that are donated! We do need a good turnout to finish up in the Lakes Road area, so we hope you can join the SDMB folks for another Golden Spike Moment!
AZTrail Work Day – Saturday, March 26
SDMB Sponsored AZT Trail building! Please spread the word, we’re hoping for 15-20 SDMB’rs plus the usual AZT trail builders to knock out the last section to complete the connection near the Lakes Road. Whohoo, AZT is almost done, will be complete from MX to UT this year!!! E-mail Mark Flint to sign up.
IMBA Trail Crew Bug Springs Trail Maintenance Day – February 10-13, 2011
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists are excited to sponsor the IMBA Trail Care Crew the weekend of February 10-13. The weekend is shaping up nicely! Saturday will be Trail Day, and will incorporate a morning classroom session – we will hear the Crew talk about trail sustainability and maintainability and learn the “latest” techniques for trail work. The afternoon takes us to Bug Springs, where we’ll apply what we learned to what’s becoming one of Tucson’s favorite mountain bike trails. The morning session will be from 9:00AM to noon, and trail work will start at about 1:00 on Bugs, meeting at the lower parking lot on Mt. Lemmon Highway, at approx milemarker 7.5. Details about the location for the classroom session are being finalized, and we will post it here when it is available. If anyone is racing the MBAA series, volunteer points are available for this work day!
New Belgium Urban Assault Ride Tucson
Belgium Brewery Urban Assult – March 20, 2011 The Urban Assault Ride is coming once again, and once again SDMB needs your help as a volunteer! Yes, it is fun to participate but it’s also quite a blast to volunteer at one of the stations and encourage (laugh at) the participants. SDMB needs 30-volunteers this year so help us out. You end up getting free food, drinks, t-shirts, etc. Not only does SDMB benefit from this, but this year our good friend and sponsor WOW Arizona (Wild Outdoor World Arizona and Oasis Bed & Breakfast) also benefits. To Volunteer for the UAR (and we need your help!) click here!
SDMB YouTube Channel
Come check out SDMB’s new YouTube Channel! We’re still trying to create some videos but we’ve got a couple good ones already. Enjoy!
January Last Saturday Ride Jan 29 – MTB 101 with Martha Lemen – FREE!
Who would think of skiing down a mountain for the first time without lessons? Not many, yet many new mountain bikers do the same, often with painful results. Learn new techniques, new habits, and improve existing skills to gain more confidence and ride more efficiently (ie “faster”). Martha Lemen, a professional mountain bike skills instructor with 15 years experience will guide the class through a series of drills designed to build confidence in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. 9:00AM to 11:00AM Brandi Fenton Park 3482 E River Road (Google Map). Private lessons are always available for a nominal fee. Please call Martha 520-400-9095 or email to reserve your spot!
SDMB Holiday Ride and BBQ Recap
Once again we had a nice turnout for our 2010 SDMB Holiday Party, located once again in Ironwood Campground in the Tucson Mountain Park area (near Old Tucson Studios). About 25 folks showed up to ride 3-levels of rides, from kid-friendly singletrack to some technical goodness on Brown Mountain. We all returned to enjoy burgers and hot dogs grilled up by Chuck and Debbie. The gift exchange was, as always, a big hit, especially with the kids. Thanks to everyone who came out, and a very BIG thank you for being a member of SDMB and supporting our club.
It’s time for the Second Annual Party. This is a family event. We will gather at Ironwood Picnic area of Tucson Mountain Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday January 8th. From there we will host rides of 3 different levels, most of which should return about noon. We will then BBQ hamburgers, hot dogs and beans. Water, soda, juice will also be provided. The club will provide everything, so all you have to do is show up. You do not have to participate in the “regifting exchange”; but here is how it works. Rewrap something you got for Christmas but have no use for (preferably bicycle related). It’s OK to go out and buy a $10 (about) gift if you can’t part with any of your presents. We will then draw numbers and you pick a gift off the table and open it. You can also make “steals” with the 2 steal limit. In truth, what usually happens is that everybody is too gentle and does not steal anything; but then we all sit around afterward and trade stuff until all are happy. It is a lot of fun, good food and good riding. Ironwood Picnic area is located in Tucson Mountain Parks western section and is an alcohol free county park. If we get there early enough we can usually get the big picnic area at the end of the picnic ground road. Directions: Go west on Speedway and over Gates Pass. When you dead end at Kinney Rd, turn left. Go 1.7 miles and turn right in to the picnic area. ( Google Map ) As we get a little closer, Chuck will ask for a rough RSVP just so I can buy the food.
Annual Thanksgiving “Earn the Right to Pig Out” Ride – 11/26
SDMB’s longest-running ride is now upon us! Jobie will be leading this ride on Thanksgiving morning. . We’ll hit the west side of Tucson Mountain park and ride a couple of hours to make room for all that turkey. Meet at 7:50 at the parking area G9 on Gates Pass Road. This is a fun ride, hope all can make it. 3-B, 12-15 miles. Happy thanksgiving. Contact Jobie if you’re going to make it.
Black Diamond Rider Survey
Through interaction with the local land management agencies, public forums, and the local MTB advocacy club it has become increasingly apparent that Tucson is unaware of local BDR numbers and their collective desires. The needs of Tucson’s BDR have gone woefully under-represented. This shows in the lack of local area venues that legally support Black Diamond style riding opportunities and the back to square one mentality when it comes to addressing and representing the needs of the Tucson’s BDR. Pro MTB DH racers have left town due to a dearth of riding and training opportunities.
