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Palm Desert Century Ride to Support Bike Program for At-Risk Youth

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 Gerald Ford Dr & Cook St Palm Desert CA 92211  See map
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Cyclists of all levels are gearing up for the second annual Palm Desert Century Ride on Nov. 10, starting at the University Park in Palm Desert.


This event promises a high quality ride, providing some of the best scenery, terrain and challenge for cycling enthusiasts. Sponsored by the Desert Recreation District, the Palm Desert Century Ride is one of several annual events promoted by Shadow Tour, LLC located in San Diego.


A dream of Shadow Tour founders, Jim Knight and Larry Gitman, the Palm Desert Century Ride provides bikers with an opportunity to finish a course designed to match their skills. From the serious cyclist to the person who includes biking in their fitness regimen, this event provides 20, 50, 62 and 100 mile options, as well as the 130 mile "Super Century".


"It's not really about racing and competing, although they can. While we encourage people to stretch themselves, it's about finishing to your skill level" commented Jim Knight, co-founder of Shadow Tour.


The event is expected to bring 1,000 riders to the valley. Knight, a West Point graduate, and his partner have produced more than 21 previous Century rides.


Bikers can register at: <http://www.shadowtour.com/Century_Rides/Palm_Desert.htm


A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Desert Recreation District's "Trips for Kids". The program provides mountain biking classes and outings for at-risk youth throughout the Coachella Valley. Through positive role models and individual mentoring, the program teaches personal responsibility, life skills and environmental awareness.


Under-served and disadvantaged young people learn the joy of mountain biking, while gaining self-confidence through personal achievement. Donations to support "Trips for Kids" can be made at: https://active.com/donate/PalmDesertCentury12


Interested in volunteering for the ride? The Desert Recreation District also needs volunteers to provide support and supplies to bikers along the route. To volunteer, call: 760-347-3484.


About Desert Recreation District


The Desert Recreation District (DRD) is the largest recreation and park district in the state of California. DRD supports communities throughout the Coachella Valley by partnering with them to encourage healthy lifestyles, wellness activities and positive out-of-school programs. The District maintains quality park and recreation facilities and trails, initiates and delivers programs and services, and facilitates leisure opportunities for residents of all ages. Programs vary by community. For more information contact DRD at <http://www.MyRecreationDistrict.com> www.MyRecreationDistrict.com or 760-347-3484.

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