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El Tour de Tucson

Our bucket list ride passes through Sonoran Desert hills on Saturday before Thanksgiving.

El Tour de Tucson: Ride for Wellness or Challenge

November 21, 2020

El Tour de Tucson remains on course amid the current situation as it relates to the spread of COVID-19. We continue to monitor and adhere to all authoritative mandates issued by the CDC and local health officials. Your health and safety is our number one priority. To stay informed of changes related to this event, please register for our newsletter (eltourdetucson.org/#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. The Banner-University Medicine El Tour de Tucson, presented by Casino de Sol and Tucson Medical HealthCare, as it's officially titled, has been a Tucson tradition on the Saturday before Thanksgiving since 1983.

This is a bucket list ride for many participants who range from novice to professional. They enjoy the ride and its 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. And they help nonprofit, charitable agencies raise funds for their organizations.

3 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 winter. Mountain ranges and saguaro cactus surround. 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 and beginning participants. In 2020, the 28-mile route will be open to Class 1 pedal-assist e-bike cyclists (no throttles).

The Start/Finish

The finish line for all events and the start line for the 100-mile, 57-mile and Fun Ride is on South Sixth Avenue, between Armory Park and Children’s Museum Tucson, near downtown Tucson's renowned dining and entertainment district. The 28-mile route starts at Marana Heritage River Park, in Marana, and ends at Armory Park-Children's Museum Tucson.

Start times are: 100-mile El Tour (7 a.m.). 57-mile El Tour (10 a.m.). 28-mile El Tour (12 p.m.). Tucson Medical Center El Tour Fun Ride (8 a.m.).

The finish line is also the location of the day-of-the-event, post-ride party as well as the two-day participant packet pickup. At the post-ride party, cyclists and their families and friends enjoy music, a beer garden, food vendors, El Tour Perimeter Store merchandise, kid’s activities and the awards ceremony.

El Tour de Tucson Bike Patrol

More than 12,000 fans, spectators and cycling enthusiasts gather to celebrate throughout El Tour de Tucson weekend. Bike Patrol is the helping hands, eyes and ears of Perimeter Bicycling events, assisting cyclists on the route with minor mechanical aid, first aid and moral support. Nearly 300 certified Bike Patrol cyclists bring enthusiasm for cycling and a deep pool of experience to ensure the success of thousands of riders in Perimeter’s events every year. 

Pima County El Tour Loop de Loop

On Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, we're kicking off El Tour de Tucson season at Loop de Loop on Tucson's car-free urban trail. 

This free community bicycling activity starts at any point along The Chuck Huckelberry Loop. Ride from station to station, meeting El Tour nonprofit partners and sponsors. Find new riding partners, learn about training rides and choose a beneficiary cause for El Tour, set for November 21, 2020. The Loop de Loop begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. An after-party runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you're not riding but still crave fun outdoors with your friends, volunteer at Loop de Loop. The event is great fun and is over by 1 p.m. And volunteers are eligible to win raffle prizes. Learn more: info@ElTourdeTucson.org or 520-745-2033.

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 Children's Museum Tucson. That 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.

Staying for the weekend? Explore things to do in the Downtown Tucson District. Check out lodging options and official event host hotels in metro Tucson. 

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