Tour de Palm Springs
The 19thAnnual Tour de Palm Springs will be held on January 20 and 21 of 2017. The 100-mile ride starts at Alejo and North Palm Canyon.
The event will count with several routes. There is a 100-mile route starting at 6:30 am for team riders and experienced riders. The staggered start time for leisurely riders and inexperienced riders is at 7:00 am. This route is named Escape the City Lights Ride for a good reason. Riders travel near the windmills and foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains then they travel down Dillon Road through the agricultural area of the Coachella Valley. The ride continues near PGA West then around the La Quinta Cove and past the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The ride ends back in Palm Springs.
The 50-mile route named the Desert Scape Ride, starts off at 8:00 am. The route goes from Palm Springs to Thousand Palms, on through Bermuda Dunes, pass by Palm Desert and Cathedral City, and ends back at Palm Springs.
A 25-mile route is the Ride through the Towns. It begins at 9:00 am in Palm Springs, continues through Cathedral City and Palm Desert, and also ends back at Palm Springs.
Lastly, for less experienced cyclists, there is a 10-mile route starting at 10:00 am that will take you through the city of Palm Springs.
New Walking Route
A new walking route has been added to the agenda so that all people can participate. It is broken into 1, 2 and 3 miles and follows the same cycling route through the Las Palmas area.
Charities that the Event Supports
The funds generated from the Tour de Palm Springs go to nonprofit organizations that are located in or nearby the Coachella Valley. Since 1999, this ride has raised more than $3,000,000. Each year the event can raise money for over 150 charities and it is the largest fundraising event in California. Some of the charities are for medical needs, and there's also benefits for the Coachella Valley High School programs in the Health Academy, Band and Choir departments. The long list of recipients also includes Cub Scouts, several more area schools, churches, and others.
Coachella Valley Serving People in Need
The organization was founded in 1999 to host this bicycle event. Every year, the Tour de Palm Springs attracts much larger crowds as a spectator sport and has an increase in the amount of riders, as well as funds that are raised. The board of directors for the Coachella Valley Serving People in Need is approving other events to host in the area to raise even more funds for the current and growing 150 charities that receive benefits from them.
This non-timed cycling event is very exciting and popular with the community as well as spectators from all over the country. It is well thought out for a seamless execution to raise funds for the community while riders enjoy the beautiful countryside on the riding route.