34th El Tour Honors Denise Mueller

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

World Champion, Speed Cyclist and Working Mom

2014 National Championships Crit Masters Women 40-44 Denise Mueller Podium Photo

2014 National Championships Crit Masters Women 40-44 Denise Mueller Podium Photo

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.

Denise Mueller Photo

Denise Mueller Photo

“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.

Contribute to Project Speed here.

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.

Visit TMC at http://www.tmcaz.com and engage with them on: Twitter @tmcaznews, FacebookTucsonMedicalCenter  and youtube.com/user/tucsonmedicalcenter

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.

The kickoff to the 60-day 2016 El Tour Season is Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17. The event will go from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be held on The Loop.

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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