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Tour de Menlo set for Saturday

Menlo Park bike race fundraiser could be largest yet

Pumped bike tires and primed leg muscles will be on display Aug. 20 at the 12th Tour de Menlo, a bike ride held annually and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac.

Participants have the choice of a 35-, 45- or 65-mile ride. Each race starts and finishes at Menlo-Atherton High School. Multiple rest stops along the way offer support and bike repairs.

This year's event is expected to be one of the largest ever, said Tom Gibboney, an organizer of the ride. Last year, there were 532 riders, he said.

At the end of the ride, there will be a barbecue lunch by Lutticken's Deli and live jazz by Rick Ciardella's trio. Massages will be offered.

Proceeds will be split evenly between the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation, which funds local needs-based scholarships, and the Almanac's Holiday Fund, which supports 10 Peninsula nonprofits serving kids and families.

Event sponsors include Facebook, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Pacific Union real estate, SBM Fitness, Harrell Remodeling and Citibank.

Go to tourdemenlo.com for more information.

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