Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Knowledge is power!  Check out the info below to help you have the best El Tour experience.  If you have questions, please contact us:
telephone: (520) 745-2033
Street Address: Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
Hours:  Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Can’t find the answer to your question?  send an email to and we’ll get an answer to you!

Please tell us at Packet pickup!


ConMarathonFotiLogo_Whitegratulations and thank you to all El Tour cyclists, fund raisers, volunteers and spectators for a great event!  Check out your photos from El Tour’s Official Cyclists Photographer

 1.0 How do I register?

Registration for the 100-50-25 mile distances may be done online, in our office or by mail.
Registration closes Friday, November 22 at 8:00pm.
Online registration closes Tuesday, November 19 at 11:59pm.
After this date, last chance to register is in person at EXPO (more about Expo…)

Here’s how to keep your cost down:

The entry fee increases over time – the sooner you register, the lower the fees. 
Learn more.

El Tour’s Title Sponsor is Banner Health University Medicine.  When you raise $500 or more in contributions you’ll earn an El Tour event poster and FREE ENTRY paid by Banner Health!  Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS  and can come from you, your friends, family, colleagues, etc.   You don’t have to stop at  $500 – the more you raise the more benefits you receive!  Learn more…   

1.1 Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo & Packet Pickup

Each cyclist must pick up his/her own packet at El Tour’s Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo .  THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE PACKETS WILL BE ISSUED.  Photo ID required.    No pick-up option by friends/family . This helps assure that all cyclists have an opportunity to attend Safety & Security (Orientation Meeting) where riders receive important information, handouts and most current event information about the route, rules, etc.  Highly recommended.  Learn more.

Cyclists arrive from all over the country and the world to be a part of El Tour – many arrive on Friday which has the highest volume.

1.2 Directions To Bicycle Expo / Packet Pick-up

Armory Park    220 S. 5th Avenue Tucson AZ 85701

Check Out Festival Parking Map

Google Map HERE     

Parking alternatives are available close by – check them out

1.3 Confirming Your Registration

All registered cyclists are sent a confirmation email. Please allow 2 weeks to process your paper application. Click here  to view the list of currently registered cyclists; make sure all information is correct.

1.4 Changing your distance

Change your mind about your El Tour distance?  No problem.  Write to registration@ to make the change as soon as you decide.  Please DO NOT simply show up at the start line for your new distance.  Results are recorded according to our records so it’s important that we have the right distance.

2.0 Event Information & Rules 

It is the responsibility of all cyclists in the event to familiarize themselves with the rules which are available here, with the exception of last minute changes.   
Event Rules                                              Arizona Bicycle Laws

3.0 Safety & Orientation Meetings

FREE Safety & Orientation meetings are held for all El Tour cyclists each half hour at El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo/Packet Pickup and contain important information about route conditions, updated cautions as well as offer safe cycling tips. Attendance is highly encouraged for all cyclists regardless of how many times you may have participated in El Tour.    Cycling Tips– before, during and after the ride.

4.0 Directions to Start Lines

(also see Section 12.0 for Starting Times and Locations)
Cyclists are advised to arrive one hour prior to your event starting time so you can find a place to park and get to the start line. NO FENCE JUMPING – if you want to line up in front of your corral, be there early.  There is no check-in when you arrive. You will have received all materials at Expo. Click on the link for a map of your start line.  Check out full start line detail here

5.0 Parking

100-Mile Event, Fun Ride and FINISH FOR ALL EVENTS
There is plenty of parking near the 100-mile start and finish in downtown Tucson.  Check the Map/Cue Sheets page for:

Armory Park, downtown Tucson
Festival Parking Map

Parking is available at the Tucson Convention Center parking lots ($10.00 fee) City and county parking garages and parking lots will be open, all within blocks of Armory Park.  Caution: Remove bike from roof rack before entering parking structures!

Please do not block driveways.  Street parking is restricted in some areas to residents… watch the street signs carefully.

Park FREE at local meters on weekends.

6.0 Remote Start Lines & Getting Back to Your 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” starts (50 and 25 miles) where you began your ride.

At the Armory Park finish line drop your bike off at the FREE secure Bike Valet off 13th St south of  Armory Park and take the FREE shuttle back to your event start and your car.  Shuttle departs from the east side of the Senior Center on 5th Ave.  The last shuttle departs at  6:00pmDue to limited space, shuttle vans are unable to transport your bicycle with you.  Each cyclist will be given a Bike Valet ticket that must be surrendered when you return to the park to retrieve your bike no later than 7:00pm.

Shuttles begin at 1:30pm.
All bicycles must be retrieved from Bike Valet on Ride Day by 7:00pm.

