Downtown Tucson will be the host of the 35th El Tour de Tucson, Arizona’s largest and longest running bicycling event. Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fund-raising adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide. The 106-mile start line (and finish line for all events) is located at Armory Park on South Sixth Avenue at 13th Street.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early in order to avoid traffic detours necessary for the event. Below are the vehicular travel restrictions. Please note that pedestrian and bicycle access is being maintained in and around road closures. Businesses, parking garages and parking lots are open and accessible. There are over 15,000 available parking spaces in Downtown Tucson.
El Tour de Tucson Start/Finish Line – Beginning Friday, November 17, 2017, at 6 p.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed south of Broadway Boulevard to 14th Street and will remain closed until late afternoon Saturday, November 18, 2017. Beginning at 5 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017, Sixth Avenue will be closed from 12th Street to 22nd Street, and 22nd Street from Arizona Avenue to Mission Road will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction with left turns prohibited. Also on Saturday, Grande Avenue will be restricted between Congress Street and 22nd Street from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. The eastbound I-10 frontage road on and off ramps will be closed at Speedway Boulevard, and 22nd Street. These streets will reopen by late afternoon Saturday, after the last rider has returned to the start/finish line.
Access to downtown is provided from the north by using either Stone Avenue or Sixth Avenue; from the east by using Broadway or Aviation Parkway, from the south by using Euclid Avenue and turning left on Broadway; or from the west by using 22nd Street to Euclid Avenue and turning left on Broadway.
There will be other traffic restrictions regionally to accommodate this event. Further information about El Tour de Tucson can be found at www.perimeterbicycling.com Motorists driving in the downtown area could experience lengthy traffic delays associated with this event, so please plan accordingly. The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in these areas. Please watch for event participants, obey all traffic control, and watch for detour signs and personnel providing traffic control.