Saturday: Hundreds expected at Tour de Menlo bicycle ride


If you are out early on Saturday, Aug. 22, watch out for cyclists who will be setting out from Menlo-Atherton High School for the annual Tour de Menlo bicycle ride.

In prior years, more than 500 riders have taken part in the local ride, which offers three options, including a 65-mile route to Belmont and that then heads south to Portola Valley, Los Altos, the Madrone picnic area on Stevens Creek Road, and back to M-A. There are also shorter routes available – 45 and 35 miles – that follow roughly the same course without the Belmont leg, and also wind up at the high school for lunch.

The ride, in its 13th year, is sponsored by the Almanac and the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation. All proceeds benefit need-based scholarships awarded by the Rotary Club, and the Almanac's Holiday Fund, which supports 10 local nonprofits.

Riders can take on challenging routes, or a virtually flat 35-mile ride that even beginning riders can enjoy. The 65-miler features just over 3,000 feet of climbing and the 45-miler somewhat less.

Food is also a big part of the Tour, with three major rest stops along the way. The Belmont stop is staffed and supplied by Facebook, a major ride sponsor. The Portola Valley and Madrone stops are stocked by Whole Foods, another major sponsor, so riders will hardly go hungry no matter which route they choose.

And then there is a delicious post-ride barbecue lunch with plenty of salads back at Menlo-Atherton High School, catered by Lutticken't deli, a Menlo Park institution on the Alameda de las Pulgas. And a jazz trio led by Rick Giardella will provide entertainment during the lunch.

For more details and to register, visit


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Posted by resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 22, 2015 at 6:20 am

too bad you don't post route so those who aren't interested to the horrible delays this presents can avoid the bike traffic.
Plus what are the times (more or less) for this inconvience

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 22, 2015 at 8:21 am

Menlo Voter is a registered user.


all you had to do is click the link they supplied.

Here is a link to the routes: Web Link

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Posted by Another Rez
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

@Menlo Voter: all you had to do is click the link they supplied.

Uh, the only way to see the maps on that website link provided in the story is to register first.
No thanks, and no help.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

another rez:

not true. I didn't register and I was able to access the maps.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm

really? is a registered user.

Rode it, Enjoyed it, now Sleeping to off! Kudos to the Rotary.

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