What we're about

Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) was established in 1991 as a community based 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 over 25 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 a helmet, plenty of water, snacks, spare tube, sunscreen, tools, etc.

You can ride with SAMBA for free. We are not into raising money, but your financial support keeps SAMBA running as an organization. We have expenses such as insurance, promotional materials and equipment, web site, Meetup, mountain bike advocacy, IMBA dues 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 at anytime. Dues are $20 yearly and donations are always welcome!

Click on the following link to access our on-line membership application:

http://www.sambabike.com/join.html

The website also provides information on member benefits.

Thanks for your support!

Visit our website at: http://www.sambabike.org

Upcoming events (5+)

Ride the Marley Ranch Area

Green Valley

Long but easy ride starting at the gate near the west end of Calle Tres in Green Valley. The ride goes south on jeep roads and power line roads, through 'death valley', then a mile on Arivaca Road, and returning on jeep roads to the start. About 29 miles and 1500 feet of climbing with the last ten miles all downhill. A break/lunch spot at mile 15. This is predominantly Marley Ranch property, some owned and some leased by Marley from the state. Interesting features along the ride. To find the start, go west on Calle Tres to the end of the road. Turn left, go a couple hundred yards, and go through the gate on your right and park there. Meet at the start at 9 AM. Ride should take around four hours. Map and gpx files below. Bring lots of water and snacks. Start point coordinates lat=[masked] lon=[masked] www.s[masked].onlinehome.us/samba/marley.ride.jpg http://s229637236.onlinehome.us/samba/marley.ride.gpx

Monday Night @ Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island Parking Lot

Monday night ride @ Fantasy island. Plan on 2-3 hours. All skill levels welcome, but you do need a good light (750 lumens minimum). We meet @ 6:30pm, Irvington and Harrison parking lot. No rider left behind. (please bring lights& helmet)Any ?'s call me Mike[masked]

Wednesday Night Ride at Robles Pass

Cascabel Trail Head

I am changing the parking place to avoid conflict with the neighbors around our usual start point, so now we will park at the Cascabel Trail Head, plenty of space to park just a few feet from the tiny parking lot of the proper Trail Head. Meet up time is still at 6:00, feet in pedal 6:15

Monday Night @ Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island Parking Lot

Monday night ride @ Fantasy island. Plan on 2-3 hours. All skill levels welcome, but you do need a good light (750 lumens minimum). We meet @ 6:30pm, Irvington and Harrison parking lot. No rider left behind. (please bring lights& helmet)Any ?'s call me Mike[masked]

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