2016 Pachanga

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PACHANGA
  - Spanish   /paw*chong*guh/   (Noun)

1.   Party or Bash
2.  A gathering of mountain cyclists on some of the most amazing unsung trails around to ride the “best of the best” mountain sleds.

The camping/riding event that put TORCA on the map continues to evolve and it just keeps getting bigger and better! Like last year, this event includes three days of camping and riding. This event was previously open to TORCA members only, but this year’s events are open to EVERYONE! That’s right, you don’t have to be a member (but members get a steep discount to the event, as TORCA is a 501c3 non-profit that is supported solely on its’ membership dues). Hey, “membership has its privileges”. We also have a few exciting new additions to the weekend, including:

  • More Manufacturers We’ve already eclipsed last year’s # of manufacturers and still have more manufacturers who are planning on taking part. Already committed are Specialized, Niner, Ibis, Guerilla Gravity, Trek, Giant, Liv, Rocky Mountain.
  • Saturday night’s Fireside Horseshoe Contest  SPONSORED by Five Ten shoes
  • Easy Registration. No formulas. No caveats. Just simple member and non-member pricing.

Activities under permit by US Forest Service

 REGISTRATION:

*******IMPORTANT EVENT DETAILS, MUST READ*********

As stated above, this year we’ll have two prices. A non-member price and a heavily discounted member price. IF YOU CLICK “MEMBER PRICE”, YOUR MEMBERSHIP MUST BE CURRENT ON LAST DAY OF THE PACHANGA, OCTOBER 23, 2016. (If you’re not sure of your current membership status, contact us at torcainc@gmail.com). All prices include all three days of events.

Member Price $25
Non-Member Price $75

********NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES********

If you are a member currently, choose the "Member" option below.
If you are not a member, choose the "Non-Member" option below.


Pachanga Registration Fee
Participant's Name:




CHECK IN:

Check in: Please check in to pick up your wrist band at the following locations:
YOU MUST CHECK IN! NO SHUTTLES OR BIKES WILL BE GIVEN OUT WITHOUT A WRISTBAND!
Friday: TORCA tent in Bigelow Parking Lot
Saturday and Sunday: Gordon Hirabayashi Campground at the SW end of the campground.

 

PARKING

Parking will be limited to two (2) cars per camp site in both campgrounds. Additional parking can be found on map outside the gates of both campgrounds and is subject to the $5 day use fee and is payable to the kiosk at the Molino campground and GH campground . Please be good partners of the forest and be sure to pay this nominal fee. Those fees go to pay for the upkeep of USFS facilities including restrooms and campsites. If you park at Molino campground, we’ll shuttle you up to GH campground (meet at bathrooms). If you park somewhere above Gordon Hirabayashi campground, please ride down to GH and we’ll shuttle you back to your car. See map of parking locations below.

 

 EVENTS:

FREERIDE FRIDAY
October 21st, 11:00am – 4:00pm

TORCA’s on-going weekly ride, “Freeride Friday”, will include demo bikes available from Guerrilla Gravity and Rocky Mountain Bicycles. Never joined us for Freeride Friday? Time to make it happen! Sample some of the best DH and AM rigs on a short but tasty trail in the pines of Mount Lemmon on Bigelow Trail. Shuttles run till 4:00pm, then head down the mountain to Gordon Hirabayashi for a Welcome Dinner and BBQ, catered by Risky Business Restaurant. BYOB!!(included in cost of admission)

4th Annual POKER RIDE AND DEMO DAY
October 22nd, 8:30am – 2:30pm

Shuttle up to the top of Bug Springs and Prison Camp, two of Tucson’s most famous trails, and on your ride stop at each of our five “dealers” to get your poker card. Best hands win amazing prices! Simultaneously, demo the best bikes in the industry. Last year we had 7 manufacturers (Specialized, Devinci, Niner, Ibis, Pivot, Guerilla Gravity and Salsa) and this year we’re bringing out even more! You’ll have the opportunity to try out a 2016 bike during the Poker Ride as well as during the demo hours. We’ll take care of shuttles and lunch, consisting of World Famous Korean BBQ Pork Tacos, Beans and Rice, all compliments of Risky Business Restaurant. BYOB

