El Tour de Tucson
This bucket-list ride passes through Sonoran Desert hills.
El Tour de Tucson: Ride for Wellness or Challenge
November 20, 2021
El Tour de Tucson continues to monitor and adhere to all authoritative mandates issued by the CDC and local health officials. To stay informed of changes related to this event, check out the El Tour de Tucson website or register for their newsletter .
On Many Bucket Lists
El Tour de Tucson is a premier fundraising ride in the United States and the longest-running event of its kind in Arizona, having been a Tucson tradition since 1983. Participants range from novice to professional who enjoy the ride and festivities out of a passion for cycling, as a benchmark for a wellness program, as a symbol of surviving a major illness or other life challenge, or to honor another person. All while helping nonprofit, charitable agencies raise funds for their organizations.
Three Routes Under 100 Miles
The main event distances are 100, 57 and 28 miles. Fun Ride distances are 10, 5 and 1 miles. Main event routes feature scenic landscapes and the crisp, cool air of a Tucson morning. Mountain ranges and saguaro cactus will surround you. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 28-mile route is mostly flat, which is great for families and ideal for first-time participants and beginning bicyclists. In 2021, the 28-mile route will be open to Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes (no throttles) for the first time.
The finish line for all events and the start line for the 100-mile, 57-mile and Fun Rides is on South Sixth Avenue between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum Tucson, near downtown Tucson’s renowned dining and entertainment district. The 28-mile route starts at Marana Heritage River Park and ends at Armory Park-Children’s Museum Tucson.
Parking & Lodging
If you drive here for El Tour de Tucson, you’ll find plenty of parking garages downtown near the start/finish line around Armory Park and the Children’s Museum Tucson. The area is easily accessible to the Tucson Sun Link Streetcar, a four-mile line that connects lodging, dining and entertainment districts in the downtown and university areas.
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