More than 500 cyclists participate in Tour de Menlo


More than 500 cyclists enjoyed good weather and well-marked routes for Saturday's 14th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac.

The ride started and finished at Menlo-Atherton High School, and offered three routes — 35, 46 and 65-miles — all with varying amounts of hill-climbing. And for the first time, four celebrity riders were on hand to lead groups of riders around the course.

Fast Freddie Rodriquez, a Tour de France veteran and four-time U.S. champion; Dr. Christine Thorburn, two-time Olympian and multiple U.S. champion; Erich Wohlberg, former Olympian and Pan Am Games gold medalist and Kelly Crowley, a para Olympian and expert cyclist, all shared their expertise with large groups of riders.

Early unofficial results show 522 cyclists rode Saturday and with sponsors, helped raise about $40,000 that will be split evenly between the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation for need-based college scholarships and the Almanac Holiday Fund, which supports 10 local nonprofit agencies.

In addition to the Aug. 20 ride, the Tour held four training rides over the summer, attracting more than 125 riders to Los Altos, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo. The rides were led by a celebrity rider or two and were hosted by Whole Foods Markets. The Tour gained additional financial support from Facebook, Sutter Health, SBM Fitness, and the Pacific Union real estate firm.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm

As stated in the opening paragraph, the route was well marked. I'd argue that most organized rides through town are unnecessarily overmarked by paint (Bike for Breath) or brightly colored road stickers (Tour de Menlo, and many others) that leave a long term visual impact on many of our roads. This group, and others, should take a page from the Tour de Cure organization and learn the value of temporary sandwich board signs that are put along the route and removed after the race, leaving no visual blight behind. It is unlawful to deface the surface of a public road although utility companies do it frequently as needed for public works. Bike rides are hardly in the public interest in general and should be held to a higher standard. Water based paints aren't the answer during a draught and adhesive stickers eventually contribute to roadside litter.

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