Each year, El Tour is dedicated to a special person who has made significant contributions to the bicycling community.
A Dedication Dinner will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to
honor this year’s recipient.
Location: Casino Del Sol Resort Ballroom
5655 West Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85757
You’re invited to help us celebrate and honor this year’s Dedication Recipient-everyone is welcome! In addition to being able to meet the Dedication Recipient, you’ll also get to meet other notable El Tour participants.
6:30pm – No host cocktails and multi-beneficiary silent auction
7:30pm – Dinner is served
The 2015 El Tour is dedicated to:
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly.
In selecting a dedication recipient, Perimeter Bicycling looks for individuals who serve as examples of achievement and who overcome life’s obstacles. “We have enormous respect for Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly and for what they’ve had to overcome,” said DeBernardis. “We are honoring Gabby and Mark for dedicated service to their country and for electing to use bicycling as a means to get back to good mental and physical health.”
This year’s honorees exemplify the theme of the 33rd El Tour … Your Path. Your Story. “As dedication recipients of this year’s event, Gabby and Mark show us what it means for many people to ride El Tour – they are tough people who have been affected by a tragedy and have challenged themselves to reach a new physical accomplishment,” said DeBernardis. “Every person riding El Tour has a story. Everyone’s path is different. For Gabby, her training is an accomplishment and getting to the start line is an achievement. They are a team who demonstrate positive change and determination. Gabby and Mark epitomize the meaning of El Tour.”
Gabby and Mark are preparing to ride in El Tour on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. They are in the midst of training for the event.
The youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, Gabrielle Giffords represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006 to 2012. In 2007, Congresswoman Giffords married Captain Mark Kelly, a Naval aviator and test pilot who flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and who was selected to be a NASA astronaut, along with his identical twin brother Scott, in 1996.
Ride El Tour with Gabby and Mark on Nov. 21, 2015. Registration is still open for all of the main events: 104 miles, 75 miles, 55 miles or 40 miles, or you can join the Fun Ride of 11 miles, 5 miles, or 1/4-mile.
The 2014 El Tour is dedicated to:
The 32nd El Tour is proud to announce the Dedication Recipients as
BRENDAN LYONS & LORENA EVANS – firefighter and registered nurse, bicycle accident survivors; pedaling safety awareness through Look! Save a Life / Arizona.
This year’s honorees embody the theme of El Tour … Ride to be Unified. “We are impressed by Brendan’s and Lorena’s willingness to look out for others and work toward better safety solutions for both cyclists and drivers,” said DeBernardis, “as well as their desire to advocate for sharing the road.”
Both avid cyclists, Lyons and Evans feel compelled to share their story, utilizing this “near fatal” experience to awaken all users of our public byways.
Brendan Lyons and Lorena Evans have both responded to and treated fellow cyclists, who’ve been struck by inattentive motorists. Unfortunately, they are also both survivors, having been on the receiving end of their own “near fatal” collision while out for a ride on Lorena’s Birthday, training for the 31st El Tour de Tucson in 2013. While riding in a dedicated bike lane, they were struck from behind by a motorist traveling approximately 45mph. Lorena and Brendan were transported to Southern Arizona’s Level-1 Trauma Facility, both receiving very serious injuries.
Brendan has always looked up to those who at their best, make a difference helping those at their worst. Even in the first grade, he knew his life-long dream was to become a firefighter. Like so many others, Brendan looked to bicycling as a means for weight loss. He found that cycling would become much more than a workout – yet a gratifying and healthy lifestyle. A career, structure Firefighter/EMT for Rural/Metro Fire Department, Lyons responded all-too-often to motor vehicle collisions resulting from distracted driving. He found himself compelled to speak out in an effort to keep others safe.
Recognized and well established as an ER Nurse, Lorena is employed by Northwest Medical Center. She is currently attending graduate school, studying to further her career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Always setting goals of pushing herself, Evans took up bicycling and participated in her first El Tour de Tucson in 2012.
Brendan’s desire to keep others safe, has become much more than a passion with an immediate, urgent demand for action. Both feel compelled to share their story, utilizing this “near fatal” incident to awaken all users of our public byways through LOOK! Save a Life.
Help us to honor Brendan & Lorena — attend the Dedication Dinner!
Details about the dinner and reservation form HEREHere's information about the 2011,2012, and 2013 Dedication Recipients
The 2013 Dedication Recipient:
The 31st El Tour is proud to announce the 2013 Dedication Recipient as JOHN HEWKO, General Secretary of Rotary International and the individual who has raised more funds than any other in a single El Tour event – over $243,000 in 2012 for Rotary-PolioPlus.
This year’s honoree embodies the theme of El Tour … “Better Together Through Bicycling”. Rotary’s most notable current global project, PolioPlus, is contributing to the global eradication of polio. The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
John Hewko is the General Secretary of Rotary International. Before joining Rotary, he was vice president of operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government international development agency. An attorney, John was a partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie, working in Moscow, Kyiv and Prague and specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. In 1991-92, he assisted the Ukrainian Parliament in drafting the initial laws on foreign investment, anti-competition and corporations. John is a trustee of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders who provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and peace. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. Rotary’s primary corporate goal is the global eradication of polio. Rotary clubs also develop projects worldwide, that focus on basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, economic and community development and peace and conflict resolution.
The 2012 Dedication Recipient:
The 30th El Tour is proud to annouce the 2012 Dedication Recipient is ANDY CLARKE, America’s leading bicycling advocate and President of the League of American Bicyclists!
2011 El Tour Honors Rahsaan Bahati
World-Class Cyclist and Champion of the Kids
The University of Arizona Medical Center 29th El Tour de Tucson presented by CenturyLink was dedicated to Rahsaan Bahati – 2008 US Pro Criterium Champion, seven-time national cycling champion and founder of the Bahati Foundation.
Rahsaan, a pro cyclist since 2001, does work through his non-profit foundation (www.bahatifoundation.org) to inspire and empower underprivileged inner-city youth to rise above their circumstance through the sport of cycling. The world-class cyclist and champion of youth is the epitome of this year’s event theme, “El Tour…all about giving.” Rahsaan was honored at the Dedication Dinner the Thursday before the event.