Welcome to Arizona’s Largest & Longest-Running Bicycling Event – the 37th El Tour!
About El Tour
El Tour de Tucson is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. El Tour is a fund-raising ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide.
- Tucson Is Winter Cycling Heaven – Outside online
With mild temps, blue skies, and exceptionally good road cycling and mountain biking, it’s the best place to ride all winter long – February 2019
- Tucson one of America’s Best Places for Bikes – People for Bikes, Tucson ranked fifth overall and second highest score of all large U.S. cities as America’s Best Places for Bikes. http://bit.ly/2HPvjw4– May 2, 2018
- Tucson #7 – U.S. News & World Report, “Best Weekend Getaways” – April 1, 2017
- 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
Cyclists of every age and ability enjoy cycling El Tour. Cyclists use El Tour as a goal for their fitness, to make a healthy lifestyle change, or to help recover from an illness or other life challenge. Many people 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. Through the years over $95 million has been raised through El Tour for over 100 different local & national nonprofit organizations. Check out the current list of charities which is always growing!
Cyclists pedal main event distances of 100, 75, 50, or 25 miles or choose the Fun Ride of 10, 5, or 1 miles . The main event routes feature beautiful vistas of Tucson’s four surrounding mountain ranges against the backdrop of majestic Saguaro cactus. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 25-mile route is mostly flat and is great for families and perfect for a first-time cyclist. An often dry but sandy creek crossing will greet 100- and 75-milers in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks about 7-12 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 100-mile start line (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park for the Downtown El Tour Celebration! Cyclists collect a special finisher’s medallion based on distance and/or finish time. Next, celebrate with family and friends at the Fiesta complete with non-stop music, the Beer Garden, food vendors, El Tour 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 any stationary bike or on Ride Day at the Finish Line.
Questions: info @ perimeterbicycling.com