Perimeter Programs

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. supports several programs not only within each events but also separately:

Perimeter Bicycling Membership

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America Inc. is a Nonprofit membership supported 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to enhance wellness by promoting bicycling as a means to good mental and physical health by producing bicycling events benefiting other non-profit organizations. Your participation in our events supports this goal. Please consider becoming a member of Perimeter Bicycling as we continue to develop programs that enhance our community.

New! Bicycle Shop Incentive Program 

Now your bicycle shop can earn free entries into our events by signing up for the Bicycle Shop Incentive Program.  Encourage your clients, friends, or family members to register for each event by using your personalized El Tour application.  For every ten cyclists registered, your shop will receive one free entry to the event!

Please contact our Registration Director for more information on how to participate in this program.

Perimeter Gift Certificate Program

Cyclists who fund raise above level three for El Tour de Mesa, El Tour 5k & 10k Run, Cochise County Cycling Classic, and El Tour de Tucson are eligible to receive Gift Certificates.  A percentage of the money raised by the cyclist is returned to them in the form of these certificates.  The Gift Certificates are redeemed at Gift Centers for merchandise or services.  Perimeter Gift Centers are reimbursed for 100% of the gift certificates face value.  Visit our Gift Center page for more information. 

Perimeter Bicycling Education Programs

Perimeter Bicycling Association offers a variety of education programs for youth, in addition to producing bicycling events for the benefit of charitable agencies. The purpose is to encourage young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle by including bicycling in their normal daily activities.

Project L.I.F.E. (Living in Fitness & Excellence)

Project L.I.F.E., an outreach program of Perimeter Bicycling, is an interdisciplinary bicycling, arts and education program for middle and high school youth which provides in-school and after-school opportunities for participants to embrace an active lifestyle.

Pima County Middle School Safe Routes to Schools

Safe Routes to Schools is a federally funded program that provides bicycle and pedestrian education to elementary school children. Pima County (Arizona) has a history of a successful bicycle education program and as a result, Safe Routes to Schools curriculum is being offered to middle school youth. The program addresses youth as future drivers and also opens their minds to using a bicycle for transportation.

Classes are taught by League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructors through the Pima County Bike Ambassador Program. Students are taught about helmet safety and bicycle maintenance, as well as traffic concepts and bike handling skills. Youth who participate in the middle school Safe Routes to School program become more confident cyclists and are better equipped to ride safely in traffic. 

The Pima County Middle School Safe Routes to Schools program is currently working with the following Schools or organizations in the Tucson area that target middle school and high school aged students:

  • Apollo Middle School
  • Challenger Middle School
  • Continental School District
  • Desert View High School
  • Dietz K-8
  • Doolen Middle School
  • Emily Gray Junior High School
  • Lauffer Middle School
  • Mulcahy/Kino YMCA Bike Club
  • Northwest YMCA Angel Youth Center Bike Club
  • Secrist Middle School
  • Sierra Middle School
  • St. Michael’s Academy
  • The Gregory College Preparatory Academy
  • Sunnyside High School

Perimeter Bicycling is the administrator of the program.

El Tour Youth Scholarship Program

The Perimeter Bicycling Youth Cycling Scholarship Fund pays entry fees for youths from under-served and low-income families for Perimeter Bicycling events. Youth Funding for the scholarship comes through the support of individuals and businesses in the community, and contributions are tax deductible. If you would like to contribute to this fund to provide entry fees for other deserving children, please make your check payable to “Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.”, and write “Perimeter Bicycling Youth Scholarship Fund” on your check.


  • 17 years or younger on ride day.
  • Still in elementary, middle school or high school-public, private or charter.

Work Trade:

  • Based on $8/hour
  • Cyclists 13 and younger volunteer 5 hours
  • Cyclists 14 – 18 volunteer 10 hours
  • Hours are non-transferable (you cannot earn hours for others)
  • Hours are per rider and not cumulative per team or club
  • Spring event work trade from January – April
  • Fall event work trade from July – November
  • Cyclists are responsible for signing in and out
  • Volunteer hours can be logged at Perimeter Bicycling events or office
  • Work can be done at other sites, but must be pre-approved***
  • Hours must be “spent” during the segment they are logged: spring hours for El Tour de Mesa; fall hours for Cochise County Cycling Classic and El Tour de Tucson**

Application of Work Trade Hours:

  • Trade for entry into any Perimeter Bicycling event*
  • Rider must fill out event application – turn in application to Sheila Foraker at Perimeter Bicycling for approval
  • Rider waiver form must be signed by parent or guardian if under 18
  • Rider must collect minimum of $20 in contributions for beneficiary

*work trade = cycling event fees
** hours must be logged by 5:00 pm on Thursday before El Tour de Tucson, or 5:00 pm Friday before El Tour de Mesa and Cochise Classic
***work done must benefit the cycling community. Contact Sheila for more information at 520-745-2033
****Scholarship certificate issued by Sheila at Perimeter Office

