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ROUTE INFORMATION, MAPS, CUE SHEETS

Welcome! Perimeter Bicycling works with the many municipalities in the greater Tucson area to make cycling as safe as possible for everyone.  The final routes are the result of many meetings with officials, law enforcement and safety engineers from Pima County and the municipalities the route traverses.

All routes subject to change as we continue to get permits and permissions to use areas on the route.  Colorful maps will be available for printing and downloads in the Rider Manual.

DOWNLOADING DIGITAL ROUTE MAPS

Make the most of your El Tour de Tucson experience this fall by joining our community on Ride Spot. You’ll get first access to the routes and the chance to win great prizes just for riding your bike.

Follow the directions below to join El Tour de Tucson on Ride Spot:

  1. Download the Ride Spot app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store. Make sure that your app is updated to the latest version for the best experience.
  2. Update your profile — add a photo, a bit about yourself and your favorite bike!
  3. In the “Social Feed” on the app, find the El Tour de Tucson Ride Spot Account (https://ridespot.org/profile/view/90305) and tap the follow button.

Saving the Routes for El Tour de Tucson

There are several ways to save the routes:

On Your Computer:

  • Navigate to org and sign in to your account.
  • Go to the El Tour de Tucson Profile.
  • Under the “Classics” tab in the middle of the page, find the routes you want to save.
  • Click on a route.
  • Beneath the route map, click on the “Save” button and select “Save Route.”
  • You can also export GPX files to upload to your Garmin from the “Save” button.

On The App:

Open Ride Spot on your phone and navigate to the “Social Feed.”

  • Search for the El Tour de Tucson Profile.
  • Tap on “Classics.”
  • Tap on the Route you want to save.
  • Tap the “Save” button.
  • The route is now saved to your Ride Spot account.
  • Scanning QR Codes on the App:
  • Open Ride Spot and tap the “Scan” button in the bottom bar.
  • Hover your phone camera over the route QR code you want to save.
  • When the ride opens, click the “Save”

 

Exporting GPX Files:

  • On your computer, navigate to the El Tour de Tucson profile.
  • Under the “Classics” tab, find the list of Classic Routes available.
  • Open the Route you’d like to save.
  • Click on the “Save” button and a menu of options will pop-up.
  • Save as GPX, TCX or as a printable Ride Card.

To Connect and Use Your Garmin

  • To sync your Garmin device, log in to your Ride Spot account on your computer at org.
  • Click on “Profile” then “My Account.”
  • Click on “Garmin Connect” and follow the prompts to sync accounts.
  • After you’ve synced your device, every time you save a ride with your Garmin, your ride will automatically be uploaded to Ride Spot.
  • If you need to manually import GPX files to your Ride Spot account: Visit org on a computer, select the “Create” menu and click “Import Route.” After you upload the GPX, make sure to give your ride a title, select the bike you rode and check the “Completed Ride” box before saving.
  • You can also upload the GPX files from Ride Spot into your Garmin for turn-by-turn instructions.
    • Find the route you’d like to save using the desktop instructions above.
    • Open the route and click the blue save button below the map.
    • Choose “download GPX” and upload to your Garmin per their device instructions.
  • We don’t currently sync with other devices or apps, but we are working on expanding our offerings for automatic uploads for future events.

It's A New Route!

Perimeter Bicycling and El Tour de Tucson are thrilled to start 2021 with unveiling of exciting new ride routes! 102 mile, 57 mile, 28 mile

28 mile route will still start in Marana.   Same ride as in past years, but this year once you hit Sunset you will stay on Siverbell.

The 102 and 57 mile routes will engage new parts of the majestic Sonoran desert.

The 102 mile ride will head east from downtown and visit Tucson Landmarks such as the geometric boneyard of the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, the mountainous and saguaro lined vistas of Old Spanish Trail & historic Colossal Cave in El Tour’s first venture into southern Pima County in 38 years.

The route will also pass through exciting new communities for the first time which includes Corona de Tucson, Vail, Sahuarita and Green Valley.

The fast dash back into South Tucson and downtown will continue to provide our riders with the safest and most scenic experience to date while also providing them a course to improve previous best times of past events.

Enjoy the views!

