Saturday: Cyclists invited to ride with Tour de France veteran


Peninsula bicycle riders are invited to meet and ride with Tour de France veteran "Fast Freddie" Rodriquez on Saturday, July 9, at the Whole Foods Market in Redwood City.

Mr. Rodriquez will lead a free training ride starting at 8:30 a.m. from the store at 1250 Jefferson Ave. The event includes a free lunch for the first 25 riders and a free T-shirt for anyone signing up for Tour de Menlo, which will be held Aug. 20 this year and is sponsored by the Almanac Holiday Fund and the Rotary Club of Menlo Park.

Reservations for the Whole Foods event are not necessary.

When they return from the training ride of approximately two hours, riders are invited to a lunch at the store's snack bar (with wine and hors d'oeuvres) and hear Mr. Rodriquez's commentary on this year's Tour de France coverage, which will be carried on large flat screen television monitors.

Similar training rides will be held July 23 at the Palo Alto Whole Foods with Olympian Dr. Christine Thorburn and Aug. 6 at Whole Foods, San Mateo, with Bernard van Elden, a former pro cyclist with the Jelly Belly team.

Mr. Rodriquez will also appear at the Tour de Menlo, which begins Aug. 20 at Menlo-Atherton High School. The Tour, in its 15th year, offers 65-, 45- and 35-mile routes on the back roads of the Midpeninsula. Register at

Proceeds from the ride benefit need-based college scholarships for local students and 10 nonprofit agencies supported by the Almanac's Holiday Fund, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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