Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Tour of the Tucson Mountains was discontinued after the 2012 event.  Below is information about the event for that year.

This page contains ongoing and frequently updated information that is important to anyone participating in Tour of the Tucson Mountains. The information below is from the previous year and is for reference only. When an update is made, the date will be noted. Please check back for more information as the event approaches.

(1.0) Registration (1/25/2012) top^

(a) Online and paper registration is available. At initial registration, you can pay in full or pay just the processing fee then pay the balance as late as Packet Pick Up.

(b) If balance is due for registration, all remaining fees and/or contributions must be paid on/before Friday, April 13 at Expo/Packet Pick Up.

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND EXPO/PACKET PICK UP. PHOTO ID REQUIRED. Each cyclist is required to pick up his/her own rider packet. No agents (family, friends, etc.) may pick up packets for you. This helps assure all cyclists an opportunity to attend an Orientation Meeting to learn as much as possible about the event where important handouts and the most current event information is given. Thank you for your cooperation.

(1.1) Registration Confirmation top^

Online registrations are immediately sent an email welcome letter. To ensure receipt, please add to your safe senders list

Registrations completed by a hardcopy application are mailed a welcome letter via USPS within 2 weeks of receipt. If you have not received a welcome letter by this time, please email Registration .

Check the Registered Cyclists list after you receive your welcome letter. Updated every weekend, this list is posted so you can make sure we have your information entered correctly. Questions? Write to registration (a) or call (520) 745-2033

(2.0) Information & Rules Booklet top^

This booklet contains complete information about the event and is issued at Expo/Packet Pick Up. Learn more about the RULES. Other information in the booklet includes event activities, directions to start lines, Awards and cycling tip. Due to last minute changes, the booklet will not be available until Packet Pick-up. In the meantime, please read all updates here and visit our Rules page.

(3.0) Rider Packet & Timing Device Pick Up (1/25/2012) top^

All registered cyclists must pick up his/her packet, rider number, timing device, T-shirt and other goodies at the Tour Bike Expo:

Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Location: Sabbar Shrine Center
450 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
Free parking
Learn more.

Each cyclist is required to pick up his/her own packet. Photo I.D. required. No pick-up option by friends/family. This helps assure all cyclists have an opportunity to attend a Safety & Orientation Meeting and receive all important handouts and the most current event information. Thank you for your cooperation.

There is NO packet pick-up on ride day except for Fun Ride.

Questions? Call (520) 745-2033

Cyclists write to info (a)

Exhibitors: write to development (a)

Packet Pick-Up instructions upon entering Bike Expo:
Plan to attend an Orientation Meeting prior or after your pick up .

  1. Pick up a “route card/expo map” at Station #1.
  2. Find your name on the boards next to Station #1 where you will find your rider number. Write your name and number on the “route card.”
    (Cyclists not yet registered skip to Step 5).
  3. Proceed to Station #2 for a goodie bag.
  4. Proceed to Station 3, to the station that corresponds to your rider number. ( New cyclists : Go to NEW REGISTRATION table.) Here you will receive your rider number and timing device after you have paid registration in full.
  5. Proceed to chip check station where your data, for results purposes, can be confirmed.
  6. Visit the vendor and exhibitor booths at Expo.
  7. Pick up your event t-shirt.

CREDIT/DEBIT cards cannot be accepted for fee payments except for online registration. At Expo/Packet Pick Up: cash or check only.

For Expo exhibit information, contact Ila Stadie at 520-745-2033 or email development (a)

(3.1) Safety & Orientation Meetings /top^

Attendance Highly Encouraged !

2011 Information Orientation Points
FREE Orientation meetings are held for Tour cyclists. Meetings take place each half hour at Expo/Packet Pick-Up and present 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 the event. Route conditions are subject to change each year. Meetings last last approximately 15 minutes, starting at 10:00am and continues every half hour through 7:30 pm.

(3.2) Platinum Designation (1/22/2012) / top^

Visit the Platinum page to learn how to qualify for platinum designation. Two meetings for pre-qualified cyclists will be held at Expo/Packet Pick Up at
12:00pm (noon) and

BE ON TIME. Late comers to the meeting will not be admitted.
BE ON TIME. Late comers to the startline will not be admitted, even with a pass. Arrival at start line: no later than 6:00am. No exceptions.

All pre-qualified platinum designated cyclists MUST attend one meeting. No exceptions. A special pass will be issued after the meeting. These meetings are the ONLY place a “platinum pass” will be issued. There is NO platinum meeting on Ride Day; no pass = no admittance. Platinum information

(4.0) Dedication / top^

Each year the event is dedicated to a special person who has made significant contributions to the bicycling community. Please visit this segment again to find out who the 2012 Tour dedication recipient will be.

Here is information on the 2011 Dedication Recipient:

The 2011 Tour of the Tucson Mountains was dedicated to Roy Schoonover – ambassador extraordinaire for the local cycling community – as the event celebrates its Silver anniversary with special-edition medallions for all finishers. Since 1986, following a 31-year career with IBM, Roy has been opening the eyes and ears of elected officials to the bicycling needs of the community. A member of the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, Roy played a critical role in creating, funding and making sure bicycling was represented in the Regional Transportation Authority plan. Roy continues to crusade for the completion of one of his main projects – Pima County ’s Urban Loop – a 55-mile circuit of Tucson connecting all of the linear Parks.

(5.0) Hotel Information (1/22/2012) / top^

For this event, no host hotels have signed on.

(6.0) Medallion Times for 73-Mile Cyclists / top^

All medallions will be given out at the medallion tent at the Finish Line in the Fiesta area next to the Finish Line.

