The Tucson Weekly released It’s 26th Best of Tucson results and there and several bike shops and events are recognized.
The first is El Tour de Tucson, which was recognized as the “Best Spectacle for Charity.” Here’s what the publication said about the event:
First of all, let’s just collectively agree to stop complaining about the minor inconveniences of traffic on the day of the Tour. If you’re complaining, you’re probably the sort of clown who complains about bikes all year long (also not cool), but just think of the giant piles of cash from visitors who come here to ride around the city for the day. The 2013 race was a little nuts, since it rained on the event for the first time, but with a new energy from a new sponsor and beneficiary, let’s hope El Tour is around for years to come.
Next up is the “Best Bike Riding” award, which went to The Loop.
We get closer and closer all the time to a fully-realized path around Tucson, but even now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that there are miles and miles of well-maintained paths to enjoy. Recommended: the southern portion of the Loop along the Julian Wash Greenway. Doesn’t really go anywhere terribly exciting, but generally wide open for riders.
The runners up were Mount Lemmon and Old Spanish Trail.
For the “Best Bike Shop” award, Bicycle Tucson sponsor, Ordinary Bike Shop took the top spot once again.
There’s something extraordinary about being exactly what your name says you are, but in this case, ordinary is a good thing. Tucson is a bike town and there are bike shops galore to prove that fact. But sometimes you don’t need a place that caters to every bike whim; you just need a local place that stocks good bikes, and a friendly staff that gives good service. Not everyone who loves their bike in Tucson wears bike shorts and rides around town in schools like fish, and somehow they seem to realize this at Ordinary, which in the world of bike love, isn’t so ordinary after all.
Runners up include BICAS and sponsor Sabino Cycles.
Check out all the awards here.