Tetrick, Moore Lead Top Riders for SLO GranFondo 2016

The third edition presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com, Oct. 29–30, features three timed routes from 25 up to 100 miles showcasing the scenic Central Coast; free bike valet with drop bags, washing tents and massage in recovery zone and Italian festival of food, wine, craft beer & music; Hearst Cancer Resource Center and ALPHA Foundation local beneficiaries; register today at www.slogranfondo.com

AVILA BEACH, Calif. — The 3rd SLO GranFondo presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com, an annual Fall cycling event produced by Race SLO, expects top teams and hundreds of riders, including professional cyclists Alison Tetrick, Ian Moore, Holly Breck, Matt Bigos, Ina Teutenberg, 2015 SLO GranFondo runner-up Neil Shirley and the Clif Bar Team who will all be touring the scenic Central Coast routes ranging from 25 miles to 100 miles on Sunday, October 30 in Avila Beach, Calif. The event weekend also includes an engaging Pro Panel reception from 3:00–5:00pm on Saturday at the Avila Golf Resort, featuring all the pro riders along with author, Tour de France & Tour of California commentator and former professional Bob “Bobke” Roll and USA Cycling’s Bob Stapleton.

“Our third SLO GranFondo promises to be another spectacular cycling event stocked with pro riders and cyclists from all over the state visiting us to not only experience Fall on the beautiful Central Coast, but to also enjoy some exciting time trial climbing action at the top level,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “Along with the GranFondo pink jersey ride champions being crowned, we’ll once again celebrate our top Queen & King of the Mountain with the highly coveted polka dot jerseys on stage in Avila Beach at our post-ride food and wine festival.”

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:00am to 2:00pm
Late registration & packet pick-up (ID required) at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach, CA

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Pro Panel reception featuring special guests Bob Roll & Alison Tetrick and a variety of pro riders at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Moderated by USA Cycling Chairman Bob Stapleton. Appetizers and wine included. Tickets purchased separately at registration or online; limited seating with capacity for 100 people.

Sunday, October 30, 2016
6:00am to 8:30am

Sunday late registration and packet pick-up at Avila Beach Golf Resort, 10th Fairway, in Avila Beach, CA.

RIDES
7:00am — SLO GranFondo Early Riser start (100 miles)

7:30am — SLO GranFondo Official Mass start (100 miles)

8:00am — MedioFondo Mass start (61 miles)

8:30am — PiccoloFondo Mass start (25 miles, beginner level)

All rides are timed and all riders will start together by event distance in GranFondo tradition. All rides must be completed by 3:00pm. Full course aid, mechanical and medical support provided.

9:00am to 3:30pm — Festival Italiano
10th Fairway at Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach, with a recovery zone and a gourmet Italian meal, local wines & beer plus music & vendors. The festival is open to the public.

1:30pm — Jersey Awards Ceremony
Traditional PINK jerseys will be awarded to the first place male and female overall in each event distance. Also, Queen & King of the Mountain (QOM / KOM) Polka Dot Jersey will be awarded to first place male and female in the GranFondo ONLY. Pro riders will be present to meet and greet.

The event once again benefits two San Luis Obispo non-profits the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and ALPHA Foundation.

To register for the SLO Gran Fondo 2016 as well as the Pro Panel or for more event information including ride maps, go to: www.slogranfondo.com

Visit RaceSLO.com for upcoming events and to register today.

Established in 2010 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO family of annual events currently includes the SLO Marathon + Half and Family Fitness 5K (Spring), SLO GranFondo (Fall) and SLO Ultra at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall).

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.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

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: #EnduranceTownUSA!