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Tucson-East Pima County Region renewed as a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Gold, Again!

BFC-GoldSeal275x288pxToday, the League of American Bicyclists renewed the Tucson-East Pima County Region as a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award, joining 372 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 34 new and renewing BFCs today, Tucson-East Pima County Region joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Vice President of Programs at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 372 BFCs in all 50 states. The Gold BFC award recognizes Tucson-East Pima County Region’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

The Tucson Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee (TPCBAC) is very pleased to have the Tucson-East Pima County Region renewed as a Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists,” said David Bachman-Williams, TPCBAC chair. “This reflects the hard work of all our local governments and the strong bicycling community to make bicycling easier and safer for all bicyclists.  It validates the work of the TPCBAC in applying for and receiving this designation.  We hope in the future to be awarded Platinum Status.” Click here to see the Tucson-East Pima County Report Card

The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.

To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program

The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle Corp. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

Tucson Medical Center is El Tour Title Sponsor for the Second Year

Come Together, Ride Now.


TUCSON, Ariz. (May 4, 2016) — Perimeter Bicycling Association of America is pleased to announce Tucson Medical Center (TMC) as title sponsor for one of the premier cycling events in the United States which will be known as Tucson Medical Center 34th El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol Resort.

The title sponsorship, for the second year, is part of TMC’s ongoing commitment to improve the health and well-being of the people of Southern Arizona. As Tucson’s nonprofit community hospital, Tucson Medical Center continues its investment in the quality of life and overall health of the Tucson community. Casino Del Sol Resort is in its fourth year as presenting sponsor. This is the 34th year for El Tour with more than 8,000 riders on the streets for the 2016 event Nov. 19 and another 3,000 participants in Indoor El Tour, an event designed for stationary bicyclists.ETT 2015 StartMarathonPhoto330x219px

“We are delighted to renew what has been a very successful association with such a well-known and well-respected organization as Tucson Medical Center,” said Richard DeBernardis, founder & president of El Tour de Tucson. “TMC has been promoting health, wellness and safety in this community for over two decades. They are a perfect fit with El Tour’s mission of bicycling for better mental and physical health. We have had a fantastic relationship with TMC for many years. Their continuance as title sponsor demonstrates the value we both see in such a partnership. “

“El Tour is such a fundamental part of Tucson and what defines Tucson as a unique and vibrant, healthy community,” according to Julia Strange, the vice president of community benefits for TMC. “We received such positive feedback (last year). Our employees rode in it, our physicians rode in it, we received positive feedback throughout the community. We participated in El Tour at different levels throughout the year. We were pleased that we were able to, at this point in time, step in again as the title sponsor.”

“We need the support of TMC and the presenting sponsor, Casino Del Sol Resort,” DeBernardis continued. “In the end, our sponsors are responsible for the $15-$20 million in economic impact generated by El Tour for our community.’

In order to put on this event, El Tour needs to cover the estimated $1.4 million in event expenses. That breaks down to about $700,000 in underwriting and $700,000 in registration fees.

Together, everyone involved in El Tour contributes to creating a vibrant, exciting event for cyclists of all ages and fitness levels; for local cyclists and those from around the world.

In keeping with those ideas, the theme of this year’s El Tour is Come Together, Ride Now. “El Tour gives all the sponsors and all the charitable agencies a chance to celebrate together, to ride together,” said DeBernardis. “No matter where we come from, what age, what ability, we like to have a good time and show our community that we come together year after year for a terrific event. This is your event. It is about reaching across all the boundaries that separate us from each other. We come together, ride together, share together and succeed together.”

A new 25-mile leg will make its debut for the 2016 El Tour in the Town of Marana, creating an appealing distance for families and anyone who wants to take on a shorter distance than the 104, 75, 55, or 40-miler. Organizers expect that 500-1,000 cyclists will find the distance and the later start time an attractive alternative.

Organizers are also encouraging cyclists to get on The Loop (Pima County’s system of shared-use paths) to navigate around metro Tucson on El Tour ride day. With links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson, Pima County residents and visitors can enjoy the more than 100 miles of shared-use paths to make their way to the various starts and venues.

