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. That video with Ty will be out next Thursday, btw. Anyhow, the remainder of our time in Tucson was excellent, and we can’t wait to get back!
Big thanks to these guys for making this all possible! Any purchases from these links will directly help support this series as well:
Support and join TORCA here: https://torca.org/
Understanding Jeff’s story
My name is Jeff Kendall-Weed, and while I can’t quite call myself a professional mountain biker in the traditional sense of that term, I’ve been lucky enough to lead a very bicycle-filled life.
I’ve realized that the sport we all love is not guaranteed any sort of longevity, and after I’ve enjoyed so many memories on two wheels, I want to do all I can to be sure our sport is around forever. The best way I can do that? I believe it’s by leveraging my abilities to make (what I hope is) engaging content in a way that promotes the advocacy groups that work for our trails.
This story took a long time to put together- a full 34 years! Many people ask me what my riding influences are, and honestly, there are many. From BMX racing and BMX freestyle to BMX racing, to a teeny tiny bit of trials riding, to slalom, cross country, downhill, and moto, I’ve had influences from many two-wheeled worlds.