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Article | September 17, 2022

Tour de Menlo Bike Ride

The Tour de Menlo is the major annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation. All proceeds are used to support need-based Rotary scholarships, numerous other Rotary Foundation projects and the Almanac’s Holiday Fund, which contributes to ten local nonprofits. Second Harvest Food Bank, Life Moves (formerly Innvision-Shelter Network) and St. Anthony’s Dining Room have been beneficiaries of the Holiday Fund.

The Tour de Menlo is the major annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation. It offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, plus an additional new family route, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it.

Riders have their choice of 35-, 43- and 63-mile routes, plus a new 16-mile family ride. All routes are well-marked and begin at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1105 Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park. After taking different routes from the start, all riders eventually will head south on Stevens Canyon Road to the final rest stop at Madrone Park. Riders can rest and enjoy refreshments along the way before heading back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a relaxing lunch in the courtyard. The family ride is 16 miles and takes the same route as the 33-mile ride except the family ride participants turn around at the Los Altos rest stop.

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Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation and the Almanac
The Tour de Menlo was started in 2004 and is sponsored by the Menlo Rotary Community Foundation and The Almanac, a community newspaper, web site and Express email service for the residents of the Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside.

The ride benefits Rotary Scholarships and community service
This year, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation will award over $135,000 in need-based scholarships to outstanding high school seniors at Menlo-Atherton, Eastside Preparatory, East Palo Alto High and Sacred Heart Prep. Most of the awards are made to students planning to attend four-year colleges and universities, but other grants go to students who begin at local community colleges. Through the Holiday Fund grants, the ride also supports numerous community projects like tutoring injured combat veterans at the Palo Alto VA, developing a community garden for Belle Haven residents, and awarding community grants to Eastside Preparatory Academy and the Ravenswood School District. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midpeninsula also is a beneficiary of the Almanac’s Holiday Fund.

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