Welcome to the Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa!
Thank you for a great 2016 event!
Records were broken, friends were made, challenges were overcome and contributions were made in support of some wonderful charities. Thank you cyclists for being part of El Tour!
For the 2016 El Tour are
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This bicycling event is for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Ride the perimeter of Mesa and enjoy the beautiful scenery as you circle Red Mountain. El Tour, with nearly 2,000 riders in the various distances, is the centerpiece of CycloMesa, a three-day bicycling celebration that includes the El Tour Criterium (short-course races on city streets), the Arizona Bicycling Summit, beer garden, food-truck alley and live music.
MarathonFoto is our Official Cyclists Photographer! They were once again be on the route and at the finish line snapping away. Find your 2016 photos here, search for event name Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa 2016.
Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa
Saturday April 2, 2016 brought the 26th edition of the Valley’s premier Perimeter Bicycling event – Holualoa Companies 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. The event was the week after Easter.
El Tour benefits ALS, MARC Resources, MS Society AZ Chapter, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Winded Foundation, and Uphill Into the Wind. Your registration through Perimeter Bicycling benefits these great charities and there are special programs that you can elect to be a part of – check them out HERE.
Start and Finish Locations.
The long “main event” distance: 72 miles.
Start Time: 6:15 am
The 2016 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. Click here for 2016 Map.
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 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: 11 miles 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).
Cyclomesa is back and is bigger and better than ever! Over 10,000 people will head to Downtown Mesa during this three-day event. (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Two-Wheel Jones Bicycles El Tour Criterium presented by Ted’s Shooting Range will kick off the weekend starting on Friday-April 1st, 2016 featuring the ARIZONA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Check it out! Experience the exhilarating rush of hundreds of riders racing through the streets, and stay for the neon party after dark! Party in the streets and watch a fast paced, USACycling race that you don’t want to miss. (Friday and Sunday)
Saturday’s Festival Activities compliment the start/finish line of El Tour de Mesa. Family activities at the Mesa Convention Center begin with the start of El Tour. CycloMesa is all about adventure. Participants will have full, free access to the zip line, rock wall, BMX Freestyle Show, the Extreme Sports Zone and the Kid’s Zone. 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 de Mesa! El Tour’s Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony will be on stage at CycloMesa – join the fun and celebrate cycling!
Come back Sunday for more — the El Tour Criterium continues between 10am and 2pm. Enjoy the Mesa Outdoor Adventure Challenge, a family-friendly Amazing Race type event that takes participants on a fun scavenger hunt on their bicycles around Downtown Mesa. Kid’s activities, food trucks and beer gardens will be hopping from beginning to end! Sunday features an exciting CITIZENS event where you can ride with the pros!
Photo by Ed Tunstall