Southern California meets Italy at the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a celebration of cycling, food, and San Diego’s North Coast. Held in beautiful Solana Beach, the two-day festival on September 12-13 features five mass-start, timed cycling events for road and mountain bikers, the Bike & Fitness Expo, and the Super Tasty 5K – Taste of Solana Beach Restaurant Walk. 2015 is the fourth year of this popular new event.
Keeping with the tradition of Italian Gran Fondos, which are semi-competitive, long-distance rides attracting thousands of cyclists, the Giro di San Diego caters primarily to casual riders, though professional cyclists are invited as special guests.
This event is known for having challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding ride support, delicious food on course, and post-ride pampering. Organizers overlay the riding options with a street-fair style Expo and the Super Tasty 5K Restaurant Walk to offer something for everyone.
The mission of this event is to draw cyclist from around the globe to enjoy the best riding that San Diego has to offer. This is a charity-focused event and uses love for the Italian GranFondo to raise money and awareness for local causes.
The location for this event is the charming seaside city of Solana Beach California. Nestled along the northern coast of San Diego County, Solana Beach boasts the largest concentration of cyclists in San Diego and is home to some of the best bike clubs and bike shops in the region.
The routes for this event will 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 challenged 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 Tour of California and will be the official KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo course riders.
This year’s charity recipient is the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) Operation Rebound program, the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment and training and competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics.
Operation Rebound supports those who have served honorably by funding equipment, training and travel expenses that can help injured troops and first responders to harness the healing power of sport – whether the goal is to win Paralympic gold or just run around the block. Its Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) provides structured physical training program for active-duty service members recovering from permanent physical injuries at military medical centers. CAF works with resident prosthetists, recreational therapists, and medical hold unit commanders to provide opportunities for physical training that is in compliance with discrete rehabilitation programs and applicable military regulations. Finally, sports clinics are held throughout the year at military medical centers and other locations in the community. Expert coaches and CAF elite athletes provide instruction and mentorship to introduce beginner athletes to a range of sports including bicycling, handcycling, running, swimming, basketball and other sports.