7.0 Medallions for all finishers!

All finishers receive a medallion at the finish line!  100-mile finishers could earn platinum, gold, silver or bronze medallions depending on finish time.   50 ad 20 milers receive a gold medallion.  Learn more…

8.0 Rider Numbers

At Expo/Packet Pickup you will receive three types of rider numbers to identify you as an official entrant in the ride:

1. Official Rider Number (“bib”): your primary event number (mandatory).  Pin this to your BACK on the layer of clothing you expect to finish in.   This number will be marked with a color indicating your estimated medallion time at the finish line.  The mark is required to get  your medallion.  Note: the final determination of your finish time is based on the time recorded by the timing device embedded in your handlebar number. The handlebar number is not a substitute for the bib number.

2. “Handlebar” number – this contains your TIMING DEVICE.  You must attach this to your handlebars so that it hangs horizontally in front and is visible on your approach to the finish line.  Do not bend, fold or cut this number or cover it with tape.  If you fail to mount this number properly your time may not be recorded. It is also the ID number for MarathonFoto who will be on hand at the finish and on the route snapping you in action.

3. Helmet number –to be placed on front of helmet. The rider/bib number is for results and medallion distribution.  This one is not required but it helps identify you in photos!

9.0 Dedication Recipient

Each year, El Tour is dedicated to an individual(s) who displays outstanding support of cycling and/or healthy lifestyle activities.  A special dinner is held to honor the recipient(s) on Wednesday of El Tour week.  Everyone is invited- RSVP required.  This is a chance to mingle with some of El Tour’s special attendees.  More info… 

10.0 Route 

The route for El Tour is posted on the route/maps page.


Aid stations close according to a schedule that will allow cyclists to finish by 5:00pm.  They will NOT be open all day.  All course support, including traffic control and aid stations, will be discontinued at 5:00pm.  Finishing times will not be recorded after 5:00pm.

Click HERE for the route map   Plan your Aid Station stops!

10.1 Route: Right-of-Way on El Tour Day

Be prepared at all times to stop for motor traffic along the route!!!
Traffic control officials move cyclists through intersections without stopping most of the time.   However, you may be stopped to relieve traffic congestion. Please be patient with the police if you are stopped. They do a great service for El Tour cyclists; give them a friendly wave as you pass by! PLEASE OBEY ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT DIRECTIVES AS WELL AS THOSE FROM BIKE PATROL AND OTHER EVENT OFFICIALS.  Thank you for your cooperation.

10.2 Route: Aid Stations, Food & Water

There are aid stations approximately each 7-12 miles staffed by volunteers offering bananas, oranges and water. Each will have port-o-pots.  Some stations will serve raisins (or other fruit item), cookies and/or pretzels.  The Aid Station volunteers may provide other food items.  Please be courteous to them – they are there to help you.

Aid stations along the route close according to a schedule that will allow cyclists to finish by 5:00pm.  If you are riding a pace that will NOT allow you to finish by 5:00pm the aid stations may close before you get there and other route support will be in front of you.  Please be prepared.

If you have special dietary restrictions or need more nutrition please bring your own or plan to stop at a store along the way.

Water is the only beverage served to cyclists.  Remember to drink BEFORE you are thirsty. Bring ELECTROLYTE REPLACEMENTS with you to help reduce cramps and muscle spasms.  Please test electrolytes on a training ride before the event. For safety reasons, cyclists stopping at aid stations MUST move OFF THE ROAD to avoid oncoming riders and vehicles. El Tour Cycling Tips

10.3 Route:Bike Patrol

Approximately 125 trained Bike Patrol cyclists will be on the route in bright yellow jerseys or t-shirts.  They help with mechanical problems, minor medical needs and encouragement. If you experience a problem on route just flag down a Bike Patrol member.  To help Bike Patrol help you bring these items:  1-2 spare tubes, tire levers, tire patch kit and other basic bicycle gear; 1-2 water bottles a cell phone or change for a pay phone.  Wear a CPSC-approved bicycle helmet (required). El Tour Cycling Tips

Bike Patrol cyclists are event officials; they are out there to help you.   However, if necessary, they are also course marshals and will report rule violations to headquarters. Remember cyclists violating rules may be disqualified; see section (11.0) on “Disqualification”.

10.4 Route: Map and Cue Sheet

Full Route information HERE… .

Cue Sheets (turn by turn instructions) are listed on the maps page too!

10.5 Route Cautions

Along the route there are sharp turns, railroad tracks and though the city and county sweep the route before El Tour, there is always debris on the road.  Take nothing for granted, stay alert.

The event utilizes open public roads, which may or may not be maintained by local municipalities, cities, counties, and/or the State. The event is not responsible for the condition and maintenance of the roads. Road hazards are always possible and in entering this event, you must be alert to all road hazards, including but not limited to: pot holes, uneven pavement, road cracks, road debris, unfinished construction, and motor vehicle traffic.

El tour is an event for cyclists of all ages, abilities and experience.  Many have limited experience riding in packs.  Be cautious as you approach other cyclists and make them aware of your presence by calling out “passing.”  Touching wheels is the most common reason for crashes.

