The Saturday before Thanksgiving is the day that over 7000 bike racers take to the streets of Tucson. Last year I was able to capture the action in the far east side of Tucson in Vail (posting here https://rdzphotographyblog.com/2021/11/20/tucson-november-2021-el-tour-de-tucson/ )
For this years I made my way downtown for the 6:55 AM start!
The event is actually 4 different races, each taking off at different times. the 6:55 AM start is for the 100 mile race.
The motorcycle police were lined up and ready to go.
The lead vehicle was in position.
The workers pulled back the tape holding the riders back, then ran to get out of the way.
And they are off.
It is always impressive how some people can overcome the greatest of obstacles – this rider is starting the 100 mile race, and he has 1 leg.
The early start meant it was chilly – 42 degrees.
During the 62 mile (100 kilometer) race, the riders are headed through the neighborhood street, including many that have small traffic islands in the middle of the road. With a couple of thousand riders coming through it was amazing there wasn’t a huge collision as they ‘parted the seas’.
The highlight is of course the collection of characters riding in the race.
I am impressed when those who are a bit more ‘experienced’ go by in the middle of the pack.
A cool helmet, and a support of the local animal shelter – Pima (County) Animal Care Center.
Racers who are proud of who they are and where they are from.
Snowbird Santa racing off for the North Pole? With the Go Pro he is watching to see who is naughty and nice during the race.
Another beautiful day for El Tour de Tucson. See you next year.