For a period of 18 days (between June 12-25, 1974), the mercury rose to a whopping 100+ degrees, with the apex hitting 116.1°F June 24. Still, the hottest day in Arizona history came two decades later – a sizzling 128°F – recorded in late June 1994

Oro Valley Partners with the Tucson Bicycle Classic

The 35th Annual Tucson Bicycle Classic is coming to Oro Valley on March 5th, 2023. Our community is getting excited about this event that will bring racers from around the world to Southern Arizona. Local residents will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the world of professional bike racing, with over 600 racers expected to participate.

“The Tucson Bicycle Classic is a premiere stage race that is highly competitive. Professional and amateur cyclists come here to train and test their training during this challenging weekend. We’re so honored to bring this stage to Oro Valley – which is one of the most cyclist-friendly communities in the country! Oro Valley has been wonderful to work with,” said race director Marco Colbert in a recent press release.

The Tucson Bicycle Classic is a three-day event, and this new partnership will bring the third-day circuit race to Oro Valley. The new course is over four miles long, beginning and ending near the entrance to Naranja Park, and will allow spectators to enjoy the action all day as cyclists complete the circuit up to seven times. There are several designated areas for spectators to observe the race marked on the course map.

“We believe cycling is an incredible sport and want to introduce people to the sport of cycling by creating memorable events that are good for the community. We like to say that we are a community event with a bike race. Our goal is to make this an annual event that residents and business owners are proud to support,” Colbert said.

“Hosting the Circuit Race for the Tucson Bicycle Classic is Oro Valley’s leap into attracting other professional and amateur cycling events. The Classic will feature Oro Valley’s premier racing surfaces, incredible views, and the hospitality of a true cycling town. We’re excited to work with professional cycling race producers like Tucson Bicycle Classic, and look forward to years of racing and collaborations for additional racing and non-competitive events,” said Paul Melcher, director of Community and Economic Development, Town of Oro Valley.

The race begins at 7:30 am, and more information about the race, route, and road closures can be found online. Come and support the competitors and enjoy this unique opportunity.

If you’re interested in learning more about cycling in Oro Valley, you can find information about local mountain biking trails, road biking, where to purchase or rent equipment, and more here.

“Without volunteers, bicycle races like the Tucson Bicycle Classic simply cannot happen. Over 90 great volunteers have signed up, but the event still needs more volunteers to make this race as safe as possible. If you have free time and can sign up for a volunteer shift, please do so here. You do not need to have any experience to volunteer; you will be taught everything you need to know!” Mallory MacRostie, Volunteer Coordinator.