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We have limited group rides during the Pandemic. Please take all Covid precautions out on the trail, respecting other's personal space!

The Legal Stuff: PLEASE READ WAIVER! - Participating in a SAMBA ride indicates your agreement with terms of the Liability Release Waiver for yourself and any invited guests!

LIABILITY WAIVER, RELEASE, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISKS:

I/we hereby waive, release and discharge the Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) and its officers, ride leaders,volunteers, employees, organizers, sponsors, members, and ride participants from any and all claims for personal injury, property damage or death resulting from my/our participation in any SAMBA event.

I/we acknowledge that mountain biking is a high-risk sport. I/we realize there are certain dangers inherent in the sport of mountain biking, and I/we assume these risks with the full understanding that serious injuries and even death may result from my/our participation in any SAMBA event.

I intend this release to discharge the above-named from any and all liability arising from or connected in any way with my/our participation in any event, even though that liability may result from the negligence or carelessness of the above named. I/we certify that my/our bicycle is suitable for safe use in all events, that I/we are in good physical condition, and that I/we are able to complete the event. I/we agree to wear a bicycle helmet properly adjusted and fastened and approved by SNELL or ANSI. I/we agree to obey all traffic laws and other laws at all times during all events.

I/we have read this waiver and release and fully understand its terms and agree that it shall be binding on my/our heirs and assigns. I/we consent to emergency care at my own expense if injured or ill .Furthermore, I/we are willing to abide to the Bylaws and Code of Ethics of SAMBA.

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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 30 years! You may find us on local Tucson trails or traveling 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.

SAMBA is active in trail maintenance and mountain biking advocacy. As a group, we are the trail stewards to Passage 5 - Santa Rita section of the AZ Trail. We also highly recommend members to join with groups such as SDMB, TORCA, AZ Trail Association and IMBA for volunteer work, trail maintenance, construction and advocacy.

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. We are also trying to add Beginner Friendly rides on a regular basis. 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.

Upcoming events (3)

Hermosa Tours: Grand Canyon (North Rim) to Utah Trip

Flagstaff

Always been interested in riding the Arizona Trail from the Grand Canyon to Utah but didn't want to carry your gear? Hermosa MTB Tours can help with that.
Note: SAMBA is not running the event just offering the opportunity thru Hermosa Tours.

Arizona Trail Expeditions is a division of Hermosa Tours, LLC located in Sedona, AZ. AZT Expeditions is program offered in direct partnership with the Arizona Trail Association with the goal of supporting multi-day expeditions for mountain bikers and hikers along the 800+ mile Arizona National Scenic Trail.

Arizona Trail Expeditions trips are largely operated as “self-guided” adventures. Hikers and mountain bikers are responsible for guiding themselves down the trail and cooking for themselves at camp. Arizona Trail Expeditions meets them at predetermined camp locations along the trail with a deluxe kitchen, water, chairs, firewood, their personal gear and other amenities.

You must Book this trip, on your own, on the Hermosa Tours website at
https://hermosatours.net/grandcanyon-to-utah-mountain-bike-tours.html

TOUR DETAILS

  • 4 days, 3 nights of self-guided riding.
  • 90% singletrack and some double-track and dirt roads in southern
    Arizona.
  • This tour is appropriate for intermediate and advanced riders
    Includes daily gear transport, Ready Camp Kitchen gear and setup,
    water and firewood.
  • Trip starts and ends in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Total group size limited to (12) per trip.
  • Cost: $425 per person.

TOUR DESCRIPTION
One of Arizona’s least visited natural wonders lies hidden on the Kaibab Plateau north of Grand Canyon National Park. Along the Arizona Trail between Grand Canyon and the Utah state line you’ll discover outstanding singletrack, phenomenal views, and beautiful forests and meadows that seldom see human visitors.

This was the first segment of Arizona Trail to be designated in the 1980s and remains one of the most significant portions of trail in the state. After four days of riding you’ll understand why. While the first two days include rolling terrain at high elevation, the last two are mostly downhill. The highpoint of this ride on Day 1 is above 9,150 ft. and the lowpoint on day 4 is at 5,000 feet. Riders of all ability levels will appreciate this AZT Expedition, including beginners who don’t mind sucking a little wind at altitude.

Getting excited for this trip yet!!

The Itinerary for this tour can be found on the Hermosa Tours website
https://hermosatours.net/grandcanyon-to-utah-mountain-bike-tours.html

You must Book this trip, on your own, on the Hermosa Tours website.

The tour dates are May 18 to 21. Sign up now. We did! This is a great opportunity and location to mountain bike with a little support. Check it out! We hope you'll join us.

Cancelation Policy and other information can be found on the aztexpeditions website.

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Flagstaff to Sedona: Hermosa Mountain Bike Tours

Thunder Mountain Bikes

Ever wanted to ride from Flagstaff to Sedona? One of our SAMBA members has, so he has signed up for this Self-Guided tour offered by Hermosa Mountain Bike Tours. Check out the Tour description below.
Note: SAMBA is not running the event just offering the opportunity thru Hermosa Mountain Bike Tours.

