The 31st El Tour de Tucson

Come join Tucson's Premier Cycling Event! A route for everyone!

And just to get your heart rate up, here's a rousing rendition of our national anthem oft played at the beginning of the El Tour 111 route.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFO3hqX7h7A

HERE's a link for information of all kinds re: ETT

Start Times and Locations:
Indoor El Tour:   Saturday, November 16, 2013
You can ride Indoor El Tour through 6:00pm El Tour ride day!

111-mile Rosemont Copper Event:
7:00am
Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, Az

85-mile El Tour Event:
8:30am
at Pima Community College East Campus
8181 E Irvington Rd at Enke, Tucson, Az

60-mile Intuit El Tour Event:
10:30am
On Swan Rd at Ft. Lowell, Tucson, Az

42-mile Sanofi El Tour Event:
12:00pm/Noon
2090 E Innovation Park Dr, Oro Valley, Az

The University of Arizona Medical Center
El Tour Fun Ride:
Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, Az
8:30am  10 mile and 5-mile events
10:30am  ¼ mile activities

Complete Schedule of Events HERE

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  • David P.

    Does anyone feel that Gaba support stops are taken for granted? Most of the food during El Tour consisted of bananas and oranges. There is nothing wrong with that, but I truly missed the fine cuisine of Gaba events. :)

    Thoughts and prayers go out to fallen rider, John Henderson, and his family and friends. What a **** shame. Dave

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Susan R.

      Dave, I so know they (PBAA) planned for a broader menu, but I surmise the rain would have sogged out the haute cuisine.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Roland P.

    Loved the weather, I might not have ridden if it had been a nice day. We badly need a better East West bike road in the Northwest but Moore felt easier in the rain and covered with water. Thanks so much to all the people that made it happen, especially the ones who stood outside in that cold rain.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wild ride. I loved it but the weather was uncooperative.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Roland P.

      The weather got my juices running, loved it. Was thinking of not riding until I saw the weather in the morning. The will be the one we talk about for quite a while.

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • Amy

    the rain was no fun and the headwind on the frontage road was rough but all in all it was an easy ride.
    officical complete time was 4:01 but my stopwatch was 3:43; for 60 miles

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Susan R.

      That's a great time! Well done.

      November 24, 2013

  • Gary G.

    A tough day in the saddle, very cold but I finished which was my goal on the 60. I only rode 57 once this year and really didn't start riding seriously till Labor Day. I was slow but ...finished. My son came and rode the 107, crashed on a speed bump after the wash in Bear Canyon and his bike wouldn't shift into the big chain ring but still did 5 fhr 11 min. I took 5:50 for the 60. He loved it and is already planning next year and to talk some of his friends in the Bay area into coming.
    Sad about the rider, yes, prayer for the family.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Amy

      great job to both of you. Your son did awesome despite the chain ring issue that occurred so early on in the race. Hopefully, this ride got you excited about riding and you'll keep riding all year!

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a bummer that we had a casualty in the race yesterday. I just read about it this morning, my heart goes out to the family.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • gary s.

    How tragic. Did rider have lights? From what can tell nothing can be learned from the accident in terms of rider safety.

    November 24, 2013

  • Zach

    Prayers for the family and friends of the fallen rider.

    November 23, 2013

  • Susan R.

    So sad, the fallen rider didn't survive. http://tucsonvelo.com/news/serious-crash-el-tour-route/17806

    November 23, 2013

  • David P.

    Congrats to all of you, and thanks to Gaba for all of the training rides. They really paid off. The 111 went well, despite the showers, cold and wind. The ride down Tangerine was stunning, with the storm breaking up and the sun finally lighting up the sky. Let's think good thoughts for the fallen rider on frontage/Sunset. The news indicates that he/she is not doing well.

    Back to the roller and swilling some beers.

    Dave

    2 · November 23, 2013

    • Roi

      Good to see you on the route David. Thanks for riding with Regina and I as we prepared for our first(now completed) El Tour! Couldn't have done it without you!

      November 23, 2013

  • Sam S.

    PS Thank you to everyone who posted suggestions and tips on this board. They paid off.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Sam S.

