The Tour de Palm Springs is a wonderful way where one can exercise, soak in the weather, view some of the countries most beautiful scenery and most importantly, ride a bicycle for a great cause.
On January 31, 1998, a man by the name of Tim Esser came up with the idea for an event that would feature local cyclists to ride up to 50 miles to raise money for people in need and on the first event, 400 cyclists rode their way to raise $20,000. With such a great turn out, Tim and his mother Fran established the Coachella Valley Serving People In Need (CVSPIN), a not for profit organization. Since the original event was called Spokes for Different Folks, on the following year, the first Tour de Palm Springs was held where over 1000 racers participated in a 100 mile event.
The Tour de Palm Springs has been recognized as the best event in the Valley, beating out classic events like the Tennis Masters Series, the Dinah Shore Weekend, and the Bob Hope PGA Tournament. In 2006, more than $150,000 was donated to people with special needs in the Coachella Valley, and each year more and more riders join the cause.
There are different routes that riders can participate in. The 5 mile route goes through Palm Spring's downtown area and is flat, while the 10 mile route also goes through downtown but is not entirely flat. On the 25 mile route, bikers will experience a few rolling hills and somewhat flat surfaces and on the 55 and 100 mile routes, a lot of rolling hills and gradual climbs are to be expected. The weather in Palm Springs is always near perfect, but it does tend to get a bit cool in morning and regardless if it rains, the race will go on.
Remember that each year more and more riders participate so making this event a group activity is highly recommended. Bicyclists of all ages are welcomed and up to 8000 riders take part in the Tour today. The goal of this event is raise money for non-profit organizations but it's also a great way to have fun, exercise and take part in one Palm Springs most popular events.