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  • 27 Jan 2020 7:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're off to a great start in 2020 and had a tremendous day with ladies of Bell Joy Ride. The dates below are the planned days through May. Our next work days fall under Saw Month(February) to remove deadfall before the Owl Breeding season. Saw month  has three dates and you must rsvp and be cleared by our Trails Director to attend. Vernieaikins@gmail.com  These days are subject to change due to weather and vehicles, so please check back before the work days. Remember that the campouts count as two days towards your trail incentives!

    Work Days Scheduled

    • February SAW MONTH (Feb 8th, Feb 23rd and Feb 29th)
    • March 28th and 29th Red Ridge Campout #1
    • April 18th and 19th Red Ridge Campout #2
    • May 2nd and 3rd Red Ridge Campout #3
  • 7 Jan 2020 7:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2019 was such a great year! Everyone says that, but we thought we'd quantify it for you! Here's how it broke down "by the numbers". We are thrilled to announce that we eclipsed 2018's numbers and are really excited about 2020 and what it holds for mtbers! We're continuing to throw awesome prizes at those hard workers that show up and throw dirt from our amazing partners Troy Lee Designs , Five Ten and EVOC packs! Much love respect and gratitude to our awesome volunteers. Let's see if we can shatter these numbers in 2020! #earnyourturns#nodignoride#volunteer#bethechange

    Total Volunteer Hours

    2019: 2402.5

    2018: 1332

    Unique trail workers

    2019: 113

    2018: 78

    Men to Women participants

    2019: 79 male participants v 34 female.

    2018: 54 male participants v 24 Female

    10 people earned EVOC packs

    3 people earned the next level with Five Ten shoes

    and 1 person earned their Troy Lee Designs Bike A2 helmet.

    Official Work Days:

    2019= 20

    2018= 16

  • 20 Nov 2019 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a follow up to our post about drawing attention to the area in the subject line and the use of social media on unsanctioned trails, it's regrettable that we inform you of the recent closure of Secret and 1918 Trails in the Bigelow/Bear Wallow area. Due to increased recreational use of unsanctioned trails, potential adverse effects to the Riparian Area and the MSO, the Forest Service has now officially closed the area to all recreational activities. In an email from Sarah Corning, USFS Volunteer Coordinator, they have confirmed the definition of vehicles to include bicycles. Please see attached closure order and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay off these trails. TORCA is about to invest a significant amount of time, energy and money into the submission and hopeful implementation of a Comprehensive Trails Plan and any efforts to ignore or subvert this closure order, works directly against our efforts. Below we have spelled out the particulars of the closure. Please be aware that enforcement efforts are being ramped up by PCSO, USFS LEO and AZGF. Steep fines can and will be issued for non-compliance.

    As we have stated before, if you want to avoid these sort of issues, get involved and be a part of the process. Please direct any questions to Vernieaikins@gmail.com.

    TRAILS CLOSED- 1918 NOTE: While "Secret" Trail is not officially closed, it is still UNSANCTIONED and subject to the same closure if we don't respect the order.

    EFFECTIVE: October 1 2019-September 30th 2021

    RATIONALE: To Protect the integrity of Riparian Areas and the Mexican Spotted Owls as well as public safety as it relates to  Forest Fires.

    ENFORCEMENT: Fines include $5000 per individual/$10000 per organization and/or 6 months imprisonment.

  • 13 Nov 2019 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We at TORCA have been around for a bit. Some of us for the better part of 10 years. Digging, learning the ins and outside of advocacy, meeting with land managers, fund raising to support our efforts, educating the public on good practices and stewardship etc etc. We're not expert trail builders or even expert advocates. We're not really experts at anything except caring. That said, as the insurance commercial says, "we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two". With that in mind, we'd like to share a true story from many years back. A cautionary tale if you will. About a decade or so ago, some mtbers from out of state moved to Tucson and fell in love with Mt. Lemmon. They longed for more trails like the ones they rode in the PNW and without understanding the implications of their actions, started building a Freeride trail on Mt. Lemmon. The trail had ladders, drops, jumps and steeps and the buzz about this trail called Hemmroid trail or "Hemi", quickly spread. As the word spread, so did its popularity.

    Mind you, this was back in 2007(ish) and social media was not what it is today. But YouTube existed and a video started popping up of this new trail. That's when the US Forest Service who knew about the trail could no longer turn a blind eye. As a result, the Forest Service went in with chainsaws and picks and dropped every structure and jump built. In addition, some guys implicated in the video, had disciplinary action taken and were issued large fines for their role in the video. In short, it was not a great day for mtbers as they lost a "one of a kind" trail that today has still not been replicated anywhere in S. AZ.

