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Registering for TdP

San Francisco, CA
Hi, if you plan on riding Tour de Peninsula you should be aware that this is an organized ride, it's a fundraiser for the San Mateo County Parks (which funds car-free Sundays on Canada Road), and the entry fee is $45 before June 30. After that date the fee rises. You can register online at


A former member
Post #: 61
a nice article on the TdP I found on the Google news page, if only the author would join this group...


One of the Bay Area's most celebrated bicycle rides, the Tour de Peninsula, presented by Raleigh Bicycles and Talbot's Cyclery, will soon make its annual single-day tour through several of San Mateo County's parks, starting and finishing at Coyote Point Park on Sunday, August 5th.

The TdP, as organizers call it, now in its 21st year, began life as 'The Dirty Shirt Ride', an irreverent outing on bicycles that encouraged cyclists to wear scruffy clothes, take shortcuts, maybe spend the entire time at the bakery, all as back-handed ways of honoring the Tour de France.

With some 1500 entrants, the TdP has grown into one of the Peninsula's largest annual bicycle events. Cyclists of all types and age groups choose from a range of distances, from a children's loop of Coyote Point Park, and options from 20 up to 63 miles on a scenic mixture of trails and roads, some open and some closed.

"This is an important annual fundraiser for the San Mateo County Parks," says event director Julia Bott, of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation which owns the event. "It supports Bicycle Sunday, the closure of Canada Road to car traffic, and the people that enjoy car-free cycling on Canada Road are often the type that will come and enter the Tour de Peninsula."

Riders on the most challenging 63-mile loop, which includes the renowned King's Mountain and Old La Honda roads, pass through six parks, trails or facilities managed by San Mateo County Parks. Among the most popular of these are the start and finish venue at Coyote Point, the Sawyer Camp Segment of the Crystal Springs RegionalTrail, and Canada Road.

Many cyclists report the Sawyer Camp Segment as their favorite part of the TdP route. All of the TdP courses follow this 3-mile dedicated bicycle/walking trail (closed to hikers on TdP Sunday) that passes alongside the picturesque Crystal Springs Reservoir. The trail passes canopied avenues created by ancient California oaks, a panoramic view down the rift valley from the San Adreas dam, and numerous pretty vistas of the reservoirs.

With feed stations spaced roughly 10-15 miles apart, stocked by local restaurants Buck's of Woodside and Alice's Restaurant, riders are not likely to run out of fuel. As in previous years, the Webcor pro cycling team will send several riders to help out with minor mechanical problems or any other issues TdP riders face along the way.

For many riders, the best part of the TdP is alongside the chocolate box reservoir, or else high up in the storied cycling terrain of the Santa Cruz mountains, but for co-founder Rick Sutton the hands-down best bit is in Coyote Point Park, where he says, "Without a doubt the most exciting half-mile of TdP, which is packed full of smiles, tears, lifelong memories and high energy, is the Kid’s Ride at Coyote Point!"
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