Saturday, November 20, 2010

El Tour de Tucson

Today was the big 109 mile bike race around the perimeter of Tucson.  Over 8,000 people registered for El Tour.


Most of the cyclists walked their bikes across the Santa Cruz Wash and everyone loved the mariachis.


After watching the participants cross the dry river bed, we watched them cycle through a neighborhood by Canyon Ranch. 


It was a nice sunny day for watching a bike race, and catching shadows with the camera.




For more fun with shadows, visit Hey Harriet, hosted by Tracy for Shadow Shot Sunday.

28 comments:

Janie said...

Wow, 8000 bikers in one place! That's something to see. You caught some great shadows, too.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful energetic shots!

Shadow Shots at my page.

Gaelyn said...

That's quite a crowd of bikers, plus the onlookers. Love the multiple bike shadows.

Sylvia K said...

What terrific captures, Diane! And what a crowd and what fun! I, too, love the multiple bike shadows. Hope you've had a great weekend so far! Enjoy your tomorrow!

Sylvia

Ralph said...

The trees are leaving wonderful shadows alongside the course. The riders are leaving shadows that are long, the spokes captured in stop-motion. Nice!

Magpie said...

Love all the bright colors the bike riders wear. Great shots. I'll have to ask my brother who lives in Tucson if he saw any of the fun.

angryparsnip said...

The Tour comes right by my street... Friends and I went out around 11 so we got to drive a bit with them on Sunrise by Kolb.
The Builders were working day and night to finish the roadwork/paving on Sunrise so the cyclists had something to ride on beside dirt.
Thank Goodness the wind didn't show up today and the temperature was almost too warm but very beautiful day.

cheers, parsnip

rainfield61 said...

The shadows will never be left behind, they can always catch up.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

8000???? Wow---that's a heck of a lot of bikers... What a super event. Glad you got to see it and take photos for us...

Great shadow shots also.
Hugs,
Betsy

Martha Z said...

That's quite a crowd of cyclists! Eric used to do century rides but no more, now he runs.

Julie said...

The weather looked perfect for the race!!!

Jeanette said...

Wow, must be ALOT of really physically fit people there. 8,000 bikers...whew. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Hey Harriet said...

What an interesting looking event! It's making me tired just looking at the photos! As lovely as they are :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Allison said...

That looks like so much fun! I want to join in!

Anonymous said...

WOQ such brilliant shots. Looked like a lot of fun was had by riders and watchers.
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Icy BC said...

Those are great photos, Diane, and the shadow are just awesome..

NatureFootstep said...

a lot of bikers there.

Amin said...

Very interesting ....

Spadoman said...

Very good shots. Looks like a fun event. Need to get down that way this winter. I wander over that way from where I stay in New Mexico. I know, I'm a partial snow bird, forgive me, but it gets cold in Wisconsin.

Peace.

Lindy MacDuff said...

We've "accidentally" gone to Tucson on the day of that race in the past. Quite a surprise (and traffic nightmare) when you're not aware of it. You captured lots of great images and shadows. Looks like it was a perfect day for the bikers.

EG Wow said...

That was an amazing turn out! Looks like the weather was perfect too.

Barb said...

My husband (the biker) was interested in these pics, Diane! Looks like they had a sunny day for the ride.

flutietootie said...

Seems like a pretty intense bike race.

Stephanie said...

Looks like bike race is the sport at Tuscon! Your fist pic amazes me.... looks like exodus he he...

Amin said...
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Amin said...

I love to ride the velo...

Ayie said...

what a jam!

Katie McKenna said...

Very cool sight! Love your cacti shot!