2nd Annual FUNDURO AND DEMO DAY
Sunday October 23rd, 8:30am – 1:00pm

We’re taking the buzz of the MTB world, the “Enduro” and adding a little more “fun” to it. This will take place on one of Tucson’s favorite (if not favorite) trails, La Milagrosa Trail! In a FUNDURO, there is only one class and it’s not about the fastest riders. We take the average time of all riders from the timed stages and the times closest to the average are the winner! Prizes will be given to the 5 “most average” riders. If you’re the “STRAVA” type, we may have some prizes for you too, but shhh, THIS IS NOT A RACE!  It’s a time trial. If this isn't your thing, check out MORE bike demos on Prison Camp trail!

 

Please forward any questions to torcainc@gmail.com
or call TORCA President Art Alcantara @ 529-591-1514

EVENT DETAILS:

FRIDAY- Shuttles with Guerilla Gravity and Rocky Mountain (Bigelow Trailhead)

(Across from Palisades Ranger Station)

11:00am-4:00pm Registration, Shuttles, Bike Demo

6:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Dinner at Gordon Hirabayashi Campground

 

SATURDAY- Poker Ride and Demo Day (Gordon Hirabayashi Campground)

8:00am Registration

8:30am Bike Demo opens

9:00am Shuttles begin to Bug Spring Trail Head

12:00pm Lunch served by Risky Business

2:00pm Cards must be turned in!!

2:30pm Bike Demo ends, Awards

2:30pm-4:00pm Volunteer Demo Only

7:00pm Fire Side Horse Shoe Contest sponsored by 5.10 Shoes

 

SUNDAY- Funduro!

8:00am Shuttle Pick Up from Agua Caliente Elementary School (11420 E Limberlost Rd, Just east of Melpomene way)

8:30am Riders Meeting at Molino Basin Parking lot

9:00 Funduro Begins

9:30am Shuttles begin for Bike Demos on Prison Camp

1:00pm Bike Demo and Shuttles End

2:00pm Awards at Gordon Hirabayashi Campground

Shuttles back to Molino Campground immediately following the event.

 

FOOD

While we’ll be providing Dinner on Friday night and Lunch on Saturday, food options are limited. There are however a few options within a few minutes of the events. We recommend The Iron Door Restaurant across from the Ski Lifts at Mt. Lemmon as well as The Sawmill in Summerhaven. Please check out their hours as they close early some days.
In addition, there are few restaurant options at the bottom of the mountain at the corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Hwy, Just a 10 minute drive back down the mountain. We recommend Risky Business at 8848 E. Tanque Verde. Aside from the fact that they are one of our sponsors and mountain biker owned, they have awesome food and a bitchin selection of beers! Lastly, we recommend Le Buzz Café for coffee and a ridiculous assortment of homemade pastries, sandwiches and salads. They are located next to the Safeway Grocery Store on the corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Hwy.                                                                                   

HOTELS

There are a few options for lodging within a short 15 minute drive. A few options include the Comfort Suites and the Ramada Tucson East on Tanque Verde. Both of these hotels are adjacent to each other and short drive to Mt. Lemmon. In addition there are a few Tucson mtb locals with some great guest houses for rent really close to the event. Contact TORCA President Art Alcantara for details on these rentals. 520-591-1514


Summer 2016 News Letter

TORCA NEWSLETTER

Happy Summer Shredders!

TORCA has been busier than ever, focusing on some critical priorities for 2016 in addition to holding our regular trail work events and group rides.

