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1000 Palms, Quick, some climbing, some descending, whole lotta fun +/- 65 Miles, avg Speed 18mph
Saturday, February 18, 2023, 7:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Palm Desert Civic Park
43900 San Pablo Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Registration is not Required
A fast & fun ride that has a bit of everything. Starting out from Palm Desert Civic Park we start with some of the other groups warming up down Portola and across the highway before heading East on Varner. The group splits off on 38th ave, turns left on Washington and picks up the pace until heading up Thousand Palms Climb (4.5 miles, avg 2.6% grade). Often, the group will split into 2 during the climb with the fast folks waiting at the end for other quicker folks before taking off east bound on Dillon. People who lag a little will "generally" regroup at the top of the climb forming a second group. Please note that this dynamic truly depends on those riding so make sure you know your directions if this is your first ride with this group! The ride goes up and then a nice long/fast descent into Indio and turning on 44th ave, stopping briefly at the AM/PM and then crossing over the freeway to Calhoun riding North to Airport and then across towards La Quinta. Sometimes the ride will include LQ cove and sometimes not. This ride is not for the faint of heart. Generally pretty quick and although the avg speed ends up around 18mph there are plenty of sustained flats at over 25mph. Group riding skills are a must if you want to hang, no aerobars allowed. GPX File above