This year's El Tour de Tucson will honor Nelson Vails, who won a silver medal in sprint cycling at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was the first African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal. Now 57 years old, he still rides his bike every day, even after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. Vails has been named the honoree for the 36th El Tour de Tucson on Nov. 17 and will participate in the 100-mile event.
El Tour is without a title sponsor this year. The city's largest participatory sporting event raises money for 40 charities, and Easterseals Blake Foundation will be the primary beneficiary for the third consecutive year. Visit the El Tour de Tucson website or more information and to see the new routes.