El Tour de Mesa
EVENT DATE: for 2014: Saturday, April 5
UPDATE: April 8
Sunny Skies and a Cool Start for the Holualoa Companies 23rd El Tour de Mesa presented by AW Contracting Corporation
MESA, Ariz. – Richard DeBernardis, Founder & Executive Director, announced that some 1,375 event participants, the second largest in event history, were treated to a cool start with light breezes and beautiful blue skies. Read more…
UPDATE: April 7
MarathonFoto is El Tour’s Official Cyclist Photographer and was on hand at the start/finish line and on the route to take your picture! Photos are posted, check it out!
UPDATE: April 7
It was an exellent day for riding!
RESULTS ARE POSTED Here
Thanks for making it a great day!
UPDATE: April 3
REGISTRATION IS OPEN THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 5!
Online registration is closed.
Last chance to register is at Expo/Packet Pickup on April 5
UPDATE: March 4
El Tour’s Dedication Recipient has been announced!
Learn more about George Esahak-Gage – 8-time Ironman Finisher, Endurance Coach and Founder of Gage Safer Streets Foundation (GSS). Join us to honor him on Thursday, April 4th.
UPDATE: January 15
HOTELS INFORMATION has been updated! Click the link along the right side to find out who has special rates for El Tour cyclists! Make your reservation soon – the TWILIGHT CRITERIUM (by Two-wheel Jones) is the day before El Tour and will likely fill up the room blocks quickly!
Welcome to El Tour de Mesa!
2013 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, its Team In Training program; Uphill Into the Wind, The Winded Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other Perimeter Bicycling charities. All contributions for the event must be sent to El Tour de Mesa event headquarters or brought to Packet Pick Up. Check out the opportunities to earn gifts and prizes through fundraising on the registration link.
Registration is open and ends the day before the event. ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES on April 2nd. After that, you’ll have to register at Expo/packet pick up. 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.
Slightly different Start Lines and Finish Lines.
The long “main event” distance: 70 miles.
Start Time: 6:15 a.m.
99% of the 2013 route follows the same scenic course as last year 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 still in downtown Mesa, AZ on Center Street moved about one hundred yards north from 2012 to just north of 2nd Street.
The short “main event” distance: 28 miles.
Start time: 8:15 a.m.
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 here. You can also ask about it at Packet Pick Up/Expo.
The FUN RIDES: 10 miles (new!), 4 miles and 1/4 miles.
Start time: 11:00 a.m .
Starting and finishing in downtown Mesa, AZ, these short, fun events are ideal for the new or inexperienced cyclists or those who just want to be part of the fun. The 10 and 4-milers are for everyone and features an easy course for adults and kids of all ages. The 1/4 mile features a fun activities course for the little ones. Check out the Fun Ride link for updates.
New Finish Line – just a bit north of the 2012 finish line…
Downtown Mesa, AZ is still the site for the Finish line on Center Street. In 2013, it moves a hundred yards north to just above 2nd Street, adjacent to the Mesa Convention Center.
Finish Line activities are combined with The Great Arizona Bicycle Festival (see below).
Finish Line Fiesta
Once again El Tour partners with Downtown Mesa and the The Great Arizona Bicycle Festival read on….
Join the City of Mesa the Downtown Mesa Association and El Tour for a fun day of all things bicycle! Activities include El Tour’s festivities (like the Start/Finish line and the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony), Ciclovia, a Bike Swap, a kids bike rodeo, a self-paced historic bike tour and food, games live music and beer garden! Enjoy the festivities on streets closed to motorized traffic!
Photo by Ed Tunstall