El Tour de Tucson
Event date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Registration is open NOW!
UPDATE : WATCH ON YOU TUBE!
Watch the 2012 El Tour highlights as we celebrate a look back over the years! You can see the Rosemont Copper “30 El Tours: The Spirit of the West Rides On“ on You Tube as broadcast on KGUN 9. El Tour turned 30 this year and rolled out the red carpet to welcome everyone to Tucson for the biggest and best El Tour ever!
Did you notice the photographers in green vests during your ride? MarathonFoto was on hand at the Finish Line and on the route snapping away to capture your smile!
PHOTOS ARE CURRENTLY POSTED ON THEIR SITE! Enter event: El Tour de Tucson!
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. Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson “one of the premier organized rides in United States,” and Bicycling Magazine (October 2002) ranked El Tour as “one of the top three fundraising rides” in the country. See the 2011 El Tour de Tucson Video presentation , online, in its entirety. Watch the 2012 El Tour highlights 5:30 – 6:00 pm Saturday, November 24 on KGUN 9 in the Tucson area and on AZ-TV in Phoenix and statewide. Replay on CW58 4:30 Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Brought to you by Rosemont Copper
Cyclists enjoy El Tour and its festivities from 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 over $1,627,210 in 2010. All El Tour riders share a desire to ride, meet great people, raise contributions and have a fun time doing it!
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 mighty Saguaro cactus, icon of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly, though 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 mulit-use path.
The 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!
If you can’t be in Tucson on Ride Day, or simply prefer to stay off the streets, The LeMond Fitness 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.
“The Best in Cycling this 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