Welcome to the 5th Annual
September 11, 2016
GIRO DI SAN DIEGO
"THE PALOMAR GRANFONDO"
Are you up for the challenge?
105 Miles with Over 10,000 feet of Climbing
3 Routes to choose 38, 65, and 105 miles
The giro is known for having challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding ride support, delicious food on course, and post-ride party!
With Special 9/11 Tribute to Our Wounded Warriors and First Responders
- A premier cycling event in Solana Beach, California
- Beer, wine, great food and live entertainment
- Featuring the legendary South Grade of Mt Palomar
- Timed routes and KOM / QOM championship
- 3 Route Distances for all cyclists
- Free Gift to ALL WOMEN 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 Solana Beach, CA, our two-day festival 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.
Three picturesque routes
Event proceeds support the CAF Project Rebound
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 cyclist 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 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 our official KOM/QOM for the Gran Fondo course riders.
FREE GIFT FOR WOMEN
WHY a Gift for Women?
"I always loved doing GranFondo's in Italy, many of them offered special incentive gifts to women to participate, as cycling is such a male dominated sport in Italia. I thought we could continue in that Granfondo Tradition with the Giro. There are so many strong women in Southern California and I want them all to feel welcomed and invited to this challenging event." - Carrie Panek - Owner of GranFondo Cycling Tours
Thank you Riders
Thank you riders for participating in this year’s “Truly Epic” edition of the Giro di San Diego GranFondo. We are happy to announce that $10,000 (100% of the event proceeds), was donated to our charities from this ride for 2015.