Attend a Safety/Orientation meeting at Expo for all the latest information.

11.0 Disqualification

Rules were created for the safety and fairness for all participants, spectators and the community.  We appreciate your cooperation in following all event official rules, directives from event officials including Bike Patrol, and abiding by Arizona bicycle laws.  Rules will be enforced.  Police, Bike Patrol and other course officials will take rider numbers of violators, who will be disqualified, and who will, as a result of their violation, not receive a finishing time or ranking.

Some rule highlights:

Do not cross a solid or double yellow line.
Properly wear a CPSC-approved helmet.
NO aerobars on your bike
ONE earbud is legal, two is  not… don’t block out other cyclists and traffic!
Human powered vehicles only!  No motorized (gas or electric) assisted bikes!
NO FENCE JUMPING at the start line.

Official rules here.  Don’t be a DQ statistic! Help keep El Tour a safe and fun event for everyone!

Report rule violations to  Please include your name, contact info, the violator’s rider number, locations and details.  We’ll follow up!  Thank you for helping us to keep El Tour safe and fair for all cyclists!

12.0 Starting Times

100-mile El Tour start (7:00 am)
El Tour Fun Rides start  (8:00 am)
50-mile El Tour start (10:30 am)
25-mile El Tour start (1:00pm)

13.0 Lining Up – 100-mile Start

Line up according to your expected finish time in one of the four medallion categories. Posted signs will identify each area. See section 7.0 above and visit the awards page  for medallion times.
PLATINUM Medallion Section (must prequalify  and have a special pass).
NO FENCE JUMPING.  Some cyclists arrive as early as 3:00am to line up in front of their section.  Respect those who arrive early and do not jump the fence.  Late arrivals who jump the fence will be disqualified.

How to STAY WARM while you wait for the start time:  get sweatshirt/pants from your favorite thrift store to wear over your kit.  A few minutes before the start, toss them over the railing.  A crew will pick up all the tossed clothes which will be given to a charity thrift store.  DO  NOT LEAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SEE AGAIN!  

14.0 Platinum Designation

Platinum cyclists are those in the 100-mile distance with extensive experience in riding in a pack/peloton. Cyclists must meet specific criteria to earn platinum designation and must attend a special meeting.  Visit the Platinum Designation link for full details, including meeting times, how to get the pass required to enter the platinum corral on ride day, etc.

ALL PLATINUM PASSES EXPIRE AT 6:30am on ride day.  No exceptions.  Be in the platinum corral before 6:30am or you will not be allowed to enter.  Opening ceremonies will have begun.  If you earned platinum, don’t waste it by being late.

15.0 Timed Results / TIMING SYSTEM

El Tour’s Official Timer is On Your Left Fitness and Timing.  Your time is recorded when your HANDLEBAR number crosses the finish line.  Be sure you mount this number properly or your time may not be recorded- do not fold it, bend it, cut it down or put tape over it. Hang it off your handlebar horizontally – DO NOT tape it to the stem/tube.  It will be in your rider packet/envelope.

Recumbents and handcycles must mount the “handlebar” number on the frame of the bike towards the front on the undercarriage. TANDEMS must mount BOTH numbers on the front handlebars.

The Official rider number to be pinned to your back will be marked with your estimated medallion color in the finish chute. 

START TIME IS “GUN TIME.” This means that everyone’s time starts when the gun goes off at the start. Your start time is NOT when you cross the start line.

Changing event mileage?  TELL US!  Your results are recorded based on the info we have.  Last chance to change:  at packet pick/expo.

Finish Line Chute volunteers will mark your bib/rider number for your medallion. The final determination of your medallion is your finish time, not the mark on your bib/rider number. For safety purposes, please MOVE OUT OF THE FINISH CHUTE area once your rider number is marked due to the continued flow of fast-approaching finishers..

16.0 Results – posted on ride day

Unofficial results will be posted within an hour of your finish.  Look for the results board near the beer garden at the finish line. They will also be posted at  on El Tour Day. Please check results, if changes are needed, please call or e-mail  registration@ .
Results are OFFICIAL and will not be altered after April 1.  View results from previous El Tours .

17.0 After Event

Comments, concerns & issues should be sent to: We want to hear from you- we hope you will have a great ride but improvements can be made only if we hear from  you. Thank you for participating in El Tour!

17.1 Results Issues & Questions

If any changes are needed in your results (can’t find them, wrong distance, etc.), please notify us immediately by calling 520-745 2033 or e-mailing: . We will research the information you give us and make changes as warranted as quickly as possible.  Remember we use GUN TIME.

17.2 Office Hours After El Tour

El Tour offices will close for the Thanksgiving holiday starting the first Wednesday after El Tour, continuing through Sunday.

For answers to your questions not found here, contact us Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm: or (520) 745-2033

Thank you for your attention to all of the above and have a safe, fun ride!

Distances may be changed due to last minute construction, inclement weather or other unexpected circumstance.

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