Blake Anton, Jane Despas to Defend Giro Della Costa Centrale Titles

The second edition presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com, November 14–15, features four timed routes from 25 to 100 miles showcasing the Central Coast; post-race Festivale Italiano of wine, music, food & fun; register today at www.girodcc.com

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (November 10, 2015) — The 2nd Giro Della Costa Centrale, an annual cycling event produced by Race SLO, expects top teams and hundreds of riders, including defending GranFondo champions Blake Anton and Jane Despas, who will be racing over four timed routes ranging from 25 miles to 100 miles on Sunday, November 15 in Avila Beach, Calif. The event weekend also includes a Pro Panel reception, on Saturday, November 14 from 3:00–5:00pm in Avila Beach at Custom House Wine Cellar, featuring author, commentator and former professional Bob “Bobke” Roll and 2012 London Olympics silver medal cyclist Dotsie Bausch and commentator Bob Stapleton.

“At our second edition, we have attracted incredible cycling talent, led by defending GranFondo champions Jane Despas of ICE Sportswear p/b Pinnacle Racing and Blake Anton and his Team Clif Bar, and we expect some incredible competition,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “Also in attendance will be Neil Shirley from Team Road Bike Action, Robin Farina from Woman’s Cycling, USA Pro Champion Kurt Stockton and Barbara & Chris Grealish, the Traveling Chefs for Team Cannondale — Garmin. Without a doubt, this will be a great weekend of cycling racing and fun on the Central Coast!”

USL.TV will also stream live the Giro Della Costa Centrale at usl.tv/giro-della-costa-centrale/ with cameras at the start & finish, King of the Mountain (KOM) time trial on the SLO GranFondo course as well as a live camera along the waterfront as riders take in the magnificent Morro Bay to Cayucos region.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, November 14, 2015

10:00am to 2:00pm
Late registration & packet pick-up: at leftlanesports.com in San Luis Obispo (ID required for packet pick-up)

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Pro Panel reception featuring special guests Bob Roll & Dotsie Bausch and pro riders at Custom House Wine Cellar in Avila Beach. Moderated by USA Cycling Chairman Bob Stapleton. Tickets purchased separately at registration or online; LIMITED SEATING with capacity of 100 people.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

6:00am to 8:30am
Sunday late registration and packet pick-up at Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach

RIDES
7:00am SLO GranFondo Early Riser start (100 miles)
8:00am SLO GranFondo Mass start (100 miles)
8:15am MedioFondo Mass start (61 miles / 100K)
8:30am FemmeFondo Mass start (50 miles, women)
9:00am PiccoloFondo Mass start (25 miles, beginner)

8:00am to 3:00pm
Festivale Italiano on Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach, with a gourmet Italian meal provided by Buona Tavola, local wines provided by August Ridge Winery, On Your Left Wines and Peloton Cellars, and beer provided by Firestone Walker Brewery. The Festivale is open to the public.

1:30pm Awards Ceremony
3:00pm Course cut off

The 2nd Giro Della Costa Centrale presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com, set for November 14–15, 2015 in Avila Beach, Calif., will have four timed new routes ranging from 25 miles to 100 miles that showcase the beautiful Tuscan-like California Central Coast plus first class recovery area that includes a 5-star chef’s hot Italian lunch, massage, wine and music at Festivale Italiano. Top riders will receive the iconic PINK Giro style jersey and top KOM riders the polka dot jersey. Last year’s inaugural event sold out at 600 riders. This year’s event has added an additional 400 spots for 1,000 riders overall and is expected to sell out once again. Benefiting Hearst Cancer Resource Center and SLO A.L.P.H.A.

Register for the event or for more information, go to: www.girodcc.com

ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2010 to bring world class sporting events to the California Central Coast, the Race SLO family of annual events includes the Cancer Challenge 1 Mile, 5K & 10K (September 6, 2015), Giro Della Costa Centrale cycling event (November 14–15, 2015), SLO Marathon + Half and Family Fitness 5K (April 30-May 1, 2016) and the inaugural SLO Ultra trail race at Wild Cherry Canyon (September 10, 2016).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun and competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #SmallTownBigRaces!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.