San Mateo, Calif.-At least two national cycling champions will be among the Tour de Peninsula field in its return after a one-year hiatus. The famous "Dirty Shirt" family recreational bicycle ride, co-founded by Sea Otter Classic creator Rick Sutton, returns, 'same as it ever was,' to a new venue, Coyote Point Park, August 2. It remains a benefit for San Mateo County Parks and Bicycle Sunday (car-free cycling on Canada Road).

The repeating 50-54 years age group state and national Individual Time Trial champion, John Novitsky, will be present, as well as riders from the professional women's Team TIBCO.

Rushlee Buchanan, the nine-times New Zealand national champion and Emma Brooks, the talented Aussie, bring an international flavor to the ride, while the 2008 US national Road and Criterium champion, Brooke Miller, will be flying in from the US nationals on Saturday.

Brooke and her Team TIBCO team-mates, who are members of the Plus 3 charitable social network, see part of their job as supporting and sustaining the cycling community, as well as winning races. Says Brooke:"We ride pretty frequently on Cañada, and we're fortunate to have something like Bike Free Sundays. It's great to see so many types of riders out there every week, from families with kids to people who race. It really contributes to the cycling community on the Peninsula. We're happy to participate in and support this fundraising ride."

After completing the 63-mile route, the Team TIBCO riders will lead out the children in the half-mile lap within Coyote Point Park, and be on hand to talk about life as a pro, as well as signing Dirty Shirts.

An annual fixture in the Bay Area's cycling world since 1991, the Tour de Peninsula (TdP), grew to be the largest urban bicycle ride in northern California. Over 1,200 riders are expected for this weekend's 'dirty shirt' ride, which includes a range of routes to suit every type of cyclist and a full day of family outdoor activities.

This fully-supported ride, which starts and finishes at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo, offers:
  • A variety of ride options (20, 31 and 63 miles
  • Short kids' ride in the park at 12 noon
  • Scenic route options visiting numerous San Mateo County Parks
  • Mechanical assistance, rest stops with food and beverage, and a First Aid crew
  • Family-friendly activities in Coyote Point Park, which includes an award-winning children's playground. Picnic and barbecuing facilities, free admission to Coyote Point Museum, bike safety classes.
The San Mateo County Parks Foundation raises funds for projects that improve trails, restore habitat, promote environmental education, and encourage recreational use of parks.

Entry fees are as follows: 11 years and under: free 12-16; years: $20; 17+ years: $40.

All rides begin at 8 a.m. Additional details and online registration are at www.supportparks.org/tdp.

Road traffic congestion information is at www.supportparks.org/tdp/traffic.html