Fun Rides & Kids Stuff

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Check out the 2017 El Tour Fun Ride
Get your Cue Sheets here: 10 mile,  4 & 1 mile

Happy cycling!

Lots of stuff to do for kids including:

Four Fun Rides / Be An El Tour Kid /2017 Coloring Contest

For cyclists on road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX, tandems, wheelchairs or any human powered cycle.
Putting the 'FUN' in Fun Ride Ed Tunstall Photo

Putting the ‘FUN’ in Fun Ride
Ed Tunstall photo



***NEW START TIME 8:00 am!***

8:00 am … 10-mile course starting in Armory Park and heads up the Santa Cruz River multi-use path – scenic and mostly away from traffic.


8:00 am … 4-mile course  easy  and mostly flat along the Santa Cruz river path.

8:00 am….1 – mile course
easy peasy out-and-back on closed street! Starting at Armory Park on 6th Ave south to 21st St and turn around, back to Armory Park.  What could be easier?

2014 Fun Ride Eric Peffer

Deck out your bike or wear a costume
Eric Peffer photo

8:00 am – 12:00 pm … 1/4-mile activity area especially for cyclists on tricycles,
training wheels, or babies in trailers features
fun activities for the kids.

All distances start on 6th Ave at 13th Street between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum.


Get Decorated!

Several awards and prizes:

  • FUN RIDE MEDALLION to all finishers
  • The BEST DECORATED BIKE CONTEST(Youths 12 & under)
    Show off your creativity … deck out your bike! Wear a costume!  Let your imagination go wild! Selection will be made at the Finish Line. A small souvenir trophy will be awarded to all contest participants. The winner brings home a Conquistador Trophy, El Tour’s highest award!
  • Win a Bike!
    All registered 12 & under Fun Ride participants will be entered into a drawing to win a bike!

 Be An El Tour Kid,

Join Kids Riding for Those Who Can’t

Kids Riding For Those Who Can’t gives youth 14-and-under a way to participate in a health physical activity while honoring someone special. The program also offers an educational opportunity to develop writing skills. These young cyclists are called “El Tour Kids.”

To become a member of El Tour Kids, the young cyclist must ride in the 106-, 76-, 54-, 37-, or 28 mile main event, the Fun Ride or Indoor El Tour in honor of someone who is unable to ride. This special someone may be a friend, family member, teacher or even their favorite pet! The young cyclist must write a short letter explaining whom he/she is riding for and why. They are entered to win a free bicycle courtesy of Ajo Bike of Tucson.

2017 Kids Riding For Those Who Can’t Entry Form will be available for download after October 15, 2017.

Step 1.  Write a short paragraph about a special person you will ride for and why you will ride in their honor. This special person can be anyone…a friend, family member or teacher.

Step 2.  Send your submission in no later than December 1, 2017 to:
El Tour Kids, 2609 E Broadway, Tucson AZ 85716
or email

Your letter will be entered to win a bicycle from AJO BIKES!

The winner of the 2016 Kids Riding For Those Who Can’t contest was drawn at random from more than 100 submissions. The top 15 essays published below, were also featured in Tail Winds Jan/Feb 2017. 


2016 winner Stephanie Hurtado

2016 “Kids Riding For Those Who Can’t” essay winner, Stephanie Hurtado (c) with Lauffer Middle School principal, Mr. Thom Luedemann (r) and Perimeter education director, Elaine Mariolle (L).


“This ride is for my dad because he works very hard to get us what we need. When I grow up I want to be like him “hard working”. My dad didn’t have the best childhood and struggled a lot but he managed to be someone in life, his goal is for us to have a good future and go to college my dad is my hero.”
Stephanie Hurtado, age 13
Tucson, AZ





Other Entry Archive

The Top 15 essays of 2016 Here

Editor Note:
The essays below are absolutely outstanding.  Because it was impossible to choose one essay over another, the winner was chosen in a random drawing.  Congratulations to all students who rode the 2016 El Tour for a friend, coach, group, teacher and beloved family member and took the time to share their experience and thoughts.

