by John de Dios
About 9,000 cyclists came out to ride in the 31st annual El Tour de Tucson despite consistent rainfall and overcast skies. Sabino Creek eventually had to be closed midway through the race because of flooding, but that didn't stop fans from coming out to support the cyclists. The 2013 El Tour had the sixth most registered riders in its history and marks the first time the race has seen rain.
This year's El Tour also had the inauspicious distinction of having the second only tour-related fatality when a rider was struck on Interstate 10 and Sunset Road, story on KOLD News Now here.
Listen to Robert Alcaraz's report at El Tour de Tucson below.