The Tour de Palm Springs is One of the Best Bicycling Events, THE WESTCOTT

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December 13, 2016

The Tour de Palm Springs is One of the Best Bicycling Events

The Tour de Palm Springs is One of the Best Bicycling Events, THE WESTCOTT

A beloved pastime of locals and visitors alike is biking in Palm Springs. The gorgeous desert scenery and unparalleled weather give rise to the best possible conditions to ride around town. This has led to bike enthusiasts coming together for a good cause every year for the Tour de Palm Springs. The Tour de Palm Springs helps those in need by benefiting many Coachella Valley charities by bringing together bicyclists who have the desire to give something back to their community. Check out the history of the Tour de Palm Springs and how you can participate in this worthy endeavor.

Tour de Palm Springs History

The Tour de Palm Springs was officially created in 1999 by Tim Esser, an intrepid cyclist who actually crossed the entire country on his bike; he began in Palm Springs, CA, and, in spite of all obstacles, made it to Jacksonville, FL, to inspire other cyclists around the world.  Tim’s very first event in 1998, in which 400 cyclists participated, accumulated over $20,000; this money went to the non-profit organization he himself initiated, CVSPIN (Coachella Valley Serving People in Need).  The first Tour de Palm Springs was held the following year, with over double the number of cyclists from the year before.  Two years later, it was recognized as the best event in the Valley.  Since then, the Tour de Palm Springs has to continued to expand, drawing more and more participants while raising more and more money for charities. The annual bike event will move to Palm Desert in 2018.

19th Annual Tour de Palm Springs

The Tour de Palm Springs begins in downtown Palm Springs. Choose from routes including a 100-mile (6:30 am start), 50-mile (8 am start), 25-mile (9 am start), or 10-mile (10 am start) ride. Alternatively, you can also walk on 1, 2, or 3-mile route (immediate departure after 10 mile riders leave). Bicycle rentals are available. All routes wind along the picturesque scenery of Palm Springs for an absolutely amazing experience unlike any other. Register for the ride now and all pre-registered riders and walkers will receive a t-shirt upon check-in. Online registration closes on January 16, 2017.

A Vendor Expo will be free and open to the public on both Friday, January 20 (noon-8 pm) and Saturday, January 21 (6 am- 5 pm). Booths will be set up by local Coachella Valley non-profit organizations, bicycle manufacturers, bicycle gear, apparel and other bicycle ride programs, along with a food court. The Vendor Expo is located on North Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz and Alejo.


Come Stay with Us at POSH Palm Springs Inn! 

Make sure to stay in the best lodging while you’re in town for the Tour de Palm Springs! POSH Palm Springs Inn is a deluxe bed and breakfast dedicated to creating a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for our guests.  Unwind in one of our luxurious rooms, take a dip in our pool or hot tub, or enjoy our poolside happy hour.  You’re guaranteed to love our amazing spot in Palm Springs, so check our availability and book your stay today!

Photo by Adrian Flores,