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  • 12 Jun 2019 8:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ****************************************************CALL TO ACTION*******************************************

    We mentioned that we had some big news last week, so here it is! Last week marked the start of a new era. A new legacy if you will. TORCA Directors met with the Coronado National Forest District Ranger, Wildlife Biologist, Trails Coordinator and Partnership Coordinator to discuss the the future of trails on the Catalina Ranger District (Mt. Lemmon). TORCA has now been working on the the Catalina Ranger District for the better part of 9 years and has shown the CNF that we are valuable partners and good stewards of our public lands. It's the actions of this organization that has put us in the position for the first time in 30+ years, to ask for new trail opportunities. Last week, TORCA presented 16 new trail opportunities to the FS staff and the process is under way. In no way will this be a quick process and we are not guaranteed anything but the Forest Service is acting in good faith and we have the support of the District Ranger and staff. There are a few reasons for our wanting new trails. For starters, there has not been a new trail constructed with Mountain Bikes in mind... EVER! While these will mostly be multi-use trails, we'd like to have a seat at the table when developing trails. In addition, we think that with a growing populace of outdoor enthusiasts and growing participation in our great sport, there will undoubtedly be trail conflicts and we are starting to see those complaints to the Forest Service. Having more opportunities will disperse usage among more trails and hopefully help us as a community, "get out in front of" this possibility for more trail conflicts. Furthermore, we don't have a place to call "our own" where we can let it all hangout without worry of trail conflicts, so it is our hope to have some purpose built, one way mtb specific opportunities.

    BUT, yes there is a BUT. We have a few asks from YOU the Mountain Bike community. For the better part of TORCA'S existence, the vast majority of trail maintenance has been done by the board of directors with a couple of handfuls of volunteers and members at large. We want to thank those who laid the ground work for us to be at the juncture. We could not be where we are today without your help! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    Now for some real talk. The proposition of new trails will not happen without more engagement from the mtb community. Tucson boasts a huge mtb community but build/work days have been scant and we think other trail organizations in Tucson would agree that we haven't reached our potential as it relates to volunteerism and participation.

    This is where YOU come in. It's never been more important for YOU to get involved and be a part of something really special. We're super proud of what we have in Tucson but in true TORCA fashion, we're not resting on our laurels and we think we can make Tucson riding even better. But this depends on YOU! The more volunteers we get, the faster we get trails AND we can keep up with the Forest Service backlog on trail maintenance. But one thing is for certain, the stakes just got higher. We are looking for people to commit and get involved as trail workers and volunteers, and then trail workers and volunteers. Yeah, we said it twice for a reason (we could also use some help with Website and social media content and Membership coordinator if you happen to be good at that sort of thing). This call to action is not just exclusive to mtbers even though TORCA will be at the tip of the spear for a comprehensive trails plan. Mtbers are under the microscope by the Forest Service so we need to make sure we are being the best examples of mtbers that we can be at all times! This means that we should be courteous and friendly to all trail users, respect the "right of way" and last but not least, cease any and all illegal and/or unsanctioned trail building. This type of unsanctioned building has been brought to our attention by the FS and it works against us and our long standing track record of doing the right thing.

    In closing, please share this with your friends who enjoy the outdoors even if they aren't mtbers. #ittakesavillage If you think you have some skills to bring to the table, let us know by coming to a board meeting (next one tomorrow night at Risky Business, Tanque Verde at 630pm. Come out, get involved, and help us make Tucson an even better place for everyone. We love feedback but we're not looking for that now. We're looking for people who are passionate, committed and ready to roll up their sleeves and get to WORK to make a difference for the outdoor community. "Monday Morning Quarterbacks" need not apply. TORCA has earned a seat at the table with the Forest Service and suffice it to say we have "earned our turns" so to speak and it's paying off. With that, look for our new trail t-shirt coming soon with that very mantra. #earnyourturns

    My door is always open so feel free to reach out anytime with questions.

