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El Tour de Tucson 2019: What to know

TUCSON – Arizona’s longest-running bicycle event is underway. El Tour de Tucson will kick off its ride day Saturday – more than 6,000 riders are expected to attend.

Participants can ride for 100, 50, or 25 miles or choose a Fun Ride of 10, 4, or ¼ miles.

Schedule for the 37th El Tour de Tucson Ride Day:

  • 100-mile Rio Nuevo El Tour starts at 7 a.m. at Armory Park at Sixth Avenue and 13th Street
  • 50-mile Tucson Orthopedic Institute El Tour starts 10:30 a.m. at Morris K Udall Park at Sabino Canyon Road south fo Tanque Verde Road
  • 25-mile Town of Marana El Tour starts at 1 p.m. at Heritage River Park
  • 10, 5- or 1-mile Tucson Medical Center FUN Ride starts at 8 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and 12th Street

For more information about El Tour 3-day Festival & Expo/Packet Pickup click here

El Tour de Tucson changes

About the event:

Banner – University Medicine will host El Tour De Tucson 2019. This popular event brings people of all ages together for a bike ride that helps dozens of charities benefit from their contributions.

The event is annually held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving since 1983. According to El Tour de Tucson, each year approximately 10 million dollars are raised. This year, $20 from each registration will benefit Banner Children’s Diamond Medical Center and the rest will go towards the other participating non-profits.

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Attendees are encouraged to arrive early in order to avoid traffic detours necessary for the event.

El Tour de Tucson Festival & Expo closures – On Tuesday, Sixth Avenue was closed from 12th Street to 13th Street. On Friday at 5 p.m., 13th Street and 12th Street will be closed from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue. These closures will be in place until Saturday, at 10 p.m.

El Tour de Tucson Start/Finish Line closures – Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed south of Broadway to 22nd Street and will remain closed until Saturday at 6 p.m., with 12th Street to 14th Street remaining closed until 10 p.m. Beginning Saturday at 5 a.m., 15th Street from Sixth Avenue to Fourth Avenue, and Fourth Avenue from 15th Street to Broadway, will remain closed until 8 a.m.

Also on Saturday, the bus lane of eastbound Broadway from Fourth Avenue to Barraza-Aviation Parkway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

There will be additional traffic restrictions regionally to accommodate this event. Further information about El Tour de Tucson, including a route map, click HERE.

Motorists driving in the downtown area may experience lengthy traffic delays associated with this event, it is recommended to plan accordingly.

RELATED: Man determined to ride in El Tour de Tucson despite bike accident, theft

Girl with Goetl Dog. / Banner – University Medical Hospital

El Tour de Tucson Diamond Children’s poster coloring contest winners to be announced Friday.

The winning first, second and third place submissions will earn the artist a cycling-themed prize.

The winning posters will be featured on the Diamond Children’s Medical Center Facebook page and all the submissions will be displayed at the El Tour de Tucson Expo taking place Nov 21-23 at Armory Park.

The expo is free and open to the public from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.


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