“This is to my Mom because she takes care of me and she buys me clothes and shoes and always takes care of me and my brothers and she will take care of us until the day that she dies. She will never stop taking care of us even though my dad is still in Africa. She is raising us alone. She will not give up because she loves us so much. That is why I love her and why I am riding for her.”
Dieumerci Byiringiro, age 11
Tucson, AZ

“This year I am riding for my sister, Yurexee. I’m riding for her because she doesn’t know how to ride a bike we have tried to teach her how to ride one, but she just doesn’t know how. I plan to keep helping her to try, because I also didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was 7. My goal is to help her learn before her birthday in December. If I try I know I’ll be able to accomplish this.”

Tyvheen Robles, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I would like to ride for disabled veterans because when veterans go to war some people lost their legs and some people are in wheelchairs so that makes it hard for disabled veterans to ride a bike. They go to war so I have the freedom to ride a bike. When veterans go to war they miss out on Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays. They sacrifice their time and their lives to keep me safe and the United States a free country.
Xavious Davidson, age 14
Tucson, AZ

“I am thankful for Hannah because she accepts me the way I am.  Hannah cannot ride a regular bike because she is in a wheelchair. She makes me feel special because needs me  as a special bike to ride. I would like to win the bike for her and show her how to ride.”
Zakaira Daniels, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“If I were to win, I’d dedicate my El Tour ride to the people who moved to America but can’t speak English. Only because it isn’t fair to them they might feel unwelcome into our country. Since they deserve to feel welcomed I’d dedicate it to them. Perhaps it’d help them feel more comfortable in our country. It’s not easy to move somewhere completely new, and the people don’t even speak their native language. These people deserve to feel welcomed into a new world. They really do.”

Jennifer Diggins, age 11
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to my baby sister Amaya because she is going through a lot with her scoliosis and she is constantly going to the hospital. Amaya has brought so much happiness into my life I can’t explain, but even though I argue with her a lot She is still a big part of my life and I have so much love for her.”
Aubrianna Soto, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to my baby brother Nicholas. I dedicate to him because I never had the chance to meet him. He died in the hospital a few days later from the day he was born. When I ride I think of him. He inspires me to do more, losing him made me think about how much fun we would have, and much he would want me to be happy.”

Daniella Taylor-V., age 11
Tucson, AZ

“I am riding a bike for my dad. During summer my dad suffered a pretty big heart attack. He’s fine now but he has to be careful with the activity he does. We would always go ride bikes in the afternoon so it’s something our whole family enjoys. Riding today was very fun, and it meant more to me because I was riding for someone very close to me who I really love. I rode for my dad.
Triana D Alvidrez, age 13
 Tucson, AZ

“I am riding for my mom. The reason she can’t ride is cuz she is at work. My mom is a medical assistant. She works with skin. My mom is suffering from a blood clot and she has it in her arm, my mom has 5 kids and still gets to work on time she is my super hero.”
Nialah Garcia, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to my mom she isn’t sick or anything but she is the best person I know.”Clarisse Custudia, age 12
Tucson, AZ

“Dear Richard, you’re a big part of my life. You’re my friend. I dedicate this ride to you because you’re special.”
Jose David, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to Jose because he is my friend. He also is very nice to me. Every day he says hi to me, I appreciate his kindness. He also is a good student and gets good grades that’s why I dedicated it to him”
Mia Chavarria, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“This year I am dedicating my Indoor El Tour ride to all the people in the military because they are very busy defending our country. I am also very thankful for their bravery and all that they do.”
Marcella Meza, age 12
Tucson, AZ

“I would ride for my grandma who passed away on January of this year. She was a very nice and caring grandma. She always made sure all her kids and grandkids were doing fine and mage sure we were always full and not hungry because she loved to cook especially for us.”
Nick Rivera, age 12
Tucson, AZ

Downloadable: Kids Riding For Those Who Can’t Entry Form will be available  after October1, 2017.


Enter the El Tour Coloring Contest and Win a Bike!

 DOWNLOAD: Coloring Contest Here

Use your imagination to color El Tour’s poster. The winner in each of three age groups will receive a bicycle donated by AJO BIKES. One new bicycle in each of the following age groups: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Mail your entry, along with your name, birth date, address and phone number to:

El Tour Coloring Contest
2609 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ. 85716

All entries must be received by December 1. Winning Entries will appear in Tail Winds Jan/Feb Issue.