Easter Seals Blake Foundation is El Tour’s primary beneficiary. Easter Seals Blake Foundation is fully committed to the health and well-being of our community, providing support and inspiring action so that everyone can reach for and realize their full potential. In 2015, nearly $16 million was raised for more than 50 charitable agencies.

DeBernardis founded El Tour in 1983, a 198-person event raising $5,500, with the objective of making it the United States’ largest charity-fundraising bicycling event. He’s done that with more than $51 million raised for charities throughout the event’s 33-year history. The event also serves the community by educating cyclists of the importance of fitness through cycling.

Other notable supporters include Cenpatico Integrated Care, offering a large network of behavioral health providers across southern Arizona, and Rio Nuevo, focusing on development of a vibrant downtown Tucson. Support also comes from Alvernon Optical, ASARCO, BroadPath, CPGraphics, Desert Mountain Insurance Services, Hensley Beverage Company, HSL Properties, Hudbay, McDonalds, Madden Media, Michelob ULTRA, Pactimo, Picor Commercial Real Estate Services, Pizza Hut, Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, Tucson Pain Institute and Visit Tucson.

About Perimeter Bicycling
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of four major cycling events – El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa/Phoenix, Cochise County Cycling Classic and Indoor El Tour – as well as an annual Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo, El Tour Adventure Walk/Run, and El Tour Fun Rides. Perimeter Bicycling also supports and promotes El Tour de Mt. Fuji and El Tour de Kusatsu, held annually in Japan. Both events are modeled after El Tour’s concept of cycling in pursuit of wellness.

For more information on Perimeter Bicycling please call 520-745-2033, visit www.perimeterbicycling.com, follow on Twitter @tourdetucson and @PerimeterBike or find us on Facebook El TourdeTucson and PerimeterBicycling

About Tucson Medical Center
Tucson Medical Center, licensed at more than 600 beds, has been Tucson’s locally governed nonprofit regional hospital for 70 years. TMC is Southern Arizona’s leading provider for emergency care and pediatric care (including Tucson’s first Pediatric Emergency Department), with top-notch intensive care units for adults, children and newborns. Other specialty areas include women’s, maternity, cardiovascular, orthopaedic, neuroscience, hospice, surgical, vascular, geropsychiatric care and senior services.

Visit TMC at http://www.tmcaz.com and engage with them on: Twitter @tmcaznews, Facebook TucsonMedicalCenter and youtube.com/user/tucsonmedicalcenter

Holualoa Companies 26th El Tour de Mesa Sets Two Records: 28-mile event has a new women’s record and tops previous registration numbers



And they’re off!                      Marathon Photo.

MESA, Ariz. – The Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa saw 1,586 riders enjoy one of the most scenic cycling routes in Arizona. On April 2 cyclists were challenged with demanding ascents and descents, offered a splendid showcase of spectacular scenery, and celebrated the 26th year of the Valley’s premier Perimeter Bicycling event.

This year’s event was dedicated to Nelson Vails – Olympic Silver Medalist, 1984 – who was honored at the Thursday, March 31 Dedication Dinner.


Adaptive Adventures riders, Sherrine Hayward (mom) with son, Dalton Hayward, 19, who is physically challenged. They rode the 72-mile event which included the formidable Usury Pass. Adaptive Adventure provides progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Marc Community Resources Photo.

Main event cyclists had their choice of a 72-mile (1,117) or 28-mile distance (new record of 353 cyclists). The longer ride started and finished in downtown Mesa, following a picturesque course through the Lower Salt River Recreation Area andTonto National Forest. The shorter course started atRed Mountain Ranch Elementary School in Mesa and also finished downtown. Fun Ride (86) and Bike Patrol (30) cyclists rounded out the field.

Wouter Zwart and Jo Roberts blazed through the course on Saturday to stand atop the podium as the fastest overall leaders, male and female.


1st Place Finisher, Wouter Zwart of Tucson (l) with 2nd Place Finisher, Yuri Hrycaj of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

As first men’s finisher Zwart, 25, of Tucson, 2:50:48, took the crown from reigning individual men’s champ Craig Streit, 38, Scottsdale, who had first place finishes for five years in a row. Second place went to Yuri Hrycaj, 26, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2:50:50. Riley Post, 35, Mesa, rounded out the men’s podium with a time of 2:51:33. All top three male finishers in 2016 El Tour de Mesa had raced in the 2016 Two-wheel Jones El Tour Criterium pro 1/2 the previous night – fast guys on both road and crit. (All times are unofficial pending confirmation.)


