Tour de Palm Springs Registration Now Open
Tour de Palm Springs 2010 Photos by Steve Rider
PALM SPRINGS - In just a few weeks nearly 10,000 cyclists of all levels will join the ride to raise money for charities right here in the Coachella Valley.
Tour de Palm Springs, presented by CVSPIN, will be held Saturday, February 11, 2012 with festivities beginning Friday, February 10.
Local resident Tim Esser, created the famous Tour de Palm Springs which has become one of the largest bicycle ride events in the county. With nearly 10,000 participants from out of the immediate Palm Springs area, this event is also one of the largest to impact local tourism.
With a variety of cyclist levels there are 5, 10, 25, 55 and 100 mile routes with food and water stops along the way. For those without wheels, local bike shops Fun Seekers, Big Wheel tours, and Tri-A-Bike, offer bike rentals.
All Valley charities are able to receive funds from the event by signing up with CVSPIN. Last year $225,000 was raised and distributed to 118 organizations.
The tour moves back downtown this year with an amazing vendor expo including bike retailer booths, food, entertainment and more - open to the public. Nearly 1,000 volunteers support the event - from the ride to the Expo - with festivities beginning on Friday the 10th through the end of the ride on Saturday the 11th.
"We are thrilled to be back downtown this year knowing that the thousands of participants and attendees has a great impact on tourism in Palm Springs, including drawing from the 10,000 riders - and additional family and friends - to local restaurants and retailers," states Bob Leidner, President of C.V.S.P.I.N. "We also have added a vibrant Tour de Jazz to the celebrations, enhancing the food, entertainment and retail expo area."
For more information, or to register, become a sponsor or vendor, or to join as a charity, please view the Tour de Palm Springs web site at www.tourdepalmsprings.com or call (760) 674-4700.
C.V.S.P.I.N., "Coachella Valley Serving People in Need," is the non-profit organization that is known for producing the annual Tour de Palm Springs, one of the largest bicycle rides in the Western United States. C.V.S.P.I.N. formed in 1998 to manage the event and grow the organization to eventually add additional events to better serve the Coachella Valley. Today, C.V.S.P.I.N employs one full-time Executive Director and is overseen by a five-member volunteer board, with contributing advisors that include Tim Esser, the founder of the Tour de Palm Springs.
C.V.S.P.I.N. is also excited to expand its repertoire to raise funds for non-profits in the Coachella Valley by adding, this spring, Comedy Night at The Show. Scheduled for Friday, May 18, 2012, local charities are encouraged to get involved selling tickets as a fundraiser. Contact the C.V.S.P.I.N. office for more information.