Four Professional Riders Commit to Giro Della Costa Centrale

California Central Coast GranFondo will feature Christian Vande Velde (Garmin Sharp/Olympian), Peter Stetina (BMC/Olympian), Ina Yoko-Teutenberg (Specialized-Lululemon/Olympian) and Patty Peoples (Tri-athlete/Team USA)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — Organizers of the Giro Della Costa Centrale, a California Central Coast GranFondo that travels along Tour of California roads in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County wine countries, has secured commitments from four accomplished and dynamic professional riders for event weekend on November 8 & 9, 2014. Registration for the event is open.

Christian Vande Velde

Christian Vande Velde (born May 22, 1976 in Lemont, Illinois, U.S.) is an American professional road racing cyclist and two-time Olympian who currently rides for Garmin-Sharp. The son of United States Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee John Vande Velde, Christian became professional in 1998 for US Postal after many successful years on the track where he won 5 national championships and the World Cup overall in the Individual Pursuit in 1997. He twice rode on the Tour de France team that brought Lance Armstrong to victory in 1999 and 2001. Christian moved to Liberty Seguros in 2004 and switched to Team CSC in 2005 where he stayed through 2007. He worked as a domestique for several different leaders from Roberto Heras to Ivan Basso and finally Carlos Sastre. In 2008, Christian made the transition from super domestique to team leader, finishing the season as one of the world’s top cycling talents. As part of the winning team time trial squad at the Giro d’Italia, Christian became only the second American ever to don the coveted maglia rosa. He rode heroically throughout the 2008 Tour de France, finishing fourth overall. The team’s biggest win in 2008 came when Christian took home the yellow jersey from the Tour of Missouri. He is Team Garmin-Sharp’s on-the-road captain and will lead the team in many future victories.

Peter Stetina

Peter Stetina recently finished his first Tour de France in 35th place while helping Tejay VanGarderen to 5th place overall. He was sixth overall at Amgen Tour of California, and 8th overall at Tour de San Luis on the strength of runner-up finish on Stage 2. He was also involved helping Dan Martin win Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2013 and Ryder Hesjedal win Giro d’Italia in 2012. He is a 2x u23 national time trial champion (2008, 2009). His Dad and Uncle are former racers: Dale Stetina, and Wayne Stetina, both of whom were important names in the early era of American Road racing.

Ina Yoko-Teutenberg

An extremely quick sprinter who could also handle tough courses, Ina Yoko-Teutenberg has clocked up over two hundred victories during her career. Her results include a win in the 2009 Ronde van Vlaanderen, multiple stages in the Giro Donne, Tour de l’Aude and Route de France, two victories in the Tour of Chongming Island World Cup race, four victories in the Liberty Classic, the German national title, plus bronze in the 2011 worlds, fourth in the Olympic Games road race and a victory in the 2012 team time trial at the worlds for Germany. Teutenberg recently retired and lives in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Patty Peoples

Patty Peoples has been a name in cycling circles since the 1980’s. She was a member of the US Women’s National Team and on the first women’s championship team to ride the Inaugural Women’s Tour de France. She won the Inaugural Cycling Olympic Trials Qualifying Race for women and competed at the Trials two times. More recently, Patty has turned her attention to the Triathlon and Duathlon with stellar results. She is a 2-time USAT Athlete of the Year (2011/13), 2-time USAT Female Overall Sprint Duathlon National Champion & Fastest Female Bike Split (2012/14), 2-time ITU AG Sprint Duathlon World Champion (2011/13) & Fastest Female Bike Split (2011), 5-time USAT #1 Ranked Age Group Duathlete (2009/10/11/12/14), 6-time USAT All-American Duathlete. Patty brings her bike and incredible cycling stories to the Giro Della Costa Centrale.

“Having professional riders at the Inaugural Giro Della Costa Centrale really enhances the experience for our riders,” says Heather Hellman, Event Director. “Riding with professionals of this caliber is fun, a challenge and memorable. Each rider is world-class with great accomplishments and stories. It’s great to bring the best of the sport to the Central Coast. ”

In addition to riding, each cyclist will be attending the VIP reception on Saturday, November 8 at the Shore Cliff Hotel as part of a meet and greet and panel discussion that will talk cycling to a select audience of 150 Giro Della Costa Centrale riders. A portion of proceeds from this event and a morning “Coffee Ride” will benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and Alpha.

All Giro Della Costa Centrale rides will start at Trilogy Resort at Monarch Dunes, a 5-star community/resort with spa, golf course and Shea Homes. All rides will leave the resort and traverse the Central Coast, riding along the Pacific Coast Highway and deep into the Santa Ynez Valley. The rides include the SLO GranFondo: New 100-Mile route for 2014 with 4000 ft of elevation gain and 60% on Tour of California roads. MedioFondo: The 61-Mile MedioFondo allows riders scenery to enjoy the bi-county coastal and wine country beauty without the “Suffer Fest!” FemmeFondo: The 50-Mile women’s only FemmeFondo will have its own separate start and provide the right balance of challenge and fun.
PiccoloFondo: The 25-Mile PiccoloFondo ride is for the beginner to intermediate cyclist. It welcomes recreational, family or weekend warriors who want to enjoy the beauty of the Nipomo Mesa, surrounding foothills and have plenty of time to experience make the classic bike rally and soak up the sun at Festivale Italiano.

First-class amenities for each registered rider includes an Inaugural event t-shirt, well-stocked AID Stations with a signature Italian food, FLUID Sports drink, CLIF Shots, and salty and sweet snacks along, chip timing to track progress, mechanical and sag support from Flanders Bicycle and a hot pasta lunch at rides end.

Each ride will award a first place specially designed pink jersey, “a la Giro d”Italia,” and the event will award a jersey to the top fundraising individual or team.

As in years past, the Giro Della Costa Centrale will benefit Alpha Pregnancy and Parenting and the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital. Riders can fundraise individually or as a team with great incentives for reaching fundraising goals, including a spot to the VIP Reception on Saturday, November 8th. There, riders can meet and mingle with the pro riders, team riders and special guests.

In addition to the new routes, the Giro Della Costa Centrale will also feature Festivale Italiano, a finish line party for riders and their guests. The Festivale will immerse riders in “La Dolce Vita” with Italian foods, wines, beer and classic Italian music. Riders can relax at the world-class resort, listen to music and enjoy a hot meal. There will be merchandise and vendors with the latest bikes and gear.

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