Media and Press

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. works with a number of news agencies and groups to help share the work they are involved with. Please contact us if you are interested in writing a story about Perimeter or one of our events (El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa, and Loop the Loop).  Also available to media will be our official event names, logo, press releases and information about our dedication recipients.

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– News Release – April 26, 2019

Perimeter Bicycling Board makes final payment to Pima County Board

TUCSON, Ariz. – Perimeter Bicycling of America has made its final payment to the Pima County to settle a debt that was $180,000 from the November 2018 ride.

“I am pleased to announce we have paid our financial obligation to Pima County for the 2018 El Tour de Tucson,” said Pat Lopez, Chairman of the Perimeter Bicycling Board which puts on El Tour de Tucson. “We were able to do this with the help of many generous individuals and businesses. We appreciate Pima County’s patience and support and the help of so many others.”

The payment comes more than two weeks ahead of the scheduled three-month agreement made between Pima County officials and Perimeter Bicycling.

“Because of Pima County, Rio Nuevo, Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, and many businesses and individuals, we will be holding the 37th El Tour de Tucson. Thank you! Our supporters have made the ride possible for 36 years and raised $95 million for charity in the process .”

The 2019 El Tour de Tucson is set for Nov. 23, 2019. Registration has been open for more than two months.

“We are pleased Perimeter Bicycling has finalized its financial obligation to the taxpayers of Pima County,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, in a statement. “Pima County has long provided financial and operational support to Perimeter and its annual El Tour de Tucson bicycle race because we recognize the value it provides to the community.”

The event – which has a 100-mile, 75-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile rides in addition to a Fun Ride – typically has more than 6,500 participants.

About Perimeter Bicycling
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of four major cycling events – El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa, Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop and Indoor El Tour – as well as an annual Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo, and El Tour Fun Rides.

Through the nearly 40 years of El Tour de Tucson more than $90 million has been raised for more than 100 beneficiaries.

For more information on Perimeter Bicycling please call 520-745-2033, visit, follow on Twitter @tourdetucson and @PerimeterBike or find us on Facebook ElTourdeTucson and PerimeterBicycling


El Tour de Tucson

Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fun ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages from throughout the United States and beyond, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders.

A 1999/2000 Economic Impact Study by the University of Arizona Eller School of Business can be viewed here: Eller Economic Impact 1999_2000.

Online Media links for 2018

(JPEG Image, 120 × 90 pixels)See the heartwarming, short, promo video (4.5 min): “The Meaning of El Tour” produced by Monsoon Production Services You’ll be glad you did. El Tour de Tucson is much more than just a Bicycle ride and a charitable event. It means something special, and something different, to everyone it affects. But what does it mean to you? This video shows what El Tour means to the founder of the event, defining it by each letter in “El Tour.”

Past Media
Read Past Media Stories About El Tour.
Catch the 2015 El Tour TV Special right now from wherever you are!

2015 El  Tour de Tucson – Your Path. Your Story” originally aired on KGUN 9, CW Tucson and AZTV ~ if you missed it, you can watch it streaming online. Brought to you by Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA). Produced and directed by Monsoon Production Services. when describing The Loop, Marana is mentioned


Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – VIDEO A steep climb on the El Tour de Tucson course The agonizing hill on Snyder Road about midway through the 104-mile El Tour de Tucson course. Video by Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – 2015 El Tour de Tucson

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – 2015 El Tour de Tucson winners

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – El Tour de Tucson: a spoke-tacular day 

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Clevenger guts out win in women’s El Tour race

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Giffords recorre 64 kilómetros en bicicleta

Nov 21, 2015-Arizona Daily Star – Seen and heard at El Tour de Tucson

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Photos: 2015 El Tour de Tucson 

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – VIDEO Darth Vadar and cohorts cheer at 33rd El Tour de Tucson 

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Watch 2015 El Tour winner Juan Magallanes and other riders race towards the finish line.

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – WATCH Mariachi Aztlan of Pueblo High School plays for El Tour de Tucson bicyclists at the Santa Cruz crossing. Video by Irene McKisson.

Nov 21, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Watch a time-lapse video of the start of 33rd Tucson Medical Center El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resorts from Armory Park.  

Nov 20, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords smiles as she waits for the start of the fun ride with husband Mark Kelly, right, last year at El Tour de Tucson. Giffords will ride in the 40-mile event Saturday.

Nov 19, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – El Tour cyclists can’t live without their gear, gadgets – they’re worth every penny.

