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Great to see Tucson mountain biking getting some national recognition. Our trails (specifically Mt Lemmon's all-mountain trails") are world class and these riders rode them all! Great information about the newest bikes and feedback about our backyard. Happy Reading!

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Dear TORCA Member,

Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to a productive 2017 as your new TORCA President.

As a founding Officer of TORCA, I am and have always been personally invested in the success of this organization. TORCA was created out of a strong need for trail maintenance and “active” advocacy. Formed by a group of dedicated mountain bikers determined to make Tucson an epic place to ride, TORCA has evolved into a community of over 200 active members! And while those of us involved are proud of our accomplishments and hard work, there is still much to be done. Some of the things we will be working on in 2017 include:

  • Monthly Trail Work Days – Improving attendance and engagement, “One Day Per Year Pledge”
  • Forest Service “Adopt a Trail” Agreements – Currently hold agreements for maintaining Aspen Draw and CDO, proposing the addition Bug Springs
  • Arizona Trail Association Stewardship – TORCA has been awarded stewardship and is responsible for working on several segments of the AZT, including Prison Camp and Bellota
  • CDO Trail Reroutes / Maintenance – This special trail requires more love than any other, and if you have ridden it, you will agree it is worth the effort! Several overnight trail work days will be scheduled this year for fallen tree removal and possible re-routes for parts of the trail that are unsalvageable due to erosion.
  • Add Board of Directors – “It Takes a Village”, and we’re going to need new talent!
  • New Trails – Redington Pass addition of system trails to alleviate bike traffic on the road, Nogales area OHV/MTB trails in partnership with Trail Riders of Southern Arizona.
  • Increased Fundraising – Dedicated grant writer, continued support from generous donors, use to purchase UTV (necessary to access CDO and Bellota).
  • 5th Annual Pachanga – If you’ve been to the first 5, you know how this one is going down! Better than ever.

TORCA holds elections of its Officers annually, as required by our bylaws as a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. In 2017, TORCA will be represented by the following Officers:

            Tara Alcantara – President

            Vern Aikins – Vice President

            Kimberly Aikins – Treasurer

            Jeremy Sunshine - Secretary

Your membership contributes greatly to our ability to maintain trails and present a unified front to land managers, as well as put on events like TORCA’s fundraiser, the annual Pachanga. Consider getting involved… attend a Board Meeting or Trail Work Day. There are lots of opportunities to give your time and skills. And in addition to working hard, we always have a good time!

If you have questions, feedback, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at 520.237.0129 or at tara@homegrownmtb.com. TORCA is going to make great things happen in 2017.

Thanks for your support, and Cheers!

Sincerely,

 

Tara Alcantara

TORCA President

 

           


Happy New Year from TORCA!

We are super pumped to be ringing in the New Year and wanted to touch base with you all to share all that we have been up to in 2016 and what to expect from us in 2017. We had a super productive year of trail work and doing our best to bring the mtb community together. The Board of directors spent countless hours in board meetings scheduling trail days that yielded over 800 trail hours of maintenance work on your trails. We exceeded our commitments to the USFS on our adopt a trail agreements on both CDO and Aspen Draw trails and we also completed over 200 hours of work on our trail Stewardship with the Arizona Trail Association on Segment 10A(Prison Camp and Bellota section od AZT). Volunteers and boardies also put our US Forest Service Sawyer certifications go to good use and we removed over 50 downed trees on Mt. Lemmon’s upper trails.

TORCA has been opening up communications with other user groups and working collaboratively with the Friends of Redington, another Non-Profit who works with user groups in the Redington area to better manage that historic recreation area. We spent countless hours in working groups to put together their Recreational Management Plan that would open up more trail opportunities in the area as well as legitimize trails like Scorpion and La Milagrosa. In similar fashion, we also continue to work with the city to develop a bike park potentially at Fantasy Island trails.

Amongst other things, we pride ourselves on our integrity. In case you were wondering “where do my membership dues go?”, we thought we’d share some info around what assets we have purchased with funds that we’ve raised. In 2016 we invested in more trail capital and purchased 4 more gas weed whackers, two gas powered brush cutters, two debarking Axes, and numerous other instruments of trail “tuneage”. We appreciate your membership dues as they help us do what we do and by that, we mean putting smiles on peoples’ faces!

