Lance Armstrong might have given the sport of cycling its worst scandal in the history of sports since the Black Sox Scandal—but let’s just move past that, OK? The fact that cycling—its doping scandals aside—remains recognized worldwide as the sport of champions remains pretty significant. But if you’re not quite prepared for the big televised event later this year, then the Tour de Palm Springs will be the perfect fit for you. Everyone from the beginner to the expert can participate in this scenic ride through Palm Springs, with routes ranging from one to 100 miles. If you can’t ride for a charity to raise money, try your luck at buying a raffle ticket for some great prizes from gift cards, clothes and resort stays galore. The list of charities is a long one (Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs, City of Hope, Desert AIDS Project, etc.) so there’s bound to be at least one cause you’ll feel compelled to support. If you seek something even less demanding, check out the Tour de Jazz. It will be showcasing high school and college jazz bands in six different locations. And if you’re really not feeling up to the small challenge of a little bike ride, you can always attend the vendor expo for free . . . if only the beer and wine in this year’s garden were free.
Downtown Palm Springs, N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 674-4700; www.tourdepalmsprings.com.