With over 300 miles of singletrack in Tucson, you would think the local riders would be content. However, quite the opposite is true, as local mountain bikers are clamoring to get their hands on some of the state of the art Flow trail that has become so popular in other parts of the country. As the sport of mountain biking has evolved, the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bikers (SDMB) are advocating to evolve right along with it, and reap the benefits that the new school trail designs have to offer. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and if Baskin Robbins served only vanilla or only rocky road, they’d probably no longer be in business.
Sometimes the vanilla crowd and the rocky road crowd can get into debates over what flavors are best, so it’s important to remember that one person’s least favorite flavor is often another person’s favorite. This is why it’s so important to have all those flavors in between to meet the needs of everyone in the community.
The SDMB is very organized and persistent, and is working diligently to build relationships with various land managers throughout the county to try to obtain access and approval for some of these new styles of trail. Hopefully between SDMB, land managers, and the rest of the trails community, they can continue to create great vanilla, rocky road, butter pecan, and even bubble gum for everyone to enjoy.
After seeing the leadership and membership in action, we believe they will get what they are seeking. They have recently been awarded a $50,000 grant for a skills park, created a micro-grant program for Pima County residents and organizations to better the local biking community, and started the Trail Love Corps program which performs regular trail maintenance projects to keep local trails in tip top shape. Always thinking, they are prepared with a supply of work tools, gloves, cholla combs, and some really cool pop-up signs to warn users of active trail work and promote their efforts at the same time.
Now get out there and ride before it gets too hot, and be sure to bring your Cholla comb!