Did you know that America’s largest perimeter cycling event is held right here in Tucson?
Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour de Tucson is a fun adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson “one of the premier organized rides in United States” and Bicycling Magazine (October 2002) ranked El Tour as “one of the top three fundraising rides” in the country.
Participants cycle main event distances of 111, 85, 60 or 42 miles, or choose the Fun Ride 6, 3, or 1/4-miles. Main event routes show off Tucson’s beautiful vistas of its local mountain ranges – three rising over 9,000 feet- complete with the backdrop of the mighty Saguaro cactus, icon of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert.
All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, full police support at intersections, and plenty of morale-boosting volunteers and spectators.
All cyclists will receive a medallion, free admission to El Tour Expo, an event t-shirt, fruit and snacks at aid stations every 7-12 miles, first aid support, and an annual subscription to Tail Winds newspaper.
- LOCATION: The 111-mile startline (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park, across the street from Children’s Museum Tucson on South 6th Avenue at 13th Street.
- DATE: Saturday, November 17, 2012
- TIME: unknown
- COST: unknown
- NOTES: Online registration closes on Monday, November 12, 2012. Last chance to register is November 14 & 15 at El Tour Expo.