New Date & New Routes Announced!



OCTOBER 22, 2017

NEW FOR 2017

Organizers release new date for the Giro di San Diego GranFondo and new routes for 2017. Back by popular demand the date has been pushed back 5 weeks to cooler weather, now scheduled for late October. The start and finish has moved to Kit Carson Park in Escondido allowing a cooler climb of the Mt Palomar, now positioned only 20 miles from the start. New for this year is a feature route that includes the Mesa Grande, a serene and picturesque loop. 

4 Routes to choose 35, 60, 66, and 105 miles

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The giro is known for having challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding ride support, delicious food on course and a post-ride party!


  • New! - Palomar Metric Century Option
  • New! - Epic Mesa Grande Century including Palomar Mt
  • Coastal Metric Century out to San Elijo Lagoon
  • New! - Beginner loop around Rancho Santa Fe
  • Beer, wine, great food and live entertainment
  • Featuring the legendary South Grade of Mt Palomar
  • Timed routes and KOM / QOM championship
  • 4 Route Distances for all cyclists


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 Escondido, CA, our two-day festival features five mass-start, timed cycling events for road and mountain bikers and the Bike & Fitness Expo.

Event proceeds support the CAF Project Rebound

We are happy to announce that in 2016 over $7,000 (100% of the event proceeds) was donated to our charities from this ride.

Giro di San Diego is proud to partner with Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound®. Operation Rebound funds equipment, training and travel expenses that can help our 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. 


Our mission is to draw cyclists from around the globe to enjoy the best riding that San Diego has to offer. We are a charity focused event and use our love for the Italian GranFondo to raise money and awareness for local causes.


The location for this event has moved to Kit Carson Park in Escondido, California. This new venue will allow the riders to have a cooler climb of Mt. Palomar. 


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 such 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 our official KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo course riders.


Below are year's KOM/QOM winners.

Name                         Age Cat           Gender      BIB #       Time
George Tomasich        45-54               M              1203        1:08:03
Stephane Roch            23-34               M              1169         1:11:12
David Bruemmer          35-44               M              1219         1:14:18
Maciej Ogrodnik          1-22                 M              1236         1:23:40
Jiri Kozesnik                55-64               M              1103         1:24:39
Jenny Fletcher             35-44               F               1267         1:27:17
Beth Williams               55-64               F              1253         1:35:53
Christine Silcox            45-54               F              1187          1:40:30
Jackie Crosby              23-34               F               1220         1:43:21
Douglas Smith              65-74              M              1192          2:22:35

New Course record set by David Bruemmer in 2016, 5:59:08
Palomar Record still standing by Neil Shirley set in 2012, 1:02:21

2016 Giro di San Diego Tech T-Shirt

2016 Giro di San Diego Tech T-Shirt