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Old 06-30-08, 11:52 PM   #1
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2008 El Tour de Tucson

It's that time of year again kids. The 26th Annual El Tour de Tucson is getting close. Tonight is the last night to register and have free processing fee's.

I'm registered as number 1537 and I'm doing the 109 mile UMC tour.

Lessons learned from my first time last year?
1. Eat dinner the night before.
2. Eat breakfast the morning of.
3. Bring a frame pump. I flatted 3 times and ran out of CO2
4. Don't try to lead a group for 10 miles only 30 miles in to the circuit. Stay at the front for 10 seconds and drop.
5. Don't be afraid to meet people, but focus when you're doing 30+ mph.
6. Make sure your seatpost is good. I saw one guy who didn't make it 10 feet because his post cracked before he even got on.
7. Have fun.

Here's the link to register: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/On...egWelcome.html

Online registration ends Nov 16th and you may register at one of Perimeter Bicycling's offices or the expo until Nov 20th.


(Waiting for the sun to rise at the start line)

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Old 07-06-08, 03:14 PM   #2
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Looks like you learned a few lessons in '07!
This'll be my 25th El Tour (missed one in the '90s 'cause boss would not let me off work).
Will be riding Bike patrol.
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Old 07-07-08, 11:15 PM   #3
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Yea I learned a few things. Maybe I should be afraid of what I have to learn this year. *gulp*
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Don't over-reach; go with the flow and enjoy the experience.
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Are there any training rides scheduled for the late summer/fall?
I'd love to do the tour but I spread my 109 miles out over 5 days of commuting... ;-)
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It's that time of year again kids. The 26th Annual El Tour de Tucson is getting close. Tonight is the last night to register and have free processing fee's.

I'm registered as number 1537 and I'm doing the 109 mile UMC tour.

Lessons learned from my first time last year?
1. Eat dinner the night before.
2. Eat breakfast the morning of.
3. Bring a frame pump. I flatted 3 times and ran out of CO2
4. Don't try to lead a group for 10 miles only 30 miles in to the circuit. Stay at the front for 10 seconds and drop.
5. Don't be afraid to meet people, but focus when you're doing 30+ mph.
6. Make sure your seatpost is good. I saw one guy who didn't make it 10 feet because his post cracked before he even got on.
7. Have fun.

Here's the link to register: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/On...egWelcome.html

Online registration ends Nov 16th and you may register at one of Perimeter Bicycling's offices or the expo until Nov 20th.


(Waiting for the sun to rise at the start line)
Thanks for the registration deadline; I love to procrastinate, but looks like I'll be doing the 109 with a friend. Why so many flats? I'm from out East and did the Montauk Century with no flats on Conti Grand Prix 4000's. And I don't exactly take it easy on the tube mounting (been known to pop a valve or two).

I really don't own a frame pump and have so many inflators. I generally bring 6 CO2's and three tubes on a Century, so I'm gonna roll the dice

Hope to see you there!
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The flats are 'cuz the city of Tucson, apparently, has forgotten that the southern half of the city has bike lines/trails. I ride this part of town daily, there's hardly a stretch half a mile long without glass or other debris to try to avoid. From what I've seen in the northern half of the city, the bike lines aren't nearly so dirty. Hopefully the city will get the street sweeper vehicle out and clean up the roads before el tour.
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I think a lot of it was bad luck too. No one else seemed to flat as much as I did as far as I heard.
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In the 24 El Tour's that I've done, never had a flat. But fixed quite a few of themfor folks when doing Bike Patrol.
Asides from roadside debris and thorns what's there to worry about? Don't hug the side of the road, that's where a lot of the nasty stuff is.
One year, on a stretch from Sun City Vistoso to Oracle and up to Magee Rd. someone had dumped handfulls of tacks on the road. Lotsa flats for folks on that stretch of road.
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I just read that there's a reroute due to construction on Oracle. What's the good word? Is the new route an improvement?
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Old 10-18-08, 05:28 PM   #11
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There's been construction along Oracle Road all year and more to come.
*Likely* detour could be left turn from Oracle onto First Ave toward Sun City Vistoso/Tangerine Rd..
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I think this year might be running in the opposite direction then other years as well.
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the route is not reversed.

There is a published re-route, and I wonder if anyone knows it?
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Rode the part of the route that's been changed. You'll head north on Oracle, do a left on 1st Ave (slightly uphill), then a right on Tangerine Rd. (nice near-30mph downhill) then left on Innovation Parkway (about 1 mile of uphill; you'll be shifting on that one unless you got a tailwind), thence left thru Sun City Vistoso, etc.
You can give your legs a little workout with the ups and the butt a break with the big downhill!
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Will someone please advise on how to handle the start (on the 109 mile route)? Is there sufficent parking or does one have to arrive very early? If you do arrive early, is there any organization to how they start that many people all at once? I will probably be able to average 21-22 in a pack.

