News - July 30, 2008

Tour de Menlo hits road Aug. 16

Area cyclists are invited to participate in the fifth annual Tour de Menlo, a scenic, fully supported and redesigned bike ride, on Saturday, Aug. 16, over a 65-mile metric century route that stretches from Menlo Park north to the Belmont hills and south to Montebello Ridge in Cupertino. A 35-mile route is also available for those taking a more direct route.

The ride begins at Menlo-Atherton High School at 8 a.m. and will include a lunch catered by Draeger's on the grounds of the historic Picchetti Open Space Preserve and Winery. There will be two rest stops along the way and a drawing for numerous gift certificates at the finish, along with dessert.

The ride is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and The Almanac. All proceeds will be used to fund Rotary tutoring projects and high school scholarships. Prizes in the drawing include gift certificates from Menlo Velo bicycle shop, Beltramo's Wines and Spirits, Maui Jim sunglasses and others.

This year's 65-mile route begins at M-A and then heads north over Edgewood Road to Highway 92, skirts the Crystal Springs Reservoir and follows Polhemus Road to the Bike Bridge trail that crosses Interstate 280.

The route then heads south through Woodside, around Portola and Alpine roads, and then south to Los Altos. Riders will connect with Foothill Boulevard at Loyola Corners and head south again to the Stevens Creek Reservoir, before turning up to the Picchetti Preserve on Montebello Road for lunch.

All riders will return on Foothill, crossing the Stanford campus at Page Mill Road, and continue back to Menlo-Atherton.

The 35-mile course begins at M-A, turns south on Alameda de las Pulgas at Valparaiso Avenue and continues south to the open space preserve, and lunch, before returning to M-A.

For more information and to sign up, go to


Posted by Alekaneleno, a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Jul 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm

This is all very nice and all, but why don't we local residents have a say regarding the inconvenience of having our roads closed for protracted periods for someone else's amusement. If a horde of flatlander bicyclists want to hold an event like this, why don't they stick to their own neighborhoods? Say, a loop around El Camino, Alma, University Ave, Bayshore frontage roads, and across the San Mateo and Dumbarton Bridges. If it's OK for them to come here, why not in their own places?

Posted by Mark, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 1, 2008 at 11:14 am

Alekaneleno, thanks for your positive comments. I'm an avid cyclist, I live in Portola Valley and I say THANKS to those arranging the ride. Gives me and many others the opportunity to enjoy a fun, relaxing day on my bike.

Posted by Donald, a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Alekaneleno, the roads will not be closed. The inconvenience should be minor if not nonexistent. These bicyclists will be traveling in small groups spread out over many miles. It will be just like any other weekend, perhaps with a few more bikers than usual. This is a fundraiser. Who in their right mind would organize a ride where they charge people to ride their bikes on El Camino? I can guess at how much money you would raise doing that.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm

It's a good cause and I bet you barely notice the cyclists as they will be stretched out. Beats having a hoard of bunch of Harleys roaring through your town!

Posted by Joan Swift, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Maybe cyclists and Portola Valley residents could come to some sort of arrangement: bicyclists from the flatlands won't venture into Portola Valley as long as residents of that town keep their SUVs in the driveway and don't ever leave Portola Valley's town boundaries.

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