Platinum under 2:55 (men) under 3:10 (women)
Gold under 3:30 (men under 3:45 (women)
Silver under 4:30 under 4:30 (women)
Bronze under 7:30 under 7:30 (women)

(6.) Medallions for 27-Mile Cyclists (1/25/2012) / top^

All 27-mile finishers will receive a Gold Medallion regardless of finish time.

Medallions will be given out in the Fiesta area next to the Finish Line. Don’t forget to pick yours up!

(7.0) Event Start Times, Locations & Parking (1/25/2012) / top^

Plan to be at your start line a minimum of 30 minutes before start time. You must start your event at the appointed time, at the appointed place. Late starts violate the terms of permits obtained from local municipalities and interfere with traffic control/plans along the route. Please be on time.

All events start and finish at the same place:
Marana Town Hall
11555 W Civic Center Dr, Marana, Az
Map to Town Hall

73-mile event start time : 6:30am

27-mile event start time : 8:30am

4-mile Fun Ride start time : 10:30am

1/4-mile Fun Ride start time : 10:45am
Location: Downtown Mesa, Az; on Center Street at 1st Street
Fun Ride

( 8.0) Finish Line (1/25/2012) / top^

ALL Events finish the same place as they started:

Marana Town Hall
11555 W Civic Center Dr, Marana, Az
Map to Town Hall

(9.0) Route Closure / End of Event / top^

The course closes at 2:00pm per the terms of permits for the event. Any cyclist still on the course at 2:00pm will be “SAG’d” to the finish line. No exceptions. All course support including traffic control and aid stations will be discontinued at 2:00pm. Aid station closures along the route are based on the distance from the finish line and the time needed to complete the route by 2:00pm from that location. Route closure includes dismissal of police officers at each of the traffic light intersections along the entire route and breakdown of Aid Stations.

The 2012 route map  for aid station locations, including individual closure times.

(10.0) Route Map (1/25/2012) / top^

For 2012 we investigated a new route which will take the 73-mile cyclists north. Unfortunately, construction planned for a portion of that route during the event prevents us from making the change.

2012 Route Map

(10.1) Route: Aid Stations , Food & Water / top^

There are aid stations along all event routes with water and fruit. At selected stations cookies and/or pretzels will be available.

Nutritional/electrolyte replacements are NOT available at aid stations. In the dry Arizona climate, electrolyte replacements are often necessary. If you have a special dietary and/or nutritional needs, please come prepared. To help reduce cramps and muscle spasms, drink plenty of water and eat bananas along the route. Please come prepared.

What should you bring with you? It is strongly recommend that you carry one or two spare tubes, tire levers, tire patch kit and other basic bicycle gear. Carry at least one water bottle, a cell phone, change ($$) and wear a CPSC approved bicycle helmet (required). Earbuds in BOTH ears violate event rules. We strongly discourage use of earbuds.

(10.2) Route: Bike Patrol / top^

There will be approximately 20 trained members of Perimeter Bicycling’s Bike Patrol team on the routes helping with mechanical problems, minor medical needs and encouragement. If you have a problem flag down a Bike Patrol member. Bike Patrol cyclists are event officials. They are there to help you and help the event be as safe as possible which includes reporting cyclists who disregard rules for disqualification. Learn more about Bike Patrol.


Violators will be disqualified! For the safety of all El Tour Cyclists and motorists, the rule stating that cyclists shall not cross a double yellow line 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, ranking or a medallion.
Please do not become a DQ statistic! Help us keep the Tour a safe, challenging and fun event.


(12.0) Results / top^

Unofficial results will be posted at the Tour Results Board in the Fiesta area within 45 minutes of crossing the Finish Line. Updates are reposted approximately every 45 minutes. At the same time, the results will be posted on our website (baring internet/computer glitches) . Tell your friends and family to check your results on their computer or cell phone.

Please review results BEFORE leaving the venue and contact us immediately with any corrections. Results will be published in the May/June issue of Tail Winds newspaper, so be sure to check your results to help in sure they will be in print correctly.

(12.1) Timing Device/Chip. (1/22/2012) / top^

CEP Timing is the Official Timer for the tour. “GUN TIME” is used: start time for everyone in a given distance is the same time. Your finish time is recorded when your chip crosses the finish line.

Handlebar mounted timing device. CEP Timing began to use a handlebar mounted device, replacing the ankle bracelet used in the past. The new system is the same worldwide in marathons and cycling events. Recently the system was used in the Boston Marathon where a new world record was set and was used at El Tour de Tucson accurately recording over 7500 fast-finish results. The handlebar device is DISPOSABLE! There’s no need to return it to event officials. You do need to mount it properly on your bicycle.

(13.0) The Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony (1/22/2012. / top^

The Ceremony will be held at a stage within the Fiesta next to the Finish Line. The ceremony is held in segments beginning at 11:00am. All cyclists, volunteers and friends are invited to attend and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments and cheer on the recipients.

Awards presented include 1st thru 3rd Place in the 73 mile & 27-mile events, Outstanding Volunteer, Highest Money Raiser awards, and more! Come join and celebrate with us!

(14.0) Post Event: Comments, Concerns and Issues / top^

After the Tour, if you have any issues, comments or concerns, please let us know at the Finish Line (Information Booth) or write info @ Your comments are important to us as we are always looking to improve the event.

(15.0) Additional Information / top^

(a) Check back periodically for the latest information
(b) Follow us on facebook
(c) Call El Tour Headquarters: 1-520-745-2033
(d) E-mail us at: info (a)

We hope you have a great ride and thank you for supporting Perimeter Bicycling events!