Thursday, November 05, 2009

El Tour 2009


El Tour de Tucson office is near the Desert San.

I am riding El Tour de Tucson this year. What happens is that time goes by so quickly, and by the time I think about registering—the entry fee has gone up quite a bit—and it gets expensive to ride El Tour. That $125 or more it can cost can go far for tires and other stuff I need for commuting.

This year I asked people at work, those with an interest in my biking and commuting, to donate ten bucks or so to the El Tour charity so I could get a race slot. Everyone eagerly chipped-in and I raised the money to ride.

Cheers! Bruce

8 comments:

Sir Bikesalot said...

Nice. I think I am going to end up riding too but my ride is going to be a little shorter. I'm bringing all the kids down to do the 8 mile fun ride.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bruce - we should ride together.

Alan M. in tucson

Bruce's Bike Blog said...

Hey Alan! Are you in town for El T? We're gonna go early and try to be in the Gold finish time--

Anonymous said...

I've done that get there early thing a few times. Its usually cold and you get to join in with a start that is reminiscent of the 1889 Oklahoma land rush. That is you'll get to mix it up with a lot of people who think they will finish platinum if they scream and shout enough and ride beyond their ability for the first 8 miles to the river crossing. I'm just getting my fitness back after a tough summer and am not sure I can hold on for a Gold finish this year (or stomach the Lance wannabe's). My plan was to line up silver/bronze and see how the legs feel. I did that last year and finished in ~6:30 with no training rides longer than ~2 hrs and without putting my heart rate anywhere near the red zone. That said I can understand your desire to come in under 6 hrs and you will save a few minutes by crossing the start line faster. Get my e-mail from Susan and we can discuss this more - if ya like.

Alan

Dan Trued said...

Good luck in the TT.

Dan

Bruce's Bike Blog said...

Hey Dan,

Thanks! Not sure if I'm really going to get to the start at 4:30 a.m. but I might try...

Stefan Walz said...

What?!? U better get to the start at 0330. Then come to the Mercado for espressos and foot rubs.

I want PLATINUM!

Bruce's Bike Blog said...

This will be like a 400 KM Brevet--Riding while asleep--drinking Cicle K coffee to try to stay awake on the I-10 Frontage Rd, only this time with 2000 members of a hot dog parade!