Sean Christian and Anna Hicks are the men’s and women’s winners of the El Tour de Tucson, held Saturday morning in Tucson, Sahuarita and other communities.
Christian, a Tucsonan, finished the 102-mile course with an unofficial “chip time” of 3 hours, 49 minutes, 1.2 seconds. Gilbert’s Damiano Cunego was 1.2 seconds behind Christian and Ireland’s Cormac McGeough was third in 3:53:02.7.
Christian averaged 26.5 miles per hour on his bike.
Hicks, a native of San Luis Obispo on California’s central coast, was the best-placed woman with 3:54:0.93. She narrowly beat Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Jacqueline Larouche (3:54:10.1) and Bozeman, Montana’s Cecily Decker (3:54:12.3).
The El Tour win caps a successful year for 20-year-old Christian. He placed 28th in the United States National Road Racing Championship; He was fourth among cyclists under the age of 23.
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Hicks finished third at the Bariani Road Race in March.
Between 7,500 and 8,000 riders, including at least one from each state, were expected to participate in El Tour.
The riders took part in three distances and three fun rides. The 102-mile ride — which organizers call “The Century” — is the most popular of the routes. Almost 40% of all drivers registered for the longest distance. Almost as many – 34% – had signed up for the 63-mile ‘Metric Century’ ride, and 19% had signed up for the 32-mile ‘Metric Half-Century’ ride. About 7% of registrations are for the “Fun Ride”, one of the unique events during El Tour day. Many fun drivers are children; You can choose between 10 mile, 5 mile or 1 mile distances.