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More than 6,000 riders take on El Tour

TUCSON — The 36th annual El Tour De Tucson welcomed thousands of riders from all over the world, Saturday.

James Wilkinson and his daughter, Amber Montanez competed in this race for the first time.

“This will be our first bike race together, this is my dad and he got me into cycling when I was a teenager, so it’s fun to be able to do this together today,” Montanez said.

Organizers say history was made this year with a record-breaking number of cyclists participating in the 50 mile and 25 /mile rides.

“This is really incredible, the 50 mile event broke it’s record, the last time the record was broken was in 2012,” El Tour De Tucson founder Richard DeBernardis said. “So, we’re going to be looking at that, what does that mean in cycling? Does it mean people want shorter events? Because they’re leaving the 100 mile event and coming to 50 mile event.”


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