El Tour de Tucson is Quickly Approaching

Photo Credit: VisitTucson.org Updated Article: Original publish date 11/17/14 [dropcaps type="standard" color="" background=""]November 18, 2017 marks the 35th annual El Tour de Tucson which takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year. El Tour is a fun adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists representing a mix of different ages and abilities. Participants choose riding distances of 106, 76, 54, 37 or 28 miles with 4 additional Fun Ride options including 10, 4, 1 or 1/4 mile activity course.[/dropcaps]

This top annual Arizona cycling event attracts worldwide attention for bikers and spectators to enjoy.

If you plan on participating in this great event here are some safety tips to keep you safe while riding:

  • Be cautious of other rides: There are other cyclists of all ages and skills and many may not be used to cycling in large groups. Make sure to let others know you are passing.
  • Stay alert: Make sure you are mindful of the road conditions.
  • Don’t be a distracted rider. Leave your headphones and music at home so you can hear others around you.
  • Stay hydrated: Do not wait until you are thirsty to get some water. Hydrate throughout the race.

Since 1983, El Tour has not only provided participants with a fun day of cycling but El Tour also raises money for charities. The principal beneficiary is Tu Nidito Children and Family Services which provides comfort and support for children and families whose lives have been impacted by a serious medical condition or death. There are dozens of other charities that benefit from the funds raised during El Tour. Nearly $2 million is raised annually during the El Tour de Tucson benefiting 20 different non-profit organizations.

If you are not looking to ride in the event but want to be more than a spectator, consider volunteering. You can volunteer as an individual or recruit your friends and volunteer as a group.