Event Information

Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour de Tucson is a fundraising adventure ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and worldwide, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional cyclists. Join The Defenders for El Tour de Tucson 2023.

El Tour de Tucson will be hosted Saturday November 18th, 2023. 

SoAzBigs Defenders can choose to pedal a 32, 62, or 102-mile tour through the Sonoran Desert from flat to rolling or moderately hilly course options.  Cyclist can choose to participate in the FUN ride takin on 3miles or 1mile.  And NEW this year, is not cycling at all but rather Running or Walking in the certifed 5K! All participates are winners as all tour finishers receive a medal based on the distance completed. 

While the chosen distance and activity dictates your start time, all routes finish Downtown with Casino del Sol Expo & Fiesta.  This celebration comes complete with music, drinks, food, vendors and more.

For more information regarding El Tour De Tucson please visit El Tour de Tucson - Remember you do not need to "register," through the El Tour de Tucson Website - BBBSSA will complete your registration and cover your entry fee once you've set up your fundraising page and are near your goal!

1 – 2 - 3-RIDE 

    1. Set up and personalize your online Fundraising Page to meet Your $400 fundraising goal! Share this page via email, social media and gather pledges in person.
    2. BBBSSA will reach out, as you near your goal, to collect your remaining registeration information and participation wavier (required by Perimeter Cycling, the hosting organization for El Tour de Tucson).  If you have questions, email them directly to [email protected]
    3. Enjoy the ride! SoAzBigs will keep you posted on practice rides leading up to the tour, fundraising and engagement tips to get your donor base going, and update you on Bigs and Littles who are benefiting right now because of your support!

Fundraising Cyclist Incentive 

Join us, be a Defender of Potential, and receive the following benefits and incentives:

BRONZE LEVEL - $400 raised (required minimum to be eligible to ride)

  • El Tour de Tucson benefits (as listed on the official application)
  • Free entry to ride in the tour at your chosen distance
  • Custom Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona Rider Primal Jersey

BRUNCH - $600 raised 

All of the above PLUS:

  • Two tickets to the After-Tour Brunch - Date to be determined

SILVER LEVEL - $800 raised

All of the above PLUS:

  • Custom Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona Rider Primal Cycling Shorts


All of the above PLUS:

  • El Conquistador Trophy, exclusive to tour top finishers and top level fundraisers

GOLD LEVEL - $1,500 raised

All of the above PLUS:

  • MatchMaker Medal 


Main Event Start Locations and Times

The ride distance you select determines your start time in the tour.  All ride distances will start and finish at Downtown:

102 Miles/ The Century 7:00AM start Downtown

5K Run/ Walk 7:30AM start Downtown

The FUN Rides (3mile/1Mile) 8:00AM start Downtown

63 Miles/ The Metric Century 9:00AM start Downtown

32 Miles/ The Half Metric Century 10:00AM Downtown

For more information on the Tour Route, Maps and Cue Sheets visit El Tour De Tucson Cycling MapsRemember you do not need to "register," BBBSSA will complete your registration and cover your entry fee.

Event Finish Location

All ride distances with start and finish at the Tucson Convention Center, Historic Eckbo Plaza.  More information to be announced.

260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Event Schedule



Saturday September 23th, 2023  @ Rillito Park just off the Loop (4502 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718)

Ride begins at 7am and ending by 12noon with the After Party starting at 10am to 2pm.

Kick off the countdown to El Tour de Tucson by joining up on the Loop!  Enjoy beneficiaries and sponsors greeting you with goodies, fun activities and tour information at booths.  The ride wraps up with a party offering music, food and prizes.  

For more information regarding the Loop the Loop event visit El Tour Loop the Loop.


PACKET PICK UP – EL Tour Fiesta – Thursday and Friday November 16th-17th

Tucson Convention Center (Exhibition Hall), 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 – 12noon-8:30pm tentative

All El Tour de Tucson participants must pick up their participant packet in person with either their QR Code or a photo ID.  The packet comes complete with your entry number and number badges as well as additional goodies and promotional advertisements.  The Fiesta itself is free to the public and hosts many cycling, health and fitness vendors and retailers.  SoAzBigs riders pick up their Jersey and fundraising incentives at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona Booth at the Fiesta.  More information to come. 



Entry into the El Tour de Tucson, for non-fundraising riders, can range from $145 for early applicants to $300 for late applicants.  As a DEFENDER of Potential, participating and raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona, your entry is included as a participant incentive for meeting the minimum goal of $400 raised.