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EL TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 20, 2021: After carefully monitoring the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and an abundance of caution for the safety and wellness of our cyclists, volunteers, staff and the communities through which we pass, the 38th Banner - University Medicine El Tour de Tucson has been postponed to Saturday, November 20, 2021.

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Every day is Earth Day for Cyclists

Every day is Earth Day for Ty Fine. It doesn’t always have to be April 22 on a wonderful day in Tucson. He’s pretty much always on his bike enjoying the Tucson weather. On Wednesday – mid-morning – Fine was finishing up some oranges and snacks after a 30-mile ride that culminated at Children’s Memorial Park on the northwest side.

“I’m always on the bike; it beats sitting at home,” Fine said. “If not cycling, I’m playing a game called Pickle Ball.”

Ty Fine

But on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Fine and a number of other cyclists sped or strolled their way through the park – just north of The Chuck Huckelberry Loop – enjoying a 65-degree morning that was helped by a cool breeze.

What great weather to be riding?

“Oh, God yes!” said Fine.

For Charlotte Fellenius and Lorin Surpless, Earth Day was like every other day – enjoying the Loop. They ride it two to three times a week and get in more than 20 miles.

“An absolutely great day,” said Charlotte Fellenius.

Lorin then jumped int, “You just have to get out early enough to find a parking place.”

On Wednesday morning they were halfway through their ride before sitting at Children’s Memorial Park.

Charlotte Fellenius (left) and Lorin Surpless

They said they spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors at Sabino Canyon and go up into Oro Valley.

“I used to go for speed on the bike, but now it’s best to go out and enjoy the scenery,” Lorin Surpless said. “Nowadays a lot of the guys like to (go fast).’