By JAMES KELLEY
2009 Aztec Press file photos by Matthew Henry
The Pima Community College East Campus and the Desert Vista Campus will be featured parts of the University Medical Center 28th El Tour de Tucson presented by Diamond Ventures on Saturday.
The 79-mile race will start at the East Campus at 9 a.m. PCC administration recommends using the Poinciana Drive access off of South Pantano Road from the early morning to about 10 a.m.
The Midvale Park Neighborhood Association has invited the Desert Vista Campus community to join its members from 7-8 a.m., in cheering on El Tour riders along South Mission Road and across the Santa Cruz River. Fans also will gather at the fire station at the corner of Drexel and Oak Tree Road.
The 109-mile race and the Fun Ride will be near the Downtown Campus and the West Campus. Those two races start downtown on Church Avenue at Pennington Street north of Congress Street and run along the frontage road.
More than 9,000 riders participate in the various rides of El Tour de Tucson. Ride lengths range from 109 miles to a quarter mile. Last year, El Tour raised more than $1.8 million for charities. For more on the event, visit the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America website.