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A portion of our proceeds from the Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder will be donated to SDMB - Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists. We invite you to join us in supporting SDMB and being part of the 5th annual event! The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists strongly supports all cycling opportunities (yes, even those road/gravel events!) in Tucson, Oracle and Southern Arizona!
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of the sport of mountain bicycling, and view the sport as a vehicle to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and mountain bicycling opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible. SDMB is dedicated to protecting and enhancing mountain bicycling opportunities through:
For more information about SDMB vist them on the web at www.sdmb.org
Additional Beneficiaries of the Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder include:
Make your Ride matter more, Carry a Bead for Beads of Courage
The Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder is proud to partner with Beads of Courage, a Tucson-original non-profit organization, which makes a huge difference in the lives of children coping with cancer and other serious illness throughout the world through their arts-in-medicine programs. Each bead kit contains a matched bead set that you carry on your ride. We believe your good energy and intentions get soaked up by these beads. At the end of your ride, you’ll return one bead at the finish line with a personally signed note of encouragement to be given to a child that receives the other bead. The other bead you keep as a symbol of your courage to care for a child. Carry a Bead kits are $15 each and you can choose to purchase more than one. Proceeds from all Carry a Bead kits sold will directly help children record, tell and own their stories of courage. You become part of their story of strength with every bead you carry.
Make your ride matter more, Carry a Bead for Beads of Courage.
Your beads will be available on race day at the Team Beads of Courage table.
The Oracle Community Center is a non-profit organization in Oracle, AZ whose mission is to encourage community involvement and promote enrichment programs and activities that will foster positive growth for all ages! The OCC is a hub of activities for the Tri-Communities of Oracle, Mammoth and San Manuel. Our events pull in visitors from Saddlebrooke Ranch, Catalina, Oro Valley, and Tucson.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected almost every aspect of life for many of us in numerous ways. Whether it is finding us in self-quarantine, being laid off from our jobs, or affecting our social lives, we at the OCC recognize that life has changed for each of us in some way.
The Oracle Community Center has not been immune to this national health emergency. We've been forced to close our doors for Monday lunches, to cancel the OAKS festival, to suspend hall rentals and classes for the last three months, and to cancel our major fundraisers. We find ourselves in a precarious situation as we face dangerously low funds and hard decisions on what we going to be able to provide in the future. We've been so focused on community outreach in things like the Oracle Family Emergency Fund that we now find ourselves in need to continue through this difficult time.
We plan on remaining open as long as possible with the money that we have, but we need your help to continue as our overhead costs continue to come in and demand monthly payment. We've done our best to reduce these costs, but we've been unable to get reduced rates from the utility company's and we can not turn off service so we continue to have to pay the monthly charges. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contribution to help us continue our mission. If you are unable to offer a donation, please continue to renew your membership as this helps us invest in the future of our community!
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 800 diverse miles across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities, and people. The Arizona Trail Association’s mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote, and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.
The Bighorn Fire is currently burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson and has forced a closure of the AZT’s Passage 11 between Sabino Basin and American Flag Ranch Trailhead in Oracle, as well as the entire Santa Catalina Ranger District. Everyone is being asked to avoid the entire area to allow firefighters to continue battling the fire from the air and on the ground. The Bighorn Fire started on June 5th from a lightning strike and has grown to over 115,000 acres.
If you’re planning a hike or ride on the AZT this summer, please check current conditions, closures, and other important information before you go. Also, remember that campfires, charcoal, and open flames are banned on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico.
One of the best sources for wildlife news, closures, and other information is InciWeb.gov.
To protect the experience of mountain cyclists and other trail users. To preserve the tradition, condition, and etiquette of the trail; and to present novel trail opportunities in a sustainable and responsible manner.
Our Board of Directors as well as the members at large, represent all facets of the mountain bike community with a diverse skillsets, differing preferences towards trails and varying levels of skill. What we all have in common is our passion for our trails and our willingness to enhance the outdoor experience for all user groups. TORCA invites you to get involved no matter how small you think your contributions might be. If your time is limited, you can always be a member and help fund tools and snacks for our hard-working volunteers! Thanks for checking us out!
The Bighorn Fire Forces Trail Closures on Mt Lemmon
The Bighorn Fire is currently burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Mount Lemmon near Tucson, and has forced a closure of the entire Santa Catalina Ranger District. Everyone is being asked to avoid the entire area to allow firefighters to continue battling the fire from the air and on the ground. The Bighorn Fire started on June 5th from a lightning strike and has grown to over 115,000 acres.
If you’re planning a hike or ride on Mt Lemmon this summer, please check current conditions, closures, and other important information before you go. Also, remember that campfires, charcoal, and open flames are banned on all National Forests in Arizona and New Mexico.
One of the best sources for wildfie news, closures, and other information is InciWeb.gov.