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Riding in Palm Springs CA(6 posts)

Riding in Palm Springs CAlendog
Feb 2, 2004 9:15 AM
Going to Palm Springs for 4 days at end of Feb. Anyone know what rides I must do when I am there. Prefer hilly terrain if possible- nice climbs with great decents.

re: Riding in Palm Springs CAPierre
Feb 2, 2004 10:22 AM
Going to do the Tour de Palm Springs (century ride) next saturday, if you want I can send you a copy of the route sheet. I should also still have the route sheet from last year as well. No huge climb, but plenty of rollers and a good ride.

I also got from PseuZQ a route sheet for a century around Joshua tree national park. Seemed to me to be climbing more, and in any case the headwind makes up for the climbs. Great landscapes.

For real climbs, the closest I am familiar with are the San Bernardino mtns, maybe 1hour from Palm Springs by car. Mt Baldy, Big Bear, Rim of the world are nice places on a bike.

going to the Tour as well. Anyone else?SmogRider
Feb 2, 2004 10:20 PM
see ya there ;-)

I'm doing the 55er on the fixie. Hope there's not any huge downhills. Seems pretty flat.

re: Riding in Palm Springs CAMarcus75
Feb 2, 2004 10:24 PM
I'm also doing the century ride on Saturday. Can you email me a copy of the route? This is my first century (bought a Scattante CFR over the holidays) Any tips for a rookie?

Tour de Palm SpringsPierre
Feb 3, 2004 6:34 PM
ok I'll do some archeological search tonight and take a pic if I can find the route sheet from last year.

This is a good century, very well supported and not difficult. The main tip I got last year was 'don't stop at the first rest stop but at the second'. Too crowded at the first one, anyways the second one is not far behind. Also, it was very hot in the afternoon, like more than 90F, so don't forget suncream / sunglasses.

I cannot say "see you there" because there's going to be way too many people to have a chance to meet anybody :-) It is by far the largest century event I've done so far.

Tour de Palm SpringsSmogRider
Feb 4, 2004 11:08 AM
"see you there" was a bit of a gag. I know there will be mobs of people. I'll be the one in the yellow jersey...:)

thanks for the info