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ORGANIZERS OF CAMPAGNOLO GRAN FONDO SAN DIEGO GEAR UP FOR EIGHTH YEAR OF POPULAR RIDE
Cycling event draws thousands of new and returning participants; title sponsor Campagnolo returns for third consecutive year
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – March 15, 2016 - The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego, a rite of spring for cyclists, will be held on Sunday, April 10 in downtown San Diego. The bike ride starts in Little Italy and finishes in Ruocco Park on the waterfront of San Diego Bay. Sponsors of the eighth annual event include Campagnolo, Peloton Magazine, Primal Wear, Rudy Project, and Sierra Nevada.
Known for its picturesque routes, great weather, outstanding on-course support, and Italian finish line feast, the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego attracts repeat riders and new participants. Registration is filling up quickly and expected to reach capacity.
“Every year, we’re amazed at the loyalty riders have to the Campy Gran Fondo,” said Tobias Panek of GranFondo Tours, the owner of the event. “People come back to challenge themselves with a harder route, or try to improve their time on the same route. We’ve become a tradition.”
The event offers four riding options that appeal to all levels of cyclist: a 20-mile Fun Fondo, a 34-mile Piccolo Fondo with 900’ of climbing, a 56-mile Medio Fondo with 1,500’ of climbing, and the competitive 105-mile Gran Fondo with 5,000’ of climbing and a timed King/Queen of the Mountains challenge.
In addition to attracting repeat riders, the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is notable for drawing out-of-state and international participants who enjoy visiting America’s Finest City. Local bike shop and Campy Gran Fondo sponsor Pulse Endurance Sports rents carbon and aluminum bikes, as well as high-end wheels, for riders to upgrade their bikes or have the convenience of traveling without them.
“Our weather is similar to Italy’s, so many people come to enjoy San Diego’s Mediterranean climate,” said Panek. “We offer the best of San Diego and the best of Italy - right down to the Ferrari lead out and the post-ride Italian feast – complete with cannolis.”
To honor San Diego’s military heritage, the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is a charity ride benefitting Challenged Athletes Foundation Operation Rebound, which is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.
Primal Wear, a leading custom apparel manufacturer in the bike industry, is back for its second year as sponsor and designer of the commemorative kit for the 2016 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego. The shorts and jersey – along with matching armwarmers and caps – are available for pre-order on the event website.
Registration for the 2016 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is open to cyclists of all abilities. For more information, and to register, please visit www.sdgranfondo.com.
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About the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego
The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is a one-day, mass-start cycling event in the spirit and tradition of the great Italian cyclosportives. Since 2009, thousands of riders have gathered under the iconic “Little Italy” sign in downtown San Diego to embark on a journey through San Diego and the East County. Sponsored by some of the most iconic companies in cycling, the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego offers 20-, 34-, 56- or 105-mile routes and a post-ride pasta party. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, 2016. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.sdgranfondo.com.
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February 18, 2015
CAMPAGNOLO RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR;GRAN FONDO SAN DIEGO ADDS OPTIONS FOR CYCLISTS
20-Mile Route Added; Finish Line Expo Moved San Diego’s Ruocco Park
San Diego, Calif. – Organizers of the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego are gearing up for the seventh edition of their popular event, backed once again by title sponsor Campagnolo. Cyclists will flock to Little Italy to line up behind a Ferrari leadout on Sunday, April 12 and complete one of four cycling tours of San Diego.
“This is one of the top events on our calendar,” said Tom Kattus, Director of Campagnolo North America, which is headquartered in Carlsbad. Campagnolo, the iconic Italian manufacturer of cycling components and wheels, has been the event’s Title Sponsor since 2013.
“It’s fantastic that Campagnolo kicks off its year with this Gran Fondo. It celebrates San Diego’s weather, scenery, and passion for cycling.”
Last year, “San Diego’s Finest Cycling Event” attracted participants from eighteen different countries and twenty-eight states. This year, its Finish Line Expo will be held in a new venue, the picturesque Ruocco Park, overlooking the San Diego skyline and bay.