Nov 19, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Rotary boss excited to break 5-hour mark, raise $6 million to eradicate polio 

Nov 18, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Cancer can’t slow Maciulla, who aims to ride 104 miles. Greg Maciulla, on hormone therapy for prostate cancer, plans to ride 104 miles in less than five hours.

Nov 16, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – El Tour volunteer finds sweet spot. Rene Luedeman, executive director of Cakes for Causes, center, hands out cupcakes at an event in July. The nonprofit has 5,400 cookies to give to El Tour de Tucson riders.

Nov 15, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Racer has three tips for El Tour de Tucson. Chloe Black, who rode for the Canadian national cycling team from 1995 to 2000, says those riding in El Tour de Tucson on Saturday should remind themselves “constantly that it’s going to be fun.”

Nov 14, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Organizer optimistic that El Tour will have sunny start. Close to 6,000 riders have already registered for Saturday’s event. A sunny forecast could add 1,500 more.

Oct 13, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – El Tour de Tucson announces a new title sponsor: Tucson Medical Center.

Jul 26, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Spots available for free cycling program: Jr. El Tour Youth Cycling Program

Jul 26, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Spots available for free cycling program: Jr. El Tour Youth Cycling Program helps kids learn about fitness.

Jun 6, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – El Tour de Tucson brings out Tucson’s best

Dec 4, 2015- Arizona Daily Star – Tucson mom pedaled past fear, found herself in El Tour. Adiba Segal rode in El Tour de Tucson to prove to daughter, Emory, 6, that obstacles can be overcome. “It’s really hard to ride with tears in your eyes.”

July 6, 2014 – Arizona Daily Star –Tucson in 100 Objects — El Tour bicycle The Star is defining Tucson in 100 objects. Bicycling is big in Tucson and the biggest annual event is El Tour de Tucson.

June 22, 2014 – Arizona Daily Star – Tucson cycling program seeks kids interested in health, riding

June 14, 2014 – KVOI The Voice Tucson, AZ – Profiles in Business – Interview of Richard DeBernardis, founder and president of Perimeter Bicycling, by Mike Varney, president and CEO of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. About 25 minutes. Listen Here

June 4, 2014 – World News Network – Perimeter Bicycling Announces Special Olympics as El Tour de Tucson Title Sponsor for the Next Three Years

May 30, 2014 – Arizona Daily Independent – Perimeter Bicycling, Special Olympics reach El Tour de Tucson agreement

May 30, 2014 – Arizona Daily Star – Special Olympics ‘saves’ El Tour – front page! Above the fold!

May 29, 2014 – KOLD News 13 / Tucson News Now – Special Olympics named El Tour de Tucson sponsor – includes terrific video

El Tour de Mesa

The event assumed a new name for 2011 but remains the same great ride! El Tour de Mesa is open to all ages and abilities, and offers 70 and 28-mile courses, all routed throughout Mesa, Arizona. Routes extend into the beautiful and rugged backdrop of the Salt River Recreation Area and Tonto National Forest.  More…

Cochise County Cycling Classic

Cyclists may select from 165, 97, or 49-mile events, all routed through beautiful southeastern Arizona. Cochise Classic is the perfect Fall event for cyclists and is an excellent gauge for readiness for El Tour de Tucson.  For more information click here.

Viva Bike Vegas

VLV-elvisThe event is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities with ride distances of 100, 50 and 25 mile events plus a Fun Ride of 10, 5 or 1/4 miles. The route this year will be the perimeter of Las Vegas, NV traveling along Red Rock Canyon State Park and the four mountain ranges surrounding Las Vegas. The roads along the route are some of the newest and smoothest in the country and will give all cyclists an interesting and challenging adventure.

Past Media
Read Past Media Stories About Viva Bike Vegas.

August 20, 2014 – Las Vegas Review Journal – Zappos signs key Las Vegas bicycle world sponsorships

June 26, 2014 – Las Vegas Review-Journal – Perimeter Bicycling Association of America taking over Viva bicycle ride

June 24, 2014 – –Viva Bike Vegas boosted by presence of Perimeter Bicycling, El Tour de Tucson

June 20, 2014 – Tucson Velo – Perimeter Bicycling expands to Vegas; more to come

June 20, 2014 – cycling blog –  Viva Bike Vegas is back! Mark your calendars for 9/13/14 

Tour of the Tucson Mountains

We bid farewell to this fun and fast tour in 2012.  For history of the event, click here