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El Tour

Special Olympics "El Tour de Tucson" presented by Casino Del Sol is Southern Arizona’s largest 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. November 22, 2014

Registration for 2014 is open.

2013 Official Results Posted Online >>

The 104-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 75-mile, 55-mile, and 40-mile rides, are available on  

Event activities include a 10K/5K Run, Training Classes and Training Rides, Bike Patrol Certification, a two-day Bicycle/Fitness/Health EXPO with Beer Garden, Orientation Meetings, a Dedication Dinner, and, for the ninth 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 104, 75, 55 and 40-mile events and in the 10, 5, and 1/4-mile 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 $4 million for charities in 2013 alone!

Downtown Amenities

You'll find plenty of parking and great post-ride restaurants. Looking for accommodations or even some other bike routes to ride before or after El Tour?

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.
I LOVE MY BIKE, and now I love El Tour de Tucson. Let’s work together to see how we can make it even better."

Thank you,
Bill Walton



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El Tour Fun Facts

Southwest Airlines' in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson "one of the premier organized rides in United States."

"Tucson best road-biking city in the country" says Outside Magazine, August 2010.

"America's Best Cities for Bikers" - Tucson #5 (, April 2010).

El Tour's prominence has helped Metropolitan Tucson's consistently ranking by a major bicycling magazine as one the country's top five bicycle-friendly communities. The area's excellent bike-lane system includes more than (700 miles) of paved bikeways, including bike lanes, shared-use pathways, and residential bike routes, and makes it possible to travel anywhere in the city by bike.