    Fast forward to today and we're feeling a sense of deja vu. Recently, we had an interaction with the LEO on the Mountain. He was the federal LEO and he eluded to trails on Bigelow being in the cross hairs of a possible closure. Yes those trails! While some trails on Bigelow are sanctioned trails ( Bigelow, Kellog, Incinerator Ridge), others are illegal( Secret and 1918). YOU should know this and act accordingly. We're not suggesting you don't ride these trails, just don't be so quick to pull out your phones and chronicle every foot of the trail. We have a meeting scheduled this Friday with the FS to sift through what is fact and speculation and will update you on this topic as information is made available to us.

    But there is a lesson to be learned here. ONE, again it's YOUR responsibility to know whether or not the trails you are riding are sanctioned "system" trails or not. TWO, if you are going to ride unsanctioned trails, it's probably a good idea to use discretion when posting pics and videos. THREE one way to accomplish #1 is to get involved with advocacy groups like TORCA to better understand the issues facing mtbers and combat assumptions that lead to issues that could easily be avoided. This is a fight we're likely going to lose and we'll have no one to blame but ourselves. #getinvolved #itsnotthatsimple#killyourphone #killstrava #ignorancekillstrails

  • 3 Aug 2019 8:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In case any of you were wondering what this whole Red Ridge "thing" is all about... We get asked all the time, "Are there any DH trails in Tucson?" Well here you have it! When it's completely rehabbed, it will be a 6.5 mile DH run! It' steep, fast and scenic and if you like adventure, this trail dishes it out. You'll have to work for it on the backend, but we think you'll definitely feel like you underpaid. The trail starts in the Alpine off the back side of Mt. Lemmon and drops down 6.5 miles to the Charleau Gap Rd. You then have a 3 mile climb and then another romp down Charleau Gap rd to the 50yr trail/"Around the Mountain" connector.  

    Up until recently, this trail was buried under cat claw and briars. Meaning, if you rode it, you were going to bleed. Thanks to our volunteers and active board of directors, this trail is being transformed right before our eyes and in short time, hopefully by the fall, will be clear of that nasty Cat claw. The TORCA saw team already cleared over 15 fallen trees off of the trail from Top to bottom and with massive turn outs from volunteers, we'll be riding it in no time!

    It's a great time to get involved in our work days. If you complete 5 work days between now and January 1st, you'll earn your custom EVOC pack. Bring a friend and that counts as another day towards your pack. Participate in one day and bring 4 friends, you guessed it, you earn your pack! In addition, we have a trail work appreciation day coming up Oct 10th. If you work one day, you get free admission, pizza and 2 beer tickets. Turns out that trail work pays off!

    Check out more trail beta here...https://www.trailforks.com/nearby/?activitytype=1&z=11.0&lat=32.48000&lon=-110.81658

  • 20 Jul 2019 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time to renew that membership or thinking of signing up for the first time? What a great time to do so! We're embarking in some really cool projects with Rad Ridge and working on getting YOU more trail opportunities on Mt. Lemmon. But if you needed more reason to support trail maintenance and advocacy, well here ya have it! We've teamed up with Outbound Lighting, a new and innovative company bringing you lighting solutions that are amongst the lightest and brightest in the business. They do this with innovative optics technologies. Right now they are taking pre-orders but we're giving you a chance to win a lighting package including the new compact "Hangover" light! Just either become a new member or renew your membership between now and August 31st and we'll enter you in the drawing. Odds will be better than 1:100! And you still get your TORCA Swag! So support your 100% volunteer trail advocacy organization and win some amazing prizes from companies that recognize the importance of what we do. Thanks Outbound Lighting for the support!


  • 20 Jul 2019 8:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We want to say thank you to all the selfless trail workers out there and put the tools down for a weekend and enjoy the camaraderie that this sport provides. Mtber owned Risky Business Restaurant will be opening their doors to us and we'll be showing some pretty cool MTB videos with the lead into the movies being the one and only "RAD", so get there early if you wanna relive your childhood! Speaking of Rad, we'll be unveiling our new TORCA T-shirt that night as well. This is a collaboration with Trail Print who brought you the Pro Women's Enduro Racer Stephanie McDaniel "Ride like a girl" T-shirt. We love her so!!

