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El Tour de Tucson

America’s largest perimeter bicycling event circles Metro Tucson annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

El Tour de Tucson 
Presented by Casino Del Sol

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

This homegrown Tucson ride has become America’s largest perimeter cycling event, geared for all ages and abilities. In 2017, choose from 104-, 76-, 54-, 37- or 28-mile routes in the main event, or 11-, 5- or 1/4-mile distances in the Fun Ride, or try the Indoor El Tour (tally your minutes not your miles). Have fun, ride your bike, stay safe and join us next on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

Registration for El Tour 2017 is open NOW.

Bike Patrol registration is available here. 

Review El Tour 2016 Results here. 

Check out the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (PBAA) website. 


Video: The Meaning of El Tour de Tucson

Ride Day

The 106-mile start line (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park, west of Children’s Museum Tucson on South 6th Avenue at 13th Street in downtown Tucson. Crossing the finish line ushers the riders (and spectators) into the next event -- El Tour Downtown Fiesta! Details on this and all other El Tour events (including the 76-mile, 54-mile, and 37-mile, or 28-mile rides) are available on  

Event activities include Training Classes and Training Rides, Bike Patrol Certification, a two-day Bicycle/Fitness/Health EXPO, Orientation Meetings, a Dedication Dinner, and the Indoor El Tour.

Finally, cyclists of all ages and abilities cycle the perimeter of Tucson, enjoying the cactus-studded mountain views in the 106, 76, 54 and 37 or 28-mile events or in the 11, 5, and 1/4-mile 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 participants and the community about 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 $16 million for charities in 2015.

Downtown Tucson

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

Bicycling Accolades for Tucson 

El Tour's prominence has contributed to metro Tucson's consistent rankings as one the country's top bicycle-friendly communities. Here are a few more recent accolades:

•#23 of 50 best bike cities – Bicycling Magazine, September 2016
•#9 of most bikeable cities in USA - Walk Score, May 2015
•Top 10 cycling cities in U.S. –, May 2015
•#7 of most bike-friendly cities –, March 2015
•#18 of top 50 bike-friendly cities –, August 2014
•#7 of 10 best U.S. cycling town – Today, July 2014
•#7 of best cities in the USA for people who love to ride –, June 2014
•#1 of top-10 best bike towns” –  Outside Magazine, May 2012
•“Tucson best road-biking city in the country” – Outside Magazine, August 2010
•“The Best in Cycling in November - Ride with 9,000 friends, El Tour de Tucson” - Bicycling Magazine, November 2010

The Tucson area's excellent bike-lane system, which includes more than 700 miles of paved bikeways, including bike lanes and residential bike routes as well as The Loop, metro Tucson's network of shared-use paths, makes it possible to travel practically anywhere in the city by bike.


Video: El Tour de Tucson Start Line


We were just in Tucson for one of the best things that I’ve ever done--your fabulous El Tour de Tucson 2011. Thanks for making our dreams come true; I love Tucson more than ever now.

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