Whether you consider November’s El Tour de Tucson the final race of the 2019 USA gran fondo season or the first race of the 2020 season, it is one of the largest and most competitive races in the United States, plus one of our recommended Best in The West Gran Fondos.
After finishing second in 2016 and third in 2018, Mexican Pro Ulises Castillo (ELEVATE-KHS) out sprinted former USA national champion Eric Marcotte to win the 100-mile race around Tucson, Arizona in 3:47:56 on Saturday. Newly crowned Junior World Road Champion and Pro Quinn Simmons (TREK-SEGAFREDO) finished third 20 seconds behind, besting the USA’s top sprinter, Travis McCabe, who is currently without team for 2020.
After coming in third in 2016, Mexican Betsabee Salomon (MASI) dominated the women’s race to win in 4:04:38, over nine minutes in front of Anne Donley and Amy Chandos.
Update: 7-days later Betsabee Salomon also wins L’Etape San Carlos!
For the 37th El Tour de Tucson, which almost did not happen, 1900 riders participated in the 100-mile race with another 1700 opting to ride the 50-mile medio fondo.