Welcome to El Tour route information. Perimeter Bicycling works with the many municipalities in the greater Tucson area to make cycling as safe as possible for everyone.

Changes will be made in 2018.  We are returning to our traditional four distances:  100, 75, 50 & 25 miles, subject to change once the final route is determined.  The 37-mile distance was eliminated.  Route meetings with all the jurisdictions the route traverses – we anticipate the final route will be approved by the summer and will be posted below and announced in our eNews Bulletin.    The 2017 route is a great training route and will be the basis of the 2018 route, get it HERE.
Scroll down for elevation charts, cue sheets and other route info for 2017.
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El Tour Day
Weather History & Facts
Year Month Day Event High Low
1983 Nov. 19 I 62 38
1984 Nov. 17 II 65 39
1985 Nov. 23 III 77 44
1986 Nov. 22 IV 73 47
1987 Nov. 21 V 79 49
1988 Nov. 19 VI 60 32
1989 Nov. 18 VII 79 48
1990 Nov. 17 VIII 86 53
1991 Nov. 23 IX 69 40
1992 Nov. 21 X 60 31
1993 Nov. 20 XI 71 40
1994 Nov. 19 XII 54 34
1995 Nov. 18 XIII 80 48
1996 Nov. 23 XIV 65 52
1997 Nov. 22 XV 74 43
1998 Nov. 21 XVI 79 41
1999 Nov. 20 XVII 77 48
2000 Nov. 18 XVII 56 32
2001 Nov. 17 XVIII 80 52
2002 Nov. 23 XX 82 50
2003 Nov. 22 XXI 68 41
2004 Nov. 20 XXII 72 46
2005 Nov. 19 XXIII 72 45
2006 Nov. 18 XXIV 84 48
2007 Nov 17 XXV 81 51
2008 Nov 22 XXVI 80 53
2009 Nov 17 XXVII 74 45
2010 Nov 19 XXVIII 73 45
2011 Nov 19 XXIX 69 52
2012 Nov 19 XXX 75 53
Hottest El Tour Day 11/17/90 86 degrees  
Coldest El Tour Day 11/19/94 54 degrees The year it snowed!
Hottest Day in November 1999 93 degrees  
Coldest Day in November 1979 22 degrees  
Average High Temperature for month of November 1959-2002 77.1 degrees (normal avg: 59.2)
Average Low Temperature for month of November 1959-2002 45.3 degrees (normal avg: 45.6)
18 year El Tour Day Average 1983-2002 70.3 degrees  
41 year El Tour Day Average 1960-2002 70.1 degrees  
Normal Average Temperature Range for El Tour Day   70-72 degrees  
Average Precipitation for month of November   0.67 inches  

We encourage you to report the following “normal priority” road conditionsMore

you may encounter while bicycling in the greater Tucson/Pima County region : pothole repairs; paved surface maintenance; street sweeping; removal of non-dangerous items from roadways or rights-of-way; and tree limbs overhanging streets or sidewalks.

Use the following contact information to report unsafe road conditions to the appropriate agency.

* For Pima County, phone 520-740-2639

* For the City of Tucson: phone (520) 791-3154, or email
   The City of Tucson now has a web form to report issues (in addition to the phone and email already listed):

* For the Town of Oro Valley: roads division- 520-229-5070, and their website at

* For the Town of Marana, go to their website (Citizen Request Tracker) and report any concerns:

We wish you many miles of safe and enjoyable cycling!


El Tour’s FINISH LINE for all events and START LINE FOR the 106-mile and Fun Rides is on SIXTH AVE between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum.

All route support will end at that time.  Each aid station will close prior to that time according to a schedule that will allow finishes by 5:00pm.

Click here for map 
Parking at the Tucson Convention Center is $10. 
There are plenty of alternatives close by – check them out.

 The Official Maps and Cue Sheets for El Tour.

Also check the Frequently Asked Questions section for important information and changes.


MapMyRide files for all distances
106 miles
76 miles
54 miles
37 miles
28 miles
Tucson Medical Center – Fun Ride distances 10, 4, 1 or 1/4 miles HERE.

CUE Sheets 2017 cue sheets
106 mile cue sheet
76 Mile Cue Sheet
54 Mile Cue Sheet
37 Mile Cue Sheet
28 mile cue sheet
OFFICIAL CUE SHEETS for all distances will also be available at EXPO/packet pick up – please visit the ROUTE BOOTH.

Elevation Profile

Download Route Elevation HERE  Coming soon!

MapQuest/GoogleMaps Links  to Start Lines

  • 106-Mile Rio Nuevo El Tour Route     Start Time:  7:00am
    Avoid using 6th Ave to get there!
    Location:  6th Ave at 12th St, downtown Tucson
  • 76-Mile El Tour Route     Start Time:  8:30am
    Avoid Irvington Rd to get there! Directions HERE
    Location:  Pima Community College East, 8181 E Irvington Rd, Tucson.
  • 54-Mile El Tour Route     Start Time:  10:30am
    Swan will be closed from Glenn to Ft. Lowell
    Location:  Swan Rd at Ft. Lowell, 2659 N. Swan Rd, Tucson
  • 37-Mile  Tucson Orthopaedic Institute/Select OrthoDME Solutions El Tour Route     Start Time:  Noon
    traveling on El Tour’s route to get there more quickly!
    Location:  2090 E Innovation Park Dr, Oro Valley
  • 28-Mile Town of Marana El Tour Route      Start time:  1:00pm
    Location:  Marana at Heritage River Park
    12375 N. Heritage Park Dr., Marana, AZ
    Festivities around the Town of Marana’s NEW 28 mile start for El Tour will begin at 12:00pm p.m. and the ride will start at 1:00pm.  Celebrating this new partnership, Marana will host food trucks, a DJ, and more at this family-friendly community activity.  Please note that the southeast intersection of Heritage Park Dr./Tangerine Farms Rd. will be closed.
  • Tucson Medical Center El Tour Fun Ride
    presented by McDonald’s      Start Time:  8:00am
    Avoid 6th Ave to get there – best approach is from the east and north!
    Location:  6th Ave at 12th Street, downtown Tucson.

SAG Support Vehicles.

SAG shuttle vans will be driving the route and stopping at each open Aid Station to provide transportation for event participants who are unable or unwilling to finish the event. The vans will continue the route until they are full and then head downtown to the start and finish line where they will drop you off and then return the route. There will be six vans working the route and at the beginning of the event it may take longer to get back to the finish line so please be patient.

We will also have SAG chasers that will be patrolling the route in between Aid Stations looking for participants who are unable to finish the event and take them to the nearest open Aid Station so the SAG shuttle van can take them downtown.

All SAG support vehicles will be identified with SAG signs on the vehicle and a YELLOW SAG SIGN on the driver’s side windshield.

28, 37, 54 & 76 milers:  How do I get back to my Car?

All cyclists are responsible for transportation to event start lines.
There are two options to get back:  Have someone drop you off at the remote start where your event begins.  Or, you can take a FREE shuttle back to the remote start line where you began your ride.

When you finish your ride at Armory Park, (Finish Line for ALL events), drop your bike off at the FREE Secure Bike Valet just south of the Fiesta at Armory Park and take the FREE shuttle back to where your event start line.  Volunteers at the Information Tent will direct you to the Bike Valet and the shuttle boarding location. Due to limited space, shuttle vans are unable to transport your bicycle with you.  Each cyclist will be given a Bike Check ticket that must be surrendered when you return to the park to retrieve your bike.  Don’t lose your ticket.

Shuttles begin at 2:00pm.
All bicycles must be retrieved from Bike Check on Ride Day by 6:00pm.