TWENTYNINE PALMS — More than 260 cyclists, many of them from out of town, have signed on to take part in this year’s Joshua Tree 55 Bike Ride, formerly known as the Park 2 Park Bike Ride.
Riders can still register online at www.29palms.org by clicking on services, going to parks and recreation and looking for the ride.
The city of Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center will host the 4th annual scenic bike ride on Saturday, April 27.
The ride will begin at 6 a.m. at Knott Sky Park on El Sol Avenue, roll up to Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park and return to Knott Sky Park for a total of 55 miles traveled with safety and gear stops.
Riders will enjoy scenic views of Skull Rock, Cap Rock with turn around points at Cap Rock and Key’s View. The event will also include drawing prizes and swag bags.
They will climb 3,800 feet in elevation to get to Key’s View and then turn around and come back.
Rider check-in will take place from 5 to 5:30. The $35 registration fee includes a t-shirt, entrance into the national park and a boxed lunch. Registrations taken after April 12 will not receive a t-shirt or boxed lunch. Registrations will be accepted at the event. Riders can check in early from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the parks and recreation off on Joe Davis Drive south of Luckie Park.
Family Fun Bike Ride and Bike Rodeo, sponsored by Morongo Basin Healthcare District, Kiwanis of Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol, will take place at Knott Sky Park, in conjunction with the Joshua Tree 55 Bike Ride on Saturday, April 27.
Organizers will give away free helmets and hold drawings for bicycles.
This ride starts promptly at 9:30 a.m.
The family bike ride will cover 7.5 miles of scenic Twentynine Palms round trip. The registration fee for the ride only is $10 per person.
Additional add- ons include a t-shirt and boxed lunch options for $10 (each per person).
Deadline to register with a t-shirt and lunch option is 6 p.m. April 12. Registrations received after April 12 will not have the t-shirt and lunch box option. Registrations will be accepted at the event.
“Eighty-five percent of riders are from out of town,” Community Services Director Randy Councell said.
“We went down to the Palm Springs Bike Ride and had a booth,” he said, noting that planners reached out to the more than 6,000 riders who took part in the low desert ride.
Members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will use the ride for their national day of service and provide more than 35 volunteers to help.
Twenty or so corpsmen from the Naval hospital on board the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center will also lend a hand.
Groups that include the Soroptimists, the Stroller Rollers, Rotary International and the American Heritage Girls will help staff safety and gear stops along the route ad volunteers will roam the park helping riders with flats and other mechanical problems.