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  • 2015 Event Schedule

  • Important Dates and Times
    Event Date: April 12, 2015
    On Line Registration closes April 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM
    Mail-In Registration postmarked by March 31, 2015
    Last Day to transfer registration: April 10, 2015
    Packet Pick-up: Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Day-of registration: Sunday, April 12 from 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM

    5:00 AM Day of Registration Opens
    6:00 AM Starting grid opens
    7:00 AM Opening Remarks
    7:15 AM Ride Start
    10:30 AM Lunch and Beer Service Opens
    12:30 PM Japatul Rest Stop Closed
    3:30 PM Otay Lakes Rest Stop Closed
    5:00 PM Plaza Bonita Rest Stop Closed
    5:30 PM Course Closes

    Expo Times
    Saturday, April 11 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Sunday, April 12 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

  • Registration Includes

  • Timed course with chip timing
    Fully closed city streets - first eight miles
    Well-stocked aid stations with staffing
    Post-ride pasta party
    Post-ride massage
    Rider’s goodie bag
    SAG support along the route
    Mechanical support along the route
    Free beer with charitable donation
    Finisher's Medal
    KOM Prizes for Timed climb

  • Pre-Event

  • Packet Pickup:  An Event Packet containing your rider number, timing chip and other essentials must be picked up before the ride begins. Packet Pickup is offered Saturday all day and on Sunday morning at The Finish Line Expo - Click Here for times

    Merchandise For Sale:  Limited Edition Gran Fondo San Diego cycling jerseys are available as a special commemoration of this epic cycling event. These custom jerseys may be purchased when registering online, or at the Finish Line Expo if available.

    All merchandise (except post orders) will be available at the expo for pick up. Items not picked up will incur an $8 shipping charge.
    No refunds or exchanges.

    Volunteers: We need your help to make this the best-supported event in California! Please visit our Volunteer Registration page to sign up.

  • Event Particulars

  • Participation: Open to all riders 15 years of age and up. Each rider must be in sound health for the event chosen. Riders under 18 must have the signed consent of a parent or guardian.

    Timed Climbs: The Honey Springs climb will serve as the KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo riders.

    Age Categories for KOM prizes: Male and female U23 / 23-34 / 35-44 / 45-54 /
    55-64 / 65+

    Starting Time:  The Gran Fondo San Diego starts at 7:15am, with pre-ride announcements at 7:00am. Please be sure to line up at least 30 minutes prior to the start.

    The Start: Riders will be queued up and staged according to the route they registered for - Gran/Medio/Piccolo - in that order. Riders will begin their event in the designated staging grid for their event. Note that the staging grids will be clearly marked to match the color of the rider's number, and the numbers are specific to the event the rider is doing - Gran/Medio/Piccolo.

    Riders may begin to queue up as early as 6:00am and they must be in their designated grid before 7:00am, wearing a helmet and jersey number. Additionally, they must have their bike number affixed, carry a tube patch kit and two full water bottles, and have a mechanically sound bike. Last-minute mechanical support is available at the Finish Line Expo on Saturday only.

  • Directions and Parking

  • Finish Line Expo: The Expo takes place one block south of The San Diego County Administration Building on the pier Saturday and Sunday - Click Here for times

    Parking: Parking is available along the streets of downtown San Diego and across from the Expo / Packet pick up location at the B Street pier. There is no parking on the pier. The expo is located at:

    B Street Pier 1140 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego , CA 92101
    Click here for map

    Organizers suggest arriving early on Sunday, to allow adequate time to park and ride to the start line in Little Italy.

  • Safety

  • Helmets:  Helmets are required at this event and must be worn at all times while on the bike. They need to be in good working order and meet current ANSI helmet codes.

    Rules of the Road: This ride is held under the rules of the road. Riders must obey all rules of the road and posted road signs.

    Required Equipment:  All riders must carry tools for changing tires, extra inner tubes or sew-ups, and a tire pump. Riders are expected to change their own flats; however, mechanical support is available for more complex issues.

    Aero Bars:  Aero bars are allowed for this event; however, they may not be used when riding in a pack or drafting another rider. Because of crowded conditions at the start of the ride, the use the aero bars during the first eight miles of the ride is not permitted.

    Mechanical Assistance and SAG:  Four mechanics are stationed along the course to help fix broken bicycles. Riders are expected to change their own flats. SAG drivers are primarily on the course for riders who need a ride to the finish due to mechanical or health issues. If extreme conditions exist, such as cold, heat, wind, or rain, please be aware that SAG drivers might be extremely busy, and event organizers recommend that riders call friends or family for assistance.

    Routes Changes:  Routes are subject to change, due to unforeseen issues with weather, road construction or permitting requirements.

    Cancellation Policy:  No refunds are provided.

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