    Game Time!
    Tara Alcantara
    TORCA President

    Arizona Trail Association Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists Sustainable Trails Coalition Trail Riders of Southern Arizona #tucsontrailrunnersMichael Duer John Mollenhour Bell Joy Ride - Tucson, AZ @National Interscholastic Cycling Association El Grupo Youth Cycling

  • 12 Jun 2019 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 2nd marked the start of the Red Ridge Phase of the Back Country Trails Project. If you recall, TORCA received a sizable grant last year to purchase tools and vehicles to tidy up CDO, Red Ridge and the AZT Passage 10. TORCA managed to clear over 200 trees off of CDO and do some significant tread work and brushing and now sets it's sights on Red Ridge AKA Rad Ridge. Last weekend was the second installment of work with Board of Directors Juan Del Castillo, Art Alcantara and Member Nick Giovannuci riding down below the Protected Activity Center of the MSO on Red Ridge to buck fallen trees on the trail. They lost count at 12 trees and were racing the light but managed to get all but one monster at the bottom near the CDO junction. These guys worked their tales off! If you see them on the trail, give them a big high five as they are setting the standard pretty high in the way of Volunteerism. They say, "if people knew how fun and fulfilling trail work can be, everybody would do it!!". Thanks Boys for all the hard work!


  • 19 Feb 2019 8:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out our events page for scheduled work days! We will be spending a lot of time up high this Spring and summer on CDO and Red Ridge. These trails are making waves amongst mtb travelers and locals alike. Come be a part of bringing these trails back to life! Remember that we are giving back to those that give of their time to be a part of the hard work/fun. Participate in 5 work days, and you'll get your choice of either an EVOC Trail Builders pack or an Enduro Pack! If you have any questions, reach out to vernieaikins@gmail.com. Check out our FB event page for more details! Work days are listed below

    1. March 16-17 CDO
    2. April 7th. Red Ridge
    3. April 27th. CDO Take 2
    4. May 18th-19th CDO Take 3
    5. June 2nd Red Ridge Take 2
    6. July 14th Red Ridge Take 3

    As like all our work days, please plan on a 4-5 hour work day. We work with a sense of wanting to get stuff done, but everyone works at their own pace and breaks are encouraged.  Recommended attire and supplies include:

    • Hat and Sunscreen
    • Long Pants(Yoga pants are a bad idea for the ladies. And especially bad for a man.
    • Hiking Boots
    • Work Gloves
    • Sunglasses
    • Water and snack

    We'll provide post work vittles and beverages. We like to hang out and kick our feet up after a day of throwing dirt. Come join us!


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  • 1 Sep 2018 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    1. Party or Bash


    2. A gathering of mountain cyclists on some of the most amazing unsung trails to ride the “best of the best” mountain sleds.

    The camping/riding event that put TORCA on the map continues to evolve and each year it gets bigger and better! The event includes three days of camping and riding, with Bike Demo’s, a Poker Ride, a “Funduro”, and daily bike demos. And while all the funds raised for this event go directly to support TORCA (a 501c3 non-profit supported solely by membership dues, grants, and fundraising), you don’t have to be a member to attend! (but members get a steep discount on entrance to the event. Hey, “membership has its privileges!”). All funds raised during this epic event support TORCA’s on-going efforts to maintain and rehabilitate Tucson’s trails, specifically those on Mt Lemmon.

    • Camping!  Exclusive use of Molino Basin campgrounds! Campsite included in price of admission! Subject to first come first served. Additional camping can be found HERE
    • Bike Demos! The best in the business will be bringing their fleet of all-mountain steeds for you to try out on the best trails around. Committed to attend are: Santa Cruz, Liv, Salsa, Niner, Ellsworth, Surly, Ibis, Giant, Cannondale, Pivot, Specialized, and Rocky Mountain!
    • Poker Ride Everyone’s favorite all-mountain trails, Bug Spring and Prison Camp, will host a shuttled social ride. TORCA will have “dealers” strategically placed along the trail, ready to deal your cards. Best hands win sick prizes!
    • Fireside Cornhole Contest on Saturday evening, SPONSORED by Five Ten shoes
    • Funduro sponsored by DVO Suspension & Giant. Its like an Enduro with a twist, not only do the top 3 times for men and women win prizes, but so does the rider with the most "average" time!
    • Demo bike rides  all 3 days! Take some of your favorite 2018 brands for shuttled downhill runs on an epic piece of trail!

    Registration

    Online Registration is Closed

    Come to the TORCA tent at Gordon Hirabayashi campground to register.

    Day-Of Pricing:  $80 Members / $140 Non-Members

    All registrations include ALL of the weekend’s activities, including camping.

