El Tour de Tucson
Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson is Southern Arizona’s premier bicycling event, attracting more than 9,000 cyclists from the United States and beyond on the Saturday before Thanksgiving every year. “El Tour” is also a fun ride for charity, with events for all ages and abilities, from novice to professional.
Registration for 2014 will open mid to late January 2014.
The 111-mile main event will start and finish at Sixth Avenue, south of Broadway Boulevard, which is across from the Children's Museum Tucson in downtown Tucson. Details on this and all other El Tour events, including the 85-mile, 60-mile, and 42-mile rides, are available on perimeterbicycling.com.
Event activities include a 10K/5K Run, Training Classes and Training Rides, Bike Patrol Certification, a three-day Bicycle/Fitness/Health EXPO with Beer Garden, Orientation Meetings, a Wellness Hour, a Dedication Dinner and, for the eighth year, Indoor El Tour.
Finally, for the 32nd time since 1983, cyclists of all ages and abilities will cycle the perimeter of Tucson, Arizona enjoying the cactus-studded mountain views in the 111, 85, 60 and 42-mile events and in the 10, 5 and 1/4-mile Kids & Family Fun Ride events.
El Tour was established in 1983 with the objective of becoming the nation's largest charity-fundraising bicycling event. Founder Richard DeBernardis set out to prove that a bicycle event could generate as much money as any fundraiser, while educating the cyclists and the community about the healthful benefits of cycling.
El Tour has grown from a 198-person bicycling event that raised $5,500 for the American Diabetes Association in 1983, to a two-month series of activities that attracts up to 9,000 cyclists who raised more than $3 million for charities in 2013 alone!
Bill Walton loves cycling in Tucson.
"We were just in Tucson for one of the best things that I’ve ever done—your fabulous Tour de Tucson 2011, and I wanted to write to say THANK YOU. We are so appreciative –of EVERYTHING. It was exhilarating to participate, and to celebrate what we love so dearly with so many thousands of other celebrants. Plus, I had the additional privilege on riding my bike on alternate days in some of the other regions of your spectacular metropolis—particularly both major sections of the Saguaro National Park.
Thanks for empowering us; thanks for making our dreams come true; I love Tucson more than ever now. Thanks for having us, thanks for helping us to roll on forever and thanks for allowing us to enjoy the ride.
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