SDMB 2011 Year in Review

12-3-2012 Update

SDMB & BICAS Parade of Lights – Dec. 15

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.

12-7-2011 Update

Fix “The Shaft” Fantasy Island Trailwork – Saturday, December 10th

Fantasy Island The Shaft

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!

Arizona Trail Jamboree – Saturday, January 7th – 7am – 6pm

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

Turkey Day 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.

10-16-2011 Update

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.

When: Saturday 29th
Where: Honey Bee Canyon Trailhead
Time: 8:30am FIP

10-7-2011 Update

October Trail Love – Bug Springs – October 8th

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

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 >>

9-16-2011 Update

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.

9-9-2011 Update

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.

Take a look at our upcoming trail work days, too!

8-30-2011 Update

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.

For more information, see our Pedal Driven Premier page! >>

8-23-2011 Update

Last Saturday Ride – Night Ride at Fantasy Island

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!

8-22-2011 Update

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!

8-17-2011 Update

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.

7-26-2011 Update

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.

6-23-2011 Update

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.

6-13-2011 Update

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.

Arizona Daily Star Article – $50k Grant Win

The local Arizona Daily Star published another short article on SDMB’s recent $50k Grant win, with a great photo of our own Jon Shouse.

6-9-2011 Update

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?

6-6-2011 Update

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.

From National Trails Day – June 4, 2011
From National Trails Day – June 4, 2011

5-30-2011 Update

National Trails Day Update – June 4, 2011

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.

5-23-2011 Update

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!


The $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)


New Article: Here is a great article about the Grant – written by Mary Reynolds for

SDMB Selected for a potential $50,000 Grant from 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.

5-20-2011 Update

Mountain Bike Survey This Weekend

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 >>

5-17-2011 Update

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.

5-10-2011 Update

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!

3-28-2011 Update

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.

4-6-2011 Update

Cinco de Mayo

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 Ride

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!

3-28-2011 Update

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…

From March 25, 2011 – AZ Trail Work
From March 25, 2011 – AZ Trail Work

3-22-2011 Update

Elephant Head Challenge

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!

3-11-2011 Update

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.

2-1-2011 Update

IMBA Trail Crew Bug Springs Trail Maintenance Day – February 10-13, 2011

IMBA International Mountain Biking AssociationThe 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!

1-25-2011 Update

New Belgium Urban Assault Ride Tucson

New Belgium Brewing - Urban Assault - TucsonBelgium 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!

1-16-2011 Update

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.

From Jan 2011 – Holiday Party
From Jan 2011 – Holiday Party

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SDMB 2010 Year in Review

12-31-2010 Update

SDMB Holiday Ride and BBQ – 1/8/11

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.

11-14-2010 Update

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!

10-15-2010 Update

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!)

10-13-2010 Update

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.

10-4-2010 Update


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.

9-14-2010 Update

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!

8-15-2010 Update

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.

7-12-2010 Update

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.

7-6-2010 Update

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

5-18-2010 Update

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.

4-28-2010 Update

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 for details and sample letters.

4-21-2010 Update

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.

4-9-2010 Update

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.

4-6-2010 Update

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

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!

3-9-2010 Update

Bug Springs Trail Day a Huge Success!

Thanks to all the SDMB, SAMBA and 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.

3-4-2010 Update

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!

2-20-2010 Update

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!

2-15-2010 Update

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.

1-27-2010 Update

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.

1-03-2010 Update

Holiday Picnic

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).

SDMB 2009 Year in Review

11-05-09 Update

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

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!

10-13-09 Update

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!

10-5-09 Update

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!

9-9-09 Update

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.

8-13-09 Update

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!

From 2000 and Older Riding
From 2001 Riding

8-13-09 Update

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.

7-31-09 Update

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.

From July 2009 – LSR – Aspen Draw
From July 2009 – LSR – Aspen Draw

7-25-2009 Update

July Last Saturday Ride – Aspen Draw Loop!

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.

6-23-2009 Update

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!

6-22-2009 Update

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!

6-16-2009 Update

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.

6-8-2009 Update

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.

From May 2009 – LSR – Aspen Draw
From May 2009 – LSR – Aspen Draw

5-18-2009 Update

Lee’s Bicycling Summit Trip on MBAA Web!

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!

5-12-2009 Update

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!

From 2009 – Cinco de Mayo
From 2009 – Cinco de Mayo

4-23-2009 Update

New Belgium Urban Assault was a Huge Success!

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)

From 2009 New Belgium – Urban Assault
From 2009 New Belgium – Urban Assault

4-6-2009 Update

Fantasy Island Celebrates 10-Years Today!

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?

Fantasy Island Banner

4-1-2009 Update

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…

3-28-2009 Update

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.

