El Tour de Tucson 2011

By Todd Abelson NMLS #180858 on .

Todd Abelson & cycling buddy John Bartolucci

After sitting out 2010 with two knee surgeries, both on the same knee, I had my “coming out party” on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the 29th El Tour de Tucson – one of the largest one day cycling events in the US. People come from all over the world to enjoy a fabulous day of riding in sunny Tucson, Arizona. Attendence at this years’ event was the 2nd largest in it’s history!

My goal was simple – finish the 42 mile race without a crash (with the “rubber side down”) and feeling good. The fact is that I felt so good I pushed it to a 40th place finish among the 1,000 or so starters! Talk about surprised – you know I was!!! 🙂

My personal thanks go to Richard DeBernardis the founder and race promoter of the PBAA events which includes El Tour de Tucson. Richard does so much for the Tucson community and without him Tucson would not be the cycling community it has become. Also a big thanks to all the volunteers, police and to all the drivers in Tucson that put up with the traffic & intersection wait times to let us ride. Nice to see the community come together for this fabulous event!