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El Tour de Tucson

November 17 2018
Tucson, Arizona, USA

A super lineup of unique features includes:  two-day Bike EXPO, exciting mass-start spectacle, mariachis at the first two (usually dry) river crossings, route stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, bike Patrol and SAG support, traffic control at intersections, timing chips, plenty of morale-boosting volunteers and spectators, Olympic-style medallions to all finishers and an unforgettable finish line featuring a “Downtown Fiesta” with a beer garden, music, massages and more.

The Participants

Some cyclists enjoy El Tour and its festivities out of a passion for cycling, while others choose the event to benchmark their fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle change or as a wellness program goal as a survivor of cancer or other life-threatening illness. Many are attracted to El Tour’s fundraising programs and its many charitable agencies for which the event raised nearly $4,000,000 in 2013. All El Tour riders share a desire to ride, meet great people, raise contributions and have a fun time doing it!

The Routes

Participants cycle main event distances of 107, 81, 57, or 38-miles, or choose the Fun Ride 10 or 5 miles or a fun 1/4 mile activity course too! Main event routes show off Tucson’s beautiful vistas of its local mountain ranges – three rising over 9,000 feet- complete with the backdrop of the majestic Saguaro cactus, icon of the Sonoran Desert. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 38-mile route is basically flat and has become a great family affair or a perfect first event for beginners! Two often dry but sandy river crossings will greet 107-mile riders, while 81-milers experience just one. No crossings for 57 or 38-mile participants. All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, full police support at intersections and plenty of morale-boosting volunteers and spectators. The Fun Ride offers easy and scenic routes along the Santa Cruz River multi-use path.

The Finish

The 104-mile startline (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park across the street from Children’s Museum Tucson on South 6th Avenue at 13th Street. Cross the finish line and experience El Tour Downtown Fiesta! First order of business for cyclists after meeting friends & family is to collect a special finisher’s medallion based on their finish time. Next, celebrate at the Fiesta complete with non-stop music, the Michelob Ultra Garden, food vendors, El Tour merchandise booth, kids activities, the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony, and more!

 
Routes: 40, 55, 75, 104 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
 
What's Included?

Medallion to all finishers
Free admission to El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo
Event T-shirt
Fruit, snacks and water at aid stations every 7-12 miles
SAG support
Opportunity to earn special awards
Traffic control on route
Special rates at host hotels
First Aid support
Annual subscription to Tail Winds newspaper
Electronically timed finish
Results published on website and in Tail Winds

Prize / Race Categories

At El Tour, everyone is a winner and all finishers earn special medallion which is given on ride day.  Your finish time will tell which medallion you earned:
104-Mile Event                      Men             Women
Platinum    under                      5:00 hrs       5:30 hrs
Gold          under                     6:00 hrs       6:15 hrs
Silver         under                     9:00 hrs       9:00 hrs
Bronze       under                    11:00 hrs     11:00 hrs
75-Mile: all finishers receive a Gold medallion
55-Mile: all finishers receive a Gold medallion
40-Mile: all finishers receive a Gold medallion
Bike Patrol: receive a special Bike Patrol medallion
Fun Riders: receive a special Fun Ride medallion
Indoor El Tourians: receive a special Indoor medallion

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Sign On Desk
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Downloadable GPS files
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
 
Event Size
5000 +
 
Start Address: Armory Park, 221 South 6th Ave at 13th St, Tucson
 
 
 
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