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Welcome to the 2nd annual Giro di San Diego GranFondo
Experience the passion and thrill of an Italian crafted GranFondo cycling event here in Southern California. Born in Italy, these events have captured the heart and soul of what it means to ride. The best routes, best rest stops and ultimate gourmet meals are what it’s all about. Tackle any one of three road rides, two mountain bike rides or a 5K walk.
About the Gran Fondo – Road Routes
The road routes host many of the best rides in the north county as well as the most frequently traveled paths taken by the many professional athletes that ride in the area. These roads have likened the wheels of riders as Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner, Axel Merckx, Thurlow Rogers and many others. The long Gran Fondo will also boast the fiercest of all climbs in San Diego, the south grade of Mt Palomar. This climb was featured on the 2009 and 2013 Tour of California editions and will be our official KOM for the Gran Fondo course riders.
This year we are proud to support the Wounded Warrior Marine Corps Trials presented by the USO San Diego. Help a wounded soldier recover through cycling. Please consider making a donation or forming a fundraising team to help support the US Marine Recumbent Bicycle Team. A portion of the event proceeds and 100% of your donations and fundraising activities go directly to the team.
You have to watch this Video about these Warriors!
Chip timing on all routes
Timed climb of Palomar Mountain
KOM/QOM raffle prizes for all age categories
Fantastic rest stops
Italian pasta feast after ride
SAG & mechanical support along the routes
Bike parking valet
Packet pick-up is located at the expo from 9:00am until 4:00pm Saturday or at the Start / finish line patrty Area Sunday morning.
See times posted on event website.
Expo Location: Pick up you Rider Packets on Saturday September 7th at the Bike and Fitness Expo from 9 am to 4 pm 1700 block of South Sierra Ave in Solana Beach next to Fletcher Cove.
Packet Pick up WILL BE Available SUNDAY starting at 6:00am at the Start/Finish area (we highly suggest you pick up packets on Saturday to avoid long lines in the morning!)
Location of Start/ finish line party: 234 Acacia Avenue Solana Beach, CA 92075. This is where Breakfast and Java Depot Coffee will be served, along with morning packet pick up and Mechanical support. There is NO PARKING AT ALL in this area so you must use one of the 3 parking lots designated in your rider packet (this will be emailed to you before ride) or on our website under event details. Alternatively you can find parking on the surrounding streets.
MOUNATIAN BIKE -Trail Quest MTB you course is a LAKE HODGES at San Dieguito River Park. 20154 Lake Drive Escondido, CaliforniaCome to Expo Saturday for Packet pick up. On site registration and packet pick up will start at 7am for the mountain bike rides
No refunds, transfers are available by signing on to your Active.com account up until 1 week before the events.
Event schedule and times
9:00 am Expo opens
10:00 am start of 5K walk, Registration opens
2:00 pm 5K course closes
2:30 pm 5K prize raffle
4:00 pm Expo & registration closes
6:00 am Day of registration opens
7:00 am Gran Fondo riders start
8:00 am Medio Fondo riders start
9:00 am Piccolo riders start, Expo Opens
3:30 pm KOM awards ceremony
5:00 pm expo closes
6:00 pm finish line closes