El Tour de Mesa
UPDATE: April 5 /Results
Thank you for a great event!
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Welcome to El Tour de Mesa!
2014 brings in another exciting El Tour de Mesa! Open to cyclists of all ages and abilities, there is a ride distance for everyone and opportunities to earn gifts, prizes and awards.
El Tour de Mesa benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Uphill Into the Wind, The Winded Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Esophageal Cancer Action Network and Perimeter Bicycling. All contributions for the event must be sent to El Tour de Mesa event headquarters or brought to Packet Pick Up. There are special programs for each of the beneficiaries- check them out HERE.
Registration is open NOW and ends the day before the event. ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES on April 1st. After that, register at Expo/packet pickup. No event registration on Ride day except for Fun Ride. Register as soon as possible to get in at the lowest cost. Maximize your $$$$ and pay the processing fee “now” and the balance at packet pick up.
Start and Finish Locations.
The long “main event” distance: 70 miles.
Start Time: 6:15 am
The 2014 route follows a scenic course with the beautiful and rugged backdrop of the Salt River Recreation Area and Tonto National Forest , circumnavigating the East Valley’s most recognizable landmark, Red Mountain. The Start/Finish Line is in downtown Mesa, AZ on Center Street just north of 2nd Street.
The short “main event” distance: 28 miles.
Start time: 8:15 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 hope to have a shuttle from the finish line back to the school but nothing is finalized yet. Please plan to get yourself back to the school after you finish. If/when a shuttle is finalized, it will be announced at Expo/Packet pickup.
The FUN RIDES: 11 miles (new!), and 6 miles.
Start time: 11:00 am
Starting and finishing in downtown Mesa, where the “big ride” starts, these short, easy events are ideal for the new or inexperienced cyclists or those who just want to be part of the fun. The 11 and 6-milers features an easy course for adults and kids of all ages. Check out the Fun Ride link for updates.
Finish Line activities are combined with CycloMesa (see below).
Finish Line Fiesta
Once again El Tour partners with Downtown Mesa and CycloMesa for the biggest all-around cycling event of the spring time in the valley! CycloMesa, formerly The Great Arizona Bicycle Festival, is back in a big way with a 2-day event.
Friday, April 4th, 2014… Party in the Streets and watch a El Tour Criterium presented by Two-Wheel Jones Bicycles through Downtown Mesa – a fast paced, USACycling race that you don’t want to miss and you definitely wanna watch!
Saturday Activities! Family activities at the Mesa Convention Center beginning with the start of El Tour de Mesa, CycloMesa brings in fun activities like a bike swap, kids bike rodeo, Xtreme sports activities to watch and participate in. Of course there will also be food and a beer garden! 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 de Mesa! El Tour’s Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony will be on stage at CycloMesa – join the fun and celebrate cycling1
Photo by Ed Tunstall