El Tour de Tucson


http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/newsletter/El Tour…. Better Together Through Bicycling

in 2014, El Tour is on Saturday, November 22!

UPDATE:  March 13, 2014

Registration will be launched as soon as possible.  We are all anxious to get it rolling!    Thank you for your patience.  Please email questions to Barbara:  registration @perimeterbicycling.com  Thank you!

Remember:  the early bird gets the smallest fees!



11/12/2013:          ROUTE CHANGE!                   ROUTE CHANGE!

EL TOUR is on FRONTAGE ROAD instead of Silverbell Rd!  It’s true!
This changes the mileage and aid station locations.
It DOES NOT change medallion times (including Platinum)
Visit the route/maps page for details!
El Tour mileages:
was 111       now     107 miles
was 85        now      81 miles
was 60        now     57 miles
was 42        now     38 miles

Marathon’s photographers were on the route with you in the rain and cold capturing your unique El Tour adventure!  2013 photos are posted on their site! Enter event: 31st El Tour de Tucson! View and order online! Click Here.

 Catch the 2013 El Tour TV Special right now from wherever you are!

El Tour TV Special image“The 31st El Tour ~ Better Together Through Bicycling” originally aired on KGUN 9, CW Tucson and AZTV ~ if you missed it, you can watch it streaming online. Brought to you by Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA). Produced and directed by Monsoon Production Services.

CPSA and KGUNCatch the excitement of El Tour 2013 from home or office. Relive the emotions that sprang from the experience. This TV Special features the hands-down-best footage ever shot for El Tour ~ from the amazing riders braving the cold and rain, to the emotional and passionate interviews, there is just no question about it.  Take a look.

Create your own El Tour Poster highlighting your ride! 

Be part of the 31st El Tour de Tucson. We’ll put your photo into the poster and you’ll tell us your experience (and time) of riding in one of the premiere bicycling events in the United States. We’ll take your photo or you give us yours. Your insight to El Tour will be your commemorative for the event. They come in 11×17 posters and will be framed if you are a local rider. If not local, you will get three prints of your experience. They are $75. For more information contact Steve Rivera at steve.rivera95@gmail.com or at 520-661-5302 (text or call).  Click HERE to see what it’ll look like!

And be sure to visit Tail Winds for the latest news about El Tour!

 The Ride

Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fun adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders.

  • Tucson #1 – Outside’s “Top 10 Best Bike Towns” – May 2012
  • Tucson #1 – Atlantic, overall city with the “Most Bikeable Neighborhoods” – May 2013
  • Tucson #6 – Travel Channel “Top 10 Best Bike Cities” – May 2013
  • Tucson #8 – Bikescore” Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities” – May 2013
  • “The Best in Cycling in November. Ride with 9,000 friends, El Tour de Tucson” Bicycling Magazine, November 2010
  • “Tucson best road-biking city in the country”Outside Magazine, August 2010
  • “America’s Best Cities for Bikers” – Tucson #5 Forbes.com, April 2010

See the 2013 El Tour de Tucson TV Special presentation, online, in its entirety.
Brought to you by Community Partnership of Southern Arizona.

The Participants

Cyclists enjoy El Tour and its festivities out of a passion for cycling, while others choose the event to benchmark their fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle change or as a wellness program goal as a survivor of cancer or other life-threatening illness. Many are attracted to El Tour’s fundraising programs and its many charitable agencies for which the event raised more than $2,000,000 in 2012. All El Tour riders share a desire to ride, meet great people, raise contributions and have a fun time doing it!

The Routes

Participants cycle main event distances of 111, 85, 60 or 42 miles, or choose the Fun Ride 10 or 5 miles or a fun 1/4 mile activity course too! Main event routes show off Tucson’s beautiful vistas of its local mountain ranges – three rising over 9,000 feet- complete with the backdrop of the majestic Saguaro cactus, icon of the Sonoran Desert. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 42-mile route is basically flat and has become a great family affair or a perfect first event for beginners! Two often dry but sandy river crossings will greet 111-mile riders, while 85-milers experience just one. No crossings for 60 or 42-mile participants. All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, full police support at intersections and plenty of morale-boosting volunteers and spectators. The Fun Ride offers easy and scenic routes along the Santa Cruz River multi-use path.

The Finish

The Rosemont Copper 111-mile startline (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park across the street from Children’s Museum Tucson on South 6th Avenue at 13th Street. Crossing the finish line ushers the riders into the next event- HSL Properties El Tour Downtown Fiesta! First order of business for cyclists after meeting friends & family is to collect a special finisher’s medallion based on their finish time. Next, celebrate at the Fiesta complete with non-stop music, the Michelob Ultra Garden, food vendors, El Tour Perimeter Store merchandise booth, kids activities, the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony, and more!

The Alternative

If you can’t be in Tucson on Ride Day, or simply prefer to stay off the streets, Indoor El Tour is the answer! It is a stationary cycling event – no traffic, no safety hazards, no headwinds, but still loads of fun. Ride for minutes instead of miles while supporting Perimeter Bicycling charities and receive a special medallion. Indoor El Tour begins one week prior to the main event and may be ridden anywhere on the planet on any stationary bike or on Ride Day at the Finish Line.

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