Also new to the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is a flat 20-mile route, the “Fun Fondo”, which allows families and beginners the Gran Fondo experience in miniature. At the other end of the spectrum, the competitive 105-mile Gran Fondo Route and its timed climb up Honey Springs Road is designed to challenge experienced riders and racers.
Two other routes round out the options: the 34-mile Piccolo Fondo, and the 56-mile Medio Fondo. All of the routes include world-class support, aid stations, mechanical assistance, and a post-ride pasta feast.
Keeping with the Italian flavor of the event, bicycle maker Bianchi returns as a Presenting Sponsor, and Italy’s Vittoria Industries, a leading manufacturer of bicycle tires, joins the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego as its Official Tire Sponsor. On event day, two of Vittoria’s professional race support vehicles will accompany riders on course. Combined with vehicles from Campagnolo and Pulse Endurance Sports / High Tech Bikes, a total of twelve vehicles will provide support to participants.
Primal Wear, the acclaimed designer and manufacturer of cycling apparel, will produce the 2015 Commemorative Jersey, Shorts, Cycling Caps, and Arm Warmers. The new design features a distinctive “retro” vertical stripe pattern on a dark blue background and the vintage scripted “Campagnolo” logo.
For the fifth consecutive year, proceeds from the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego will benefit Challenged Athletes – Operation Rebound, and riders who raise at least $600 in donations earn free entry to the event, along with a free commemorative jersey. Operation Rebound is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans, and first responders with permanent physical disabilities.
Registration for the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is open to cyclists of all abilities, and a schedule of training rides with sponsoring shop Pulse Endurance Sports / High Tech Bikes will be announced shortly. For more information, and to register, please visit www.sdgranfondo.com.
About the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego
The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is a one-day, mass-start cycling event in the spirit and tradition of the great Italian cyclosportives. Since 2009, thousands of riders have gathered under the iconic “Little Italy” sign in downtown San Diego to embark on a journey through San Diego and the East County. Sponsored by some of the most iconic companies in cycling, the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego offers 20-, 34-, 56- or 105-mile routes and a post-ride pasta party. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 12, 2015. For more information or to register, please visit www.sdgranfondo.com
Raise money or donate to Challenged Athletes Foundation and get a Free Ride and more! All Money Raised goes directly to the Charity; you will be provided tax deductible receipts.
Campagnolo Event San Diego T-Shirt
1 Free Ride in Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego
1 GranFondo Jersey
1 VIP Bib to start in the Front
1 Free Ride entry
1 Event Jersey
1 Event T-shirt
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2 VIP bibs to start in the Front
2 Free event entries
2 Event Jerseys
2 Event T-shirts
Dinner with Challenged Athletes Foundation Athletes
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Italy's Vittoria Industries Ltd has produced world-class bicycle tires since 1953, and we are proud to welcome them as a sponsor of the 2015 Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego.
Riders will receive pro treatment from their Servizio Corse (that's Italian for "Race Service"). Two fully-equipped support vehicles will accompany participants as "Guardian Angels of the Peloton". For more information about Vittoria and the Servizio Corse, read here.
New for 2015, we're producing cycling caps and armwarmers from Primal Wear to complement the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego jerseys and shorts. These items are attractive and functional, featuring anatomic design, performance fabrics, and the distinctive striped design of our 2015 Commemorative Jersey. Purchase one or both to ride in style and comfort on event day!
April's weather generally features cool, overcast mornings, and sunny, warm afternoons. Armwarmers are the perfect accessory to stay warm and comfortable on the early miles - and they also provide protection from UV rays. Cycling caps, designed to fit under helmets, help shade the eyes, improve visibility in the rain, and also look sharp at the rest stops and post-ride party.
Caps and armwarmers are available for pre-purchase now, on our Merchandise page. Click here to read about product specifications, sizing, and cost.
Granfondos celebrate the challenge and sport of cycling, and ours is no different. While the event isn't a race, it features a timed King and Queen of the Mountain Contest. Cyclists on the 105-mile route will fight to the top of the Category 1 Honey Springs Climb to win bragging rights and prizes in each age group, for both genders. The timed climb begins at Mile 24 and ends at Mile 37 of the long route only.