Biggest concern for El Tour De Tucson is safety

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Nearly 9,000 cyclists from all over the world are set to be hitting the pavement in November for the 35th annual El Tour de Tucson. 

Safety is the biggest concern for organizers with Perimeter bicycling who have worked all year long with law enforcement and transportation officials. 

"Planning the route, looking at the route to see where we need barricades, where do we need police," says Richard DeBernardis with El Tour de Tucson

An estimated 400 police officers will be on hand directing traffic and cyclists. 



Because of congestion, the last 25 miles of the tour from Marana to Tucson will have the most police directing traffic and barricades will be placed throughout the route. 

For those riding and participating - the route is the same as last year. 

One aide station was added to support riders. 

"Providing water and snacks for riders so they can continue on and keep their energy up," says Route Director, Sheila Foraker. 

El tour De Tucson kicks of November 18th. 

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