Eric Marcotte (Team Pista Palace) and Erica Allar (RideClean) won the 28th annual El Tour de Tucson on Saturday in southern Arizona.
Marcotte ended three years of El Tour domination by the P&S Specialized team from Hermosillo, Mexico, outkicking Hector Rangel to win the 109-mile event in 4:32:34. Both men received the same time. Rafael Escarcega (P&S Specialized) finished third at 37 seconds.
Allar was the fastest woman, hitting the line in 4:34:28, good for 17th overall. It was the second El Tour victory for the Tucson resident, who last won in 2008. Teammate Robin Farina was second at 2:33 with Suzanne Sonye (Helen’s-Cannondale) third at 6:33.
The Arizona Daily Star calls El Tour the largest participatory event in southern Arizona. This year’s edition reportedly drew nearly 9,000 racers who chose from distances of 109, 79, 66 and 40 miles.