Gran Fondo San Diego Signs Campagnolo To Title Sponsorship
Italian Component Manufacturer Adds Southern California Event to Series of Events in Rome and New York
San Diego, CA – Organizers announced today that Campagnolo, the iconic manufacturer of cycling components and wheels, is the title sponsor of the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego, scheduled for April 14, 2013.
“Campagnolo has a rich history with Gran Fondo riding, and it stands for fine Italian innovation and quality. Their sponsorship brings us to a new level,” said Tobias Panek, the owner of the event. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Campagnolo as our title sponsor. It’s a perfect fit.”
Campagnolo North America Director Tom Kattus agreed, stating, “We’ve been involved with the Gran Fondo in San Diego since its first year, because we believe in the fun and challenge of Gran Fondos. This is a hometown event for us. As its title sponsor, we look forward to increasing our connection with riders of all levels, from beginner to competitive enthusiast.”
Panek, whose company, Gran Fondo Cycling Tours, handled operations for previous editions of the Gran Fondo San Diego, became its owner in 2012, rescuing it from cancellation. He has ten years of experience producing Gran Fondo cycling tours in Italy and France and managing operations for various domestic Gran Fondos.
“I’m glad to see Tobias at the helm,” said Kattus. “He knows how to put on a great event.”
This year marks the 80th anniversary of Campagnolo, whose North American headquarters is in Carlsbad. In commemoration, it released an eagerly awaited 80th Anniversary Collection, and it increased its involvement with prestigious events. Its sponsorship of the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is the latest in a series that includes New York City and Rome, Italy.
Campagnolo’s involvement as title sponsor includes providing neutral support on all three courses, as well as working with local shops to coordinate additional support. It is donating wheels for giveaways and will have a large booth at the Finish Line Expo, complete with demo products for registered participants. Additionally, Campagnolo will headline a VIP fundraising dinner to benefit Operation Rebound, the official charity partner of the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego.
About the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego
The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is a one-day, mass-start cycling event in the spirit and tradition of the great Italian cyclosportives. Since 2009, thousands of riders have gathered under the iconic “Little Italy” sign in downtown San Diego to embark on a journey through San Diego and the East County.
The 2013 Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego offers 34, 56 or 105 mile routes and will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013.
For more information or to register, please visit the event details on Gran Fondo Guide.