It is always fun to see the annual Tour de Palm Springs come to town and this year is no exception. Every year CVSPIN comes up with new ideas and great additions to what is already an amazing event for all our local charities. For the 15th year bicyclists from all over the region will convene on North Palm Canyon within sight of our giant Marilyn statute to compete in seven different levels of racing starting with a one mile course for beginners and ranging to a 100 mile course for the hale and hearty!
For the second year in a row the Tour de Jazz will come along for the ride and provide great entertainment. Local high schools and community colleges send their best and brightest award winners in international competitions to play jazz favorites at six different locations on Friday night, February 8. It is all free but donations are encouraged to support these great young people who are giving their time for charity. Don’t miss the fun!
Tour de Palm Springs is also the place to shop at the fabulous Vendor Expo that will accompany it for both Friday and Saturday nights. Anything new and trendy a bicycle fan could want will be on sale, along with a Beer and Wine Garden for relaxing and a Food Court to indulge your inner foodie. This is one event that turns all of Palm Springs into a biker’s paradise with strategically placed SAGS (Support and Gear Stations) offering biker services such as fluid and water replacements and bathrooms. Along with food, first aid and other supplies, the SAGS will keep everyone safe, hydrated and comfortable.
Although the Tour de Palm Springs is a fun filled, healthy, and family way to spend a great weekend in beautiful Palm Springs there is a serious side to this incredible event. All the money raised from it goes to support a long list of worthy charities all over the Coachella Valley. Some of the recipients include the American Cancer Society, multiple local Boy Scout Troops, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Angel View, Animal Samaritans, local high school bands and activities, Cub Scouts, the Disabled, and Gilda’s Club. Job’s Daughters, Kiwanis, Guide Dogs of the Desert, the Mizell Senior Center, the McCallum Theatre Foundation, and Martha’s Kitchen, Rotary Club, the Stroke Recovery Center, and many many more organizations that serve the needs of all the people of the desert.
This is such an important event for so many reasons and a real opportunity to do something for others while improving your own health and spending time with your kids and grand kids. I know this is one weekend I never want to miss and I hope to see you there.