The 15th annual Tour de Palm Springs, a cycling event designed to raise money for non-profit organizations, will kick off in Palm Springs on Feb. 9. The event, which offers 1, 5, 10, 15, 25, 55 and 100-mile courses for individual and tandem riders, will once again unite volunteers and participants from across the country. Two local women, however, will not have to travel far to take part.

Beth Bax, 43, of Altadena and Stephanie Magness, 31, of Santa Clarita, who are both battling Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), will make up Team FARA (the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance) and will dedicate this year’s ride to friend and fellow FA patient, Chelsea Lane, a 19 year-old Orange, CA native who lost her battle with FA last month.

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