Tour de Palm Springs Biking Event

Tour de Palm Springs Biking Event

Since last fall, I’ve been trying my best to find the perfect balance in my life between hard work, time with friends and family, sheer hedonistic fun, and keeping my mind and body in tip-top shape.  With moderate success (and maybe just a bit too much hedonistic fun), I have to say I’m happy with my progress.  Being a bit more disciplined with my exercise regimen—and with the cooler weather of the fall and winter—I’ve been able to spend a lot more time on my bike.

The miles and miles of bike routes throughout the Palm Springs Valley make it very easy to ride for hours, and often I do just that.  It’s been getting me in better shape AND it’s preparing me for the upcoming 15th Annual Tour de Palm Springs on Saturday February 9, 2013—one of the most fun fundraisers of the entire year.  Begun in 1998 with a few hundred riders raising $20,000, the event now draws thousands who last year earned some $275,000 for more than 140 charities, including local school sports teams, arts and music groups, scout groups, Boys and Girls Clubs, Desert AIDS Project, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the McCallum Theater, and the Mizell Senior Center, to name but a few.

Bike riders of all ages are encouraged to participate, and riding routes begin at a mere mile, then jump to 5-mile, 10-mile, and 15-mile incarnations, all pretty much within Palm Springs proper.  The 25-mile, 55-mile, and 100-mile rides start in Palm Springs and then take you through the other desert cities, including Rancho Mirage, where you’ll cycle right past Sunnylands!  There is a small registration fee that increases as your route gets longer.  And one of the most appreciated aspects of all is that participants can designate a charity of their choosing.

Whether you opt to join me on this ride—I’m doing the 55-miler myself!—or just want to strike out on your own, take a look at the Tour de Palm Springs’ website for the organization’s recommendations on where to bike, and then feel free to join in the collective fun.