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34th El Tour Honors Denise Mueller
World Champion, Speed Cyclist and Working Mom
TUCSON, Ariz. (August 29, 2016) – Richard J. DeBernardis, founder and president of Perimeter Bicycling, announced today that the Tucson Medical Center 34th El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol on Nov. 19, 2016 is dedicated to Denise Mueller – World Champion, Speed Cyclist and Working Mom – as Perimeter Bicycling prepares to celebrate its 116th cycling event.
Mueller will be in Tucson for the annual El Tour news conference on Wednesday Sept. 14 at Casino Del Sol and will be available for the public to meet and for press interviews. She will also be honored and in attendance at the Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 Dedication Dinner at Casino Del Sol.
On Sept. 10-13, 2016, Mueller will attempt to break the record of 167 mph and set a first women’s record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Mueller has one amazing goal – to be the world’s fastest human on a bicycle. Ever. The Hoehn Adventures Project Speed powered by Cylance Inc. marks the first women’s attempt at the Paced Bicycle Land Speed Record at Bonneville.
Mueller is no stranger to speed. She is a multi National Criterium Champion, 15-time National Champion, holds two podiums Junior Worlds, KHS sponsored racer, CEO Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems, and proud mother of three boys.
“I am beyond humbled and honored to be selected as the 2016 Perimeter Bicycling El Tour dedication recipient,” said Mueller. “I stand with many whom I admire and respect who have held this prestigious honor. It is my hope that being the first woman to set a paced bicycle land speed record while following more than a dozen men who have done the same since 1899 will help inspire and motivate others to go after their dreams, set goals and get back into the game of life by choosing to be active in whatever sport they enjoy.”
Each year, El Tour is dedicated to a special person(s) who has made significant contributions to the bicycling community. Recently El Tour has honored Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly (2015), Brendan Lyons and Lorena Evans – bicycling advocates (2014), John Hewko, General Secretary, Rotary International (2013).
“We are excited to honor Denise for the 34th El Tour,” said DeBernardis. “Denise inspires action so that everyone can reach for and realize their full potential. We want men, women and children of all skill sets and fitness levels to come out and ride. There’s something for everyone. The theme of this year’s El Tour is ‘Come Together, Ride Now.’ El Tour reaches across all the boundaries that separate us from each other. We come together, ride together, and succeed together.”
About Project Speed – Support Mueller in her quest to be the fastest human on a bicycle. Support will help to pay for the expenses associated with Project Speed, as well as the corresponding goals of inspiring children and adults to improve healthy attitudes toward physical exercise that is fun, social and healthy.
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.
About El Tour
Easter Seals is the primary charitable beneficiary in El Tour 2016. More than 9,000 riders are expected to pedal to raise $20 million for local and national non-profit organizations. The 2015 El Tour raised more than $16 million. El Tour, America’s largest perimeter bicycling event, brings in visitors from across the country and around the world, contributing an estimated $18 – $30 million in direct spending on ride weekend alone as well as $50 – $70 million year-round.
El Tour Super Week, beginning one week prior to ride day, includes a 2-day El Tour Bike, Fitness & Health EXPO, El Tour Orientation Meetings, a Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi El Tour Dedication Dinner at Casino del Sol and an 8-day Indoor El Tour program.
Ride day begins with the Rio Nuevo 104-mile Main Event followed by the 76-Mile El Tour, the 54-Mile El Tour, the 40-Mile El Tour, the Town of Marana 28-Mile El Tour as well as the Tucson Medical Center El Tour Fun Ride presented by McDonald’s. Tune into the Cenpatico Integrated Care Ride Day Radio Show on ESPN Tucson for up-to-the-minute coverage of the front runners as well as interviews and updates from the remote starts. The HSL Properties Downtown Fiesta with kids activities, music, a Michelob ULTRA Garden, food, massages and an on-going Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony round out the day.
For more information on Perimeter Bicycling please call 520-745-2033, visit www.perimeterbicycling.com,
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New El Tour Kickoff: Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop
Come Together, Ride Now.
6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. on The Loop
Tucson, Ariz. (August 16, 2016) — Perimeter Bicycling Association of America is pleased to announce a new activity to mark the kickoff to the 60-day 2016 El Tour Season: Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop, scheduled for Saturday, September 17. The event will go from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be held on The Loop. There will be a post-ride party after the event.
Loop the Loop is a FREE, easy, casual, fun ride open to individuals of all ages and abilities. It’s a cycling celebration encouraging everyone to take up cycling as a means to better physical and mental health and to use The Loop to get from one end of the County to another. While on The Loop you can meet as many as 30 of the 50 non-profit organizations that will benefit from the 34th El Tour held on Saturday, November 19.
Starting and finishing anywhere on The Loop at any time during the festivities, cyclists are invited to ride any distance on the route at a leisurely pace along the multi-use paths of the Rillito, Santa Cruz, Pantano and CDO River Parks , and the Julian Wash Greenway, avoiding motor vehicle traffic on the streets. There will be an post-ride party from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trident Grill (2900 North Swan), El Tour’s official restaurant. There will be live music, prizes, drawings (including a Merckx San Remo Ultegra bike valued at $3999 provided by Tucson Endurance Performance Center), bicycle-valet parking, and taste the new El Tour Ice Cream created by The Screamery of Tucson.
To earn entry into the prize drawings, cyclists will visit any or all of the 12 stations along The Loop to pick up tickets. (go to website for maps and location details here: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/loop-the-loop/ ) Turn in all your tickets for entry into the drawings beginning at 11:15 a.m. and continuing every 15 minutes until 2 p.m. The Merckx bicycle will be drawn at 2:00 pm. You must be present to win!
Loop the Loop will provide the chance to learn what’s new on The Loop, find out about social events on and off the bike, visit with experts who can get you geared up and ready to ride, join a charity team, sign up for El Tour or Indoor El Tour and find out about the different group rides or training events that will prepare you for El Tour. Look for free swag and advice at the 12 stops along The Loop.
Tucson Medical Center 34th El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol, Arizona’s largest cycling event and one of the ten largest cycling events in the United States, is produced and directed by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc and is scheduled for November 19, 2016. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may ride 106, 76, 54, 37 or 28-miles or a Fun Ride of 11, 5 and ¼-miles. The 34th El Tour is projected to raise over $20 Million for over 50 non-profit agencies including Easter Seals – Blake Foundation and 50 supporting beneficiaries (including JDRF, Rotary – Polio Plus, Susan G. Komen for the Cure). For a complete list of all non-profits and El Tour Information & Registration, go to perimeterbicycling.com.
The theme of this year’s El Tour is Come Together, Ride Now. “El Tour gives all the cyclists, sponsors and charitable agencies a chance to celebrate together, to ride together,” said Richard DeBernardis, founder and president of Perimeter Bicycling. “No matter where we come from, what age, what ability, we like to have a good time and show our community how we come together year after year for a terrific 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.”