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Primary Beneficiary: 

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! 

About SDMB - Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists: 

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:

  • providing fun, safe bicycling experiences and social events for the bicycling community, and at the same time using these events as an opportunity to educate and encourage riders.
  • promoting responsible riding and ethical behavior among the mountain bicycling community 
  • working in concert with land managers and owners to improve trails and facilities.
  • working with other user groups to ensure a quality trail experience for all users.
  • efforts to increase the diversity of the mountain bicycling community.

For more information about SDMB vist them on the web at 


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. 

Oracle Community Center

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. 

Arizona Trail Association 

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.

TORCA - Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists

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!

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