It's finally the week of El Tour de Mesa! This Saturday, April 14 at 7am hundreds of cyclists will line up in downtown Mesa start a 70 mile race through Mesa, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, and Tonto National Forest. This route features some of the best scenery in the East Valley including Four Peaks, Red Mountain, the lower Salt River and much more. Check out the course below for more information details click on the image.

 course map of El Tour de Mesa in April 2012

If you're competitive like myself you'll notice I have some work to do to qualify for platinum designation which requires a time under 3 hours. This will be a tough task, but if I ride smart and with the right group of experienced riders I have a good chance of making it happen. This year's Tour de Mesa will truly be unique featuring The Great Arizona Bicycle Festival. Join the City of Mesa the Downtown Mesa Association and El Tour for a fun day of all things bicycle! This inaugural event includes El Tour’s festivities (like the Start/Finish line and the Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony), Ciclovia, a Bike Swap, a kids bike rodeo, a self-paced historic bike tour, bike art and food, games and music! Enjoy the festivities on streets closed to motorized traffic!

Good luck to all the riders! Thanks to all the volunteers and family and friends for supporting the riders.