Take a look at these sample photos from the ride, and don’t forget to view the rest on SDMB’s online photo album.

From March 2009 – Bug Springs
From March 2009 – Bug Springs

3-7-2009 Update

Bicycling Summit in Washington, DC

Our own Lee Blackwell was recently sent to Washington, D.C. to attend the League of American Bicyclists and IMBA Bike Summit. It was a very educational and eye-opening event. We encourage you to read Lee’s own account of his journey there. Special thanks to SDMB, Epic Rides and MBAA for paying Lee’s way.

3-6-2009 Update

New Belgium Beer’s Urban Assault Ride

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.

2-23-2009 Update

We’re going through some growing pains currently, and our website will have a slightly different look and navigation in the near future.

2-10-2009 Update


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.


Site Updates

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.

2009 IMBA Summit

Hi everyone,

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.

Lee Blackwell

SDMB 2008 Year in Review

General Update – 11/11/08

Lots of great things going on in SDMB! We continue to have good turnouts for our Last Saturday Rides and last month’s Bike & Brats is fast becoming one of SDMB’s epic events. A big thank you to everyone how came out, and especially to Hank for putting it on again!

For all SDMB members… don’t forget about our upcoming Holiday party December 13th.

We still have some jerseys, socks and NEW t-shirts for members. For non-members… you can purchase socks at these local, awesome bike shops:
– Arizona Cyclist – 5350 E Broadway in Plaza at Williams Centre
– Arizona Bicycle Experts – 2520 E. 6th Street
– Fairwheel Bikes – 1110 E. 6th Street
– Oro Valley Bicycles – 12985 N. Oracle, Ste 105
– Sabino Cycles – 7045 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ 85715

And we are proud to announce a fantastic new “Dry Heat” t-shirt (see link above) through the cooperation of SDMB, TucsonMTB, and Epic Rides. Drawn and designed by SDMB member (and webmaster), Graeme Hunt, this is one strikingly cool T! Orders taken through the website is for SDMB members only, but if you’d like one, come on out and visit SDMB’s booth at the GABA Bike Swap meet on 4th Avenue this coming Saturday the 15th! Limited quantities for this first run (though we’ll print more as demand increases.)

Happy Veterans Day! To celebrate the service of our Vets, those who were lucky enough to have the day off work, enjoyed a ride through the Sweetwater area. Thanks to one of our Vets, an SDMB founding member and our chief trail-builder, Mark Flint, for these photos of the ride. (click on the photo to see the others).

9/02/08 Update

Mining Reform

Whether you agree or disagree on the Rosemont Mine Issue, we can all agree that 1872 Mining Law is outdated and should be revised to reflect our society’s current values.

Please take some time and educate yourself on this local hot topic.

9/02/08 Update

Last Saturday had a great turnout!

We had a great turnout for the August Last Saturday ride at Fantasy Island. Thanks to everyone from SDMB and who came out. You can check out the photos here.

From August 2008 – LSR – Fantasy Island
From August 2008 – LSR – Fantasy Island

8/05/08 Update


Zach ordered a ton of super-sweet SDMB/AZtrail socks for club members! If you haven’t already purchased them along with your jersey, now’s the time.

5/10/08 Update

SDMB & TucsonMTB Cinco de Mayo party!

Brian Vance was generous to offer his place for a super-sweet Sweetwater ride and Cinco de Mayo party. In Brian’s own words: Was that fun or what! Great day everyone, proud to be part of such a fun group of people. Food was great, great ride, good looking people all around, a few good jokes, no injuries on the stunts, no fights, and the toilet seat is relatively clean still. Makes for a good day in my book. We didn’t do the pinata, no one got into the tequila, and no nudity though. Maybe next party. Chuck and Jobie did a good job with the public speaking and gift giving (especially since I won something). I had also meant to mention that we had 4-5 birthday people in the group that day; Happy Birthday to y’all! Thanks Chuck and family for doing ALL the leg work on this. I like this catering thing, much easier than someone spending their whole time cooking. Thanks to Jobie for helping me carry those logs to build the stunts. I’m also very grateful for Jobie, Tim still being there and Jerry who came back to help break everything down last night. I was in no shape to do that myself. But I actually feel pretty good today. That mtb riding and clean living pays off!

3/10/08 Update

Sweetwater Map and Description!

Mark and crew have been working very hard at creating some sweet (pun intended) singletrack to the West. The Sweetwater trails still aren’t complete but there is already enough out there to have a lot of fun.

1/16/08 Update

January Meeting

What a great way to start off the year for SDMB! We had 30 people show up to listen to our guest speaker, Sergio Avila of the Sky Island Alliance group, talk about mountain lions and their territory. It was fun and informative.

From Jan 2008 – Club Meeting
From Jan 2008 – Club Meeting
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