     YOUR MEMBERSHIP MUST BE CURRENT ON LAST DAY OF THE PACHANGA, OCTOBER 21, 2018.

    (If you’re not sure of your current membership status, contact us at torcainc@gmail.com).


    Event Details


    FRIDAY- Bike Demos Begin (Prison Camp Trail)
    (Molino Basin Parking Lot)

    8:00 am ~ Camping Opens at Molino Basin Campground

    Check in for camping WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE after Saturday at 5pm.

    11:00 am ~ Registration opens for Friday Demos at Gordon Hirabayashi

    11:30 am ~ 4:00pm Bug Springs Shuttles, Bike Demo (**Valid ID required**)

    2:00 pm ~ Last call for Shuttles for bugs

    4:00 pm ~ Demos end. All bikes must be turned returned

    4:30 pm ~ Shuttles stop running from Molino

    6:00 pm ~ Meet and greet begins, registration opens

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

     

    SATURDAY- Poker Ride and Demo Day

    (Gordon Hirabayashi Campground)

    7:30 am ~ 9:00 am - Shuttles from Molino Basin to Gordon Hirabayashi

    8:00 am~ Registration

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

    9:00 am-11:00 am ~ Shuttles to Bug Springs Trail Head

    11:00 am ~ Last Shuttle to Bug Springs

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

    12:30 pm ~ Cut off receiving cards on poker ride.

    1:00 pm ~ Lunch served by Risky Business

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

    2:00 pm ~ Bike Demo & Shuttles end

    2:30 pm ~ Awards - Gordon Hirabayashi

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

    SUNDAY- Funduro! Sponsored by DVO Suspension & Giant (Bug Springs/ Prison Camp) AND Demo Day (Gordon Hirabayashi Campground)

    7:00 am ~ Funduro Registration at Molino Basin Parking lot

    7:45 am ~ Riders Meeting at Molino Basin Parking lot

    8:00am ~ Racers Shuttle from Molino to Bug Springs for Funduro Start

    9:30 am ~ Registration opens and shuttles begin from Molino to Gordon Hirabayashi for bike demos

    10:00 am ~ Shuttles begin for Bike Demo on Bug Spring & Prison Camp Trails (**Valid ID Required**)

    1:00 pm ~ Shuttles t Bug Springs end

    2:00 pm ~ Bike Demo ends

    2:30 pm ~ Awards at Gordon Hirabayashi Campground/ All shuttles end

    Shuttles back to Molino Campground immediately following the event.

    CAMPING - All participants MUST BE GONE by 4pm on Sunday from camp areas.

    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 15 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 20 minute drive. There is a Comfort Suites on the eastside of Tucson, within 30 minutes of the event. In addition there are a few Tucson mtb locals with some great guest houses for rent that are close to the event. Contact TORCA President Tara Alcantara for details on these rentals at 520-237-0129.


     
  • 1 Jun 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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  • 18 May 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Videographer Chris Miracle got some awesome footage and edited a fun video of last years' Pachanga. He really captures the vibe of the event and showcases lots of bikes and happy participants. Mark your calendars for October 19th -21st 2018 for this years' event. We already have as many manufacturers committed as last year and we expect even more as the preparations continue for this amazing event. We have lots of cool things in the works! join us for Southern Arizona's growing shred fest!


  • 8 Nov 2017 8:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ONLY mountain biking festival in Southern Arizona, the TORCA Pachanga has grown into a full-scale event of epic proportions. Participants and Vendors agree that this event is the best deal around on some of the best trails around. This year, TORCA hosted over 200 participants and 8 bike manufacturers, in addition to a “chill lounge” hosted by REI, a mechanic station with Rage Cycles, and demo shoes by Five Ten.

     This 3 day camping and riding event includes shuttles, great food donated by Risky Business Restaurant, adult beverages compliments of Tucson Hop Shop, an Enduro race (the “Funduro”), a fireside Cornhole Tournament, bike demos, a Welcome Dinner (including the famous TORCA burro piñata), and a special Ladies Only Skills Clinic with the one and only Lindsey Richter from Ladies Allride. Can it get any better? Actually, it does… all proceeds from this event go directly towards maintaining the trails we love to shred!

     This event takes place the third weekend of October. Put it on your calendar for 2018, you don’t want to miss the next one!



  • 18 Oct 2017 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



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