America’s largest perimeter bicycling event circles Metro Tucson annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
El Tour de Tucson
Start/finish in Downtown Tucson — Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol is a homegrown Tucson ride that has become America’s largest perimeter bicycling event, and it's geared to all ages and abilities.
In 2018, choose from 106-, 76-, 54-, 37- or 28-mile routes in the main event; try the 11-, 5- or 1/4-mile distances in the Fun Ride; or go for the Indoor El Tour (tally your minutes, not your miles). Either way, please have fun and stay safe riding your bike, and join us next on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Review El Tour 2017 Results here.
Check out the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (PBAA) website.
Video: The Meaning of El Tour de Tucson
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. At the finish line, participants and spectators are invited to stay for the next event -- El Tour Downtown Fiesta!
The "El Tour season" kicks off every September at Loop the Loop, a free bicycling event with information and registration components, around The Loop, Tucson's car-free multi-use urban path. Other El Tour season 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. See the current El Tour schedule of events.
Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in appropriate rides and enjoy the mountain views of either the main events (106, 76, 54 and 37 or 28-mile events) or the Fun Ride events (11, 5, and 1/4-mile). Contact Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (PBAA) and check in with a staff member, if you're unsure which ride is best for you or another rider.
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 nearly $13 million for charities in 2016.
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. – TravelChannel.com, May 2015
•#7 of most bike-friendly cities – BetterDoctor.com, March 2015
•#18 of top 50 bike-friendly cities – Bicycling.com, August 2014
•#7 of 10 best U.S. cycling town – 10best.com/USA Today, July 2014
•#7 of best cities in the USA for people who love to ride – Bustle.com, 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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