Testimonials On The New Route

Hear from 2 professional cyclists whom we asked to ride the new route and give us their feedback:

Gord Fraser, head coach of Team El Grupo, former participant in Tour de France and professional cycling coach

“The new course is not only more scenic, but safer with a great reduction in the number of cyclist/car interactions.”

Bobby Verenna, cyclist and 15-time rider in El Tour de Tucson

“I love the new route. It takes us through beautiful parts of Tucson – Colossal Cave and Pistol Hill and to some of the surrounding communities of Green Valley and Sahuarita.  Then we get to go through some of the historic and important parts of Tucson and all that it has to offer.”

Route Information

El Tour’s FINISH LINE for all events and START LINE FOR:

102 mile, 57 mile and Fun Rides is on 6th Ave between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum.

Armory Park Address – 221 South  6th Ave  Tucson AZ

28 Mile Route Starts in Marana Heritage River Park and ends at Armory Park.

Heritage River Park – 12375 N Heritage Park Dr, Marana, AZ 85653.

NEW! EL TOUR OFFICIALLY CLOSES AT 4:00pm

All route support will end at that time.  Each aid station will close prior to that time according to a schedule that will allow finishes by 4:00pm.

EBikes - 28 Mile Route ONLY

It’s happening! E-bikes at El Tour de Tucson 2021

Through the years we have received requests to allow e-bikes to participate in El Tour. Our event has always been all-inclusive and encourages riders of all ages and abilities to participate. After careful consideration El Tour will allow e-bike cyclists the opportunity to ride in the 2021 event and help raise funds for charity.

Learn More

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be every 7-12 miles

10 Mile Fun Ride (8am Start)

6th Ave starting line at 13th Street go to 18th Street turn right, go straight on 18th Street to Kroeger turn left, go to 19th Street turn right, go across Verdugo Park to the P.C. Loop turn left, go to Starr Pass take ramp and make u turn on south side of Starr Pass go up ramp to Starr Pass turn left go to west side of Santa Cruz turn left go down ramp on west side of Santa Cruz and make u turn on west side of Santa Cruz River, head north on the Loop to Grant make a right on Grant Rd turn right onto the Loop on east side of the Santa Cruz River, go to Verdugo Park make a left exit Verdugo Park onto 19th Street, go to Kroeger turn left, go to 18th Street turn right, go to Stone Ave turn left, go to McCormick turn right, go to Finish Line.

5 Mile Fun Ride (8am Start)

6th Ave starting line at 13th Street go to 18th Street turn right, go straight on 18th Street to Kroeger turn left, go to 19th Street turn right, go across Verdugo Park to the P.C. Loop turn left, go to Starr Pass take ramp and make u turn on south side of Starr Pass go up ramp to Starr Pass turn left go to west side of Santa Cruz turn left go down ramp on west side of Santa Cruz and make u turn on west side of Santa Cruz River, head north on the Loop to Congress make a right on Congress turn right onto the Loop on east side of the Santa Cruz River, go to Verdugo Park make a left exit Verdugo Park onto 19th Street, go to Kroeger turn left, go to 18th Street turn right, go to Stone Ave turn left, go to McCormick turn right, go to Finish Line.

1 Mile Fun Ride (8am Start)

6th Ave starting at 13th Street go to 18th Street turn right unto Stone Ave go to McCormick Street turn left go to finish line.

El Tour Countdown!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

TOUR DE TUCSON is checked off my bucket list!!!! What a great experience and I placed in the top 800!!! It’s not about winning it, it’s about finishing it!

Tucson is an incredible city and beautiful location for a large cycling event. El Tour brings together cyclists from all over the world and promotes cycling, personal fitness, and community engagement.

El Tour de Tucson 2019! I think this is becoming an annual family tradition. So much fun!

Amazing -We were able to raise community awareness, serve our charity and have our multi-generational family get addicted to a new sport- cycling!!

El Tour is a fantastic experience and celebration of Tucson’s cycling community.

Loved the ride. This is the 18th time I’ve done the ride and hope it comes back next year bigger and better.

@GabbyGiffords and I had a great time riding in El Tour de Tucson. I can’t think of a better representation of Tucson than thousands of people coming together outdoors to help raise money for the causes they care about.