This survey is being conducted specifically to define the Tucson area BDR in order to better represent their needs regarding local MTB access and advocacy issues. The results obtained from this survey will be used to inform the local MTB advocacy entity, Sonoran Desert MTB’ers (SDMB) of the population of and desires of Tucson’s BDR community so that they may better represent the local BDR in dealings with our local land management agencies and advocacy groups. These “dealings” include working toward developing new and legal DH trails, freeride areas, MTB skills parks and venues, BMX parks and venues, and urban skills loop, among others.
If these issues are important to you, please take the time to complete this survey so that your BDR needs can begin to be meaningfully represented. Though this survey is being conducted on behalf of SDMB, no membership is required to participate in the survey or to be included in the optional Tucson BDR E-News Notice.
WE VALUE YOUR RESPONSE –> Sorry, this survey is now closed. Thanks for your input!
October Last Saturday Ride – Golder Ranch/50-Year/Chutes
Be ready to ride at 9:00 am from the end of the pavement on E. Golder Ranch Road. We’ll ride the standard Golder trails, the chutes and perhaps have a group riding one or both of the high loops. Everyone welcome – we’ll break into smaller, similar-paced groups as necessary.
Saturday & Sunday, November 6-7 – BIKES N BRATS!
Saturday 11/6: Folks will gather starting whenever. Campfire and tent set up – a good time for families, kids go to bed and the rest can hang out and enjoy comraderie and beverages of choice. Food: BYO
Sunday 11/7: Folks schedule their own rides, some leave from Catalina State Park, others ride elsewhere, and we also ar…range a kiddie-friendly hike for the morning – but the bottom line is to try to be back at the camp site by 11am where sizzling SDMB-provided bratwurst and fixins will be waiting! Kind folks bring special goodies to augment the spread, so nobody goes home hungry. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending, so we know how many Brats to get. Unless specifically requested, we will *not* purchase vegan/veggie brats. Otherwise, an assortment (including nitrate-free hotdogs for kids!).
Email Hank so he knows if you’re coming (we need a bratwurst count), if you want or are planning a ride to coincide, and if you’re planning on bringing something (we already have someone bringing potato salad!)
Barrio Trails Meeting – Your Attendance is Requested
OCTOBER 28th Thursday @ 6pm 201 N Stone AVE, Conference room C ( in the basement)
The Barrio Trails are the prodigy of Rocky Serna, who has a vision for our inner city youth to have safe and progressive place to ride and call their own. Rocky has achieved this with his Barrio Trails dirt jump venue near Park & Broadway where inner city kids and some adults of all abilities share in the fun on his uniquely constructed “organic” BMX freestyle track.
Rocky would like as large a public turn out as possible to add gravity to his ongoing efforts, with Pima County and the City of Tucson, to legitimize the Barrio Trails. The trail/DJ park is scheduled to be torn down sometime next year, and Rocky is keen on not loosing this thriving community resource, and building upon it. If having legitimate youth cycling venues available to our inner city youth is important to you, please spread the word and endeavor to attend and show support.
Its things like this that will truly make Tucson a “platinum cycling city”. Let’s look out for our future generations of cyclist by giving them a safe place to ride their bikes in their inner city neighborhood. Also this will help with future bike parks in Tucson.
REDWOOD CREEK GREATER OUTDOORS PROJECT ARIZONA TRAIL WON!
A very big THANK YOU to all of you who came out to vote for the Arizona Trail Association in Redwook Creek’s Greater Outdoors $50,000 Grant Contest. We were trailing in 2nd place going into the final week, but you all came through and pushed us past 27,000 votes to take 1st place! With this $50k in funds, the AZTrail Association will now will install signage and construct a new, 11-mile trail in the lush, central Arizona Sonoran desert to replace nine miles that are now on a rocky, eroded road. The new, sustainably constructed trail will follow a ridgeline that offers a sweeping mountain range and desert valley views. A more scenic and enduring trail creates a more attractive destination and will entice a greater number of trail enthusiasts to the area and nearby rural Arizona Trail Gateway communities. Your help is appreciated, so make sure to block off some days to help the ATA build this new section of AZ Trail.
September Last Saturday Ride – Robles Trail – Saturday, September 25th
Vern will be leading the LSR this month out at Robles, which is one of Tucson’s newest, awesome trail systems. Start time is 7:00am. This is an easier intermediate ride that is friendly to beginners. There very well may be multiple groups to break off for different routes. The Plan: We will be including the Up & Over, Best of West, and the connector trails on the North side of Ajo at the least. Will possible throw in Boobies and Mosque trail as well depending on the group. No one left behind. Meet at the Robles lot of of Irvinton. To get there, Take Irvington west from Mission about a mile. The road is maybe a quarter mile past Jamaica, on the right. It’s a pavement apron, then dirt road. Contact Vern if you plan on attending.
Rillito River Park Cleanup – September 19th
SDMB adopted a section of the Rillito River Trail and it’s time again to head out and clean it up! Please bring a pair of gloves and meet at 7am near the covered basketball courts at Alvernon/River and Dodge. We are going to clear some brush back from the river on the South side and remove whatever trash we see. Please contact Dave Barger if you plan on attending, or if you have any questions. Thanks, and hope to see you there!
