Tour de Menlo a hit with local cyclists!

More than 450 riders enjoyed good weather and good food during the seventh annual Tour de Menlo on Aug. 20. 

Riders had their choice of three routes (65, 45 and 35 miles) all beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School. All three routes eventually wound up at Picchetti Winery and Open Space Preserve on Montebello Road in Cupertino, where riders enjoyed a barbeque lunch prepared by Lutticken's Deli.

The ride was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac. All proceeds will be used to support Rotary tutoring projects and the Almanac's Holiday Fund drive, which contributes more than $150,000 a year to 10 local nonprofits. Shelter Network, Second Harvest Food Bank and St. Anthony's Dining Room are among the beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.

The 65-mile route was by far the most popular, taking riders up to Belmont and the first rest stop on Polhemus Road. Then, after climbing up to the bike bridge, riders headed south to Canada Road in Woodside and then to the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road. 

Riders on the 45-mile route also stopped at the firehouse and then both routes circled around to Page Mill Road, with the longer route climbing up to Altamont Road and the others over to Arastradero Road and Los Altos. All riders met south of Los Altos before heading up steep Montebello Road for lunch. All riders returned to M-A via Foothill Expressway.

Richard Givens and Tom Gibboney, co-chairs of the ride, thanked all the participants and the volunteers from Rotary for making the ride a success. 

"We had a good turnout and the riders were happy with the courses and the food," Mr. Givens said, adding that he heard many compliments on the cycling jersey that was available for the first time this year. 


New!  See the fabulous design for the first Tour de Menlo cycling jersey.  
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Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac

The Tour de Menlo is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park ( and the Almanac, a community newspaper, web site ( and Express email service for the residents of the Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside. The Tour de Menlo was started in 2004 and brought riders to the Picchetti Winery and Open Space Preserve for the first time in 2008.


The ride benefits Rotary Tutoring, Scholarships

In 2010 the Rotary Club of Menlo Park awarded $114,000 in need-based scholarships to outstanding high school seniors at Menlo-Atherton, Eastside Preparatory, East Palo Alto High and Sacred Heart Prep. Most of the awards are made to students planning to attend four-year colleges and universities, but other grants go to students who attend local community colleges. Proceeds from the ride also support the club's goal of improving literacy through tutoring students whose second language is English and also supports local nonprofit organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, Second Harvest Food Bank, Shelter Network and other beneficiaries of the Almanac's Holiday Fund. 

Full SAG support

The Tour de Menlo offers full SAG support, including three rest/water stops and a full lunch stop at Picchetti Winery. The course will be well-marked with Route Arrows and Rotary Club members will give directions at critical intersections. A telephone-dispatched SAG vehicle will patrol the entire route to make sure all riders safely complete the course.

Start at Menlo-Atherton High School

Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton will host the start. Register and begin the 100 kilometer ride after 8 a.m. Riders doing the 75 and 60 kilometer ride are asked to leave after 9 a.m. so as not to arrive at the Picchetti Winery before lunch is prepared. There is plenty of free parking at the school.  Click here to see the course descriptions and maps.  


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