El Tour de Tucson
rode the 2006 El Tour de Tucson on November 18, 2006. El Tour is
The 109 mile course. Note the river crossings near miles 10 and 60. (d)
watch tracked the day's elevation profile, generally accurate to about
Thousands of riders assemble in the dark, trying to stay warm an hour before the 7:00am start. (d)
the sky begins to light up as we approach our 7:00am start. Floyd Landis
first river crossing at approximately mile 10! Bikes as far as the eye
can be seen ahead.
I am now nearing the finish of the first river crossing. (d)
The sun begins to rise, warming the chilly air. (d)
me, thousands more. You can hear cattle calls below, and a Mariachi
band at the top.
on the road again, around 8:30am, 25 miles done, 84 to go!
the intersections were closed in favor of riders. Once in a while the
second river crossing near mile 60. Still plenty of cyclists but not
in the same volume as
I took a break near mile 75, very close to my house. It was tempting to ride straight home! 34 miles to go! (d)
Every ten or so miles we had very well supplied rest stops. This stop was near mile 90, with 19 to go! (d)
I'm celebrating (#967) with two friends that I periodically rode with
during the day.
© 2006 John Miranda