33rd Annual El Tour de Tucson on November 21

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“Welcome to El Tour – Your Path. Your Story.
The Tucson Medical Center 33rd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol Resort is a bicycling event for cyclists of all ages and abilities who ride 104, 75, 55 or 40 miles in the main event or 11, 5 or 1/4 miles in the Fun Ride or for minutes not miles in Indoor El Tour.

~ Happy cycling!

The Routes

Cyclists pedal main event distances of 104, 75, 55 or 40 miles or choose the Fun Ride  of 11 or 5 miles or a fun 1/4 mile activity course.  Main event routes feature vistas of Tucson’s beautiful four surrounding mountain ranges – three rise over 9,000 feet- against the backdrop of the majestic Saguaro cactus, icon of the Sonoran Desert. Course profiles range from flat to rolling or moderately hilly. The 40-mile route is mostly flat and has become a great family affair or a perfect first event for beginners! Two often dry but sandy river crossings will greet 104-mile riders, while 75-milers experience just one.  All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, 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 start line (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. Crossing the finish line ushers the riders into the next event-El Tour Downtown Fiesta! First order of business for cyclists:  collect a special finisher’s medallion based on their finish time. Next, celebrate with family and friends at the Fiesta complete with non-stop music, theBeer Garden, food vendors, El Tour Perimeter Store merchandise, kids activities, the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony, and more!”

All information on registration, events, activities online at www.perimeterbicycling.org or  http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).