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Embrace Adventure at the One-of-a-Kind Tour de Palm Springs

By bradschmett|February 20, 2020

Palm Springs’ stunning scenery paired with a heavy local health culture makes it just about the perfect destination for bicycle enthusiasts and hobby riders alike.

Just ask those who have had the pleasure of attending the annual Tour De Palm Springs.

The Tour de Palm Springs is a bike ride and walk that starts and ends on North Palm Canyon Drive, a strip known for memorable events, spas, shopping and of course, bi-cycling.

The ride takes place February 13, 2021, and includes activities and attractions for participants and spectators alike.

Read on to learn more about the unique qualities that make the Tour de Palm Springs a nationally recognized event.

A National Attraction

The Tour de Palm Springs is a sight to see for many reasons, one of them being the sheer size of it.

Riders from around the country flood to Palm Springs to give the tour a go, attracting an average of around 9000 participants.

And in order to support the flocks of riders and walkers, the Tour de Palm Springs has around 2000 dedicated volunteers to ensure athletes and spectators alike are taken good care of.

You’ll want to be sure to plan ahead, so book your Airbnb and other accommodations as soon as possible.

Support for Multiple Good Causes

The idea for Tour de Palm Springs emerged in 1998 when founder Tim Esser decided to do a cross-country bicycle trip from Coachella Valley, California all the way to Jacksonville, Florida in just 30 days.

His efforts didn’t go unnoticed — once word of his mission spread, he was joined by over 400 bikers showing support by riding alongside him for up to 50 miles at a time.

Originally, Esser only planned to ride about 100 miles to Blythe, California. But once he saw the support he was receiving at every turn, he decided to ride on.

Following this trip-of-a-lifetime, Tim decided to create the Tour de Palm springs. Since then, the community bicycle ride has raised over 4 million dollars for over 75 nonprofits.

Riders and participants can rest assured knowing not only are they supporting healthy lifestyles and new adventures, but that their money is going to valuable causes.

Route Flexibility

If riding or walking for 100 miles seems a bit excessive, or if you have the little ones in tow, there are still plenty of ways to check the Tour de Palm Springs off your bucket list.

There are various route options for the ride, so participants can choose a path that ex-tends for 1 or 3 miles (walk or ride). For bikers, you can choose between a 10, 28, 51 or 102 mile trek.

Each route guarantees plenty of gorgeous mountain scenery, fantastic weather, and fun places to stop.

And don’t worry, if you sign up for a long ride and realize it may have been a little too ambitious, there’s no pressure to push through and risk your safety. You can go for as long as you can, judgment free.

After all, it’s not a race — just a fun and healthy community event.

Safety First

One of the goals of the Tour de Palm Springs is to ensure everyone enjoys themselves, and a big part of that is making sure they all feel safe and supported.

The tour includes top-notch route support with over 30 vehicles riding along with participants to ensure any safety or health needs are met immediately.

There are also 25 ham radios for communication so any stranded or injured riders are attended to immediately.

Delicious Refreshments

Let’s face it: Just because biking is part of a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean we don’t all get the desire to indulge every once in a while.

The Tour de Palm Springs acknowledges the need for some treats now and then.

Thanks to its beautiful beer and wine gardens and a vendor food court with carefully curated food trucks, you won’t be wanting for much.

Exciting Entertainment

Bike riders from all over the country aren’t the only entertainment at the Tour De Palm Springs.

The event itself is a special production itself, as riders will be sent off at the starting line with a 200-person marching band!

Once the riders and walkers are off, the event features over 20 bands that perform during and after the ride, staged at the food stops and vendor areas to enjoy during breaks and motivate you to keep going.

The finish line is an even more grandiose experience than the starting line. Riders and walkers are greeted by around 100 cheerleaders, including a 50-person marching band.

Now that’s how to celebrate a victory.

There are so many ways to enjoy Palm Springs and the beautiful Coachella Valley. Enjoying the scenery and fantastic weather on a bike or walk with fellow adventurers is one fantastic way to do so.

Whether you’re a novice rider, a biking pro or you just want to have fun cheering people on, the Tour de Palm Springs is bound to help you make plenty of memories with your family and friends.

Get Outside Year-Round in Palm Springs

If the scenery, weather and lovely people have you hooked, chances are you’ll want to experience more than just the Tour de Palm Springs on your journey.

Luckily, there are countless ways to experience the outdoors while having some fun. One of the most popular ones? Golf.

Learn more about why Palm Springs is the golf capital of California »

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