Welcome to Perimeter Bicycling!
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces bicycling events for community, charity and wellness. Since 1983 more than $90 million has been raised through Perimeter Bicycling‘s events for local, regional, national and international nonprofit charities
We hope you will join the fun and ride one or more of our events. Please visit each event site for more information and links to registration.
To reach Perimeter Bicycling please call 520.745.2033 or
Thank you & happy cycling!
– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
Jessica Cox named El Tour de Tucson Dedication Recipient
Cyclist & Pilot is first armless pilot in aviation history
TUCSON, Arizona (March 17, 2020) – Perimeter Bicycling and El Tour de Tucson are proud to announce Jessica Cox will be the Dedication Recipient for the 38th El Tour de Tucson set for Nov. 21, 2020.
“Being named the Dedicated Recipient is a special honor as I have known about El Tour de Tucson for many years,” Cox said. “I have also ridden it twice; once for the 40-miler and once for the 25-miler. For me, it feels great to be recognized as a local inspiration but more importantly to get the message out there that ‘disability doesn’t mean inability’ and anyone can achieve their dreams.”
Each year, El Tour is dedicated to a special person(s) who has made significant contributions to the bicycling community, who serves as an example of achievement and who has overcome life’s obstacles.
Born without arms, Jessica Cox is “fascinated by the way assumptions and perceived barriers prevent people from achieving their dreams. She has utilized dormant physical traits to adapt and use her feet the way people use their hands.
“How can you not love Jessica Cox? When I first heard her story, I admired her dedication and drive to succeed,” said Charlene Grabowski, El Tour’s CEO. “She typifies what El Tour is all about, reaching goals and inspiring self and those around you. I’m thrilled Jessica will be part of El Tour and honored to have her as our Dedication Recipient.
“We are about inclusion at El Tour. Everyone can ride a bike and we encourage that here. Who better than Jessica to inspire our riders in the 38th El Tour?”
Jessica will be riding for and promoting others to ride for Rightfooted Foundation International, which strives to mentor, educate, inspire and advocate for people with disabilities.
Visit her foundation, Rightfooted Foundation at RightfootedFoundation.com.
“We are privileged to be a part of El Tour de Tucson,” she said.
In addition to being a cyclist, Jessica is best known for becoming the first armless pilot in aviation history. Her achievement earned her a Guinness World Record medal. She’s been featured on numerous television programs, including Ellen, Oprah Winfrey Network, CNN and CBS Evening News.
She is the author of the self-help/autobiographical book Disarm Your Limits.
For Immediate Release
Banner – University Medicine announces El Tour de Tucson Title sponsorship
TUCSON, Ariz. (Aug. 15, 2019) — Banner – University Medicine, nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching future health care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research, is the official title sponsor for the 37th El Tour de Tucson.
Banner impacts the lives of thousands on a day-to-day basis and will help do its part in the cycling world on Nov. 23, 2019, when riders from all over descend on Tucson and Southern Arizona for one of the top 10 best bicycling events in Arizona and the United States.
The 37th El Tour de Tucson, Arizona’s largest cycling event and one of the 10 largest cycling events in the United States, is produced and directed by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may ride 100, 50 or 25 miles or a Fun Ride of 10, 4 or 1 miles. To register for the race, please visit: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/register-now/
The official 2019 tour name will be announced on Monday. Diamond Children’s Medical Center is the primary beneficiary of the ride.
“El Tour de Tucson is more than just a bike ride, it is a Tucson and surrounding community commitment to health, wellness and safety. As the lead sponsor for El Tour de Tucson, Banner University Medicine is extremely proud to help support this nationally recognized cycling event,” said Samuel M. Keim, MD, MS, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center emergency medicine physician and cycling enthusiast.
At the center of Banner – University Medicine is patient care, research and teaching. Included in Banner – University Medicine is Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner – University Medical Center South, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center, the University of Arizona Cancer Center, physician clinics and a health plan division. Banner Academic medicine is the future of medicine today.
“Banner and its mission, the health and well-being of our community, is a perfect fit for El Tour de Tucson,” said Pat Lopez, Chairman of the Board for Perimeter Bicycling. “Banner and El Tour de Tucson have joined together to promote health, wellness, and charitable causes through cycling. We look forward to a great partnership and making a difference in our community.”
Since its inception in 1983, Perimeter Bicycling has raised more than $95 million for over 100 charities. In that time, more than 266,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities have participated in the event. Everyone is encouraged to ride.
“First and foremost, ‘thank you Banner for coming forward to help the ride be more successful than ever,’” said Charlene Grabowski, CEO of Perimeter Bicycling. “Banner is an integral part of the community as is El Tour de Tucson, given its history and success with charities. Banner’s commitment to the cycling community, the ride and Southern Arizona is incredible. We share a love for Tucson.”
Banner is the first title sponsor since 2017.
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, Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop and Indoor El Tour – as well as the annual El Tour Expo, and the El Tour Fun Rides. Please visit www.perimeterbicycling.com, follow on Twitter @tourdetucson and @PerimeterBike or find us on Facebook ElTourdeTucson and PerimeterBicycling
About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Banner Children’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center and many clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.bannerhealth.com/locations/tucson/banner-university-medical-center-tucson or www.bannerhealth.com/locations/tucson/banner-university-medical-center-south
Perimeter Bicycling Announces New CEO
Charlene Grabowski named to run El Tour de Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. (August 8, 2019) — Perimeter Bicycling is proud to announce it has named Charlene Grabowski as the organization’s new CEO. Charlene has extensive leadership background in Tucson and throughout the United States.
“We are excited to have Charlene as part of our Perimeter Bicycling family,” said Pat Lopez, Chairman of the Board for Perimeter Bicycling. “Charlene has commitment and business acumen to help Perimeter move into the future. Perimeter, El Tour de Tucson, and the community will benefit from her ideas, enthusiasm and leadership.”
Charlene replaces Richard J. DeBernardis, longtime Perimeter founder and president.
“I’m excited to be working with El Tour and the Perimeter organization,” Grabowski said. “This is an important part of Tucson’s identity, one that brings together cyclists, the community and out-of-town guests.”
Since 1983, Perimeter Bicycling has raised more than $95 million for more than 100 charities. In that time, more than 266,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities have participated in the event.
“This is the 37th year and this is the ‘year of the cyclist.’ Our focus this year is on the rider experience,” Grabowski said. “Additionally, we will be creating more opportunities for community involvement. Let’s have some fun!
“We are fortunate to host the most prominent ride in Arizona in the City named as the second best in the United States by Outside Online.”
Grabowski is a partner with the Pathfinder Strategies Organization, focusing on Executive Leadership Development and Business Development. Grabowski is also Chairperson of the Board of the American Heart Association Southern Arizona and is serving as an organizational coach and consultant for El Grupo, a Tucson non-profit that empowers youth through cycling.
“El Tour de Tucson is a wonderful event and the County has been an enthusiastic supporter since its inception,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “I look forward to working with PBAA’s new leadership and wish the organization and its iconic cycling event great success as it moves forward into a new era.”
Charlene, a Pittsburgh native, is a 30-year veteran of General Electric Health holding several key positions with the Fortune 500 company.
The 37th El Tour de Tucson, Arizona’s largest cycling event and one of the 10 largest cycling events in the United States, is produced and directed by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. and is scheduled for November 23, 2019. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may ride 100, 50 or 25 miles or a Fun Ride of 10, 4 or 1 miles.
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, Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop and Indoor El Tour – as well as the annual El Tour Expo, and the El Tour Fun Rides.