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About Holualoa Companies 29th El Tour de Mesa!
This bicycling event is for cyclists of all ages and abilities who ride the perimeter of Mesa and enjoy the beautiful scenery as they circle Red Mountain. El Tour, with 2,000 riders in the various distances, is the centerpiece of CycloMesa, a bicycling celebration that includes a zip line, rock wall, BMX Freestyle Show, the Kid’s Zone and more!
Saturday April 6, 2019 will bring the 29th edition of the Valley’s premier Perimeter Bicycling event – El Tour de Mesa! Cyclists choose a metric century or half century or the Fun Ride of 10 or 5 miles. There is a ride distance for everyone and opportunities to earn gifts, prizes and awards.
El Tour benefits Marc Community Resources, Inc. , Uphill Into the Wind and other Perimeter Bicycling Charities. Your registration through Perimeter Bicycling benefits these great charities with a minimum contribution you can maximize your dollars and be a fundraiser in on of the special programs – check them out HERE.
Start and Finish Locations.
The long “main event” distance: 100K (61 mi)
Start Time: 6:30 am
Metric Century – follow a scenic course with the beautiful and rugged backdrop of the Salt River Recreation Area and Tonto National Forest , circumnavigating the East Valley’s iconic landmark, Red Mountain. The Start/Finish Line is in downtown Mesa, AZ on Center Street just north of 2nd Street. Check out the route HERE.
The short “main event” distance: 50K (34 mi)
Start time: 8:30 am
The 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, AZ with the other events. We expect to have a shuttle from the finish line back to the school if you’ve not made other arrangements. More info will be announced at Expo/Packet pickup.
The FUN RIDES: 10 miles and 5 miles.
Start time: 11:00 am
Starting and finishing in downtown Mesa, where the “big ride” starts, these short, easy rides are ideal for the new or inexperienced cyclists or those who just want to be part of the fun. The 10 and 5-milers features an easy course for adults and kids of all ages. Check out the Fun Ride page for updates.
Finish Line activities are combined with CycloMesa (see below).
Saturday’s Festival Activities
CycloMesa: Unchained Bicycle Festival
April 6, 2019 9am-2pm
CycloMesa, Mesa’s family friendly bicycle festival is back for a 9th year! Amidst the finishline of EL Tour de Mesa, CycloMesa a zooming zip line, rock walls, bungee trampolines, BMX stunt shows, inflatables, food trucks, live music and more! This free event attracts thousands of people to Downtown Mesa each spring for a day filled with fun activity celebrating all things bike. Please join us as we welcome over 1,500 riders, their families and the community for a day of excitement!
Finish Line Fiesta is accompanied by a beer garden, vendors, food trucks and more! It’s an opportunity to see, hear, feel and experience bicycling. Enjoy the festivities on streets closed to motorized traffic and watch the finishers of El Tour! El Tour’s Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony will be on stage at CycloMesa – join the fun and celebrate cycling!
Arizona Bicycling Summit. Be a part of this meeting of the minds for bicycle and pedestrian safety launch CycloMesa on Friday, April 5th. Hosted by Az Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, City of Mesa. Check it out and join the conversation!
Volunteer! Not riding this year? We need your help! Volunteering for El Tour de Mesa is almost as fun as riding in the event. Sign up is quick and easy, choose an position here:
Photo by Ed Tunstall