Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Sea Otter Classic Embraces the Californian Coast

On Saturday, April 20 as part of the most beloved cycling festival in the nation: The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Sea Otter Classic will premier in Monterey, CA, adding its unmistakable Italian twist to this four-day outdoor sport and tradeshow event, which attracts a total of 10,000 riders from multiple disciplines and about 50,000 fans. The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia will start from the world-famous Laguna Seca Race Track and will offer two different routes, Carmel Valley (96 miles) and Coastal (49 miles), open to riders of all capabilities willing to experience a real “Italian style” Gran Fondo in one of the greatest cycling areas in the US. Not to be missed is the Expo, boosting a wealth of over 400 companies and featuring for the first time a dedicated Italian corner! Look out for the original Trophy and get your picture with the Milan Duomo! Impress your friends with your own personalized number and the limited edition jersey by Santini!

Known as the ultimate in the “celebration of cycling,” Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener; it also happens to be one of the nation’s largest. With both professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.

With stunning views of the majestic Pacific Ocean and lush Californian farms, the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Sea Otter is an experience like no other. It is no wonder then that most of cycling’s racing disciplines are represented including mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, and road racing.

The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. Be sure not to miss the Italian corner, whose bicycle and food products are sure to please!

The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia brings to America a top international appeal and the ultimate expertise in mass-participation productions of a true “Italian” Gran Fondo experience, with breathtaking scenic courses, timed climbs and challenges that impart an atmosphere typically reserved for professional races, all in a fun “Italian style” environment that brings out the best of this sport.

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