The 2015 Pachanga featuring the 3rd Annual Poker Ride & Bike Demo was a huge success for all involved. Well over 100 participants attended three events, including Freeride Friday sponsored by Guerrilla Gravity, the Poker Ride & Bike Demo, and the first ever “Funduro” (a non-competitive enduro style event where the most average time wins the gold!).

One of TORCA’s most ambitious initiatives was its adoption of the CDO (Canada Del Oro) trail on the backside of Mt Lemmon. The Forest Service entrusted us with the daunting task of maintaining this very difficult to access, backcountry trail. Two trail work weekends were scheduled in the spring, but the weather had different plans. After rescheduling due to rain, a small crew of 6 brave folks carried cross-cut saws, mcleods, loppers, food, water, and sleeping packs into the woods and worked from dawn to dusk, removing 20+ deadfall trees. The second day included more of the same, as well as pruning of extensive overgrowth and fixing eroded areas. Day two concluded with volunteers driving UTV’s into Charleau Gap to pick up the haggard hikers/trail workers. It is a grueling endeavor, but one that culminates with the TORCA Group Ride on CDO in May! If you haven’t ridden this trail, it needs to be on your bucket list. CDO is on par with The Whole Enchilada or any of the greatest epic trails in the Southwest!

While TORCA is an organization made up of all disciplines of riders, there is a big piece of TORCA’s heart that belongs to Downhill! This February, Home Grown Mountain Biking Tours provided shuttles to eager Tucson riders to Phoenix’s South Mountain trail system to co-host an event with GROAZ (Gravity Riders of Southern Arizona). Big bikes were in play, as riders navigated the extremely rocky and technical terrain of trails such as Geronimo and National. Lunch was provided by GROAZ, a barbeque with all the fixin’s. There were some bumps and scratches, but everyone came out in one piece with huge smiles on their faces! This annual ride keeps growing, with most of the riders coming from Tucson! Represent!!

TORCA’s membership drive is ongoing, as we are a small non-profit organization completely funded by its members. With that, we were able to offer a raffle for a $200 shopping spree on Troy Lee Designs website! TORCA worked hard to get members to renew their memberships and add additional members, and at the Spring Bike Swap, the shopping spree was raffled off to Anthony Zepke! This TORCA original has been a supporter from the beginning. It was great to give him this gift in appreciation of his support. TORCA appreciates all of its’ members and understand that without you, we couldn’t do what we do!

In 2016, TORCA has spent dozens and dozens of hours working on the following trails:
Fantasy Island
Bug Springs
Aspen Draw
Bigelow/Kellogg
CDO

A new group ride was added this year, and incorporates a section of the Arizona Trail that is otherwise difficult to access, logistically. Home Grown Mountain Biking Tours provided a shuttle to 14 eager riders who started at Box Canyon and finished at Gabe Zimmerman trailhead. This 28 miles, many of which are descents, included the best of the AZT! The weather in February was amazing, and it will definitely be added to the itinerary of annual group rides.

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2016 Pachanga planning has been in full swing! This year promises to break the mold and put Tucson on the map of mountain biking! We’ve capped the number of Bike Manufacturers at 10, allowing each manufacturer to showcase their fleet and get as many people in as many saddles as possible. You can expect the same 3 day format, with the addition of more group camping and functions in the evening. Stay tuned as this event comes together! This is an “all hands on deck” endeavor, so if you’re interested in volunteering, please get in touch!

Check out our calendar for upcoming events.

Cheers!

Tara
TORCA Secretary


2015 Pachanga

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PACHANGA
 Spanish   /paw*chong*guh/   (Noun)

1.       Party or Bash

2.       A gathering of mountain cyclists in the Santa Catalina mountains to revel whilst shralping, camping, and imbibing.

 The little camping/riding event that put TORCA on the map is back and it just keeps getting bigger and better! Last year we stepped up and added a demo day to the Poker Ride which everyone loved!! This year we’re making it a whole weekend full of fun events. This event is open to members only. To become a member click here

 REGISTRATION: Important Event details MUST READ***********

 In keeping with USFS regulations, this event has limited occupancy per the FS regulations! We anticipate filling up all of the spots very quickly as we did so last year. There will be two ways to register with ONE great way to guarantee your spot.  

