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El Tour de Tucson’s youngest riders show cycling is fun for all ages

El Tour de Tucson's youngest riders show cycling is fun for all ages

Jordan Price, left, will ride in Saturday’s El Tour de Tucson. Courtesy of Jacob Price When Ariana Dinu was 6 years old, she saw some…

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Jordan Price, left, will ride in Saturday’s El Tour de Tucson. Courtesy of Jacob Price When Ariana Dinu was 6 years old, she saw some cyclists training for Tour de Scottsdale around her neighborhood. She pointed to them and told her parents, Nan and Valentin, that she wanted to do it, too.

“You have a 6-year-old and they say all kinds of stuff,” Nan said. “Most parents would just blow them off, but I said OK, give it a shot.”

Ariana started training with her dad, who, Nan says with a laugh, is not a professional cyclist, and she took to it.

When the Tour de Scottsdale was cancelled due to rain that year, Ariana was disappointed. She was ready for the 50-mile ride.

So she did it herself, and the tour organizers even gave her a medal, the only one they gave out that year.

Now 11, she’s taking on Saturday’s Banner-University Medicine 39th El Tour de Tucson full course for the second time; last year, she was the youngest to complete the race. And now she’s got some competition.

Her younger sister, Carina, is entering the ride on Saturday for the first time. She’s attempting to break her older sister’s record for the youngest century ride.El Tour, it seems, is fun for all ages.He’s not doing it for the fruit snacks and not even for the cheeseburgers and ice cream that awaits him at the end of the 63-mile ride as part of El Tour de Tucson on Saturday.For 7-year-old Tucsonan Jordan Price, […]

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