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El Tour Expo kicks off today

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Crews are packing up the permanent office, making a temporary one at the Tucson Convention Center.  That is their home away from home, as the El Tour Expo kicks off this afternoon.

The Expo is where participants can pick up cycling gear, or register for El Tour if they have not done so already. 

Most of the routes this year are the same, but the fun ride is expanding up to ten miles.  Much of the route will be on bike paths, showing off one of the reasons why Tucson was named ‘Number One Bike Town' by Outside Magazine. 

The number of riders should be neck and neck with last year's totals, anywhere from 8,400 to 9,000 people.  And of course they are doing it all for charity.  30 charities to be exact, battling everything from Parkinson's to diabetes. 

This year organizers hope to raise between $2 million to $3 million for the charities.

The Expo starts today at 4 p.m. and runs through the rest of the week.

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