    Well, it was cold and wet. That's true. But I made it through 81 miles and had a blast. I rode the "wet one." Congrats to everyone who made the effort. Thanks to all the support folks who took care of us along the way. I was a great ride that I'll be sure to do again.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    Crazy. Can't believe I did this. Really cold and rainy

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Zach

    Will be on BIKE PATROL! Hope to see everyone have a fun and safe ride!

    November 22, 2013

  • Tom M.

    I think I'll Bike Patrol the INDOOR El Tour this year!! LOL

    November 21, 2013

  • David P.

    El Tour suggestions based on observations from last year, and the abyss: Bring 2 spare tubes, especially for the longer rides. Check your shoe cleat bolts, as they become loose over time. Clean your bike, including the drivetrain, tires and wheels. You might find bad things that would otherwise go unnoticed. Check that your wheels are true. You don't want a wheel rubbing on a brake pad for 107 miles. Snug down any loose nuts and bolts to proper specs, and air up tires the morning of the ride. Pack in more food than you think you will need. Make sure it is food that you are familiar with. Having to repeatedly use the porta-pottys is not fun.

    Be careful in groups. It is not uncommon for cyclists to stop without any warning at all.

    For chits and giggles, one might look up "The 50 golden rules of cycling."

    Bearing down on November 23rd, 2013!

    Dave

    5 · November 20, 2013

  • Doug P.

    Sara, I am nervous after a 12 year layoff; talked into it by my trainer who now is sick and cannot ride! Sounds like you have a great mile base and experience so I'm sure you'll be awesome, even without a support team. Good luck and enjoy yourself.

    2 · November 20, 2013

  • Sara S.

    Getting a little nervous about riding for my first time without any personal support, team members or finish-line rally crew. Hopefully everything goes well and as planned. Excited for the ETT atmosphere and sense of community and support, I've never witnessed anything like it and I look forward to it every year!

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Tom F.

      Sara- you will be riding with a team of folks called Bike Patrol who are there to provide mechanical and other assistance. Their job is to provide support so you can enjoy the ride. Just wave one down and they will help.

      1 · November 20, 2013

    • Ike S.

      Sara: It sounds like you have many miles on a saddle. I rode El Tour last year for the first time, there was so much support, I think it actually slowed my time down. :-). It was far more fun than any training ride or race I have done. Just relay and enjoy.

      1 · November 20, 2013

  • Gary G.

    I hope I can finish, I think so, doing the 57 mi. I've only ridden 57 once this year. My son is coming from CA & is doing the 107 mi. and will be in the Platinum group with his Cat 2 status. He will finish well before me and probably ride the 107 faster than I do the 57...LOL but I am older than he is by 25 years. I hope he can hook up with some good Tucson riders. He was impressed with the times last year. I just hope the liquid sunshine holds off!

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Susan R.

      If you've ridden 57 this year, you'll definitely have 57 in you. Treat it like a ride not a race. Leave the racing to you son. Have fun.

      1 · November 19, 2013

    • Gary G.

      thanks, it will be lots of fun

      November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm starting to worry a little about the prospect of rain. A little now and then, here or there is OK, but steady rain or worse, a downpour, will become an issue.

    November 19, 2013

    • Susan R.

      The worst that can happen is you bag it and ride home.

      2 · November 19, 2013

  • gary s.

    What's safest, the 85 mile or the 60?

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • David P.

    Hey Gary:

    Indeed, hopefully we all finish. :)

    It will not rain, at least in any significant manner. Weather folks have a hard enough time getting tomorrow's weather correct, let alone 4 days down the road. :)

    Optimistic Dave

    2 · November 19, 2013

  • Ike S.

    Looking forward to a fun day, being safe, and having a good ride with my fellow riders.

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Octavio

    Riding with Team RWB - look for the eagle and join military vets and their supporters.

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Susan R.

      I'll be looking for you!

      1 · November 15, 2013

  • Susan R.

    Please read the Perimeter Bicycling webpage carefully for start times and locations of the different distances for El Tour. Only the 111 distance starts at Armory Park.

    1 · October 23, 2013

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