It’s time for El Tour de Tucson 2014

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THE RIDE

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.

Register here: https://eltourdetucson.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=503

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.

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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).