El Tour de Tucson: Live the Adventure!

We want to finish this documentary that takes you on a cycling experience that keeps thousands flocking to tackle it again year after year.
Justin Kreinbrink
Tucson, Arizona
United States
1 Team Member

July 6, 1983...

Avid cyclist Richard DeBernardis was riding the perimeter of Tucson, Arizona, in 106-degree heat. Having previously cycled the perimeter of Japan, as well as the continental United States, the concept of a perimeter ride wasn't new to him. However, as he rode through the scenic Tucson mountains, he couldn't help but be drawn to the city. As he found himself thinking back on all of the adventures he had during his previous perimeter rides, Richard realized many of those elements were in Tucson. The man with a thirst for adventure and thriving on sharing those adventures with others, he could come to only one conclusion - "This would be a great ride to open up for people."

And in that moment, the cycling event known world-wide, El Tour de Tucson, was born.

10 years ago...

Members of our production crew began documenting El Tour de Tucson because we were drawn to the energy it brings to our city every year.  Becoming part of a larger whole, we have seen how El Tour impacts the lives of families locally and around the world.


We want to share the experience of El Tour de Tucson with the world through our Feature Documentary El Tour de Tucson: Live the Adventure. We want to tell you why this ride has changed our lives and share the stories of so many others whose lives were forever changed because of El Tour de Tucson. From the growth in our careers, to our personal growth, we all agree that El Tour has changed our lives and made us better people - and we aren't even cyclists.


Why We're Here

We are looking for $12,000 to finish this documentary. These funds will cover:

  • Specialty equipment and crew to film the entire 111-mile route
  • Post production equipment
  • Filming insurance
  • Travel expenses

The Perks:

  • Along with digital copies, t-shirts, and posters unique to the event and this project, we are also offering you the opportunity to join us at an exclusive screening and spend an evening with the film crew as well as a number of high-profile contributors and riders that partake in the event every year.
  • Executive Producer credit on a documentary that has the potential to reach world-wide

 Our goal:

  • Due to the complex nature of the course, our first priority is to be able to acquire the equipment and crew necessary to film the entire route. Reaching our goal will provide us the funds to upgrade to the state-of-the-art post production equipment to polish this project, while pledges that take us above and beyond our goal will allow us to add such touches as an original music score.

The Impact

More than just a cycling event, El Tour is also “one of the top three fundraising rides in the country,” according to Bicycling Magazine and raised more than $2 million in charitable funds in 2012 alone. There are dozens of charitable organizations that raise money through El Tour, including: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Susan G. Komen, and Rotary International Polio Plus, totaling well over $34 million raised throughout the event’s history.

There is a ripple effect that spans the globe, with El Tour at the center, and, through this feature documentary, we want to show how far those ripples reach and tell the stories we encounter along the way:

  • Families with children stricken by life-threatening illnesses who have only survived by funds raised directly by El Tour
  • Organizations that raise funds for low-income communities and giving their children hope for the future through cycling programs
  • Rotary International's quest to eradicate Polio from the world - we are now down to less than 10 countries still riddled with this crippling disease
  • The ride itself is historic and has been the inspiration for many other cycling events worldwide, including an annual one at Mt. Fuji, Japan

For more information on El Tour and its beneficiaries, please visit:



Our Track Record

From our first Telly Award-Winning documentary produced in 2003 to the continuing success of the regional El Tour broadcasts, Monsoon Production Services has put together a team of individuals highly experienced in and passionate about both the film industry as well as El Tour. Our team has a total of 14 Telly Awards, along with several other Regional Emmy nominations for editing work. In addition, the team of Monsoon Production Services, headed by founder Justin Kreinbrink, has worked with some of the top ad agencies and networks in the country, producing both regional and national spots. Clients have included Discovery Channel, Dove Men’s Care, Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs, Bicycling Magazine, and countless others.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone can contribute funds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

  • Let's make some noise!!!! Ride Day is right around the corner - November 23rd. With El Tour on everyone's minds, this campaigned is primed to explode - help us spread the word through email, Facebook, and any other social network you utilize.
  • Keep in mind that Indiegogo has tools to help us do all that and more!

Thank you for all you do - and for helping us share with you this incredible adventure!

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  • $5USD
    Big Ole Thank You!!

    Every little bit is important. You will have our gratitude, and we plan on showing it by publicly thanking you on the El Tour de Tucson Facebook page!

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  • $20USD
    Your Name in Lights

    Not only will you have our gratitude publicly shown on the El Tour de Tucson Facebook page, but your name will APPEAR IN THE CREDITS under the special thanks section of the film.

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  • $35USD
    Watch it Any Time You Want.

    You get your own downloadable copy of the documentary. Once the project has been completed, we will send you a link that will allow you to download the documentary. Your name will also appear in the credits under the special thanks section of the film, and you will have our gratitude and thanks shouted to the world on the El Tour de Tucson Facebook page.

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  • $50USD
    Everybody Loves a Poster!

    You will receive a "LIVE THE ADVENTURE" POSTER. An 18 x 24 poster specifically designed for those who fund this film. And along with your own poster you will receive your own downloadable copy of the documentary, your name in the final credits of the film and a huge shout out of our gratitude on the El Tour de Tucson Facebook page!

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  • $100USD
    That's a Sweet T!

    Your will receive a number of things, starting with a special "LIVE THE ADVENTURE" T-shirt. This T-shirt will be a available only to those who help fund our documentary.(s,m,l,xl) And along with that that sweet T, you will receive the poster designed for the awesome folks who are apart of this film. The fun doesn't stop there, you also receive your own downloadable copy of the documentary, your name in the final credits, and a huge shout out of our gratitude on our Facebook page!

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  • $200USD
    Party Time!

    You and a guest, will be invited to the exclusive screening of "LIVE THE ADVENTURE!" followed by a cocktail party where you will meet the film crew and the director Justin Kreinbrink. Then rub elbows with some of the amazing staff and riders that participate in El Tour de Tucson.(Travel and lodging not included) And you also get the T-shirt, the poster, the link to your own downloadable copy of the film, special thanks at the end credits of the film, and a HUGE shout out on our Facebook page!

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  • $1,000USD
    Like a Boss!

    For this super generous amount, you’ll get an Associate Producer credit. Your name in the title credits, forever in lights. which means your own credit on the films IMDB page. PLUS, lets not forget the personal invite for you and a guest to the screening of the film, then cocktails with the crew, the T-shirt, the 18 x 24 poster, and a link to your own downloadable copy of the film, and a HUGE shout out on our Facebook page!

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  • $2,500USD
    The Weinstein

    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT! At this exclusive tier you will get your name in the title credit as an executive producer and will get your own IMDB credit. As an Executive Producer, we will keep you appraised with special updates on the documentary and any fun and exciting news as it happens. PLUS, lets not forget the screening party for you and your guest, the T-shirt, the poster, your own downloadable copy of the film, and a HUGE shout out on our Facebook page!

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