Editor’s note: This is the first post of several about the 2011 El Tour de Tucson. In the coming days look for stories about how the celebrity cyclists fared, a video, a post about the Cargo Bike El Tour de Tucson, an editorial, a searchable database of results and a map of cyclist’ hometowns.
Here are just a few of the numbers that stand out from this year’s El Tour de Tucson.
6,304: The number of participants who completed one of the four distances before the 6 p.m. cut off time. 6,414 participants finished last year.
3 minutes: Difference in repeat champion Eric Marcotte’s times between this year and last. He was faster this year despite the additional two miles.
13 Minutes: Difference between Marcotte and Jennifer Wheeler, the woman’s winner. Last year it was 2 minutes, however Wheeler crashed, which slowed her down.
10 hours and 41 minutes: Time it took the final official 111-mile rider, Mitchell Owen, to finish.
11 hours and 19 minutes: Time is took the final official 111 mile rider, Carl Nicchio, to finish.
28 percent: Percentage of women who participated in El Tour de Tucson. In 2010 it was 27 percent.
60 percent: Percentage of people who rode in El Tour de Tucson that live outside Pima County. This is about the same as last year.
Check out the photos from the event below.