If you are one of the increasing body of cyclists in San Francisco that doesn’t shave their legs and apply rich-smelling embrocations, this is the ride for you.
The Tour de Peninsula takes place on August 7, based at Coyote Point Park, San Mateo, and includes 1-3 mile rides around the park for kids, and for adults rides of 20, 31 and 63 miles. Short-cuts within those routes are available.
Formerly known as “The Dirty Shirt” ride — an irreverent reference to another famous ride, which takes place in France each year —the TdP has cleaned up its sartorial style a little in recent years, but remains a sanctuary for those who are wont to take the occasional short cut, and who don’t believe the only acceptable cycling clothing is made of lycra.
OK, lycra and shaved legs are welcomed too, but for the most part this is a mellow-paced ride where a witty remark or an impressive picnic spread is rated higher than breaking the record up King’s Mountain Road.
Those that like county parks might be pleased to know that TdP is a fundraiser for the San Mateo County Parks, who are the people that close off Canada road for the exclusive use of bicycles most Sundays.
After-ride entertainment at TdP is provided by the Tribal Blues Band, who play their mellow strains while riders enjoy a well-earned meal in the shaded comfort of the Eucalyptus Picnic Area.
So now is the time to pump up those bicycle tires and head to Coyote Point Park with your clan of fun-loving, low-testosterone cycling friends, for one of the Bay Area’s longest-running and funnest bicycle rides.
Entry is online until August 3. Kids 11 and under ride free, 12-17 $25, 17+ $45, or $50 if you sign up morning-of. All courses are supported by SAG vehicles, and rest stops come every 10 miles or so, where you can eat, drink, and be merry.
More info: http://supportparks.org/tdp/