Welcome to Arizona’s Largest & Longest-Running Bicycling Event – the 36th El Tour!

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About El Tour

The Ride

Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fund raising 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 #7 – U.S. News & World Report,  “Best Weekend Getaways” – April 1, 2017
  • 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

The Participants

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 2016 cyclists in El Tour raised more than $12 million for 45 nonprofit organizations!

The Routes

Cyclists pedal main event distances of 100, 75, 50, or 25 miles or choose the Fun Ride  of 11, 5 or 1 miles or a fun 1/4 mile activity course.  Main event routes feature beautiful vistas of Tucson’s 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 28-mile route is mostly flat and is great for families and perfect for a first-time event! 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 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 Finish

The 100-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!

The Alternative

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.

El Tour de Tucson Start

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