Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Giro di San Diego

GranFondo Cycling Tours owners Tobias and Carrie Panek have announced the inaugural Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a two day Bike Festival in Solana Beach California on September 15 & 16, 2012. Their goal “is to bring the heart and passion of Italian cycling to one illustrious event of international stature in the bike community. Our goal is create an event that will draw riders from all 50 US states and 7 continents across the globe.”

Events will be available for all levels of riders, recreational to professional, with 108, 65, 35 mile and mountain bike routes. They promise great roads, well stocked rest stops, timed KOM / QOM climbs and more. The long Gran Fondo route features Mt. Palomar. The Festival starts on Saturday at Fletcher cove in Solana Beach with the Giro di San Diego Bike Fest Expo and Gourmet Fondo – a Taste of Solana Beach restaurant walk.

The Giro di San Diego will donate a portion of all proceeds to their main charity – The Rivers of Hope Foundation (founded by Philip River of the San Diego Chargers) and to the USO.

All event information at

Stories from Tobias that have appeared in Italian Cycling Journal:
Climbing the Zoncolan
Epic Stelvio
Passing Limoncello Land

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