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 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.
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.
Upcoming events (1)See all
- Apacheria Gravel Event Pre-Ride (Not a SAMBA Event)The Gadsden Hotel, Douglas, AZ
This Gravel Event was shared with myself and Wendi by SAMBA member. This is not a SAMBA event but we wanted to share this gravel pre-ride with anyone who is interested. Please read all information below.
APACHERIA Gravel event,
Here we go....Pre Ride of the Geronimo Trail!
The Geronimo Trail is the proposed route for the Inaugural APACHERIA Gravel event - 10/26/24.
As stated in the APACHERIA event summary, the Geronimo Trail route will be investigated .... on SUNDAY, December 10, 2023.
We will gather at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas, AZ ( www.thegadsdenhotel.com ).
The Gadsden Hotel is a full-service hotel - rooms, coffee shop, restaurant and a saloon. Please plan your Douglas adventure and experience with the Gadsden Hotel - all aspects of. The Gadsden Hotel is truly a fantastic property.
We will meet at 9:15 AM on G Street in front of the Gadsden Hotel. Please plan to roll out at 9:30 AM.
We will head down G street and turn EAST (right) on 15th street which transitions to the Geronimo Trail.
Full disclosure - the Geronimo Trail is GRAVEL! The Geronimo Trail is a maintained Cochise County road, however, it is still GRAVEL.
This route will be 'un-supported', therefore, all participants need to be self-reliant. Please plan accordingly.
Please keep an eye on the weather and temps. Temps will be cool-ish.
There is no water availability once we start on the Geronimo Trail. Please plan accordingly.
We will head EAST on the Geronimo Trail towards the John Slaughter Ranch. This will be the first turn around opportunity for those participants - +/- 14 miles from Douglas.
The ride will continue east on the Geronimo Trail towards New Mexico. The longer route will be .... +/- 60 miles round trip.
AS an added incentive for those participants - riders and SAG drivers. All that make the trip to Douglas, AZ and take part in the Apacheria pre-ride on Sunday, 12/10/23 will receive a LIMITED edition Apacheria Gravel Event T-SHIRT. Thank you in advance for your participation.
There will be ONE (1) T-SHIRT per participant. I will have T-SHIRTS at the Gadsden Hotel and will distributed after the participants have 'completed' the Apacheria pre-ride.
If ANY ONE wants to purchase additional Apacheria T-SHIRTS they will be available for purchase at $25.00 per shirt - cash preferably.
The 'value-added' event T-SHIRT is a THANK you to all Apacheria pre-ride event participants.
Please pay-forward this event announcement and invitation to any and all in your respective communities. No RSVP's are necessary - a show and go style of event.
I will not be "herding any White Bison."
Looking forward to a great event in Douglas, AZ.
A big THANK YOU to all - in advance of your participation in the APACHERIA gravel pre-ride event. Please communicate this information via your own "Coconut Telegraphs."
Point of Contact:
Geronimo Trail Hundo Apacheria Gravel