Attention cyclists, Jan. 23 marks the 18th annual Tour de Palm Springs. Participants can choose from a mile route designed for the beginner, a 10-mile trek with some slight hills and a 25-mile moderate route with a few rolling hills. The longer 50 and 100-mile routes, which will be the first to depart, have multiple rolling hills and gradual climbs, but nothing too steep.

Support and gear/grub (SAG) are available. The 100-mile route has five SAGs, the 50-mile route has three SAGs, the 25-mile route has one. There is no SAG for the 10-mile route. Wrist bands are mandatory to enter a SAG stop. All have water and fluid replacement drinks, but full SAGS offer sandwich items, energy bars, fruit and the like.

A vendor expo starting at North Palm Canyon between Tahquitz and Alejo is being held in conjunction to the event from noon to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23. According to the author of the Palm Springs Life Magazine article about this event, special rate accommodations were still available at the time the article was published at the Palm Springs Hilton downtown and the Best Western Date Tree Hotel in Indio. 

General Route Information:

• This year’s 25-mile tour goes through Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Palm Desert. There will be a SAG at the Palm Desert Lowe’s (Gerald Ford at Monterey).
• The 50-mile route travels from Palm Springs to Thousand Palms, Indio, Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert and Cathedral City.
• The 100-mile route travels from Palm Springs' windmills area to the foothills of the San Bernardino mountain range, continuing down Dillon Road to the agriculture area of the Coachella Valley, then loops toward PGA West, around the La Quinta Cove past the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, through Palm Desert and back to Palm Springs.

Registration Information:

On-site registration on Jan. 22 from noon to 8 p.m.
• 1, 2, 3-mile walk: $10
• 10-mile ride: $25 (18 and younger, $10)
• 25-mile ride: $45 (18 and younger $10)
• 50-mile ride: $65
• 100-mile ride: $70
• 10-mile tandem: $40
• 25-mile tandem: $75
• 50-mile tandem: $85
• 100-mile tandem: $95
More information:

Please use the following link to read the entire article, courtesy of Palm Springs Life Magazine: