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Holualoa Companies 27th El Tour de Mesa Honors Mayor John Giles
March 23, 2017
TUCSON, Ariz. – Holualoa Companies 27th El Tour de Mesa, scheduled for April 1, is dedicated to Mayor John Giles – Mesa’s Ironman Mayor. Giles will be honored at the Thursday, March 30 Dedication Dinner at the Mesa Convention Center, Superstition Ballroom, 263 North Center Street, Mesa, Ariz.
Each year, El Tour is dedicated to a special person who has made significant contributions to bicycling and the community. Born and raised in Mesa, Mayor Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions, 20 marathons and four Boston Marathons.
“I have known Mayor Giles for many years both as an avid cyclist, as he has trained for triathlons with the Red Mountain Brumbys bike club, and as mayor,” said Wayne Churchman, El Tour de Mesa’s ride director. “He has a true love and understanding of cycling and has done much to advance El Tour within the City of Mesa. His help and love of cycling make him the perfect Dedication Recipient for El Tour de Mesa 2017.”
“It is an honor to be recognized at this year’s El Tour de Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “Cycling is a way of life in Mesa and I appreciate all that El Tour de Mesa gives back to the community through local charities.”
El Tour de Mesa, central Arizona’s premier springtime cycling event, is limited to 2,000 cyclists. Since its inception, the event has seen more than 24,000 participants and has raised in excess of $607,000 for local charitable agencies. El Tour is produced primarily to promote health & wellness, to help everyday people reach their potential and to be an avenue of fundraising for charities. The charities for the 2017 El Tour de Mesa are Marc Community Resources, Family Service Agency and Uphill Into The Wind.
El Tour is a featured event in CycloMesa, a bicycling celebration that includes a BMX Freestyle Show, an Extreme Sports Zone and Kids’ Zone on April 1. The Arizona Bicycling Summit is also a part of CycloMesa weekend, a full day of bicycle education to improve bicycling usage and safety on March 31.
New this year: the 2017 route offers a metric century and metric half-century. Most of the changes to the route will be in the downtown Mesa area – the route still includes a scenic course following Beeline Hwy, Bush Hwy and the great climb up Usery Pass. Distances will be 100K (62 mi) with start time of 6:30a.m. or 50K (35 mi) with start time of 8:30a.m. The Start/Finish Line is in downtown Mesa on Center Street just north of 2nd Street. The 2017 Map is available here. Main-event cyclists will ride around the perimeter of scenic Red Mountain. The shorter distance features a remote start at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School: 6650 Raftriver in Mesa, close to Thomas and Bush Hwy. It will finish in downtown Mesa with the other events. Kids and their families will ride 10 miles or 5 miles in the El Tour Fun Ride beginning at 11a.m.
Applications can be found online at perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-mesa Packet pick-up is Friday, March 31 from 10a.m.- 8p.m. at the MesaConvention Center – Main Hall, 201 N. Center St., Building C, Mesa, AZ 85201. Free parking outside building. Participants for the Fun Ride can also register on event day. For more information, call (520) 745-2033.
This year’s event is supported by AZ-TV, Berge Ford, Bike Masters, City of Mesa, Desert Mountain Insurance Services Inc., Downtown Mesa Association, Holualoa Companies, MCLife, Paragon Cycling, Primal Wear, printCPG, TransCity Property Management, Valley Guide and Visit Mesa.
About Mayor John Giles
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014 and is committed to taking Mesa to the next level with his NextMesa vision.
Mayor Giles has overseen a growing economy that added thousands of new jobs, new employers like Apple, Textron Aviation and Dexcom and over $1.5 billion in new capital investment. He is bringing renewed focus and attention to Mesa’s downtown resulting in a budding creative economy with new businesses and entertainment options. Mayor Giles believes education is one of Mesa’s core values and remains committed to expanding higher ed and pre k options in the city. Recognizing these efforts and more, Money.com, a subsidiary of Time Magazine, named Mesa the best big city in the Southwest.
About Holualoa Companies
Holualoa Companies remains the event’s title sponsor for the 13th year in a row. Holualoa Companies is a real estate investment and development company headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and has offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Kona and Paris.
About Perimeter Bicycling
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America Inc. is a nonprofit organization responsible for the production of three major cycling events in Arizona, including Cochise County Cycling Classic, October 14 and El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol, Nov 18.
WEBSITES FOR EVENTS March 31 and APRIL 1
El Tour de Mesa –Saturday, April 1, 2017
CAZB (Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists) Bicycle Summit –Friday, March 31, 2017
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