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34th El Tour de Tucson honors Denise Mueller, world's fastest woman on bicycle

Posted at 9:55 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 14:26:09-04

Denise Mueller, the world's fastest woman on a bicycle, will be the honoree of the 34th El Tour de Tucson.

A news conference was held at Casino del Sol just two days after Mueller broke the record in Utah, as she rode more than one hundred and forty seven miles per  hour.

"We congratulate Denise, great job!" said Richard DeBernardis, the founder and president of Perimeter Bicycling. "Next year, we'll get to watch her set the overall record!"

"It's been less than 48 hours since my record run," said  Mueller.  "And its been this crescendo of realizing that I did this. I'm hoping that the opportunity to be an honoree is going to help inspire other people. I'm just blown away."

Perimeter Bicycling announced a new activity to mark the kickoff to El Tour. The Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th, is a casual ride open to individuals of all ages and abilities.

Tucson Medical Center returns as the primary sponsor for the second straight year. Easter Seals Blake Foundation remains the primary beneficiary for the second straight year.

In 2015, more than $16 million was raised for more than 40 charitable agencies.