Schedule of Events

Perimeter Bicycling stages several events every year and is associated with many others.  Please read below for El Tour’s schedule of events.

Saturday – April 7, 2018

Holualoa Companies 28th El Tour de Mesa
Ride 100K (62 mi) or 50K (35 mi) around East Valley’s iconic Red Mountain and meet the challenge of Usery Pass. Or choose the Fun Ride of 10 or 5 miles.  Learn more…

Saturday – September 15, 2018

El Tour Season Kick Off Event – Pima County’s El Tour Loop the Loop!
Usher in “El Tour season” with a FREE fun and easy activity on Pima County’s The Loop – a scenic multi-use path with special booths along the way, with NO motor traffic!
Learn more.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – October 12, 13 & 14

Tucson Meet Yourself – an annual celebration of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona’s and Northern Mexico’s diverse ethnic and folk communities. This three-day event features hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits that celebrate and honor beauty in all its diverse, informal and everyday forms.  Learn more

Thursday – November 1, 2018

El Tour Coloring Contest
Kids color El Tour’s poster to win a bike!  Three age groups – learn more

Kids Riding for Those Who Can’t
Be an El Tour Kid (14 & under) ride any El Tour distance in honor of someone special and write a paragraph about that special person.  learn more

Saturday – November 10, 2018

Indoor El Tour begins!
Ride for minutes not miles on a stationary bike any where on any day through
4:00pm on El Tour day, November 17, 2018.  Learn more about Indoor El Tour 

Sunday – November 11, 2018

GABA’s El Tour de Bike Swap!
7:00am – 2:00pm, take part in the largest and most popular bike swap in the southwest!  Buy, sell, trade your bicycling related items.  Learn more at bikegaba.org.

Wednesday – November 14, 2018

Rusing Lopez & Lizardi El Tour Dedication Dinner at Casino Del Sol, honoring a special person who has made contributions to bicycling and the community.  This year’s Dedication Recipient will be announced at the end of the Summer.  Learn more about the past Dedication Recipients!

Thursday – November 15, 2018

El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo/Packet Pickup
Tucson Convention Center details here
Mandatory for all cyclists; get your packet and visit exhibitors!

10:00am – 9:00pm
Packet Pick up – get your rider packet, timing device, event t-shirt and more!
REGISTER for all distances and events!      Details here

10:00am – 8:00pm
Hudbay Safety & Security Meetings (Orientation Meetings)
Highly recommended short sessions giving you information about route conditions, the ride in general and is your opportunity to ask questions!  Every half hour. 

12:00pm
Platinum Meeting
If you earned platinum designation, you must attend one of these meetings to get the pass that allows you to line up in the platinum corral.  Learn more

6:00pm
Platinum Meeting
If you earned platinum designation, you must attend one of these meetings to get the pass that allows you to line up in the platinum corral.  Learn more

Friday, November 16, 2018

El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo/Packet Pickup
Tucson Convention Center details here
Mandatory for all cyclists; get your packet and visit exhibitors!

10:00am – 9:00pm
Packet Pick up – get your rider packet, timing device, event t-shirt and more!
REGISTER for all distances and events!
LAST DAY TO REGISTER for MAIN EVENT (100, 75, 50 & 25 miles) & Bike Patrol
Details here

10:00am – 8:00pm
Safety & Security Meetings (Orientation Meetings)
Highly recommended short sessions giving you information about route conditions, the ride in general and your opportunity to ask questions!

12:00pm
Platinum Meeting
If you earned platinum designation, you must attend one of these meetings to get the pass that allows you to line up in the platinum corral.  Learn more

3:00pm
El Tour Celebrity News Conference
Check out the cycling celebrities who will be riding with you at El Tour… in the past it has included Bill Walton, Greg LeMond, Robbie Ventura, John Howard, Denise Mueller, Nelson Vails and others!

5:30pm
Bike Patrol Certification
The Bike Patrol squad rides the event to help other cyclists.  This meeting is for those who need to update their certification.  More about Bike Patrol here

6:00pm
Platinum Meeting
If you earned platinum designation, you must attend one of these meetings to get the pass that allows you to line up in the platinum corral.  Learn more

Saturday – November 17, 2018

36th El Tour de Tucson

Start Times and Locations:

100-mile Rio Nuevo El Tour Start:   7:00am
Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, Az

75-mile El Tour Start:  8:30am
Golf Links Sports Park
Golf Links at Craycroft Rd, Tucson, AZ

50-mile Tucson Orthopaedic Institute/Select OrthoDME El Tour Start:  10:30am
at Morris K Udall Park
Tanque Verde at Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, Az

25-mile Town of Marana El Tour Start:  1:00pm
Marana Heritage River Park
12375 N Heritage Park Dr, Marana, AZ 85653
For directions – learn more

El Tour Fun Ride:
Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, Az
8:00am              10 mile and 5-mile events
10:30am            ΒΌ mile activities
Learn more

7:00am – 12:00pm   El Tour Ride Day Radio on ESPN Tucson 1490AM/104.9FM

7:00am – 4:00pm  Indoor El Tour at the finish line

10:55am    First 100 mile finisher expected

11:20am    First 75-mile finisher expected

12:30pm     Grand Cycling Awards ceremony
Awarding 100-mile & 75-mile 1st, 2nd & 3rd men and women and
the 1st place 100-mile tandems: male, female and mixed.

12:50pm       First 50-mile finisher expected

1:30pm      Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony
Awarding 50 mile 1st-3rd place men and women (as available)

2:15pm     First 25-mile finisher expected

3:00pm    Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony
Awarding the 25-mile 1st -3rd place men and women  (as available)


Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony

Awarding the 37-mile and the 28-mile 1st -3rd place men and women  (as available)

4:30pm – 5:00pm – Presenting El Tour Grande Award
to the 106-mile rider who enjoyed the route longer than any other cyclist!

5:00pm   El Tour Route Closes!

Congratulations to all who rode, volunteered and assisted El Tour! El Tour is a community event and could not happen without you!

Questions?  info@perimeterbicycling.com