Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of major cycling events for cyclists of all ages and abilities: El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa, Cochise County Cycling Classic, Tour of the Tucson Mountains and Indoor El Tour — as well as an annual Bike, Fitness & Health Expo, El Tour Adventure Walk/Run and Fun Rides associated with most events.
Through its events, Perimeter Bicycling has promoted health, wellness and community involvement. Since its inception the events have helped raise over $26 million for local and national charitable organizations.
Perimeter Bicycling publishes:
Perimeter Bicycling is a membership organization that sanctions world records of “bicycling perimeters” and records the perimeter accomplishments of its members. All records and accomplishments are updated and published annually in the Perimeter Bicycling Journal and Tail Winds.
Founded in 1983, El Tour de Tucson is Perimeter Bicycling’s flagship event and the largest perimeter bicycling event in America. Always the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour attracts thousands of cyclists from around the world. Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson “one of the premier organized rides in United States,” and Bicycling Magazine (October 2002) ranked El Tour as “one of the top three fundraising rides” in the country.
In 2005 Perimeter Bicycling began to produce the El Tour Downtown Fiesta on El Tour day, bringing together cyclists, tourists and members of the greater Tucson community for a celebration of art, health and fitness.
Perimeter Bicycling is dedicated to making Tucson/Pima County the nation’s best bicycling region. In 2008, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) awarded the Tucson/Pima Eastern Region gold-level status for its commitment to providing education, safe facilities and support for bicycling for recreation, fitness and transportation. To date, only Davis, California; Boulder, Colorado and Portland, Oregon have achieved platinum-level. Perimeter Bicycling along with volunteers and staff from the City of Tucson and Pima County continue to work together to garner the top honor. Tucson’s bicycle-friendly reputation continues to spread: In October 2008 in its “Best Places to Live” article, National Geographic Adventure named Tucson the “best town for cyclists” in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Perimeter Bicycling connects communities nationally and internationally. Perimeter Bicycling has cultivated relationships with Japanese event organizers and since 2008 has helped promote and support El Tour de Mt. Fuji and El Tour de Kusatsu , held annually, during September and April, respectively. Both events are modeled after El Tour’s perimeter concept “Cycling in Pursuit of Wellness”.
In addition to fund-raising events, Perimeter Bicycling has established three principal funds where businesses and individuals can support worthy causes within our community. Contributions can be made to any one of these funds by sending a check to Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc., specifying your choice of fund. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS.
The Brad P. Gorman Memorial Fund helps with projects that make our streets safer, including establishing bike trails and educating motorists and cyclists alike on sharing our roads.
The Matthew Preston Memorial Fund provides free and/or low-cost housing for University of Arizona graduate students studying health or medicine.
The Perimeter Bicycling Fund helps ensure the continuance of Perimeter Bicycling, its cycling events and associated projects, especially El Tour de Tucson. Contributions to the Perimeter Fund go to the promotion of all four cycling events which help raise funds for other worthy non-profit agencies as well as on-going education and advocacy efforts to promote safe cycling and a healthy lifestyle.
“One learns more by going around than by cutting across.”