Thousands of cyclists plan to converge on area streets this Saturday, Nov. 20 for the annual El Tour de Tucson bicycle race.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that the109-mile course winds through city streets throughout Tucson regions, including the Northwest.

Police plan to shut down numerous intersections in the area at various times during the day to assist bicyclists and to ensure their safety.

Motorists should anticipate delays in numerous parts of the metro area. The race begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. at West Church and East Pennington streets in Downtown Tucson. An estimated 9,000 bicyclists plan to compete.

Cyclists enter the Northwest at Ina and Oracle, head north into Oro Valley and Rancho Vistoso, west into Marana, then southeast on frontage roads west of I-10. The 40-mile race begins Saturday morning at Sanofi-aventis in Oro Valley.

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