Participants cycle main event distances of 104, 75, 55 or 40 miles, or choose the Fun Ride 12 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 40-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 104-mile riders, while 75-milers experience just one. No crossings for 60 or 40-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.
Everything you need to know about El Tour at: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/
Packet pickup today and tomorrow at Tucson Convention Center, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the El Tour Bicycle Fitness and Health Expo, with bike equipment exhibits, freebies and tips on how to ride safely. TCC is at 260 S. Church, north of Cushing Street in downtown.