CVSPIN, producers of the annual Tour de Palm Springs, announces two celebrity riders participating in the February 9th ride.  Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr., heavyweight championship boxer, and Nelson “the Cheetah” Vails, Silver Medalist cyclist in the 1984 Olympics, will cycle with about 10,000 others for charity.

Tim Bradley is the current WBO World Light Welterweight Champion, as well as a two-time National Champion and before turning professional was ranked 3rd in the nation.  Bradley is known for his lightning fast hands and his powerful knock-out punches, even being compared to Mike Tyson in his abilities and power.  He has fought in France, Germany and Tahiti. He took the titles at the PAL National Tournament and was part of the US National Team being a perfect candidate for the 2004 Olympic team in Athens, Greece. However, a regulation that combined the 147 pound division with the 152 pound division prevented him from fighting.

Nelson Vails is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States, and professional rider from 1988 to 1995. He represented the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he won the silver medal in the 1000m Match Sprint.

In addition to the celebrity news, raffle tickets are now available for $1 each through one’s favorite charity partner.  All proceeds raised from the tickets are given to charities participating in the Tour.  A complete list of the participating charities can be found at the following link: http://www.tourdepalmsprings.com/2013-Charities

Raffle ticket purchases can be made directly by contacting the charity of choice.

An extensive list of raffle prizes includes a wide range of awards including bicycles, amusement park tickets, beautiful jewelry, a Tiffany Pitcher and steins, sports paraphernalia, golf, BNP Paribas Open tickets, McCallum Theatre tickets, movie passes, hotel stays, dining certificates, retail gift cards, and more. The Grand Prize is a spectacular pendant created specifically for the Tour. Winners do not need to be present to win.  A complete list of prizes can be seen at the following link: http://www.tourdepalmsprings.com/Raffle

The Tour de Palm Springs ride is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013, with a two-day Vendor Expo starting Friday.  Live entertainment with Tour de Jazz on Friday evening features six bands playing at various locations throughout the Expo held downtown on Palm Canyon Drive.  One of the largest charitable bicycle rides in the U.S., the event brings together 10,000 plus bicyclists from all over the world riding 1, 5, 10, 15, 25, 55, or 100 miles.

Every year the Tour has generated a significant amount of money to support local nonprofit organizations.  Last year $275,000 was raised and donated to local charities. All the money stays in the Valley.

For more information and registration for the Tour de Palm Springs visit www.tourdepalmsprings.com or call (760) 674-4700.