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August 3, 2017

Giro di San Diego GranFondo, aka the “Palomar GranFondo”, Returns for Sixth Year on Sunday, October 22, 2017

New Location, 4 New Routes, New Month, and the return of the Ninja Trail Quest MTB for the ride known as the “Palomar Gran Fondo”

Escondido, CA – GranFondo Cycling Tours has released a new date for the 2017 Giro di San Diego as well as all new routes including a mountain bike route and a Palomar Metric Century. The date of the popular ride has been pushed back 5 weeks to take advantage of the cooler late October weather. The start and finish has moved to Kit Carson Park in Escondido allowing an earlier climb of the Mt Palomar, now positioned only 20 miles from the start.

The new 105 mile GranFondo Route features Mt. Palomar and an all new area called “The Mesa Grande,” a serene and picturesque loop in the little known back country of San Diego. A new “Palomar Metric Century” has been added as well for those who want to try out this legendary climb. The Giro di San Diego is the only local event to feature a timed climb up the South Grade of Mount Palomar. Often compared to France’s Alpe d’Huez, Palomar is a fabled climb that has been featured twice in the Tour of California bicycle race.

The Giro now features four Road Routes to choose from; 35, 60, 66, 105 miles as well as The Ninja Trail Quest Mountain Bike. The 2017 Giro di San Diego Jersey was designed by a well-loved local San Diego artist /cyclist Diana Skaggs. It features a whimsical mountain ride and dining experience complete with wine in a Van Gogh style, think “Starry Starry Night” Spaghetti canvas. The cycling kit is available in both men’s and women’s styles.

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