2016 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



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


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: Please check in to pick up your wrist band at the following locations:
Friday: TORCA tent in Bigelow Parking Lot
Saturday and Sunday: Gordon Hirabayashi Campground at the SW end of the campground.



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.



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)

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

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


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.



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.                                                                                   


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


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.


2015 Pachanga


 Spanish   /paw*chong*guh/   (Noun)


unReal Movie Premiere


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


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



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!


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!

The Amazing Poker Ride! – 2004

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!!

2014 TORCA Poker Ride & Demo Day!

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