1st Place Finisher, Jo Roberts is the winningest female in Perimeter Bicycling events.

The crowds witnessed more excitement as a top chase pack roared to the finish line with one woman in the group – Jo Roberts, 56, Tucson, 2:57:22.Roberts was 58th place overall and less than seven minutes behind the overall leader. As the winningest female in Perimeter Bicycling events, she’s been on the podium multiple times, in multiple venues, and in many distances. Stephany Newmeyer, 45, Goodyear, was second for women at 3:03:46, while Donna Kirby, 44, Menifee, CA rounded out the women’s podium with 3:03:48.

The number one men’s tandem with Daniel Parkman, 27, and Eli Roberts, 34, Tucson, came in at 2:56:57 and made it look easy. But looks can be deceiving – they had done the last three miles on a flat tire. Mixed Tandem first place was Catherine Stevens, 44, and Richard Stevens, 45, Vail 2:58:38. No women’s tandem in the 72 mile event.


Dedication Recipient, Nelson Vails (l) with 28-mile 1st Place finishers: Denise Mueller and Michael Hemmerlin (r) Denise Mueller Photo

Denise Mueller crushed the women’s 28-mile course record. Mueller, 43, Carlsbad, CA, crossed the finish line in 1:13:55. Stay tuned for her attempt as the first woman in cycling history to attempt a paced bicycle land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in September. Second place for two years in a row was Tui Marion, 37, Queen Creek, 1:19:59. Natalie Fernau, 15, Show Low, took third in 1:20:00.

The men’s 28 miler saw Michael Hemmerlin take the top spot. Hemmerlin, 16, of Mesa finished in 1:11:09 and has been riding this event since he was seven years old. Second was Zachary Fernau, 13, Show Low, 1:13:56 followed by third place Todd Fernau, 40, Show Low, 1:13:56.

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Three of the top finishers in the 28-mile ‪event‬ are from the Fernau family. The three family members in the middle are Dad (Todd), son (Zachary), and daughter (Natalie). On the left is the family’s mother, and on the right is little sister. MC Media Photo.

Three of the top winners in the 28-mile‪ event are from the Fernau family – notice that Dad (Todd), son (Zachary), and daughter (Natalie) all came in on top.

As central Arizona’s premier springtime cycling event, El Tour de Mesa had the help of over 400 volunteers. Since its inception, the event has welcomed more than 25,000 participants and has raised nearly $500,000 for charities.  This year’s event benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Uphill Into The Wind, ALS Arizona Chapter, Easter Seals Southwest Human Development, Marc Community Resources, National MS Society AZ Chapter, The Winded Foundation and Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.


Boy Scout Troop 10 from Mesa worked Station 4 on the 72 mile course. Thanks guys for your dedication. Damian Alexander Photo.

The 2016 event was supported by Holualoa Companies, Berge Ford, AZ-1 DMAT, CycloMesa, KAZ TV, MC Life, Pactimo, Paragon Cycling, Safeway, TransCity Property Management, Two-wheel Jones, Valley Guide/Madden Media and Visit Mesa.

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Click for complete results  for Holualoa Companies 26th El Tour de Mesa.

Commemorate your ride with a spiffy event jersey. We still have some El Tour de Mesa jerseys in select sizes.                     Call 855-745-2033 to snag yours.

Have you seen your very own personal photo gallery from the Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa? Go to MarathonFoto here: http://bit.ly/1pyAFxS.

Check out the photos and videos on our EL Tour de Mesa Facebook page and share yours!

Tail Winds Summer Issue will include official results, awards and comprehensive event coverage. Event participants will have Tail Winds mailed to their home.  You may read Tail Winds online,  or pick up a copy at your local bike shop.

About Perimeter Bicycling

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization responsible for the production of three major cycling events inArizona, including Cenpatico Integrated Care 29th Cochise County Cycling Classic presented by Canyon Vista Medical Center, October 8 and El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resort, November 19.

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