August Last Saturday Ride – August 28th – Aspen Draw Shuttle
As summer wanes, who could resist a return to the classic pines of Mt. Lemmon? We’re going to make a return trip to Aspen Draw, Saturday, August 28 – If there’s a few people who are willing to drive, let’s see how many shuttles we can muster. At least 2, maybe 3? More? If everyone has done the Meadow trail before, maybe we can forego for added runs on Aspen. If there are some wanting more of a challenge, they can break off to do Sunset… Let’s all meet at LeBuzz (Tanque Verde & Catalina Highway) at 7:30am. Bring a Catalina Highway/National Parks pass if you have one. We can catch a bite to eat at one of the shops, or wait until we’re done and hit Nimbus or Zona 78 on the return. Questions, e-mail Hank
Visit our friends at WOW Arizona
The Oasis of WOW Arizona is local bike-friendly Bed & Breakfast located near Catalina State Park, about 20-miles north of Tucson. Their property sits on a 3 acre private nature preserve. Enjoy sunset on the mountains, the hawks in aerial displays, a roadrunner’s stare, all from a hot tub or rocking on the porch. Hike and bike right from their foothills doorstep into the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. They have full suspension Cannondale bikes for rent for the use of guests and the general public. Top-notch services, friendly folks, and incredibly reasonable rates. If you’re in town and would like to experience Tucson from a mountain bike, don’t hesitate to call CJ Vincent at 520.907.8735.
July Last Saturday Ride – July 31st – Fantasy Island NIGHT RIDE!
Everyone is welcome for this beginner-friendly ride through Fantasy Island for a gorgeous night-ride! Bring a light that is sufficient for riding, with at least a 2-hour burn time. We will be riding a relaxed pace and ride whatever trails the group decides to do. Should be finished up by 10:00pm or so. Meet at the North Entrace at Harrison Road and Irvington Road (Google Map) at 7:00pm.
RIDE THE DIVIDE – Special Screening at the Loft – July 7th
The Loft Cinema is showing the Ride the Divide movie, @ 7:30 tomorrow, July 7th only. Everyone who purchases a ticket gets a raffle ticket at the door and has a chance to win some awesome prizes. Proceeds from the movie and raffle will be donated to Team Colleen. Team Colleen is a cycling group that promotes cancer survivorship. I hope to see everyone there!
SDMB June Last Saturday Ride – Aspen Draw
We had eight riders show up to enjoy the cool 72-degree weather on the top of Mt. Lemmon for the June Last Saturday Ride. Instead of shuttling like we normally do, we deciced to ride up the steep road from Summerhaven to the lookout. Due to an article in the newspaper about the historic fire lookout station, there were quite a few hikers on the top of the mountain. Interestingly enough, we didn’t meet a single person on Aspen Draw trail… and the trail was in pristine shape! After the fun descent, we all enjoyed huge cookies at the Cookie House in Summerhaven. Overall, a great ride! More photos available here.
July’s Last Saturday Ride will be a night ride at Fantasy Island!
June 2010 Last Saturday Ride Photos June 2010 Last Saturday Ride Photos June 2010 Last Saturday Ride Photos
May Last Saturday Ride – 50-Year Meander – May 29th
Rated a 2-3, B-C Meet at the cattle guard at the end of Golder Ranch Rd at 6:45 a.m., feet in pedals at 7 a.m. The group will ride together to the chutes via a varied route. After the chutes we will probably split in to 2 groups and the rest of the plan will develop from there. Optional brunch at the Sunny Side Cafe in Catalina after the ride. Contact Chuck Cook with any questions.
PLEASE READ and TAKE ACTION: This is a call to action to respond to a Wilderness proposal affecting our own Catalina Mountains and beyond. We have until this Friday, April 30th, to send an email to Erin Boyle, Assistant Forest Planner at to express our interest in keeping mountain bike access open for several trails around Tucson in the Coronado National Forest. So far they have received over 40 emails, but we need to get that number in the hundreds! Be sure to include your name and mailing address so you will be included in future open comment sessions. For more information, visit the forum topic at www.Tucsonmtb.com for details and sample letters.
New Belgium Urban Assault Recap
Thanks everyone who volunteered to help out SDMB by volunteering at the UAR this year. It was a huge success! Jackie pulled me aside when it was all said and done to say how great our volunteers are. First class all the way, I couldn’t agree more!
The UAR has become one of our biggest fundraisers throughout the year. SDMB will receive a $2000 donation from Adventure Fit in exchange for our donation of time and expertise – a very nice gesture. Those funds along with membership dues and volunteer time go to support the only all volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Advocacy group in Tucson – your very own SDMB. Through SDMB, we work tirelessly to ensure our trails stay open to mountain bikes throughout Southern AZ. We also help a number of other great charities, such as the Arizona Trail Association, Trips for Kids, other clubs like El Grouppo, and many other projects. This year we sent a representative to DC for The National Bike Summit to rally for bike access on federal lands and will send a representative to Atlanta for the IMBA Mountain Bike Summit to mingle with IMBA and other mountain bike clubs throughout the country to learn from eachother.
We’re always working to make SDMB better and to improve and maintain Mountain Bike Trail access throughout Southern Arizona. If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please contact Zach.
You can view the UAR results and photos here.
SDMB Tours Rosemont on Mountain Bikes On Saturday April 17th
Rosemont Copper hosted 18 riders from SDMB for a tour of the proposed mine site in the Santa Rita mountains. It was their standard property tour, but with a twist: instead of taking the tour van to the viewpoints, we rode our mountain bikes. After an hour long presentation by the Mine Manager, Fermin Samorano, we rode our bikes on a 12-mile out-and-back course mostly along the Arizona Trail. Fermin met us at the turnaround point with a cooler of cold water, where he pointed out the extents of the proposed mining activity on the landscape.
