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For Stone House racers competing in El Tour de Tucson, cycling is a team sport

For Stone House racers competing in El Tour de Tucson, cycling is a team sport

Gerardo Ulloa raises his hands as he crosses the finish line at last year’s El Tour de Tucson. Ulloa, who rode in El Tour de…

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Gerardo Ulloa raises his hands as he crosses the finish line at last year’s El Tour de Tucson. Ulloa, who rode in El Tour de Tucson for the first time, took first place. It’s a little strange to hear a former El Tour de Tucson winner — and the captain and sponsor of the winning team every year since 2017 — say that he’d actually prefer not to win it himself. But Rob Alvarez makes it clear: Winning the team title in El Tour is just as satisfying as winning individual accolades.

“When I won in 2017, people were so happy, and in 2018, when (teammate David Salomon) won, people were like, ‘Aw, man, what went wrong?’” Alvarez said. “It was like, dude, my teammate won. What do you mean what happened? When the Raiders score a touchdown, it’s not like, ‘Joe, why didn’t you score the touchdown?’ It’s the same thing with cycling. A team win is a team win.”

And with Team Stone House, there have been a lot of wins.

Alvarez and Salomon in 2017 and ’18, Ulysses Castillo in 2019, and Gerardo Ulloa last year. All wearing the Stone House jersey. Not to mention Paul Thomas, who won the tandem event in 2021 and returns to the fold this year, joined by Alvarez, who was not initially planning on riding in Saturday’s race.

Alvarez, an avid local cyclist and El Tour sponsor who runs the Stone House Group, a local office of Keller Williams Realty, hasn’t been putting in […]

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