El Tour de Tucson is one of the United States’ most massive road bicycling events. Its roots go back to 1983 when it was founded by Richard DeBernardis, cyclist and president of the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America.
Held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, everyone is welcome to join in on the adrenaline-packed activities. Amateurs and elite cyclists of all ages and abilities are all welcome to participate in the event. You get to be part of a thrilling ride through beautiful Tucson, along with more than 9,000 cyclists to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle changes no matter where you are in life.
The main distances for the event are 25, 50, 75,or 100 miles which take you through the jaw-dropping scenery of Tucson’s mountain ranges, three of which are 9,000 feet high! Witness the iconic Saguaro cactus as you pedal through the exciting, varied course profiles ranging from moderately hilly to flat. If you aren’t sure about your biking capabilities, check out the Fun Ride instead; an easy but breathtaking route that takes you through the Santa Cruz River, which makes up part of the legendary Pima County path.
Not only is this an opportunity to show off your cycling skills, but your hard work all goes to a good cause. Throughout the years, the event has raised more than $77 million for over 50 different nonprofits. These include the American Parkinson Disease Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Big Brother Big Sisters of America, among others.
The event is so big that it has successfully placed Tucson on the world cycling map. Picturesque Tucson is so perfect for cyclists that it has won several awards including: Most Bikeable Large US Cities, Top 10 Best Bike Towns, one of America’s Best Places for Bikes, and so much more.
The 100-mile starting line and finish line for all the El Tour de Tucson events will be at the beautiful Armory Park in Downtown Tucson. Once you make it through the finish line, riders will be ushered into the next exciting event: El Tour Downtown Fiesta where you can celebrate with friends and family, chug some beer at the Beer Garden, and have a blast with live music.
Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Tucson’s Old Pueblo through the TuGo Bike Share. For discovering further sights, there are lots of rental car options available. Within the city, check out the Sun Link Streetcar as well as app-based taxis and ridesharing. The Sun Link Streetcar connects the Mercado neighborhood to the University of Arizona through downtown Tucson as well as the trendy 4th Avenue lifestyle district.
Downtown Tucson has an extensive range of budget, trendy, and upscale hotels to accommodate travelers of different budgets. Finding what you need for the El Tour de Tucson is easy especially with the great deals on Rad’s accommodation map below for hotels and Airbnb’s in Tucson.
From breathtaking landscapes to the hippest watering holes, Tucson has so much to offer. The Saguaro National Park is a quintessential outdoor destination in the American Southwest, named after the army of strange cacti spread throughout the land. Young and old alike should visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a mind-blowing zoo, botanical garden, and museum all in one.
4th Avenue is a true gem in Arizona. An ultra-trendy strip with a community feel, 4th Avenue is filled with third-wave coffee shops, vintage outlets, indie boutiques, chic bars and bookstores, and contemporary art galleries. Except for Dairy Queen, you won’t find a single chain in sight here.
The event will take place on November 23, 2019.
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