1.       Pre-registration (Guaranteed spot) This will open August 22nd.  Simply email torcainc@gmail.com and we'll check your membership status and email you the link for preregistration.  This will NOT ONLY guarantee your spot, but with your donation you will also receive a Limited Edition TORCA Pachanga Silipint that we will gladly keep full of tasty refreshments for you at the event. A $25 donation is required. This not only guarantees your spot for the Poker Ride, but for the whole weekend (Other event details below). All proceeds go to TORCA to keep working on your trails and working for new ones!

2.       General Registration- This will be done on a first come first served basis after Oct. 7th. Email torcainc@gmail.com to secure your spot after Oct. 7th. We don’t anticipate this even happening given the level of excitement that was generated last year and the exposure we’ll be getting this year. So Pre Register and help support our efforts in making and keeping Tucson an incredible place to ride and take home a cool Silipint as well!

CHECK IN:

Check in: Please check in to pick up your wrist band at the following locations:

YOU MUST CHECK IN! NO SHUTTLES NOR BIKES WILL BE GIVEN OUT WITHOUT A WRISTBAND!

Friday: At the Iron Door Restaurant across from Mt. Lemmon Ski Lifts
Saturday and Sunday: Gordon Hirabayashi Campground at the SW end of the campground. Parking will be limited if at all in this campground. Park in the parking areas and ride down to Gordon Hirabayashi Campground. There will be a shuttle for those that find parking or camping in Molino campground. For those that park above GH campground, let gravity be your friend and ride down to GH campground. See map of parking and shuttle pick up locations below.

 EVENTS:

FREERIDE FRIDAY
November 6
th  1:30pm to Dark

We have added a few fun twists to the event starting with taking our ongoing weekly event “Freeride Friday” and adding a spice to it. Never joined us for Freeride Friday? Time to make it happen! We shuttle you on Tucson’s only DH trail, Aspen Draw(AKA Aspirin Draw).  We shuttle till dark and afterwords, we share in all the war stories and a couple cold ones! This year Guerrilla Gravity will be sponsoring it and bringing their Megatrail’s and their Dh rigs for everyone to try out on a most appropriate and fun trail!  

 

3rd Annual POKER RIDE AND DEMO DAY
Saturday November 7
th 8:00am to 3:00pm

Last year we had 5 manufacturers (Specialized, Devinci, Niner, Ibis, Pivot) and this year we’re bringing out even more! In addition, we listened to everyone’s feedback last year so this year, you’ll have the opportunity of trying out a 2016 bike during the Poker Ride as well as during the demo hours. We’ll take care of shuttles, Lunch consisting of World Famous Korean BBQ Pork Tacos, Beans and Rice compliments Risky Business Restaurant’s. Beverages compliments of Borderlands Brewing.   

 

Inaugural FUNDURO
Sunday November 8
th 9:00am

We’re taking the talk of the mtb world, the “Enduro” and adding a little more “fun” to it. This will take place on one of Tucson’s favorite(if not favorite) trails, La Milagrosa Trail! In a FUNDURO, there is only one class and it’s not about who the fastest riders are. We take the average time of all participants and the 5 race times closest to the Avg are the winners! If you’re the “STRAVA” type, we may have some prizes for you too, but shhh, THIS IS NOT A RACE!  It’s a time trial. 😉

 

Please forward any questions to torcainc@gmail.com or call TORCA President Art Alcantara @ 529-591-1514

Event Details:

FRIDAY- Aspen Draw Shuttles with Guerilla Gravity
Across from the lifts at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley
1:30pm till dark

