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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Tour de Menlo rolls out May 22 Tour de Menlo rolls out May 22 (April 07, 2004)

** New event benefits the Trees for Menlo campaign and the Atherton Tree Committee.

By Rebecca Wallace
Almanac Staff Writer

Experienced cyclists with a yen for rolling hills. Young families seeking a leisurely, leafy stroll. These groups are poles apart, but organizers of the new Tour de Menlo event hope to appeal to both of them.

Planned for Saturday, May 22, the Tour de Menlo has two parts, both starting at Menlo-Atherton High School.

There's a 37-mile bike loop for serious cyclists, which heads up to Highway 92 via Canada Road in Woodside and returns through Portola Valley. In addition, an easier ride and walk will amble through the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton. The 10-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer walk are especially recommended for younger cyclists with parents.

Suitable to the event's verdant settings, trees will be the big beneficiaries of the Tour de Menlo. Proceeds from entry fees will go to the Trees for Menlo campaign in Menlo Park and the Atherton Tree Committee. The event is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac.

"As a cyclist, I've always wanted to get the Almanac and the Rotary Club involved in a bike ride," Almanac publisher and Rotary member Tom Gibboney said. "When Rotary Club president Mary Ann Somerville said she was looking for a way to raise money to plant trees in Menlo Park and Atherton, we decided that a bike ride was the perfect way to go."

The bike courses open bright and early at 8 a.m., but cyclists can check in until 9. The Lindenwood walk starts at 9:30.

"We chose the Lindenwood route because of its extremely low traffic volume, which will make it a safe course for young walkers and riders," Mr. Gibboney said.

Kids may also get a kick out of some of the activities and characters at the Menlo-Atherton start/finish line, which will include balloon-laden clowns and face-painting. Members of high school service clubs will also dish up breakfast and hot lunch.

Entry fees for riders and walkers will be $25 for adults, $15 for students and $50 for families. Single entries include one T-shirt, and families receive two event shirts.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Almanac's Web site at or picked up at local bike shops, Menlo Park and Atherton city halls, and the Almanac office at 3525 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park.

For more information, call Tom Gibboney at 854-2626 or Dick Givens at 365-6144.

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