I imagine it will be pretty cool prior to the start. Assuming no storms or cold spells, will leg warmers and arm warmers be enough--or too much?
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With almost 10 thousand riders, parking is pretty tight. Best bet is to have a motel near the start and pedal in early or have someone drop you off..
Yes there is a system. The lineup is where you choose/think you'll finish: platinum, gold, silver of bronze medal. Platinum: you must be pre-qualified and is for elite racers and previous winners. At your pack speed of 20/21 mph you could pick either silver or gold
It gets a bit cool in the early mornings in the desert. But being from Grand Jct you may be used to that.
Arm/leg warmers and maybe a vest would be fine. Or, no vest and stuff a couple layers of newspaper between body and jersey (done that). Coldest start was I think around 1983 when it was actually frosty, but that's rare.
First 20 miles be very attentive as it is usually fast (everybody wants to be first . . . ) and shoulder to shoulder riding. Watch the corners.
Route is extremely well policed/organized with an officer at just about every traffic light to (usually) wave you through.
There is Bike Patrol (cyclists with yellow T-shirts/jerseys with big black cross on the back) to help you in case you need it + lots food/potty stops.
Suggest 2 water bottles (low humidity) and bring some of your own favorite fmunchies.
Enjoy the ride!
Pedal on!
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Thanks, Rudy

How about mechanical support? If you don't carry tons of tubes and cartridges, will there be a place to buy them if needed? And if a tire needs replaced etc. etc.?
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You are supposed to bring pump/inflator, tube, patchkit, water bottle(s).
However Bike Patrol can, and will, assist you if needed; there is limited support by roving bike shops. Or at any foodstop, they can call and get help.
Have personally only had 1 flat in the 24 El Tours I've done. But as Bike Patrol have assisted many folks with flats and minor mechanical issues as well as rudamentary first aid, etc.
Odds are you'll be just fine!
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Today (Friday) several informational flashing sign were set up on some of the El Tour route with message:

Beware, Bicycles!
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I am planning in staying with relatives in Tucson. Will it work to leave a car near the start on Friday night and then have someone drop me off on Sat. morning near the start? Or will my car get towed?
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Route change @ start

Found this on the perimeter website... any locals want to comment how this might effect the start? I did this ride last year and had a blast and liked how the ride was staggered by speed and the wide lanes to start off... These roads sound pretty narrow for a mass of 4k+ of 109 riders to start.

http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/fo...pic.php?t=1031

"Due to ongoing freeway construction, the 109-mile start direction of travel and configuration of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze line up areas has been rearranged for 2008.

Cyclists will now begin line up, facing south, at the corner of Granada & Clark (at Cushing Ave). They will make an immediate right turn, westbound, onto Clark St, with travel in the south lane ONLY of Clark St, then riding under the I-10 overpass, then turning left, southbound, onto the eastbound Frontage Rd.

--Platinum and Gold cyclists, respectively, will line up on the WEST side of Granada.
--Silver and Bronze, respectively, will line up on the EAST side of Granada Ave.

There will be NO throughway sidewalk access for cyclists on the west side of Granada. This area will be fenced off due to the new configuration. Plan to access your starting area from Cushing St, using the sidewalk on the east side of Granada Ave. Placement of the finish line on Granada will not change from prior years."

Just shipped our bikes yesterday to Tucson, visiting a relative and can't wait!! Hope the weather is nice.
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Great you can stay with family. You could park your car the night before at/near the start at the TCC (Tucon Convention Center) where the packet pickup usually is. There is a parking charge but if I recall its under 5 bucks. I've actually done that. Just have relative drop you off near the start.

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Should not be an issue; extremely well policed/organized.

Have a great El Tour!
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Her is my plan, subject to change:

I intend to meet my brother and wife at a little after 10:30 where the 67 milers merge with the rest of the riders. Since this gives me at least 3 1/2 hours to go 42 miles, I don't see any reason to arrive too early at the start area. I will probably get there at 6:30, go to the back of the Silver Group line and wait until they tell me to go.

Rudy, what could go wrong with that plan?
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What happens if I just join the fun somewhere in the middle, like where there's parking, like without signing up?
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Western CO: Anything can go wrong with any plan; be flexible! El Tour *suggests* lining up a 4:30 a.m. for a good spot; however 6:30 should be just fine; at least you won't be cold too long. Long range forecast is 45 degrees going up to 75 (some of that is chamber of commerce optimism?)

Werewolf: Riding as a renegade without an El Tour race number is not recommended. While these are public roads you will be on your own without any support if you need it.
Seeing that you live here, why not just ride route in reverse?
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