What is the program about?
This is a 12-week cycling training program that prepares kids to ride in the 50-mile El Tour de Tucson cycling event. Kids receive training 3 times per week, including sessions with personal trainers, “on the bike” skills training, sports nutrition, and road safety education. The coaches are leaders in exercise, nutrition, and cycling training from Pyramid Coaching. After the big race is over, participants are enrolled in our follow-up program to continue riding with the group.
Who can participate?
We will take up to 30 kids total. Girls and boys between the ages of 10-12 years old, who are in need, under active, overweight, or at risk for health problems are encouraged to apply. We are looking for kids who are interested in cycling, improving their health, and who can make a commitment to complete the 12- week program and 3 months of the follow-up. A current physical exam and doctor’s clearance is required before training can begin.
When do we meet?
Training will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm and Saturdays from 8-10 am or 8-11 am as the program progresses. Follow-up rides are every week on a Saturday from December through March from 11 am – 1 pm. The kids must be able to get to the training facility (Tucson Jewish Community Center) at River Road and Dodge Boulevard three (3) times per week during the 12-week training program. Follow up rides are once per week from December through March and leave from Brandi Fenton Park. Attendance is critical for both fitness development and team unity. 80-90% attendance is required for participation. If you are unable to attend you will be unable to continue.
What equipment is needed?
None! Private sponsors donate all equipment, gear, and bicycles. Kids are able to use and keep all equipment if they complete the 12-week program, ride in the El Tour de Tucson event, and participate in ¾ of the follow-up rides.
After Jr. El Tour ends, what are my child’s options?
After the follow-up program, children have several options to continue. Children that qualify may also return to the program the following August as mentors to the new group.
What equipment is needed?
None! All equipment, gear, and bicycles will be donated by private sponsors. Kids will be able to use and keep all equipment if they complete the program, ride in the El Tour de Tucson event, and participate in ¾ of the follow-up rides.
When does the program start?
We will be recruiting in the spring and training will start in mid to late August.
How much does it cost to participate?
The program is free and paid for by private sponsors.
Why should I sponsor a child for the Jr. El Tour?
Unlike donations to a one-time cause, this gift has the potential to change the life of Tucson’s youth – and our community – forever. The benefits for kids are too many to mention, but it doesn’t end there. Your generosity will also benefit your business!
• Your donation is tax deductible
• Your logo will be featured on the children’s racing jerseys
• Your logo, and a link to your website, will appear on the new
Jr. El Tour website
What does my donation provide?
• cycling gear
• 12-week race training program
• professional coaching in exercise, nutrition, and cycling
• 3 months of follow-up training and coaching after the race
Kids who who complete the follow-up program get to keep the cycles and gear, to continue the sport after the race.
How can I donate or sponsor?
It’s easy! Sponsorships and donations are gladly accepted. Just contact our Program Coordinator at 520-222-7838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.