Record Attendance and Perfect Weather for Holualoa Companies 25th El Tour de Mesa

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Megan Canterbury, media intern at Perimeter Bicycling, and her mom Mindy Blake (former CBS-Tucson anchorwoman). While Mindy rode the 28-mile ride, Megan announced cyclist’s names as they crossed the finish line. After graduating from the University of Arizona next month, Megan is moving to Seattle in June to pursue her passion for photography and videography. Thanks, Megan for your great work and enthusiasm ~ we’ll miss you. We think you may also have a future on-air!

MESA, Ariz.  Richard DeBernardis, founder & executive director, announced that 1,594 event participants, the largest in event history, enjoyed a picture perfect day on April 11 to celebrate the 25th year of the Valley’s premier Perimeter Bicycling event ~ Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa.

Sunny skies and a cool start helped make it a day to remember.

This year’s event was dedicated to the Honorable Scott Smith, Mayor of Mesa  2008-2014, for changing the city into a more bicycle friendly community.

Cyclists had their choice of a 72-mile or 28-mile distance. The longer ride started and finished in downtown Mesa, following a scenic course through the Lower Salt River Recreation Area and Tonto National Forest. The shorter course started at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School in Mesa and also finished downtown.

 

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Craig Streit, 37, of Scottsdale was the first male finisher for the fifth year in a row!

 The crowds witnessed an exciting finish as at least 10 riders in the lead group crossed the finish line with Craig Streit first at 2:58:40. This makes five individual men’s titles in a row for Streit, 37, Scottsdale. Kyle Reedy, 35, Mesa, took second place for the second year in a row in a time of 2:58:42.03 while Joe Susco, 41, Mesa, rounded out the men’s podium in a time of 2:58:42.51. (All times are unofficial pending confirmation.)

For the fourth year Mesa resident Kimberly Johnson, 36, was on the podium ~ first for women in the 72-miler with a time of 3:01:10 for defense of her title. Her first finishes are 2012, 2014, 2015, finished second in 2013. Johnson was eighty-second overall and just 2 ½ minutes behind the overall leader. Jennifer Camoriano, 42, Mesa, was second for women with 3:03:24 while Allison Wilson of Tucson rounded out the women’s podium with a time of 3:03:25. All three top female finishers broke the previous women’s record on course that was two miles longer!

In the 28 miler, first place male went to Morgan Mayberry 18, of St, David, AZ at 1:15:06. Second and third place finishers shared the same time with Mayberry – Louis Spencer Smith, 54, Flagstaff and Dave Goedecke, 50, of Pinetop.

The women’s 28-mile division saw Melinda Kennedy, 44, from Phoenix take the top place female win in 1:19:07. Second place woman was Tui Marion, 36, from Queen Creek coming in at 1:24:04 and Tristin Oldani from Chandler took third in 1:24:24.

In addition to the awards for the top finishers in the 72 and 28-mile events, Perimeter Bicycling recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of many including awards for the top tandem teams, El Tour Junior Awards, Most Distinguished Awards, Desert Tortoise, Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Bike Patrol, and more.

The May/June issue of Tail Winds will include full coverage of El Tour de Mesa, CycloMesa, and the El Tour Criterium presented by Two-wheel Jones. Registered riders will receive a copy of Tail Winds in the mail. You can pick up  a copy at your local bike shop or read Tail Winds online

Check your results and MarathonFotos (enter event name: Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa 2015) ! We’ve posted videos and photos on Facebook. Share your stories and photos. Many of the top finishers in the El Tour Criterium went on to duke it out on the El Tour de Mesa course. Congratulations, Travis Jones (of Two-wheel Jones) on another great race! We enjoyed sharing the start/finish line with you.

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 22,000 participants and has raised nearly $450,000 for charities. This year’s event benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Uphill Into the Wind, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Bahati Foundation, and Perimeter Bicycling Association of America.

The 2015 event was supported by Holualoa Companies, Berge Ford, Bikes Direct, City of Mesa, Ideal Physical Therapy, Pactimo, Paragon Cycles, Perimeter Bicycling, Superstition Springs Endodontics, Swagel Wootton Hiatt Eye Centers, Tail Winds and TransCity Property Management, Two-wheel Jones.

Perimeter Bicycling also organizes El Tour Adventure Run, September 19; Cochise County Cycling Classic, October 10; and El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resort, November 21.

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