Registration is now open for the 2019 Banner – University Medicine El Tour de Tucson

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El Tour de Tucson!

TUCSON, Ariz. Banner – University Medicine, nationally recognized for providing exceptional patient care, teaching future health care professionals and conducting groundbreaking research, is the official title sponsor for the 37th El Tour de Tucson.

Banner impacts the lives of thousands on a day-to-day basis and will help do its part in the cycling world on Nov. 23, 2019, when riders from all over descend on Tucson and Southern Arizona for one of the top 10 best bicycling events in Arizona and the United States.

Registration is OPEN   for the Banner – University Medicine

El Tour de Tucson!
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Supervisors OK $280,000 contract with Perimeter for 2019 El Tour 

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 3 meeting approved 5-0 a $280,000 contract with Perimeter Bicycling Association of America for El Tour de Tucson expenses, including traffic barricades and consulting services. The 37th annual event, title sponsored by Banner – University Medicine, takes place Nov. 23.

In the agreement, Pima County approved procuring traffic control services not to exceed $250,000 and provide up to $30,000 for private third-party consultant services for route layout. Perimeter will reimburse the County for the cost of both services.

In previous years, El Tour organizers have procured traffic control services through various vendors. Obtaining these through the County instead will ensure consistency in traffic control equipment and services used, thus improving the safety of traveling motorists and bicyclists.

The Banner – University Medicine El Tour De Tucson is set for Saturday, Nov. 23. This event draws over 10,000 participants each year, including many out of state riders, bringing about $5-6 million in revenue to the city and County.

For more details about the event, including registration information, visit www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/.

El Tour receives $150K from Rio Nuevo for 2019 Ride

We are appreciative of the Rio Nuevo Board for giving us an award for the 2019 Banner – University Medicine El Tour de Tucson set for Nov. 23, 2019, which is expected to draw thousands to Tucson and Pima County.

“This is the year of the rider…elevating the rider’s experience!” said Charlene Grabowski, El Tour de Tucson’s new CEO. “We are so appreciative of the great support from Rio Nuevo. This is going to be a great year. Please come out and join us!”

Additionally, Rio Nuevo board member Edmund Marquez said, “El Tour is an economic juggernaut for Southern Arizona, bringing thousands of people to downtown Tucson.  We at Rio Nuevo are proud to support such an iconic local event.”

About El Tour

The Ride

El Tour de Tucson is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. El Tour is a fund-raising ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide.

  • Tucson Is Winter Cycling Heaven  – Outside online
    With mild temps, blue skies, and exceptionally good road cycling and mountain biking, it’s the best place to ride all winter long –  February 2019
  • Tucson one of America’s Best Places for Bikes –  People for Bikes, Tucson ranked fifth overall and second highest score of all large U.S. cities as America’s Best Places for Bikes.   http://bit.ly/2HPvjw4– May 2, 2018
  •  Tucson #7 – U.S. News & World Report,  “Best Weekend Getaways” – April 1, 2017

Aviation Highway Information (Important!)

Attention cyclists – please do not ride or train on Tucson’s Aviation Highway. It is illegal and unsafe. Aviation is a state highway and bicycle riding is never permitted on it. ADOT has made a special exception for the official El Tour 100-mile event for Ride Day only. If you are caught riding it on any other day and cited by law enforcement you will be DQ’ed to ride in El Tour de Tucson. El Tour could lose the ability to use Aviation Highway as part of the route if cyclists continue to be cited. If you have any questions about this, please call the office 520-745-2033. Be safe – do not ride your bike on Aviation Highway. Thank you!

The Participants

Cyclists of every age and ability enjoy cycling El Tour. Cyclists use El Tour as a goal for their fitness, to make a healthy lifestyle change, or to help recover from an illness or other life challenge. Many people are attracted to El Tour’s fundraising programs and its many charitable agencies.  All El Tour riders share a desire to ride, meet great people, raise contributions and have a fun time doing it.

The Beneficiaries.  Through the years over $95 million has been raised through El Tour for over 100 different local & national nonprofit organizations.  Check out the current list of charities which is always growing!

The Routes

Cyclists pedal main event distances of 100, 50, or 25 miles or choose the Fun Ride  of 10, 4, or 1 miles .  The main event routes feature beautiful vistas of Tucson’s four surrounding mountain ranges against the backdrop of majestic Saguaro cactus. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 25-mile route is mostly flat and is great for families and perfect for a first-time cyclist. An often dry but sandy creek crossing will greet 100-milers in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.  All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks about 7-12 miles apart, police support at intersections and plenty of morale-boosting volunteers and spectators. The Fun Ride offers easy and scenic routes along the Santa Cruz River-part of The Loop, Pima County’s famous multi-use path.

The Finish

The 100-mile start line (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park for the Downtown El Tour Celebration!  Cyclists collect a special finisher’s medallion based on distance and/or finish time. Next, celebrate with family and friends at the Fiesta complete with non-stop music, the Beer Garden, food vendors, El Tour merchandise, kids activities, the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony and more!

The Alternative

Can’t be in Tucson on Ride Day, or simply prefer to stay off the streets?  Indoor El Tour is the answer! It is a stationary cycling event – no traffic, no safety hazards, no headwinds, but still loads of fun. Ride for minutes instead of miles while supporting Perimeter Bicycling charities and receive a special medallion. Indoor El Tour begins one week prior to the main event and may be ridden anywhere on any stationary bike or on Ride Day at the Finish Line.

El Tour de Tucson Start

Questions:  info @ perimeterbicycling.com