Speaking of smiling faces, we saw a lot of them at the 2016 TORCA Pachanga! If you missed it this year, you won’t want to do that again! TORCA Boardies and volunteers, nailed it again this year and put together another “banger” event. We eclipsed 200 participants this year and next year promises to be even bigger and better. A few highlights include the 4th Annual Poker Ride seeing the best attendance to date and TONS of prizes from our awesome sponsors! The 2nd Annual Funduro presented by GIANT Bikes was a blast on a world class course that had been tuned by trail volunteers weeks before the event. Local shredder Timmy Evans and part time local Krista Rust put down the fastest times and won the open class. The “Average Joe’s” class was well attended and brought a super fun and “strategic” group of riders. Freeride Friday presented by Rocky Mountain Cycles and Guerilla Gravity was magical. We had a day of demos on a rippin fun DH(ish) trail with some trail gobbling bikes! Arguably the most fun part of the event outside of the handful of others was the FIVE TEN Fireside Corn Hole Contest. This event saw over 80 campers and attendees alike battling it out for Corn Hole distance supremacy with Britt Linde and Chris Argue rounding out the winners. They both went home with a pair of 5.10 Freeride shoes of their choosing! We want to thank our sponsors for their participation. Thanks to Arizona Cyclist, Probike, Broadway Bikes, Troy Lee Designs, Old Pueblo Gymnastics, Deconcini Realty and last but certainly not least, Risky Business Restaurants for all the awesome food! They are mtber owned and we could not have had as successful of an event without their help!

With us now in 2017 mode, we just held elections and are super excited of some new blood being injected into the executive ranks. Long time President and co-founder Art Alcantara had presided as President since inception of TORCA and was proud to hand over the reins to Tara Alcantara. Tara has a mountain of experience in leadership and advocacy as both a long standing board member and former Secretary and in the corporate world/owner of Home Grown Mtb Tours LLC. We are lucky to have her vision, work ethic and good vibes spirit at the helm! In more changes, Jeremy Sunshine AKA J-Shine is TORCA’s newly elected Secretary and will fill the large shoes left by the incoming President. Jeremy has been an active member and board members for the last four years and has been “clutch” in meeting with city officials, trail work leader on countless trail days, and model advocate. He is the kind of guy that always raises his hand when we need something and exemplifies the “doer” spirit. Vern and Kimmeh Aikins will remain as Vice President and Treasurer respectively. Vernie, TORCA’s co-founder, will continue to lead as Trails Director and bring his humor and enthusiasm to the group. Kimmeh Aikins will continue to fight the good fight and manage our books with her biggest fight being the constant onslaught of recommendations from the former President to buy a TORCA drone. Believe me, this is no small feat as I have tried a million times!!

I have never been prouder of anything than to be associated with such a hard working group. All the folks at TORCA including members at large and the rest of the MTB community, continue to be the examples of MTB advocacy and stepping up to make things happen. While I hand over the responsibilities of the President, I will still be an active participant in TORCA’s efforts. My focuses will be primarily business development, grant writing and I will continue to pull that crosscut saw as long as there are trees down. Please check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/tucsontorca and Instagram at @torcamtb for trail days, rides and special events and make sure you take the #oneday challenge to do at least one day of trail work in 2017! Thank you in advance for your continued support of TORCA and our efforts.

Let’s get dirty!

Art Alcantara
Outgoing President


The camping/riding festival that put TORCA on the map, The Pachanga, continues to evolve and this year was no exception. Just like last year, this event included three days of camping and riding. This event was previously open to TORCA members only, but this year’s events were open to EVERYONE. All proceeds benefit mountain bike advocacy and trail maintenance in Southern Arizona. TORCA is a 100% volunteer staffed, 501c3 non-profit that is supported solely on its membership dues, and this annual event is a culmination of its efforts and a celebration of the incredible riding Tucson has to offer!

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Freeride Friday, TORCA's on-going weekly shuttle ride, turned into a full on shred fest. Guerrilla Gravity and Rocky Mountain Bicycles sponsored the event, and brought their awesome fleet of new long travel bikes to test out on Tucson's beloved all-mountain trail, Aspen Draw. Shuttles were provided, courtesy of Homegrown Mountain Biking Tours.  Afterward, a Welcome Dinner at the group campground offered a delicious Spaghetti Dinner donated by Risky Business restaurant. Oh, and a little fun was had taking some swings at the TORCA burro!

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Saturday's events included the original ride that started the Pachanga, The Poker Ride. Riders were shuttled to the top of epic Bug Spring trail, where riders had 5 stops along the way where "Dealers" handed out poker cards. At the end, riders with the best hands chose from a deep pool of prizes donated by some our sport's best companies. Simultaneously, demo bikes were available to all participants from Specialized, Niner, Ibis, Guerrilla Gravity, Trek, Giant, Liv, and Rocky Mountain. Shuttles continued all day long, up and down the mountain, giving riders ample opportunity to ride Mt Lemmon's finest trails and demo the latest and greatest in mountain bikes. As always, our partner Risky Business served up famous Korean Pork Tacos to hungry participants. Saturday's events culminated in an evening game of Corn Hole, sponsored by Five Ten and Ryders Eyewear. This new addition to the festival offered campers and participants an opportunity to make new friends and get a little rowdy. Winners were awarded a free pair of Five Ten shoes.