Ride of Silence – Wednesday, May 19th
Put it on your calendars: Wednesday May 19 is the date cyclists around the world will participate in the Ride of Silence to honor bicyclists injured or killed on the road.
In Tucson, the 9-mile ride starts at Reid Park at west side Ramada #22, at the Park´s northernmost parking lot on Country Club Road. Riders need to show up by 5:45 p.m. for light refreshments and send- off for the 6 p.m. start. From the parking area, riders will head south on Country Club Rd., west on 22nd Street, north on Tucson Boulevard, east on E. Elm St. which becomes Pima St., south on Columbus Blvd., west on 22nd Street, north on Country Club Rd., and turn into parking lot.
There’s also a 7-mile Green Valley Ride of Silence, meeting in the parking lot at the Green Valley Recreation East Center at 5:30 p.m.for light refreshments before heading out at 6.
For more information, visit their website.
April Last Saturday Ride – April 24 – AZ Trail at Swecoville
Long option (25 miles) meet at 0730 (FIP) in the Davidson Trailhead parking lot a quarter mile, give or take, south of Three Bridges on Marsh Station Road.
Short option (13 miles, or you can turn around sooner for even less,with no shaming) meet at 0830 at Sahuarita Road and SR 83 (Sonoita Highway, I-10 Exit 281, then three miles south to Sahuarita Road junction). Expect the early bunch to roll up around 0840.Check out our Calendar for more details, and contact Mark with any questions.
May 29 – 12 Horas Salvando Vidas – San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico! A 12 Hour Endurance Mountain Bike Night Race in Rancho “El Baviso”, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico Date: May 29th, 2010 Lap: 10 Kms LeMans Start at 5:00pm Categories: Solo, Teams of 2, 4, and 6 members. Both Male and Female. Each category must have at least 5 teams signed up. More information about the track or where to stay before or during the race can be requested from Jesus Frias at: Supercycles 2563 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. Tucson, Az 85716 (520)327-1441 (520)631-7998 email@example.com
March Last Saturday Ride Recap
Vern took the lead on this LSR and a bunch of folks rode Bug Springs, Molino Basin, and Milagarosa!For those of you who missed it, you can check out the photos here.
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Pics!
SDMB’ers joined the throngs of folks enjoying the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo with a good number of teams, including our own Catalina Brewing Company. The weather was amazing this year, and the event had an incredible turnout. A special thank you to everyone who volunteered and stayed to help clean up 24-Town. If you’ve never been a part of this fantastic event, make sure to mark it on your calendar for 2011! Check out the photos here.
SDMB January Rillito River Clean Up
SDMB adopted a section of the Rillito River Pathway this year. Headed by Dave Barger, a good group of SDMB volunteers went out and picked up garbage along the path. A VERY special thanks to all who took the time to help keep our little section of Tucson clean!
Bug Springs Trail Day a Huge Success!
Thanks to all the SDMB, SAMBA and TucsonMTB.com folks who showed up in force to help the Forest Service clean up and repair most of Bug Springs trail in the Catalina Mountains. While we didn’t manage to get ALL of the trail, we helped repair quite a bit of damage caused by Mother Nature and the thousands of folks who use it. The Forest Service is very excited (as are we) about this new partnership and relationship building opportunity. We’re going to “adopt” Bug Springs and Green Mountain and have work party days, so keep an ear out for future opportunities.
For those of you who missed it, you can check out the photos here.
New Belgium Brewery Urban Assault is BACK!
Pick a partner and grab your two-wheeled steed for this pedal-powered urban adventure on April 18. A sense of humor is required, as you and your teammate cycle to checkpoints around town; at each checkpoint you’ll complete a funky obstacle course or task. Obstacles change from year-to-year and city-to-city, so just what to expect, but you can be sure there will be a few water obstacles to keep you cool as you make your way through town. This pedal-powered urban adventure delivers a cycling/obstacle mix sure to challenge and amuse cyclists of all ages and abilities.
The Urban Assult benefits SDMB, so we need your help! We’d love for you to volunteer and help make this event even better than last year! E-mail Zach to volunteer.
Check out the website for more details!
Bug Springs Trail Maintenance Day
MEETING Saturday, March 6 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the LOWER end of Bugs @ milepost 7 on Catalina Highway. Please bring enough water, food, sunscreen and gloves to last the day. Tools will be provided. THEY NEED US TO RSVP: email Greg Sasek or call 749-7716 This is one of the first official opportunities to show the FS Tucson mountain bikers are a decent, caring, passionate bunch. Thanks, and hope to see you out there.
Kona 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Articles
Take a look at this Mountain Bike Action Magazine article and this Mountain Flyer Magazine article about our very own 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo!
February Last Saturday Ride – Pistol Hill AZ Trail – February 27th
We’ll meet at the trailhead on Pistol Hill road at 9:00 am, FIP 9:15, to ride to the top of “the” hill to the South for the turn around. Trail description and directions here. We can put together a few rides if others are interested in going further to Three Bridges or ??? We can also have a nice beginner level ride to the North toward Rincon Creek. Let’s talk it up and see if we can get a big group together. The weather is perfect and that trail is one of the most fun around! Contact Zach if you’re interested in joining!
Epic Ride’s 2010 Kona 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo was another huge success!
Todd Sadow and crew put on another astounding 24 HOP event this year. SDMB had a fantastic turnout in “SDMB Town” with over 40-folks camping and hanging out. It was also the grand unveiling of Hank and Brian’s Catalina Brewery Company, and their “50-Year Beer” and “24 HOP” were very popular.
Holiday Picnic & Pictures!
