Welcome to El Tour!
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Come Together, Ride Now
America’s Largest Perimeter Bicycling event is for cyclists of all ages and abilities who ride 106, 76, 54, 37 or 28 (NEW!) miles or 11, 5 or 1/4 miles in the Fun Ride or for minutes not miles in Indoor El Tour. Have fun, ride your bike, stay safe and join us on Saturday November 19, 2016!
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Update: August 29, 2016
Meet El Tour’s Dedication Recipient!
is the fastest woman on a bicycle. Ever.
At 147.7 mph, Denise set a world record but she’s so much more than that (learn more). Meet this inspirational athlete at El Tour.
Join the celebration of her accomplishments at a special dinner on Wednesday, November 16th. Learn more.
MarathonFoto joins the fun on the route and at the finish line snapping away. Smile and wave for the photographers in the yellow vests then check out your photos!
View the 2015 ride photos HERE!
About El Tour
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 cyclists.
- 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 2015
- Tucson Ranked Among Nation’s Most Bikeable Cities – Walk Score’s rankings place the city 9th – May 2015
- Tucson #8 – Bike Score “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
Cyclists of every age and ability enjoy cycling El Tour and its festivities out of a passion for cycling, as a benchmark for their fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle change, or as a wellness program goal as a survivor of cancer or other life challenge. Many are attracted to El Tour’s fundraising programs and its many charitable agencies. All El Tour riders share a desire to ride, meet great people, raise contributions and have a fun time doing it.
The beneficiaries. In 2015 cyclists in El Tour raised more than $16 million for 52 nonprofit organizations! You can raise funds for our primary beneficiary – Easter Seals – or for one of over 50 supporting beneficiaries. Each has a unique program – Check them out here!
Cyclists pedal main event distances of 106, 76, 54, 37 or 28 miles or choose the Fun Ride of 11 or 5 miles or a fun 1/4 mile activity course. Main event routes feature vistas of Tucson’s beautiful four surrounding mountain ranges – three rise over 9,000 feet- against the backdrop of the majestic Saguaro cactus, icon of the Sonoran Desert. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The new 28-mile route starting in Marana is mostly flat and will be great for families and perfect for first-time cyclists! Two often dry but sandy river crossings will greet 106-mile riders, while 76-milers experience just one. All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, 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- part of The Loop, Pima County’s famous multi-use path.
The 106-mile start line (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-El Tour Downtown Fiesta! First order of business for cyclists: collect a special finisher’s medallion based on their finish time. Next, celebrate with family and friends at the Fiesta complete with non-stop music, the Beer Garden, food vendors, El Tour Perimeter Store merchandise, kids activities, the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony, and more!
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.