New Date & New Routes Announced!
WELCOME TO THE 6TH ANNUAL
GIRO DI SAN DIEGO
"THE PALOMAR GRANFONDO"
OCTOBER 22, 2017
ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE
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
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.
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