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Several options for Sunday's rides... many chose to take part in the second annual TORCA FUNduro, sponsored by Giant/Liv. This 3 segment, timed stage event took place on the PinkBike "Trailforks Trail of the Month", La Milagrosa. Arguably one of Tucson's most challenging and fun trails, this "race" awards the rider with the most average time, aka the rider who had the most fun. Also acknowledged were the fastest man and fastest woman, Timmy Evens aka "Full Factory" and TORCA supporter Krista Rust. For those who preferred a different scene, demo's continued at the event's main stage as well as a free skills clinic, offered by world famous coach Lindsey Voreis of Ladies AllRide.

The TORCA Pachanga is an exclusive event that happens every fall on Mt Lemmon. If you haven't attended, you're missing one of the finest opportunities in mountain biking to experience new bikes, a supportive and fun atmosphere, camping, great food, prizes, and a rare opportunity to have a fun weekend on the bike while giving back to those who keep our trails running fast and flowy! Thanks to the Sponsors who made this event possible and to the Board of Directors and TORCA Volunteers, this doesn't happen without you. See everyone next year... Cheers!


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
  • Mini Skills Clinic with Lindsey Voreis of Ladies Allride
  • 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********

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 11:00am: TORCA tent at Mt Lemmon Ski Valley Parking Lot
Saturday 8:00am: Gordon Hirabayashi Campground at the SW end of the campground.                                                         Sunday 8:30am: Funduro - Molino Basin Parking Lot

*****PLEASE BRING A VALID ID FOR BIKE DEMO'S********

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). 

CAMPING

Check-in at Molino Basin Campground will take place on Friday from 8am-10pm and Saturday from 7am - 4pm. Please follow campground rules as listed on Forest Service website. The following rules will be enforced:

*No campers over 22 feet

*Fires must be contained in fire rings only

*Quiet hours after 10:00pm

*Only two cars allowed per camp site (carpool!!), up to 10 people at each site

*No parking outside of designated parking areas

*Please pick up all litter and transport trash back to Tucson

 

 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 Aspen Draw Trail. Shuttles run till 4:00pm, then head down the mountain to Molino Basin Campground 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 – 2:00pm

Shuttle up to the top of Bug Spring 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. This year's manufacturers are Ibis, Specialized, Guerrilla Gravity, Niner, Rocky Mountain, Giant, Liv, Trek and Sonoran Bicyclists with Intense and Pivot! 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 Don't forget to join us Saturday night at the Molino Group Camp Site for Fireside Horseshoes!

2nd Annual FUNDURO AND DEMO DAY
Sunday October 23rd, 9:00am – 2:00pm

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!

MINI SKILLS CLINIC WITH LINDSEY VOREIS OF LADIES ALLRIDE                                                                             Sunday October 23rd, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Lindsey Richter Voreis of Ladies Allride is a Master Mountain Bike Coach! Her passion for coaching women has literally landed her all over the globe, inspiring women to gain confidence on and off the bike. Learn from the best in the business how to tackle challenging terrain, be better balanced on your bike, and find a deeper connection to mountain biking and the lifestyle it offers! Lindsey is a Liv sponsored rider, and will be available all weekend... introduce yourself and make sure to attend her mini-clinic for a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand your skills!

 

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 (Aspen Draw Trail)

(Mt Lemmon Ski Valley Parking Lot)

8:00am Camping Opens at Molino Basin Campground

11:00am-Registration at Mt Lemmon Ski Valley (parking available)

11:30am - 4:00pm Aspen Draw Shuttles, Bike Demo

6:00pm-8:00pm Welcome Dinner at Molino Basin Group Campsite

 

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

7:30am Shuttles from Molino Basin to Gordon Hirabayashi

8:00am Registration

8:30am Bike Demo opens (**Valid ID required**)

9:00am-11:00am Shuttles to Bug Spring Trail Head

11:00am - 2:00pm Shuttles continue to Prison Camp Trail Head

1:00pm Lunch served by Risky Business

1:00pm Poker Cards must be turned in!!

2:00pm Bike Demo ends

2:30pm Awards - Gordon Hirabayashi

2:00pm-3:00pm Volunteer Demo Only

7:00pm Fire Side Horse Shoe Contest sponsored by 5.10 Shoes at Molino Basin Group Campsite

 

SUNDAY- Funduro! Sponsored by Giant

7:45am Funduro Registration at Molino Basin Parking lot

8:45am  Riders Meeting at Molino Basin Parking lot

9:00am  Funduro Begins

9:30am  Shuttles from Molino to Gordon Hirabayashi, Demo & Clinic Registration

9:30am - 2:00pm Bike Demo and Shuttles on Prison Camp Trail

10:00am -  2:00pm Mini Skills Clinic with Lindsey Voreis at Gordon Hirabayashi main TORCA tent

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

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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.

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2015 Pachanga

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

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Hey Everyone! We are super pumped to be premiering this amazing film for everyone in Tucson!

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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.