The 24th annual Tour de Palm Springs offers a mid-winter opportunity to get a big ride in the seasonally mild desert mountain climate. This is one of the largest cycling charity events in America, welcoming 6,000-10,000 riders annually from 46 states and four countries. The Tour de Palm Springs (and Coachella Valley) raises money for local charities in the Coachella Valley. Since 1999, the event has raised over $4,000,000 for Coachella Valley charities. Strambecco also rates the event as one of the best road cycling events in the Southwest.
This year’s routes include 102, 85, 56, 34, and 25-mile options. The 103 Mile route has many rolling hills and gradual climbs, but nothing too steep. Total elevation gain for the 100-mile route comes in at 3,200 feet, 3,000 feet for the 85-mile route, and 2,300 feet for the 56-mile option. This is an extremely well-supported event with over 2,000 volunteers, 30 SAG vehicles, and seven food stops. Entertainment before, during, and after the ride include over 20 bands, a vendor expo, a post-ride party, cheerleaders, and even a marching band!