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.