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41st El Tour de Tucson

Sat November 23, 2024 Tucson, AZ 85701 US Directions

Bike Patrol


Perimeter Bicycling’s Bike Patrol… the helping hand and the eyes and ears of our events.  They help cyclists on the route with minor mechanical aid, first aid and moral support.  Nearly 300 certified Bike Patrol cyclists bring enthusiasm for cycling and a deep pool of experience to ensure the success of thousands of riders in Perimeter’s events every year.  They ride all or part of an event’s route stopping to assist other cyclists and report their activities to headquarters during the event. 

      Each Patroller must be certified to ride an event – a short class ensuring that you know what to expect and what is expected of you during an event.  Certifications must be renewed every two (2) years.  

       All Bike Patrol in an event receive a special Bike Patrol finishers medallion, an event t-shirt and could qualify for the Outstanding Bike Patrol Award.


Bike Patrol stands out from other cyclists with either the Bike Patrol Jersey or a special Bike Patrol t-shirt
that must be worn while patrolling an event. 
The BP t-shirt will come with your registration.

Or you can purchase a BP jersey ($55) which is far more comfortable and stylish. 


  • It’s not all about being on the bike.  Sometimes help is needed to:
  • answer phones on ride day to record activity of BP on the route
  • staff the Bike Patrol/Route booth at Expo/packet pickup
  • conduct the Safety/Orientation meetings at Expo
  • help manage the start lines, especially at the platinum area
  • teach a certification class


  •  have the desire to help others-you must stop to help others
  • understand that you will not be timed for an event  
  • knowledge & experience changing tubes on a bike (this is the most frequent activity         during an event
  • knowledge of replacing a chain
  • Get certified (see class schedule below)
  • Register for an event
  • ride the event and report your activity
  • IMPORTANT:  Bike Patrol is for those who want to help/give back to the event and cyclists.  It is not for anyone seeking a cheap entry to the ride.  


We strive to gain the support of bike shops and sponsors to help but have found that Bike Patrollers’ direct relationships with their favorite bike shop will often help with bike-related supplies such as tubes, tire levers, patch kits, pumps, as well as electrolyte replacement gels/powders.    Perimeter Bicycling will supply a small kit with first aid supplies and as much bike stuff as we can get for you.  

What Bike Patrollers traditionally bring:

  • tubes/ patched or new 
  • tire levers
  • pump – the bigger ones (don’t wear out your arms)
  • electrolyte powders
  • bananas (from an aid station)
  • You’ll learn more at the certification class…. 



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