Tour de Peninsula Shapes up as Most Popular in Years

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San Mateo – One of the longest-running cycling events in the Peninsula, the Tour de Peninsula Presented by Raleigh Bicycles and Talbot’s Cyclery, will take place August 5th, and this year early entry figures at ‘The Dirty Shirt Ride’ suggest 2012 will be a big year.

What started out 21 years ago as a couch surfer’s interpretation of the pristine Tour de France has grown into a family event attracting over 1,500 cyclists to the day’s cycling fun, which starts and ends in the Eucalyptus Picnic Area of Coyote Point Park, San Mateo.

What: 2012 Tour de Peninsula presented by Raleigh Bicycles and Talbot’s Cyclery, recreational bicycle ride
When: Sunday, August 5, 2012, 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.

Event Information
The 2012 Tour de Peninsula offers Bay Area families a day of fun, fitness, and healthy family activities. Now in its 21st year, this ride is one of Northern California’s most fun recreational cycling events/family/social gatherings. Held in the scenic Coyote Point Park, alongside the San Francisco Bay in San Mateo, the TdP is a perennial highlight of the Bay Area’s recreational social calendar. 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/Family Route: A tour of the bike trails in 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.

Registration & Packet Pickup
July 1-August 2: Kids 11 and under, free. 12-17 years, $25. Adults 18 and over, $50.
Saturday August 4: Sign-Up and Bib pick-up at Talbot’s Cyclery in San Mateo ($25/$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 2 http://www.supportparks.org/tdp/. Ride-day registration is available, beginning at 6:00 am.

Source: Paul Skilbeck

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