ALSO: SPECIAL EL TOUR PULLOUT. Get Ready!

Welcome to the
2018 Fall Edition of Tail Winds


So, here we are again for the 36th time
– El Tour de Tucson
with primary beneficiary Easterseals Blake Foundation.

This year could break records for participation or close to it. At least as of this writing it looks like there is a good chance given registration is 30 percent up from last year at this time. No question we are excited about that. We thank Easterseals for playing a huge part in getting the word out and doing its part. We’re excited for ride day our big day – Nov. 17, 2018. If you haven’t already signed up, please join the thousands who have already have.


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First Love! A Bike
It started as an idea to get the stories of cyclists who remember their love of riding and their first bike. A few riders sent in their stories about their love for their childhood bicycle. Oh, the memories.

Defeating Polio 100 miles at a time
John Hewko, the General Secretary of Rotary International, penned a nice story about Rotary’s impact on polio and its possible/eventual eradication worldwide. Rotary has raised millions of dollars to help make that happen. Much of it here at El Tour.

The Richard J. DeBernardis Collection
We’ve moved the display of the El Tour posters – better known as the Richard J. DeBernardis Collection – to Tail Winds so many can see and possibly collect. If you don’t have one in your collection you’re missing out. Pick them up at the Perimeter Bicycling office.

Friends of PACC
The Friends of PACC are a new beneficiary this year and they are doing well in an attempt to raise money for Pima Animal Control Center. It’s for the love of animals that need love and attention. Dog lovers Jerry Rosen and Ursula Schwarz are two of PACC’s riders.

Team Semper Fi
Ryan Beamish is doing all he can to help military veterans get through their troubles. He’s using cycling to help him assist them. He’s president of Team Semper Fi, a non-profit with a mission of providing financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

High School Mountain Bikers
Cycling in high school is taking off in a big way and Ben Chandler is doing his part to make sure it succeeds. He’s a coach of three Tucson teams that compete statewide. Arizona has 67 teams and about 1,000 riders from 150 schools. Cycling provides a sport to those who don’t want to play the traditional sports like basketball, football and baseball.

Ben’s Bikes
Ben Chandler is one of the many volunteers for El Tour. He owns Ben’s Bikes and he’s using his knowledge of cycling and all that goes into repairing them into helping those who have issues on the road on ride day. Have a flat? Ben will be there. Broken spoke? He can help with that too. He loves cycling so he’ll be a fixture at this year’s ride.

COLUMNS

Start Lines-6
Inspiration!-10
Calendar- 24-25
Finish Lines- 26

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For the past 26 years – almost to the day – we’ve brought you Tail Winds in the form of what it is today: a free-wheeling look at all things athletic as it pertains to events, fun and adventure involving runners, cyclists, swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts. We’ve included writers who attempt to inspire you to become stronger mentally and physically.

We also continue to evolve like everyone else. We will attempt to do so here on our website where you can find our stories easier to read and easily available. 

We will now be printing 16,000 copies of Tail Winds, but will be distributing our link to the publication to more than 50,000 potential readers through a number of different avenues such as beneficiaries, sponsors and our database of more than 20,000  riders.

We here are committed to keeping the  Tail Winds interesting with stories you like to read. We hope to inspire you to get you outdoors – even if it’s not on a bike, we’d like for you to make it happen to help keep your mind and body healthy.

Happy reading.

Steve Rivera

Editor