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El Tour de Zona prepping for another great three-day event, March 21-24

Perimeter Bicycling and El Tour are back for the third El Tour de Zona in Sierra Vista from March 21-24.

And like previous years, it’ll all be about cycling, fun, music and relaxing in the cool climes of Sierra Vista and Cochise County. Nearly 500 cyclists – from 35 states – are expected to participate in the three-day event, which will take cyclists in and around Sierra Vista (Day 1), Bisbee (Day 2) and Tombstone (Day 3).

Maps can be located here: El Tour de Zona: Routes

It all begins on Thursday, March 21 at Veterans Memorial Park for Zona in the Park, where a free festival takes place with food, beer, wine, and beverages for purchase.

“We look forward to welcoming El Tour de Zona back to our vibrant, bike-friendly community,” Sierra Vista Mayor Clea McCaa says. “Our event-ready amenities, extraordinary landscapes, and close proximity to the historic communities of Bisbee and Tombstone make us the perfect hub for this multi-day tour and festival.”

The first of three rides is in and around Sierra Vista for a nearly 30-mile ride that highlights the community.

Day 2 sees the cyclists ride to historic and picturesque Bisbee, where cyclists can visit shops and eat a great meal before returning to Sierra Vista. It’s a 65-mile ride.

Day 3 is to Tombstone, the town too tough to die. It’s a 36-mile ride where cyclists can visit the popular small town for gunfight reenactments and fun shopping.

“Tour de Zona is unlike any other Perimeter Bicycling event, given it’s a multi-day cycling festival,” said TJ Juskiewicz, El Tour’s executive director. “Cyclists have enjoyed the casualness and tranquility of the three rides. There is no rush for time. It’s about being with like-minded cyclists who enjoy the camaraderie, the weather and the sights.”

Cyclists come from all over the country with more than 30 percent from out of state. More than 100 RVs are expected to park in Veteran’s Memorial Park with many cyclists staying at local hotels.

“Partnering with Perimeter Cycling to host this event builds upon Sierra Vista’s reputation as a bicycle-friendly community, bringing in new visitors and dollars to our unique corner of Arizona,” City of Sierra Vista Tourism and Economic Development Director Tony Boone said.

For cyclists or participants, RV, camping spaces and showers will be provided at the park. Riders will also have full access to The Cove, the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center located at the park. The center has a pool and other amenities available to participants.

The El Tour de Zona Festival on Friday and Saturday night will feature live musical acts, food trucks, a wine garden and beer selections by Dragoon Brewing Company. The festival takes place 4-10 p.m. and is free to the public to celebrate this inaugural cycling event.

Thursday’s festival will feature Corey Spector (1 p.m.)  and later BillyChill (5 p.m.) will headline the night entertainment.

Friday’s festival will feature New Devotion Motown Revue (1 p.m.)  and later RockUs (5 p.m.) will headline the night entertainment.

Saturday’s live entertainment will be Ritmo de Sanchez at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be at the VMP’s Centennial Pavilion.

The three-day event’s title sponsor is Benson Hospital, a crucial and needed part of Southern Arizona and its residents.

“As a nonprofit critical access hospital under the umbrella of TMC Health, we strive to make health not just a priority, but an enjoyable journey shared among friends and neighbors,” said Gary Karchner, CEO, Benson Hospital. “Participating in Tour de Zona is more than just a ride—it’s a testament to your dedication to health, happiness, and adventure. Remember to stay safe, stay hydrated, and above all, savor every moment as you pedal through our spectacular landscapes and storied history.”