Perimeter Profile: The Porter Family Wins El Tour de Mesa’s Family Award
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Don Porter (patriarch and team captain) of Laveen, AZ with five other family members won the Family award. All rode the 70-mile event with an average time of 3:28:12; one member, Tyler Rogers earned platinum designation.
Pictured left to right: Kate and Nate Porter (son and daughter-in-law); Tyler Rogers (nephew); Don Porter; Nick and Jacie Porter (son and daughter-in-law). The Porter family has twice won the Family Award for El Tour de Tucson 2010 and 2011.
Other family members who normally ride on team Porter include: Micah Porter (son in Dallas, TX), Candice Porter (daughter in Phoenix, AZ) and Mari Porter (daughter-in-law in Phoenix, AZ).
The Porter family also take to the road for family vacations. Two years ago they did a two-day tour from Prescott to Sedona to Lake Mary and back. Last year they rode old Route 66 from Seligman thru Kingman to Oatman, AZ to the Colorado River on the Arizona/California border. This year they are participating in the Salt to Saint relay (Salt Lake City to St. George, UT) ~ 430 miles in 24 hours.
Family patriarch, Don Porter returned to cycling after a heart attack in November 2008. Don actually began cycling in 1965, riding one of the first 10-speed bikes in Prescott. He cycled on and off thru his youth with neighborhood kids. He used to pull them seven miles down the canal road (with a rope, not drafting) to play with cousins!
To qualify for the Family Award, a family may have as many members as they wish (with a minimum of three). Each member earns points based on his/her finish time in the 70- or 28-mile events (for El Tour de Mesa). For information on the Family Award competition for a specific Perimeter Bicycling event, click on the Awards button for that event. To be considered for the Family Award, an awards form must turned in before the event. Click here for El Tour de Tucson Awards information.