Festivities for the 16th Tour de Palm Springs start downtown Friday.
The Vendor Expo will begin at noon on North Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz Canyon Way and Alejo Road. The all-day event includes bike gear and apparel, live music, food, a beer and wine garden and information on cycling programs.
Starting about 6 p.m. Friday, high school and community college jazz bands will play on North Palm Canyon as part of "Tour de Jazz." Bands and choirs will perform downtown and at food stops along the cycling routes.
With more than 10,000 cyclist from 42 states set to participate, the rides start at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and will including a 100-mile "century." A variety of other rides are for anywhere from 1-55 miles. Proceeds from the event will help support about 125 local charities, according to organizers.
Palm Canyon between Tahquitz and Alejo will be closed tomorrow and Saturday.
The event raises money for 125 local nonprofits and organizations.
For information and registration for the Tour de Palm Springs, go to www.tourdepalmsprings.com or call (760) 674-4700.
– City News Service.