Sorry for the infrequent updates, but we’re still here! Our Holiday Party was a great success despite the cold wind and the lack of Jobie. Can’t say for certain how many folks we had but the gift exchange was a hoot, many burgers and hot dogs were consumed, and we had a couple rides head out from the picnic area. Check out the photos in our online album!
January Last Saturday Ride on the 30th! Change of location!
Don’t forget about our Last Saturday Ride coming up this Saturday the 30th. Instead of the posted 24HOP course, we’re switching gears (sorry you single-speeders) and going to do the new Robles trail system! The IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) folks are in town and we’re going to show them a good time. C’mon out and join us!
Details: 9:30 a.m. – Meet for carpooling near Rudolfo’s in the shopping center at the NE corner of Ajo & Mission. Google Map
The Rillito River Park Cleanup, coming up on January 16th, 2010!
Our adopted section goes from Alvernon to Country Club (the Racquet Club Bridge). On the 16th we will start at Dodge and clean up the wash to the edge of Brandi Fenton Park. I expect we will find some big items like shopping carts and sofas. And lots of little pieces of trash. For the most part, the path has been clutter free. But tackling the wash will be a much bigger task. Bigger job, bigger rewards. We are starting at 9am and will meet at the dog park at Dodge and the path.
The 2009 Holiday Picnic is upon us, coming up on January 9th, 2010! Rides for all levels followed by BBQ courtesy of the club and then the first annual regifting exchange! We’ll be meeting at Tucson Mountain Park West and rides start FIP at 10am Food at 1pm, followed by gift exchange.
Directions: Take Speedway west and continue on it when it turns in to Gates Pass Road.Go over Gates Pass and when it deadends in to Kinney Road, turn left toward Old Tucson. Drive 1.4 miles and turn right in to the picnic area (Google Map). There is no official sign there, but there will be a SDMB sign of some sort. We hope to have the very last picnic area (0.8 miles from Kinney Rd) and I will have another sign there.Meeting time is 10 a.m. for the rides and we will eat between noon and 1 p.m.
Rides: There will be a few ride options from the beginner to the advanced. Advanced riders will be led by Graeme up and over Brown Mountain.
Regifting Suggestions: Any non perishible gift you received for Christmas that you don’t want qualifies. If you did not receive anything like that, then buy something fun in the $5-10 range. Wrap all presents in newspaper instead of gift wrap, and no bows. The kicker is that there will be 3-4 nice bike related gifts hiding in the loot, so it pays to play. No stealing on this gift exchange(but mutual trades are acceptable).
Annual “Earn the Right to Pig-Out” Thanksgiving Ride!
November 26, Thursday (Thanksgiving). 3-B, 12-15 miles. We’ll hit the west side of Tucson Mountain park and ride a couple of hours to make room for all that turkey. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Bianchi’s parking lot, NE corner of Speedway and Silverbell, or 7:50 at the parking area G9 on Gates Pass Road. Email Jon if you plan on attending.
Holiday Party/Gift Exchange Announced!
Our 2nd annual Holiday Party, Ride, Picnic, and Gift Exchange is revving up to go! Check out the details on our Events page.
RACE ACROSS THE SKY – TUCSON SHOWING – OCTOBER 22nd!
On October 22nd, experience a One Night Event in movie theatres nationwide featuring the debut of “Race Across the Sky” – a documentary covering the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race, one of the most intense endurance races of all time – and hear candid conversations with Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Dave Wiens, and other elite and amateur cyclists who overcame extreme challenges to participate in this grueling race.
In addition to the panel discussion from elite cyclists, listen to extraordinary stories from amateur cyclists who will move and inspire you. Stories include a Leadville woman who was critically injured training for the 2008 Leadville Trail 100 and came back to compete this year; a 45+ year old man who has competed in the Leadville Trail 100 for 15+ years, and a woman struggling with MS.
Shot and shown in high definition, witness breathtaking aerial views as the camera crew follows the competitors biking over 100 miles of dangerous mountain terrain through extreme climate changes ranging from heat to hail and rain to snow, two miles above sea level.
You can view the trailer and buy tickets for the Tucson showtimes here. C’mon out, get a bag of popcorn, and watch this amazing movie on one of the world’s most grueling mountain races!
October 31st’s Last Saturday Ride – Tucson Mountain Park West!
Burn off some calories before you plunder all your kids Halloween candy! Overall this ride will be at the intermediate level (2-B); but there will be a couple options for riders somewhat above or below that level. Distance should be about 6-8 miles. Meet Chuck at parking area K-16 which is the where Gates Pass Rd. dead ends in to Kinney Rd. near Old Tucson. If we have filled up that area, backtrack up Gates Pass Rd to another parking area and ride down to K-16. Meet at 8 a.m. Please let Chuck know if you plan on making it. Hope to see you there!
September Last Saturday – Recap
What a great turnout! We had 15 folks show up for the fantastic weather and great singletrack out at the Golder Ranch/50-Year Trails. A few started from Catalina State Park and met us at the Golder Trailhead, where we got rolling before the heat hit. A couple new riders to Tucson (welcome!) and a couple who hadn’t ridden the 50-year at all. Martha, our fearless leader, led us from the trailhead over through the Chutes and then up Middlegate and back around.
Keep an eye out for October 31st’s Last Saturday Ride – TBA!
September’s Last Saturday Ride – September 26th – Golder Ranch/50-Year
September’s Last Saturday Ride will be taking place at the Golder Ranch/50-Year Trail. Those present will dictate what trails we ride. We will break into two group to accomodate varying riding levels if needed, with Jobie heading up to the more technical Upper-50 area, and Martha leading the lower “Chutes” group. Time is FIP (Feet in Pedals) and ready to go at 7:00am sharp. We will meet at the Golder Ranch Trailhead.
