You heard the term, it takes a village to raise a child. Well, a little different take, and it took a community to host the Joshua Tree 55 (JT55) Bike Ride. On April 27, the community of Twentynine Palms hosted its annual Park 2 Park Bicycle Ride, now called JT55 Bike Ride, with over 300 participants in the various events, with the highlight being the 55-mile bike ride from Knott Sky Park to Key’s View and back. The JT55 started early Saturday morning with city staff and volunteers at Knott Sky Park starting at 2 a.m., and the JT55 kicking off at sunrise at 6 with 279 cyclists. This was followed by vendors checking in, the family ride starting a 9:30 and the Bike Rodeo starting at 10. The entire event ended at 1 p.m. with everyone thanking Twentynine Palms for such a glorious event, stating they would be back next year, along with bringing their friends. We heard numerous accounts on how welcoming, wonderful and warm all of our volunteers and the community were.
This could not have been done without the help of the community and we would like to thank those who contributed in making this a successful event. First and foremost, we would like to thank our other two partners who help host this event each year. They are the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and the Joshua Tree National Park, whose staff have been working tirelessly over the past six months to host this event. Next we would like to thank all the sponsors of the event, Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club, Twentynine Palms Rotary, Twentynine Palms Dodge Ram Truck, Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Kiwanis of Twentynine Palms, who supplied all the free helmets, Simple Green, Don’s Bikes, Tri-A-Bike and the Twentynine Palms Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).
We also could not offer the riders all the raffle prizes and swag without the support of Simple Green, Sea View, Eldorado Country Club, Dana Bowden, Rebecca Rinkes, Greg Mendoza, Gretchen Creative Art Center, Eddie and Jennifer Valls, Tony Soars, Billy Fleig, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the MB Healthcare District, Twentynine Palms Public Works, Twentynine Palms Girl Scouts and Joshua Tree National Park Association.
Next, thanks go out to MB Healthcare District, Kiwanis of Twentynine Palms, the SB County Sheriff’s, the Morongo Basin CHP station and Citizens on Patrol, who put on the Bike Rodeo for the event. Our vendors included 4129 Big Wheel, Friends of JTNP, JOSAR with their search and rescue dogs, JT Tortoise Rescue, TBID, JT National Park, Mojave Desert Land Trust, Yucca Valley Cross Fit and Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen for the wonderful lunches.
Thanks go out to all of our volunteers who lent a hand of support with their services or volunteers. Soroptimist of 29 Palms, 29 Palms Rotary Club, Stroller Warriors, 29 Palms High School Interact, the LDS church, American Heritage and Trails Life, Morongo Basin Ambulance, Citizens on Patrol and the Navy personnel who all helped out at the different SAG stops on the route.
Their assistance and friendliness at each stops was commented on by each of the riders.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the wonderful staff of Marine base, Joshua Tree National Park and the city’s community service, recreation and parks departments for all their hard work and dedication that made this event such a success. Come out and join the fun on April 25, 2020.
Thank you everyone.