Gran Fondo San Diego

104 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing
Gran Fondo San Diego • Route Profile
Route Profile

Gran Fondo San Diego • Climbs

Cat. 2: Mile 30
Cat. 4: Mile 12, 42, and 66

Gran Fondo San Diego • Description

Gran Fondo San Diego starts under the Little Italy arch in downtown San Diego. The first section leads through an industrial area along San Diego Bay. The ride then leads through a suburban section to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
Here the route gets more scenic, passing Upper and Lower Otay Lake and following Otay Lakes Road. A six mile time trial leads up Honey Springs Road, which merges into Lyons Valley Road. Japatul Road, Dehesa Road, Willow Glen Drive, and Campo Road eventually loop back to Otay Lakes Road, which leads back to the Olympic Training Center.
The following suburban section is different from the beginning, and the final industrial section is the same.
Event Website: Gran Fondo San Diego

Gran Fondo San Diego • Interactive Map

Gran Fondo San Diego • Pictures

Gran Fondo San Diego • Little Italy
Little Italy
Gran Fondo San Diego • Olympic Training Center
Olympic Training Center
Gran Fondo San Diego • Lyons Valley Road
Lyons Valley Road
Gran Fondo San Diego • Japatul Road
Japatul Road

Gran Fondo San Diego • Personal Notes

America's original gran fondo had definitely an Italian theme: three Ferraris and two Ducatis started off the ride in Little Italy, while Pavarotti was blasting over the speakers.
At the start I ran into George A. and Julie V. on their tandem, and we rode together until the first stop. Then I ran into Tom R. and his friend Dave, and we rode together until the hill time trial. During the second half of the ride I took long pulls in a sizeable paceline.
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries