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El Tour de Tucson, changes and this year's dedicated recipient

Posted: 9:19 PM, Nov 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-17 00:32:51-05
El Tour de Tucson, changes and this year's dedicated recipient

El Tour de Tucson is bringing in a new route for 2018, which means new road closures. And one of the big changes to this year's route is the addition of Sabino Canyon.

"Last year was like 103 miles, and we're down to 100. There's going to be 400 police out there working with all the cyclists and getting them through the intersection," said ride founder, Richard DeBernardis.

This ride brings in thousands of people from around the world, and millions of dollars to Tuscon and Pima County communities.

"This ride will bring anywhere between, oh I'd say, 12 million to 20 million dollars in our community. So it has a huge economic impact," said DeBernardis.

This year is dedicated to Olympic cyclist, Nelson Vails. He is the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in cycling. He achieved that honor in Los Angeles, 1984.

"I think that's history, and I think that people should know about that history," said DeBernardis.

"I've ben participating in this event for 6 years now. I've been out here for training, as well. But never thought I would find myself on the medal of this event and being honored. it's a great real traditional thing to do," said Vails.

El Tour starts at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.