The inaugural Gran Fondo San Diego was held last Sunday and from all reports it was an unqualified success. Not only did over 1100 riders participate, but cycling legend Ernesto Colnago was there, all the way from his home in Italy, to fire the gun and send all the cyclists on their way. A fleet of Ferrari's (you can't get much more Italian than the prancing horse) were on hand to help pace the riders under the Little Italy Arch and out into the scenic San Diego landscape.
Once on course, cyclists had the option to do a 42-mile 'Medio Fondo' of the full-blown 100-mile 'Gran Fondo' which included 6700' of climbing. Brilliant sunshine, something which attracts many world-class athletes to the San Diego area, was out in full force adding to the enjoyment.