For immediate Release March 6, 2018
Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego Bike Ride and Community Health & Wellness Expo
April 7th – 8th, 2018 - San Diego, California
This year the event celebrates its 10th anniversary, with All New Routes, the USA’s longest running Gran Fondo
Early season Italian epic, which supports Challenged Athletes Foundation – Operation Rebound through Life Sports Foundation
Named in the Top Three USA Granfondos by Granfondo Guide
A Gran Fondo is meant to make an everyday rider feel like a fully supported professional rider, and the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego does so with true Italian panache. Founded in 2009, the event is now in its tenth consecutive year and the Italian bicycle component manufacturer Campagnolo has been its title sponsor since 2013.
Riders line up under the iconic “Little Italy” sign in downtown San Diego, where professional announcers call up cycling celebrities and an impressive procession of Ferraris leads out the peloton. World-class Campy mechanics provide on-course assistance and the event culminates on San Diego’s waterfront with finisher medals, free massage, beer garden, and a four-course Italian feast.
San Diego, dubbed ‘America’s Finest City’, is a world-renowned cycling destination, and home to mountains, beaches, deserts, and lakes. The Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego, the longest running GranFondo in America, showcases both its natural and urban wonders.
To celebrate its 10th year, four new route options are offered with something for everyone. Starting with the 20-mile Fun Fondo which brings riders along San Diego’s picturesque Big Bay. The 32-mile Piccolo Fondo adds more challenge, heading inland for 900’ of climbing. Hardier riders will enjoy the 60-mile Medio Fondo with 1,500’ of climbing, and the Gran Fondo route, at 100 miles, includes 7,000’ of climbing and a timed King/Queen of the Mountain competition. This year the Granfondo route features a counter clockwise portion of San Diego’s renowned “Great Western Loop.”
Some may ask why a GranFondo would offer shorter ride options, organizers say, “The GranFondo Experience should be fun for everyone. We want to grow the cycling community by encouraging the love of cycling and encouraging everyone to get out there and ride. We’ve had many riders start out at lower mileages and come back year after year with the goal of conquering one of the longer rides. Many experiencing the GranFondo for the first time are amazed by the fun and excitement of the Little Italy start and by the sheer size, fun and fanfare of the GranFondo Finish line party.” This year the Cycling, Health and Wellness Expo is featuring speakers from local cycling advocation groups, clubs and supported charities.
San Diego shares Italy's temperate Mediterranean climate, and riders can look forward to cycling in ideal temperatures ranging from 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit on event day. While the ride grows in popularity each year, it maintains a charming, friendly, and intimate personality.
The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is proud to support Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound® through Life Sports Foundation. Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound® program is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. Although fundraising is not required it is greatly encouraged. The Ride organizers show their thankfulness by providing a free ride entry and Jersey to any rider raising $600 or more.
Registration is now open and early entry is advised! www.sdgranfondo.com