August’s Last Saturday Ride – Recap
We had a good turnout for August’s Last Saturday NIGHT ride at Fantasy Island. Eight riders, a few of which were new to night riding. The weather was perfect and the pace easy. We saw quite a few jackrabbits, lots of field mice, and were shadowed by a very vocal pack of coyotes for a short time.
New Photos added to our online album
We uncovered quite a few old SDMB photos from 2000-2006 (including the originals from which we created this fun animation from) and uploaded them to our Picasa album. Hop on over there and check out some of the memories!
August’s Last Saturday Ride – August 29th – NIGHT RIDE at Fantasy Island!
Have you experienced the thrill of mountain biking at night? The trails that you’ve become accustomed to take on a completely different life in the beam of a headlight. August’s Last Saturday ride will be taking place at Fantasy Island and starting 7:00pm, August 29th, “Feet-in-Pedals” at the North entrance (Irvington and Harrison). This will be a beginner friendly, no-one-left-behind ride, and distance will depend on who shows up and what we want to do. Come prepared with water, and a light of at least 15watts and a 2-hour burntime. The club has ONE light we can lend out for the ride, so please contact Graeme to reserve the light.
July Last Saturday Ride Recap – Aspen Draw on Mt. Lemmon
Once again, we had a great turnout of folks that wanted to beat the summer heat and ride some cool forest singletrack on Mt. Lemmon. Thirteen guys and one brave gal showed up, and despite some exciting lighting/thunderstorms and rain showers, we managed to get three full runs on Aspen Draw trail. A few spills and thrills, but thankfully no permanent injuries.
Below are a few photos from the event and the rest can be seen here. If you have any photos of the event to share, e-mail them to the webmaster.
We’re going to beat the heat by heading up the mountain again for July! We will meet at Le Buzz Coffee Shop (Tanque Verde & Catalina Hwy) at 7:00am to arrange shuttles up the mountain (Mount Lemmon pass will be required on vehicles heading up the mountain). We will leave one vehicle in Summerhaven, and shuttle riders to the top, where we will do the Aspen Loop Trail, returning and shuttling for at least 2-3 runs. While this is a moderately strenuous (some climbing) and technical (some tight switchbacks and a few log obstacles), it’s all rollable and much cooler than the valley floor! NOTE: because it is monsoon season, we are starting early – in the event of inclement weather, the ride may be shortened or cancelled. Contact Hank if you plan on attending.
New Trails Added to the Trails Section
Take a look at our three newest trail descriptions… Green Mountain, Bug Springs, and Prison Camp/Molino trails. All fantastic rides up on Mt Lemmon!
Redwood Creek’s “Greater Outdoors” Project Update
As you know, SDMB had been driving support and votes to help the Arizona Trail win Redwood Creek’s Greater Outdoors Project’s $50,000 Grant to help complete the trail. Although we led the contest by a wide margin for most of the contest, the New Orlean’s voters caught up fast and passed us in the last week. We want to extend our sincerest congratulations to them. The results can be seen here. Thanks to everyone for your votes!
June Last Saturday Ride 6/27 – Tucson Mountain Park!
For June, we’re going to meander around in Tucson Mountain Park, a popular destination for local riders. TMP has a little bit of everything… rocky descends, smooth singletrack, technical areas, climbs, and some great views. It’s starting to heat up so we’ll have an early start with FIP (feet in pedals) at 7 a.m. at the main parking lot and expect 3-hours or so of ride time. Map and Ride description here. Remember, all SDMB social rides are beginner friendly and no one is left behind. If there will be speed demons among us, we can always break up into groups based on skill level. Contact Graeme if you’re planning on riding with us.
May Last Saturday Ride – Aspen Draw on Mt. Lemmon
Howdy folks, well we had another great Last Saturday Ride at Aspen Draw on Mt. Lemmon with 11 or 12 riders. We left Le Buzz Coffee Shop around 8:15, dropped cars at Molino and met at Summerhaven at 9:15 to drop more cars for shuttling. Meadow has a nice rolling start, to the log roll, then through the only flat spot in the Catalina’s – a nice grassy a meadow at the top, then the trail gets tricky, lots of rocks, roots, tight switchbacks, fallen trees, it’s a fun short drop to the fire-road with incredible views. A quick climb back by the cars and the ski lift to Aspen Trail. It is truly all down hill from here. Aspen is fully rideable with some steps, water bars, tight switchbacks and roots. Not too bad, steep at times. The trail is in good shape. We encountered a few hikers on a busy Saturday but we stopped or slowed and everyone was friendly. No one seemed to mind sharing the cool temps one bit.
After Aspen, we rolled down Turkey Run Rd. to the cars for a second shuttle. Round two was mostly the same with a couple detours to see the sights. The Lemmon Rock Fire Lookout Tower is the oldest active Fire lookout in AZ. We left the bikes at the Wilderness boundary and walked a couple hundred yards for the incredible views of Wilderness of Rocks. As we approached the small (200 sqft) cabin at the top, we were graciously welcomed in for the 2-minute tour and fire science lesson with Glynn Thompson. He’s about the nicest guy you’d ever meet, well worth the trip.
Three of us left after the second run, while the rest shuttled down to Prison Camp for the grand finale to Molino. Everything worked out great, the weather was a perfect 75-80 ish degrees with some clouds and the threat of rain which never materialized. Only one casualty, an OTB on Meadow resulting in a split lip.
