Local boxing champion Timothy Bradley Jr. and Olympic cycling medalist Nelson Vails will ride in the Tour de Palm Springs next month, organizers announced today.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 9, and more than 10,000 cyclists are expected to ride courses ranging from one to 100 miles, spokeswoman Chris Martello said.
The event raises money for local charities.
The Vendor Expo starts the day before the ride and will include live music in downtown Palm Springs.
Last year, $275,000 was raised for charities, Martello said. Raffle tickets are available for $1 through local charities, which are listed on the event’s website.
Bradley, a Cathedral City High School alum and Coachella Valley resident, beat Manny Pacquiao for the WBO world light welterweight championship last year.
Vails is a retired road and track cyclist who raced professionally from 1988 to 1995. He represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he won the silver medal in the 1,000-meter match sprint.
For information and registration, go to www.tourdepalmsprings.com or call 760-674-4700.