Tour de Palm Springs is coming up on Feb. 12, 2011!

  • CAtoFL

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    Jan 20, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    It's that time of year again. The Tour de Palm Springs is coming up on Feb. 12th.

    The event is expecting over 7,000 riders this year and you can now ride for a charity of your choosing (from their list of about 100 registered charities).

    You can ride a route as short as 5 miles if you're not feeling really real jocky. Other route lengths are 10, 25, 55 and 100 miles. Here are the route descriptions:
    • 5 mile route is flat and goes through Palm Springs.
    • 10 mile route is mostly flat and goes through Palm Springs.
    • 25 mile route is mostly flat and has a few rolling hills.
    • 55 mile and 100 mile routes have a lot of rolling hills and gradual climbs but nothing steep.

    The weather should be nice (it's been in the 70s and 80s this week and we're about a month away from the event) and the routes are fun with SAG support, bands playing and a bike expo on the 11th and the 12th.

    So stop chatting in forums about cycling and get out and actually DO IT! It's a great event for charity and you'll see lots of really hot guys in tight clothes. LOL! Come on out!

    You can register at the Tour de Palm Springs site: http://tourdepalmsprings.com/home or you can register at Active.com http://www.active.com/cycling/palm-springs-ca/tour-de-palm-springs-2011, but I think Active.com might charge a registration fee.

    See you REAL JOCKS out there on the road!!
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    Jan 20, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    This is tempting .I just found out they have the option to rent bikes on the day of the event. I may do the 25 mile course.

    I was there last year with a friend who did the 100 miles.

    Good luck to you.
  • CAtoFL

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    Jan 23, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Thanks, sundayswim. If you rent, consider doing it soon. There are thousands of riders.

    Good luck if you join the ride!
  • gwuinsf

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    May 18, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    I realize this is a really old bump, but I only just saw this thread.

    This was the most horribly run event I've ever participated in. I did the century and through the course of the day I saw at least 5 ambulances. That was only what I saw. The streets were so congested that riders were riding in between the two lanes of traffic. Riders were riding so dangerously and there was such a diversity of riding experience that the "seasoned riders" where often times the one being most unsafe, zipping very fast without calling out they were passing or giving enough clearance.

    Pit stops were horribly crewed and organized. Friends of mine who were on the century behind me said they got to the last pit and they had run out of water. This in Palm Springs in the late afternoon. My friend watched one girl pass out on her bike due to dehydration because there was no water being provided. The section of the desert they were in had no cell phone reception so they had to flag down a car to drive on ahead and then call 911. The lunch stop had run out of food as well.

    While I realize this was for charity and that it has become very popular, I was very tempted to write a letter to Palm Springs that they demand changes in the organization of the ride. The consensus amongst my friends and I was that we would not participate in this unsafe and poorly organized ride again.