Below are a few photos from the event and the rest can be seen here. If you have any photos of the event to share, e-mail them to the webmaster.
As you know, our very own Lee Blackwell made the trip to Washington, DC for the Bicycling Summit. The Mountain Biking Association of Arizona posted his thoughts in this great article. Take a few moments to give it a read. If you’re not already a member of MBAA, we encourage you to join!
May Last Saturday Ride – Aspen Loop Trail on Mt Lemmon!
Don’t forget about May’s Last Saturday Ride, due to take place up in the cool upper elevations of Mt Lemmon! Aspen Loop is a short but super-fun, worthwhile ride. Take a look at the ride here. Block out 4-hours or so on the morning of Saturday, May 30th for this great ride. We’ll be meeting in the parking lot in front of Le Buzz Coffee Shop on the NE corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Hwy. at 7:30-7:45 am to head up the mountain by 8:00 am. We can figure out cars and ride vs shuttle arrangements then, depending on who all shows up. Should be loads of fun! Contact Zach if you’re going to attend.
Tucson and some SDMB members are mentioned in the June 2009 Bike Magazine!
Head to your local newsstand and pick up the latest copy of BIKE magazine. Inside you will find a great article on Southern Arizona Mountain Biking and our very own Mark Flint, Jobie Gross, Scott Morris, and others are mentioned. If you catch them on the trail, maybe they’ll autograph your issue, eh?
SDMB Cinco de Mayo Dos Ride/Party = Food, Fun, and Freakin’ Awesome Trails!
We had nearly 40 folks show up, bringing bikes, kids, and dogs to enjoy the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo ride! Brian Vance generously hosted yet again, and the potluck-style grub was perfect. A huge amount of tasty dishes were consumed by everyone after their sweet ride at Sweetwater, only a couple miles from Brian’s front door. Folks also enjoyed the Ninja Trail, a short loop Brian built around the perimeter of his property, complete with jumps, log-rolls, tabletops, and teeter-toters! It was especially entertaining to watch/hear riders’ reactions to a special hidden treasure Brian stashed along the trail: A 6′ long rubber rattlesnake!
A special thanks to Todd at Epic Rides for donating water bottles, which we used to water the plants at the Sweetwater trailhead.
Below are a few photos from the event and the rest can be seen here. If you have any photos of the event to share, e-mail them to the webmaster. Thanks, and see you again next year!
A good number of SDMB-folk both volunteered and participated in the kick-off Urban Assault thrown by New Belgium Brewery. Despite the negative spin the local media put on it, the event was NOT about drunken bicycling. We are very proud to have been a sponsor for this, and we invite New Belgium back anytime! Click here to see the photos. You can also Tucson_UAR_Report (300k PDF)
Possibly Tucson’s most well-known trail – Fantasy Island – celebrates 10-years today! It’s been the center of quite a bit of controversy and it’s still around, thanks to the hard work of many dedicated folks. The battle to develop the land is on hiatus due to our down economy, but the war is far from over. Why don’t you take a few hours and take a spin to celebrate?
Help the Arizona Trail Win a $50,000 Grant!
Please help spread the word so the ATA can win a $50,000 grant that will help build the Arizona Trail! Tonight (Wednesday, April 1st) at midnight EST voting will start on a competition among five finalists to win a $50k grant.
Find out how to vote here…
March Last Saturday Ride – Bug Springs
Brian Vance led a group of 20-or so riders of all skill levels up Mt Lemmon to partake of the Bug Springs goodness. Despite the painful hike-a-bike, the swooping, fast downhill afterwards had smiles plastered on all faces. As Brian wrote himself:
Great ride today! There was about 20 of us. Lot’s of bug springs newbies, all seemed glad to have done the hike-a-bike for the pine trees and views payoff. Several folks played on the rocks up top, everyone rode most of the trail down, very fun group today! Glad to have met several new people, and to ride again with the not-new people. Hope to see you out on the trails again soon!
One witnessed car wreck on the way to Le Buzz.
*One torn tire, shot blok pack booted.
One cracked frame (probably done before this ride).
One endo, no pain.One crash, bloody arm and a pretty deep hole on the knee (sorry, no pics).
One nude trail runner.
One beer each for after the ride (well, almost. some sharing happened)
One pitcher of Dos Equis Amber at El Molunito before we floated the keg
One too many bowls of salsa
A couple tired dogs and lots of happy riders at the end.
An exciting event! April 19th is the New Belgium Beer’s Urban Assault Ride…benefiting SDMB and GABA! We need volunteers to help out with the course… so contact Zach if you’d like to volunteer. Even if you don’t, we encourage you to participate or just come out and watch the assault.
We’re going through some growing pains currently, and our website will have a slightly different look and navigation in the near future.
KONA 24 HOURS IN THE OLD PUEBLO!
One of Epic Ride’s most popular events is only a few days away. If you haven’t participated, you’re missing out on quite an experience. Whether you get a chance to ride, volunteer or witness the extravaganza, make a point to come out and share. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.
We had another great year at SDMB with some fantastic trails built, some great parties, and great riding all around. We’re all looking forward to making 2009 another great year. Join us in helping make Tucson one of the country’s best places to ride!
