Make plans now to ride Tour de Menlo, which offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it.
Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, Aug. 18. After taking different routes from the start, all riders eventually will head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park. Riders can rest and enjoy refreshments before heading back to Menlo Atherton High School for a relaxing lunch in the courtyard.
The ride is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac. All proceeds are used to support need-based Rotary scholarships, numerous other Rotary Foundation projects and the Almanac's Holiday Fund, which contributes more than $150,000 a year to 10 local nonprofits. Second Harvest Food Bank, Life Moves (formerly Innvision-Shelter Network) and St. Anthony's Dining Room are among the beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.
The 65-mile route is 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 head south to Cañada Road in Woodside and then to the second rest stop at the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road.
Riders on the 46-mile route also stop at the firehouse and then both routes circle 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 meet south of Los Altos as they roll out Stevens Creek Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park, before heading back to Menlo-Atherton via Foothill Expressway. After riders on the 35-mile route turn south on the Alameda de las Pulgas and Santa Cruz Avenue, they ultimately use Foothill Boulevard and then Stevens Creek Road to reach the Madrone Park rest stop, where the route makes a 180-degree turn to return to Menlo-Atherton High School for lunch. The 35-mile route is virtually flat. but gives riders a good workout. There is also a water stop on Foothill Boulevard at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce office.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac
The Tour de Menlo is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation 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 present courses for the first time in 2008.
The ride benefits Rotary Scholarships and community service
Last year, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation awarded over $100,000 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 begin at local community colleges. Through the Holiday Fund grants, the ride also supports numerous community projects like tutoring injured combat veterans at the Palo Alto VA, developing a community garden for Belle Haven residents, and awarding community grants to Eastside Preparatory Academy and the Ravenswood School District. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midpeninsula also is a beneficiary of the Almanac's Holiday Fund.
Full SAG support
The Tour de Menlo offers four rest/water stops and a delicious post-ride lunch catered by Lutticken's Deli at Menlo-Atherton High School. 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
The ride starts and finishes at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton, where there is plenty of free parking. Register and begin the 100 kilometer ride after 8 a.m. Riders doing the 35 and 46 mile rides are asked to leave after 9 a.m. so as not to arrive back at M-A before lunch is prepared.
Lunch - Cross the finish line and chow down
Registration includes lunch, served from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Menlo-Atherton High School. Lunch tickets for non-riders and second helpings may be purchased for $10 each.
As this event supports need-based scholarships for local high school students and 10 nonprofits supported by the Almanac's Holiday Fund, we are not able to provide refunds for registration or other charges. We suggest that anyone not able to use their registration to market it to other riders.