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Nov 17, 2011 10:06 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: El Tour turns 29!

TUCSON - El Tour De Tucson will be taking place this Saturday for the 29th year in a row.

Thousands are expected to be there, and riders form 18 Countries are participating.

While many locals have tried the race, Nippy Feldhake has cycled it every single year!

"It's like going to your birthday party as a 4 year old, and there's all these presents and your friends are there," Feldhake said.

Athletic by nature, Feldhake used to be a runner. When he heard about the first ever El Tour, he decided to give it a shot.

"The first el tour was tough for me. I'd only ridden 20 miles maximum in any of my rides. It took me over 9 hours to do and I was just dead at the end," he said.

At the time, 6 miles of the ride was on pure dirt, and three River crossings were not suited for cyclists.

"There was water in them knee deep and you sunk in the water and your shoes came off," he continued.

El Tour Founder, Richard DeBernadis, says this year there will be a few changes people should be aware of.

"We had to move our start line of the 111 mile event from the park that's near the Library, to Armory Park."

This change in location, also affects the ride distances.

"The 80 mile event is now 82. The 67 mile event is 60. The 40 is 42, and the 109 is now 111, DeBernadis said.

For the complete route map, head to: http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/!ETT/ETTMapCue.html

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