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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...


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.