Kids Riding for Those Who Can’t

A program of El Tour de Tucson for youth 14 and under that promotes physical activity, community involvement and helping others. Participants are automatically entered into a drawing for a bicycle donated by Ajo Bikes in Tucson, AZ. First, kids 14 and under must be registered to ride El Tour in any of its distances. Once registered, they should write a short paragraph about a special person to whom they wish to dedicate their ride, and tell a little about what makes that person special. Last of all, send the dedication paragraph via regular mail to Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. 2609 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85716 or email More information can be found on the El Tour Fun Ride web page

El Tour Coloring Contest

For El Tour de Tucson, the Coloring Contest is open to children ages 3 – 12 and is sponsored by The Arizona Daily Star. Participants submit their entries which are judged in three age categories: 3 – 5 years, 6 – 8 years, and 9 – 12. Winning entries are judged based on age appropriate ability and creativity. Winning entry in each age category receives a bicycle donated by Ajo Bikes in Tucson. Coloring contest entry image will be available on the Perimeter website, in the “Caliente” section of The Arizona Daily Star, and in Tail Winds.

Community Programs

The following are community programs that support Perimeter Bicycling’s mission to promote cycling in pursuit of wellness.

Jr. El Tour

ProActive Physical Therapy and Pyramid Coaching  sponsor a 12 week cycling training program for “at-risk” children ages 11-15 in the Tucson community. Many are underactive and/or overweight or have financial barriers that keep them from participating in extra-curricular activities. The children will be prepared to ride in the 40 mile El Tour de Tucson cycling event. For most of these children, it will be their first bicycle event and finishing it will be quite an accomplishment.

Jr. El Tour is a comprehensive program administered by a group of professionals who are experts in the health and sports fields. The fitness levels of the children are monitored at the beginning of the program, at intervals during the program, and at the end of the program. The kids attend tri-weekly training sessions with certified exercise specialists and learn correct exercise techniques and fitness. A registered dietician covers basics of sports nutrition and proper hydration during exercise. The children are closely monitored and properly trained in all aspects of competition, including riding techniques, safety, and equipment repair and maintenance. They go on training rides in various terrains with cycling specialists to ensure that they are well-prepared for the race. The focus is on safety and on fun and fitness meant to last a lifetime. All necessary equipment is provided, including bicycles, which the children are allowed to keep upon completion of the program. A post-event follow-up phase supports and encourages the kids to continue cycling.  Participants are monitored twice a month for the first year, have opportunities to go on training rides, participate in cycling activities, and are encouraged to return to the program as mentors and volunteers. The kids will be able to continue to ride in groups and in other local races. By making this a year-around program, we are better able to accomplish the goal of teaching the kids how to take responsibility for their own health and fitness now and into the future. The purpose of this program is not only to foster fitness and sports in children who need some extra support, although this is one important goal. Through this program and its follow-up and mentoring, we want to create a group of well-trained kids who can then go out into the community and share their knowledge and passion for the sport of cycling. We plan to give them the best educational and support tools available so that they can use this knowledge to start cycling groups at their schools, volunteer at bicycling events, and come back to help with this training program in the future. With community support and involvement, this program can be a national model of how to encourage children to embrace long-term fitness through participation in a sport.

Explanation of participating providers:

ProActive Physical Therapy is a full-service integrative physical therapy clinic, providing clients with access to not only physical therapists, but also exercise specialists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, performance coaches, and nutritionists.
ProActive creates an environment for healing, health, and optimal performance.

Pyramid Coaching International is a professional coaching and training organization that creates custom cardio and endurance training programs for clients locally, nationally, and worldwide. On-site personal training sessions on CompuTrainers and treadmills are offered, along with physiological testing, professional bike fitting, and coaching consultation services.

In addition to the above, this program is generously supported by the following sponsors:

  • Nourishing Results
  • The Bialis Foundation
  • The Zuckerman Foundation
  • Don & Jody Mackey
  • Gordon J. Smith
  • Dorothy and Bill Harmsen, Sr. Charitable Foundation
  • Paul and Gloria Emmert
  • Charles W. Scruggs
  • David and Susan Modisett
  • Scott Bikes USA
  • Genuine Innovations Inflation Systems
  • Southwest Hand
  • Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Since we are entirely funded by grants and private donations, additional sponsorship is critical to keep the program running in future years. Suggested categories are listed below, although any level of support would be appreciated.

  • Contribute to “alumni” mentorship/volunteer program: $50
  • Contribute to entry fees: $75 per child
  • Sponsor a bike: $300 per child
  • Sponsor a rider: $1500 per child

Donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be made out to: “Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.”
Please write “ProActive Junior El Tour” on your check and send to:
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.
2609 E. Broadway Blvd,  Tucson, AZ 85716

For additional questions or further information, please contact:

John Woolf
Program Director
ProActive Physical Therapy
520-321-0204, or
Scott Blanchard
Program Director
Pyramid Coaching Intl.
520-603-4874 or
Cyndi Wallace
Program Coordinator
520-490-5979 or
To read blog entries written by the kids, visit and click on “ProActive’s Jr. El Tour” on the left side.

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