Monday, November 23, 2009

My World - El Tour de Tucson

Over 8000 cyclists participated in this year's El Tour de Tucson. I was not one of them. For me it's thrilling enough just to be a spectator. The 109-mile bike race started downtown at 7:00 AM.


Most of the course was on paved roads, but eight miles into the course, the riders had to get off their bikes to cross the dry Santa Cruz River.
A mariachi band entertained the cyclists as they carried their bikes across dusty dirt path.
At the 48-mile point, riders had cross Sabino Creek which was also dry.
Heading up Sabino Canyon Road
Turning onto Sunrise Drive
Only 59 more miles to go to the finish line.
This is where we said good-bye. The participants enjoyed sunny warm weather for most of the race.
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22 comments:

Gwendolyn said...

This sounds like a fun event. I'm with you - I'll watch. Thanks for sharing.

Ebie said...

Great photography, it looks like you were there at every 10 mile interval! Me, too, I will just be a spectator, and I am not even sure if I can balance myself in a bike.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Quilt Works said...

Veyr cool action shot of bikes in motion - you made a very interesting and good photo there!



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Postcards from Wildwood said...

Very interesting. Love the first 'action' shot! But so interesting that they have to get off their bikes every so often to cross dry rivers. I've been to the final stage of the Tour de France, where the cyclists race around the Champs Elysées several times at the end of about three weeks of cycling, and this couldn't be more different!
Janice.

Janie said...

Plenty of beautiful scenery. That sure is a lot of miles on a bike. Beautiful photos!

Carver said...

Wonderful sequence of the cyclist and of the beautiful landscape. I loved the blur of cyclist in the first shot which captured the feel of a race.

Martha Z said...

A great series, Diane, I agree with others, the action shot is particularly good.
I hope to get some shots of the California International Marathon in two weeks but it may not work out. Eric and Mark have both been very careful with their training and I hope it goes well for them.

Jack and Joann said...

Thanks for posting the race. The names of streets sound familiar. Looks like folks were literally biting the dust on this ride. Wow!

Happily Retired Gal said...

I enjoyed this virtual view of this race. Methinks the participants are much more adventurous than I am these days.
Hugs and blessings,

eileeninmd said...

I enjoyed the race, thanks for taking us along.
Great photos.

jeannette stgermain said...

8000 of them! That's a big event! I always like to watch cyclists and hubby is a staunch supporter of the Tour de France (THE most popular face watched). Thanks for sharing!

rainfield61 said...

That is fun. It should be so good to be a part of them.

Gaelyn said...

Wow, that's a lot of riders and a lot of miles. I'd rather walk, or better yet, watch. Nice captures especially that first one that shows they are Moving.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Gosh Diane, I am pleased I am not in the middle of that crowd. I would rather be a spectator too.

Salitype said...

looks like a fantastic day to held a race....the backdrop, ahhhh! fantastic.

lovely scenes from your part of the world!

Loree said...

That's neat that they had to carry their bikes over the dry rivers. Fantastic scenery too. I don't think I could focus on riding a bike with such beautiful scenes around me.

Rajesh said...

Nice shots of the spectacular event.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» got hot, sweaty and dusty just looking at the photos and reading your captions!

Icy BC said...

Wow, Diane, that's quite a journey! You capture so many great photos of the trip..

Kim Hosey said...

Great photos! I especially like the one where they're crossing the creek, and the first one (great motion blur)!

Evelyn Howard said...

Oh such hard work!! 109 miles!

The first photo is fabulous, they must be speeding! The rest look like hard hard hard work :(

Nice photos Diane

Anonymous said...

how many time i do not do what i want to do but do what i dont want to do