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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unReal Movie Premiere

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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.

 


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!


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!