SATURDAY- Poker Ride and Demo Day (Gordon Hirabayashi Campground)
8:00am Registration
8:30am Bike Demo opens
9:00am Shuttles begin to Bug Spring Trail Head
12:00p Lunch served by Risky Business
3:00pm Bike demo ends
3:00-5:00pm Volunteer shuttles begin

SUNDAY- Funduro!
7:45am Shuttle pick up at Suzenu Road
8:15am Shuttle Pick Up from Agua Caliente Elementary School(11420 E Limberlost Rd, Just east of Melpomene way)
9:00am Riders Meeting at Molino Basin Parking lot
9:30 Funduro Begins
Immediate following the ride: Awards, food and beverages concluding the ride at the Sooter's Residence(at the end of the trail)
5pm Ride back to cars(1/4 mile away)

 


unReal Movie Premiere

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Hey Everyone! We are super pumped to be premiering this amazing film for everyone in Tucson! If you are not familiar with Anthill Films and/or Teton Gravity Research, they are simply the best in their respective fields of film making. Anthill Films (formerly The Collective, yes that Collective...) has been a pioneer in mtb films and keep pushing the envelope with every film. Teton Gravity Research has been creating ski and snowboard films for over a decade now and are equally as talented! This movie promises to be one of the best and that is saying a lot given the number of great films that have been out as of late. All the proceeds from this film go into the maintenance and upkeep of our local trails as well as opening up back country trails like CDO and Red Ridge trails which require a ton of logistics and planning to execute. Please join us and support our cause of continuing to get people on bikes and making smiles happen. Wanna preview? Check out the trailer below!

Cheers!

Date: Thursday July 23rd, 2015
Location: Risky Business Restaurant(MTBER OWNED)
8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd
Time: 7:30 PM

Prizes and giveaways!


Trailforks – Milagrosa

TORCA is helping to put Tucson's amazing riding on the map. Not only do we make La Milagrosa and many other trails shine through tons of volunteer hours working on the trail, we make them shine in the international spotlight as well. Pinkbike has made our hometown gem of gnarliness, their Trail of the Month. TORCA is making big things happen in Tucson and it’s nice to see being noticed on such a large scale. If you haven't joined us for a group ride or trail day, come on out and see what we are all about. http://www.pinkbike.com/news/trailforks-trail-of-the-month-la-milagrosa-2015.html

 

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CDO Trailwork

CDO Trail Work:

Wow what a hugely productive work weekend for TORCA on the CDO trail. We removed over 20 downed trees and cleared 3+ miles of trail. It was remote and not easy to get to, but 6 brave souls spent two days helping CDO find its former glory. Here are a few before and after pictures of just a small portion of the work that was done. Come out and join us in April for more trail magic.

 


Rad Company Screening!

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This Redbull Media House production is one for the ages and sure to be loved no matter what kind of mountain bike you ride!! Come join us for a night of food, fun and refreshments at Risky Business Restaurant on Tanque Verde. There will also be some awesome giveaways. Tickets are available at the door. Volunteers from the poker ride and trail workers who have done two days of trail work get FREE ADMISSION. $5 and $10 for members and non members respectively. There is a link to the trailer attached below to get you stoked on the movie. See you all there!


What an amazing day of riding. We want to thank everyone who came out and supported TORCA for the day and made the event a huge success. We hope you had as much fun riding as we had putting it on for you. There were amazing bikes out there and the banter over which one was the best was awesome! We want to thank all of the manufacturers for coming out including Specialized, Devinci, Pivot, Niner, and Ibis. All of them brought out the most amazing trail weapons one could hope to throw a leg over. Thanks Guys! We'd also like to thank Borderlands Brewing for providing the bevees and Risky Business for the amazing food! Thanks Johnnie-O! A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the Bike shops for their support of our event. Arizona Cyclist and Fairwheel Bikes. We'd also like to thanks Dane of Guru suspension for coming out as well as Ordinary bikes for their contributions. Last but not least, thanks to all the volunteers that helped out and made the event a success. Next year will be even bigger and better!! Cheers everyone!!



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