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:
- Camping! Exclusive use of both Gordon Hirabayashi and Molino Basin campgrounds! Campsite included in price of admission! Subject to first come first served. Additional camping can be found at:
- 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
*******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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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 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)
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 email@example.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)
8:30am 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
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