    This movie night is free to any one who participated in a TORCA work event. We'll be providing Pizza and 2 Beer tickets for those folks that participated in TORCA work days this year. For all others, Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for members. In addition to all this radness, we'll be tapping a keg of MotoSonora Brewing "Victory or Death" so come be one of the first people to taste this IPA from award winning master brewer Tomme Arthur. Movie starts at 7:00pm and doors open at 6pm so come early and grab a seat! Tickets available at the door.

  • 16 Jul 2019 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's a great time to be a mountain biker in Tucson! TORCA is super busy working on Red Ridge and getting the ball rolling with the Comprehensive Trail plan for the Coronado National Forest. All these projects will take a lot of muscle, so we are excited to roll out our new and improved trail work incentive program. We have some amazing partners who believe in and support our trail work efforts. We recognize that people are busy and sometimes there needs to be a little nudge to get people to show up to dig days, so we are giving you three "nudges"! And we're making it even easier to earn some rad equipment from our sponsors including EVOC Packs, FiveTen Shoes, and Troy Lee Designs.

    Here's how the program works. We added two more tiers for those really dedicated folks to stay motivated to come out and participate even more. Make sure you read through to the bottom as earning your awards are easier than you think. Show up for 5 work days and you'll receive a trail builder pack or Enduro Pack from EVOC packs. For those hard chargers that already earned the pack, Tier two will be for those that do five more days, we'll throw you a pair of Five Ten Freerider shoes ( $100 Value). Don't ride flats? We'll apply the value of the Freeriders to a pair of clipless shoes. Then if you get hooked on giving back to the community and throwing dirt in the woods and do 5 more, we'll throw you a Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Brain Bucket! People are always asking for the hook up, well there ya have it. Trailwork and volunteerism pays off! We look forward to being bankrupted from people earning all three tiers. We dare you!

    BUT IT DOESN"T STOP THERE!! Like we said, we're going to make it even easier to earn that sweet gear. We're going to give you an opportunity to refer a friend. If you bring a friend to throw dirt, we'll count that as a work day towards your awards. The only qualifier is they have to have not been to a work day before and they can only be counted once. EXAMPLE. Show up to 2 work days and bring 1 UNIQUE guest each time, that counts as 4 days towards your award. So tell a MTB friend to get involved and as Pedro says watch "your wildest dreams come true". We look forward to awarding tons of gear and in the process making Tucson the best place to ride anywhere. Work Days are scheduled so which ones will you be coming to and who will you be bringing? Please forward any questions regarding the program to vernieaikins@gmail.com.

    Work Day Schedule

    August 11th Rad Ridge

    September 8th Aspen Draw

    October 5th Bug Springs

    November 2nd AZT

  • 15 Jul 2019 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What can we say, but WOW, this weekend was one for the history books! We always say #itttakesavillage and the village show up in force  this weekend! Thank you so much to the 37 volunteers who took the #onedaypledge to give back to thier local trails. This is our biggest turnout for a trail day in TORCA history! It was definitely not an easy day. It was a hot and steep 3 "short" miles descending and ascending 2,000 feet of elevation and people worked hard but it was an awesome day!!

    We also had the pleasure of giving back to the volunteers who have consistenty given back. Four people completed 5 trail days so far this year and were awarded their QARV Imports

    EVOC Trailbuilder pack. We also gave away a EVOC tailgate pad and Scott double dipped, getting both his pack and a set of tires from last Red Ridge trail day. We know you're taking time to give back and we want to reconize that.

    Already have a pack? Stay tuned, we're expanded on our trail worker incentive program. TORCA is committed to restoring and rehabilitating the trails on Mt. Lemmon. With turnouts like these, the process will go exponentially faster, further proving to the Forest Service the value we bring when it comes time to expand the current trail network. Can't build an addition to the old house, if the old house isn't up to snuff. We'll be at it again next month.

    So check out our "Events" page to plan your next adventure. Again thank you for this weekend, let build on it. Can we get 40 next month?#becausetrailsdontfixthemselves #torcaneversleeps #nodignoride #bethechange

  • 8 Jul 2019 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This months trail day will be on the infamous Red Ridge AKA "Rad" Ridge trail. We will be hiking in a couple miles to begin the work which is were we left off last time. Be prepared for a roughly 4-5 mile day of hiking and working. TORCA will provide the tools and after work bevies.
    You just need to bring:
    -work gloves
    -water and snacks
    -eye protection
    -long pants and work boots

    One lucky participant will walk away with a tailgate pad from Evoc Packs, and MotoSonora Brewing Company has donated some rad shirts for volunteers!

    Meet at Red Ridge Trailhead at 9am. See you soon!

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