Tucson, Arizona is home to some amazing mountain bike riding. Much of that is located on Mt. Lemmon, approaching an altitude of over 9,000 feet! After a quick trip to Tucson back in December, we got hit with a significant snowfall here in Washington. Thinking about warmer climates and excellent trails, I remembered that TORCA had quite a presence in the Tucson scene. After some research, I learned they had just been awarded a very significant grant, and they were indeed open to hosting the first episode of Local Loam.

I called up Colby Mesick to help with shooting end editing the video, and we were off to “sunny” Arizona. Well, maybe not so sunny in February, as we enjoyed a quick ride with the skilled Ty Hathaway only to be shut down by rain — lots of rain. Anyhow, the remainder of our time in Tucson was excellent, and we can’t wait to get back!


# Comments

  • gotdirtnm

    This is an excellent video segment.
    The title “despite the federal government” is unnecessarily negative. The video discusses the ongoing and persistent efforts the Tucson MTB community has invested in building and maintaining a positive working relationship with the land managers. The government does not always (hah, probably ever) do what we want as fast as we want. But the federal agencies are the stewards of our public lands. Establishing connections with responsive and engaged rangers and officials and working with them responsibly is how we move forward in our goals of using and protecting these lands, which this video so nicely shows.
    Las Cruces, NM

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