Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Specialized Gran Fondo at Sea Otter Classic

The Sea Otter Classic week has added a Gran Fondo to the schedule:

"Specialized Gran Fondo Presented by Bicycling Magazine"

Gran Fondo, or "Big Ride" as it's known in Italy, falls somewhere in between a century tour and a race. Open to all categories of riders, the Gran Fondo challenges you not to compete with your fellow cyclists, but to push yourself against the clock and the elements, all while taking in scenic views and enjoying great food.

"We couldn't think of a better way to ring in 20 years of Sea Otter than the addition of a Gran Fondo to the event. It promises to be a great opportunity for recreational cyclists to get out and ride with friends, see all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer, and enjoy the terrific festival experience of Sea Otter," said Frank Yohannan, president of the Sea Otter Classic.

The Gran Fondo will offer three fully supported ride distances: a 28-mile coastal route, a 45-mile coastal route and, for the more experienced riders, a 100-mile inland route. The short and middle distances wind along the coastal communities of Marina, Seaside, Monterey and Pacific Grove. The cyclists will ride along the stunning coastal recreation trail, past historic Fisherman's Wharf, and through the popular Cannery Row of John Steinbeck fame. The long route runs through the green agricultural fields of Salinas Valley and into the beautiful wine country of Carmel Valley. All rides start and finish at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. The Gran Fondo will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

See here for event details.

Photo: Pacific Grove (kite photography)

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