Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization of people with a passion for mountain biking! We love to explore the spectacular scenery and terrain of Southern Arizona by bike!
As a club, we have been organizing one or more weekly rides for the past 20 years! You may find us on local Tucson trails or travelling to less frequented areas of the Sonoran Desert and beyond.
Our objective is to promote the enjoyment of mountain biking and nature; to protect and enhance mountain biking opportunities; and to support environmentally and socially responsible use of the land.
We are an IMBA affiliated club and encourage our members to support and participate in like minded organizations, locally and nationally. SAMBA supports the Pima Trails Association, the Arizona Trail Association and is trail steward to a portion of the AZ Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains.
SAMBA welcomes everyone on our rides! We enjoy the social aspects of mountain biking as well as the challenges. We try to gear the pace of our rides to the group and stop frequently to regroup. However, we do ride in difficult terrain and suggest that you and your bike to be in fairly good condition in order to enjoy the ride.
Most of our rides would fall into the moderate / intermediate category, unless otherwise listed. Our day rides generally last about three to four hours, with a fair amount of stopping to regroup. Beginners with good stamina should do fine. Night rides are shorter, but do require good lights. If you have questions, please contact the ride leader.
Please make sure you and your bike are prepared for the ride: bring plenty of water, snacks, spare tube, sunscreen, helmet, tools, etc.
You can ride with SAMBA for free. We're not really into raising money. But, your financial support keeps SAMBA running as an organization. We have expenses such as insurance, web sites, mountain bike advocacy, promotion, and support of other like minded organizations. No one receives any money; all services are provided voluntarily.
January is our membership renewal month, but you can join anytime. Dues are $20 yearly and donations are always welcome!