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Sports - August 15, 2012

Hundreds expected for Tour de Menlo

Registration for this year's Tour de Menlo bike ride will be accepted until 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Menlo-Atherton High School, where the ride starts and finishes.

Ride officials expect up to 500 cyclists to take part in the annual event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac.

The Tour features three routes of 65, 45 and 35 miles. The $50 ($60 for those who register on ride day) entry fee includes a T-shirt and lunch prepared by Lutticken's Deli at the Picchetti Open Space Reserve in Cupertino, as well as fully stocked rest stops and a water stop along the way.

The Rotary Club provides emergency and technical support (SAG) over all three routes that is accessible by phone.

Proceeds from the ride support various Rotary projects, including tutoring English-language learners and providing need-based scholarships to local high school students. In addition, funds from the Tour support the Almanac's Holiday Fund, which makes donations to 10 local nonprofit agencies that help the hungry, homeless and youths who need counseling in southern San Mateo Country.

In last year's ride, 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 head south to Canada Road in Woodside and then to the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road to the second rest stop.

Go to tourdemenlo.com for more information and to find a link to sign up online, which is available until Aug. 17. Riders may also sign up at M-A until 9 a.m. on ride day. It is still possible to order this year's tour jersey, which will be delivered about eight weeks after the ride.

For more information, call Tom at 223-6507.

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