Splash Screen – A new splash screen has been created with easier navigation to our four main social/ride pages. All of our previous social rides) Bike N Brats, Cinco de Mayo, Picnics, Holiday Party, etc) are now grouped together in their own page. You’ll also notice a NEW section:
Trail Love Corp (TLC) – SDMB is not just about riding, but being advocates for proper trail building and use. How many times have you been out riding and come back with ripped clothes and skin from catclaw and “waitaminute” bushes? Be a part of the Trail Love Corp, and sign up for a section of your favorite local trail. Throw a pair of snips in your pack and when you come across overgrown sections, take a moment to snip it back. Five-extra minutes will help keep ALL of our trails clean for everyone.
New Trails Look – Take a gander at our Trails section, as the rides have been updated with a new page design, which makes for easy printing and viewing. Elevation profiles and GPS tracks have been added where we can. If you’ve got a favorite ride not listed, GPS files, or photos, please send them to the webmaster.
The League of American Bicyclists and IMBA conference is a done deal. I learned a lot, accomplished some things on behalf of all cyclists. I think it behooves every citizen to visit DC at least once to see how it all works. Thanks again to SDMB, Epic Rides and MBAA for paying my way.
The conference started off with a bang as I attended a special IMBA session specifically about the bikes in Wilderness issue. Jenn Dice of IMBA asked attendees to share success stories from home. She kept the meeting moving and a lot of very good information was shared in the two hour session. The participants were able to get the ideas verbalized without a lot of rambling.
Here are a few of the ideas which came out of that 2 hour meeting.
* Team with local landowners, * Create conservation areas as an alternate to wilderness. * Stake your claim to the area, in other words, get out there, use the area, introduce it to others, * Talk to your county supervisors, know your allies, be proactive, * Write your own land use bill.
A few other ideas: Don’t assume that e-mails and forums are private even within a club. In light of this it is good to always take the high ground in discussion even in the club forums. Kirk the lawyer for IMBA shared a story about how a long negotiation was destroyed by a member of a club who just blasted a congressman who had been on the edge of decision but the terrible blog ended all the hard work which had been done. IMBA lost the negotiation. Another point made was the value of a printed club newsletter. A club newsletter looks impressive to legislators.
Next we joined the main conference of the League of American Bicyclists. There were about 500 people from all over USA. At this point I met Gene Holmerud and the other Arizona delegates. He is from the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists. Gene did all the scheduling for the 5 delegates from AZ to meet with 2 Senators and 4 Representatives on lobbying day. It was lot of work doing that scheduling and I really appreciated that effort.
We had dinner in a big room and watched a slideshow of bicycling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen was seeing decline in cycling about 25 years ago. The city made a big effort to reverse that trend and now cycling and walking is increasing every year for day to day commuting and recreating. When it snows in Copenhagen the plows work the bike lanes before working the streets. One thing I noticed in the pictures, very few people wear bike helmets. Nothing was said specifically in the presentation but he did make one interesting comment. He said “don’t talk so much about safety” when promoting bicycling to government. He did not elaborate but I thought it was a very interesting comment.
Next came the hard part . The main purpose of the summit is to network with cyclists and to lobby Congress for better laws for cycling and for continued funding. There are many funding mechanisms. Many of the attendees are already familiar with the funding, it was a swirl of acronyms. I tried to read and absorb the “issue papers” The “issue papers” were:
* America Bikes Agenda this has to do with how the gas taxes are distributed * Clean TEA this has to do with climate change legislation * Complete Streets this is policy to be sure that bikes are considered in design of new streets * Bike Caucus We ask our Congress members to join * Recreational trails funding. IMBA specifically asked us to lobby for continuation of this source. * I was being asked to lobby for this stuff but I barely understood it my self. I did my best. I know more now.
On Wednesday we had “breakout sessions”
I got to see a session on some clubs in Washington and NY efforts to build bike parks in urban areas. Very impressive parks,
There was a session on getting developers interested in funding trails in their developments. Lot’s of cost benefit statistics.
Later we went to a speech by Larry Seltzer. Very well delivered and moving speech about kids in nature. It may be that a whole generation of kids is growing up never touching soil, always under close supervision, not knowing nature.
Thursday was Congress day. We all gathered at the Capitol and then dispersed to our Senators and Reps. We met with Senator Kyle’s staff, McCain, then over to the house side where we met with Giffords, Pastor, Shaddeg, Mitchell. It was interesting how each office was different. Some staff seemed knowledgeable and interested, others seemed to be just putting in the 20 minutes.
Here was the really fun part. It was so great to pull out my stack of personal letters about the Wilderness and place them on the desk. The letters were very, very effective and I think above everything we did they got attention. Thanks so much to everyone for writing those letters and getting them to me.
In conclusion, the summit is great for making connection to our Congress to remind them of all cyclists. I learned a lot too. A dedicated and sustained effort can bring change. I need to contact all the offices we visited and ask if they considered the points brought up. Bikes in Wilderness, America Bikes Agenda, Clean TEA agenda, Complete Streets, Bike Caucus, and Recreational Trails Funding, Safe routes to Schools funding.
I think IMBA is going where the people are, where the potential members are. Bike Parks, Gateway Ride parks, trail networks. The reality for most of the country is that it is urban, crowded and many people are going to ride close to home at a bike facility. Most people do not have the luxury of riding in grand remote places. The numbers who do that are small and even less have contact with IMBA. The language IMBA uses when referring to protecting a trail is that it should protect “significant mountain biking opportunities. ”
IMBA is doing a good job, the staff is energized and competent. They are the only organization we have and deserve our support. That said, I believe we need to work with IMBA to keep attention to what I think is the heart and soul of mountain biking. To explore the unknown, take some calculated risk, feel the power of nature, maybe go where few have ever gone on a bicycle. If we lose the possibility to do that we lose the soul of the sport.