Hundreds tackled the Gigantic Mt. Palomar in 5th annual Giro Di San Diego Gran Fondo
Gran Fondo included over 10,000 feet of climbing and the south grade of Palomar Mountain served as the KOM/QOM
Southern California met Italy at the 5th Annual Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a celebration of cycling, food, and San Diego's North Coast.
There was something for everyone, with five different cycling events, including mountain bike courses of 10 and 30 miles and three road riding options: 38, 65, and 105 miles.
The 105-mile “Gran Fondo” route 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, summiting at 5,240’, which has been featured twice in the AMGEN Tour of California.
George Tomasich won KOM in a time of 1h 8m 3s ahead of Nate Martinez and Stephane Roch. Jenny Fletcher won the QOM in a time of 1h 27m 17s.
In the Gran Fondo, David Bruemmer finished first, ahead of Stephane Roch and Tony Pastore in a time of 5h 59m 8s. For the women Beth Williams put in a solid effort winning in a time of 7h 27m 14s.
In the Medio Fondo, Anthony Owens finished fastest in a time of 3h:29m:59s and Tamara Wilson in a time of 4h:1m:44s for the women.
In the Piccolo Fondo, Mutlu Basdas reigned supreme in a time of 1h:57m:30s and Sherry Mesman in a time of 2h:44m:44s for the women.
Over the entire weekend of the Giro di San Diego, a Bike and Fitness Expo featured with the ambience of a Southern California street fair held on Solana Beach’s Fletcher Cove, just steps from the Pacific Ocean.