What's Cool In Road Cycling

It’s the Tour de Peninsula, not the Tour de France

San Mateo, Calif. – While pro cyclists toil through the mountainous final week of the Tour de France – all for a yellow jersey – Bay area cyclists are preparing for the antidote to Le Tour, which they say is all for a dirty shirt.

Taking place on August 4th, and based at Coyote Point Park, the 2013 San Mateo County Parks Foundation Tour de Peninsula Presented by Whole Foods Market is now in its 22nd year.

With slogans such as ‘No pain, no pain,’ and ‘it’s a ride, not a race,’ riders have always been encouraged to take short cuts or stop for a while at a cafe along the route.

Add that to a jovial spirit, scenic courses and a great start/finish venue, the Tour de Peninsula has proved an enduring hit among families and cyclists looking for the cultural opposite of the adrenaline-charged racing scene.

Event director Julia Bott said, “It’s all about having fun on bicycles and stopping to enjoy the fabulous natural beauty of the San Mateo County Parks.”

Event Description
The TdP is a variety of great cycling routes designed for all levels, from young children and first time riders to serious cyclists. During and after the ride, a day of family fun activities takes place in the park, with a children’s playground, barbecuing, picnics, live music, and equally lively conversation. Proceeds benefit San Mateo County Parks Foundation and Bicycle Sunday – car free biking on Canada Road.

Route Options
Kids Route: The Webcor Ambassadors lead kids on one to six laps of a closed loop around Coyote Point Park – begins at 12 noon
Short Route: For beginner to intermediate cyclists – 20 miles – begins at 8 am
Long Route: For intermediate to experienced cyclists – 31 miles – begins at 8 am
Metric Century: For advanced cyclists – 63 miles (contains short-cut for 56-mile option) – begins at 7 am

To Volunteer
www.supportparks.org/tdp/volunteers.html or volunteer tab on TdP pages at Supportparks.org, or call 650-321-5812

Registration & Packet Pickup
July 1- August 1: Kids 11 and under, free. 12-17 years, $25. Adults 18 and over, $50.
Day of Event: Kids 11 and under, free. 12-17 years, $25. Adults 18 and over, $55.Paid Registration for 12 and older includes T-shirt.
ONLINE REG. DEADLINE: August 1 www.supportparks.org/tdp/volunteers.html. Ride-day registration is available, beginning at 6:00 am.

General Enquiries [email protected], 650-321-1638
Media Enquiries Paul Skilbeck: [email protected], 415-359-0730

CALENDAR LISTING
WHAT: 2013 San Mateo County Parks Foundation Tour de Peninsula Presented by Whole Foods Market
WHEN: Sunday, August 4, 2013, rides start at 7:00 am and 8:00 am, kids at 12:00 noon.
WHERE: Start/finish at Eucalyptus Picnic Area, Coyote Point Park, San Mateo, California.
WHY: Enjoy a day of cycling and outdoor fun with family and friends. Proceeds benefit San Mateo County Parks Foundation and Bicycle Sunday—car free biking on Canada Road.
INFO: www.supportparks.org, click the TdP logo.

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