Almanac

Sports - August 31, 2011

Tour de Menlo a hit with local cyclists

More than 450 riders enjoyed good weather and good food during the seventh annual Tour de Menlo on Aug. 20.

Riders had their choice of three routes — 65, 45 and 35 miles — all beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School. All three routes eventually wound up at Picchetti Winery and Open Space Preserve on Montebello Road in Cupertino, where riders enjoyed a barbecue lunch prepared by Lutticken's Deli.

The ride was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and the Almanac. All proceeds will be used to support Rotary tutoring projects and the Almanac's Holiday Fund drive, which contributes more than $150,000 a year to 10 local nonprofits. Shelter Network, Second Harvest Food Bank and St. Anthony's Dining Room are among the beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.

The 65-mile route was 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 headed south to Canada Road in Woodside and then to the Portola Road firehouse near Alpine Road.

Riders on the 45-mile route also stopped at the firehouse and then both routes circled 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 met south of Los Altos before heading up steep Montebello Road for lunch. All riders returned to M-A via Foothill Expressway.

Richard Givens and Tom Gibboney, co-chairs of the ride, thanked all the participants and the volunteers from Rotary for making the ride a success.

"We had a good turnout and the riders were happy with the courses and the food," Mr. Givens said, adding that he heard many compliments on the cycling jersey that was available for the first time this year.

For more photos of the ride visit tourdemenlo.com.

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