El Tour De Tucson is This Saturday

Bicycle riders can still register for the 37th El Tour de Tucson, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23. The ride is for cyclists of all ages and abilities, with the main ride covering 100 miles.

The event brings in more than 6,000 riders from around the world, contributing up to $90 million since 1983 for more than 40 different local and national nonprofit organizations. It has an estimated $10 million yearly economic impact for the Tucson area. Banner University Medicine is the title sponsor.

Registration continues through Friday at the El Tour Festival and Expo in Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave., in Downtown Tucson. The main race begins at 7 a.m. at Armory Park.

The various races of 100, 50, and 25 miles will cause many traffic restrictions. Law enforcement officers from all jurisdictions will control traffic and help ensure a safe ride for cyclists and a safe drive for motorists. There will be delays on some roads. On Saturday, the El Tour de Tucson route officially closes at 5 p.m. and the fiesta closes at 7 p.m.