Time to sign up for Tour de Menlo community bike ride


Cyclists will have an opportunity to participate in one of the area's favorite bike rides, the Tour de Menlo, on Saturday Aug. 19.

The ride, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac, will start around 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

Go to to register.

The ride offers three routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it.

The route choices are 65, 46 and 35 miles, all well-marked and beginning at the high school. After taking different routes from the start, all riders eventually head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park. Riders can rest and enjoy refreshments before heading back to the high school about noon for a relaxing lunch, catered by Lutticken's Deli, in the courtyard.

Click here for links to route descriptions and maps.

All proceeds are used to support need-based Rotary scholarships, numerous other Rotary Foundation projects, and the Almanac's Holiday Fund, which contributes more than $150,000 a year to 10 local nonprofits.

Second Harvest Food Bank, Life Moves (formerly Innvision-Shelter Network) and St. Anthony's Dining Room are among the beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.

The routes

The 65-mile route is by far the most popular, taking riders up to Belmont and the first rest stop on Polhemus Road. Then, after climbing up to the bike bridge, riders head south to Canada Road in Woodside and on to the second rest stop at the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road.

Riders on the 46-mile route also stop at the firehouse and then both routes circle around to Page Mill Road, with the longer route climbing up to Altamont Road and the others over to Arastradero Road and Los Altos.

All riders meet south of Los Altos as they roll out Stevens Creek Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park, before heading back to Menlo-Atherton via Foothill Expressway.

After riders on the 35-mile route turn south on the Alameda de las Pulgas and Santa Cruz Avenue, they ultimately use Foothill Boulevard and then Stevens Creek Road to reach the Madrone Park rest stop, where the route makes a 180-degree turn to return to Menlo-Atherton High School for lunch.

The 35-mile route is virtually flat. but gives riders a good workout. There is also a water stop on Foothill Boulevard at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce office.

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Posted by Start in Menlo, then quickly leave
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

Pardon my geography, but seems like the routes of the Tour de Menlo are mostly in other towns. I think Palo Alto and Los Altos share the majority of the miles. Seems to be "Menlo" in name only?

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Posted by PV Res
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

No one wants to bike in Menlo Park because of how much traffic there is... much too dangerous

2 people like this
Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:56 am

Laps up and down the steep end of Valpariso then racing down Willow doesn't make much of a long ride

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Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

They should really change the name. It's like having the Tour of California run primarily in Nevada.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Tour de Peninsula?
Tour de Flea Street?
Menlo Metric Century?
Tour de San Andreas Fault Line?

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Posted by PV Res
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Unfortunately Menlo Park has too much crime, so they decided to route this year's ride far far away.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Gotta love our horsey friends West of 280

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