Tour dates: June 1st to June 4th. The meeting point for this trip is Sedona, AZ at Over the Edge Bikes. (Thunder Mountain Bikes)

#### TOUR DESCRIPTION

This four-day trip has been in the making for quite some time and now it’s here. This adventure includes over 96 miles of amazing Arizona Trail around Flagstaff and south to Mormon Lake before traversing to the Mogollon Rim overlooking Sedona and dropping into beautiful Red Rock Country. You’ll experience a variety of landscapes from start to finish: aspens and ponderosa pines around the San Francisco Peaks and Flagstaff, high desert scrub and high range cactus, and then a drop into Sedona’s world famous red rock escarpments and soaring cliff walls. The change from beginning to end in this trip is something to behold.

We created this Flagstaff and Sedona mountain bike tour for those who don’t want a guide, don’t want to be supported during the week and generally just want their own self-serve adventure with a bit of logistical assistance. Each day we relocate a very deluxe camp setup (provided by Ready Camp) of (2) 10×10 canopies, full kitchen, dry firewood, camp chairs, fresh water, coolers of food and beverages (you purchase prior to trip) and all your personal gear like tents, bags and clothing. You can go as cheap or deluxe as you want on food, beverages and amenities!!

You must Book this trip on your own, through Hermosa Tours at this link,
https://hermosatours.net/flagstaff-sedona-mountain-bike-tour.html

### TOUR DETAILS

> 4 days, 3 nights of self-guided riding
> 75% singletrack and 25%dirt roads in northern Arizona
> This tour is appropriate for high intermediate and advanced riders
> Includes daily gear transport, Ready Camp Kitchen gear and setup, water and firewood
> Trip starts and ends in Sedona, AZ
> Total group size limited to (12) per trip
Cost: $445 per person
Note: SAMBA is not running the event just offering the opportunity thru Hermosa Mountain Bike Tours.

You must Book this trip on your own, through Hermosa Tours at this link,
https://hermosatours.net/flagstaff-sedona-mountain-bike-tour.html

Excited Yet? Great ride for a early Summer trip.

Prescott 6er

Pioneer Park

http://www.prescott6er.com/

SAMBA friends, come join us for the Prescott 6er! After missing out on this fun event for a few years, Colleen and I (previously know as duo team Happy Campers) are going to try it as solos. See the 6er website for all the race details and lodging suggestions.

"The Prescott 6'er is back for it's 12th year! Bring your friends and teammates for 6 hours of riding and enjoy a relaxed, fun event atmosphere with all the professional touches you are accustomed to while riding some killer laps in Prescott, AZ. Complete the most laps on our unique course in the least time after 6hrs of racing and win."

The course is 8.4 miles on roughly 90% single track, some steep climbs, some not so steep climbs, tight twisty single track up and down at the end, and a little bit of double track to finish off your lap.

Solo and duo team categories are available. Free dry camping is available next to the start/finish line. Colleen and Wendi be camping at Willow Lake RV Park and will post rides for some of the other fun trails in the Prescott area during the week leading up to the race on Saturday.

FRIDAY, October 14
1:00pm (ish) Course marking begins
3:00pm Venue open (practice lap)
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SATURDAY, October 15
7:00am - 7:45am Packet Pick-up / Check in
7:50am Pre-race meeting
8:00am Prescott 6'er begins!
11:00am Food Truck Open
2:00pm Must be on course for last lap.
3:00pm Awards!

###### 2022 Categories

  • Solo - Male / Female / Junior Male / Junior Female / Gravel Bike Male / Female**
  • Solo - Master's Men 50+, Women 40+
  • Solo Singlespeed - Male / Female
  • Duo - Male / Female / Coed / Junior Open*, Junior Girls
  • Duo - Master's Men 50+, Women 40+
  • Duo - Mini Me (adult with child 14 and under)
  • Duo - Singlespeed Men, Women, Coed
  • Beginner - Male / Female (1 lap of course only)


*Duo Junior Open (18 & Under male or female) - can be male, female or coed.

** Gravel Bikes must have traditional drop bar set up equipped with brifters.

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###### Registration Fees

January 1 - October 3

  • Solo $80
  • Duo $120 per team
  • Junior Solo $65
  • Junior Duo $80 per team
  • Duo Mini Me - $80 per team
  • Beginner $35

October 4 - October 16

  • Solo $95
  • Duo $130 per team
  • Junior Solo $80
  • Junior Duo $95 per team
  • Duo Mini Me - $95 per team
  • Beginner $40

LIABILITY WAIVER, RELEASE, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISKS:
I/we hereby waive, release and discharge the Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) and its officers, ride leaders, volunteers, employees, organizers, sponsors, members, and ride participants from any and all claims for personal injury, property damage or death resulting from my/our participation in any SAMBA event.
I/we acknowledge that mountain biking is a high-risk sport. I/we realize there are certain dangers inherent in the sport of mountain biking, and I/we assume these risks with the full understanding that serious injuries and even death may result from my/our participation in any SAMBA event.
I intend this release to discharge the above-named from any and all liability arising from or connected in any way with my/our participation in any event, even though that liability may result from the negligence or carelessness of the above named. I/we certify that my/our bicycle is suitable for safe use in all events, that I/we are in good physical condition, and that I/we are able to complete the event. I/we agree to wear a bicycle helmet properly adjusted and fastened and approved by SNELL or ANSI. I/we agree to obey all traffic laws and other laws at all times during all events.
I/we have read this waiver and release and fully understand its terms and agree that it shall be binding on my/our heirs and assigns. I/we consent to emergency care at my own expense if injured or ill. Furthermore, I/we are willing to abide to the Bylaws and Code of Ethics of SAMBA.

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