Third edition presented by set for October 29–30 features three timed routes from 25 to 100 miles for cyclists showcases the spectacular Central California Coast; post-event Festivale Italiano of cuisine, wine, craft beer, music, food & fun; Bob Roll returns as Official Ambassador; Hearst Cancer Resource Center and ALPHA Foundation return as local beneficiaries

AVILA BEACH, Calif. — (March 2, 2016) — The SLO Gran Fondo presented by has opened registration for its third edition set for October 29–30, 2016. The annual fall classic cycling event, produced by Race SLO, features three routes — 25, 61 or 100 miles — that traverse over the scenic Central Coast of California. Last year, the SLO Gran Fondo was won by Cory Lockwood, 27, of Tehachapi, CA and Jane Despas, 50, of Menlo Park, CA, and Lockwood and Sara Bird of Los Altos, CA won the King and Queen of the Mountain titles.

“For our third edition, we expect a record number of 1,500 riders from all over the country and with our valued sponsors, volunteers and staff, we look forward to presenting the best and most exciting SLO Gran Fondo yet,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “In addition, our world famous cycling ambassador Bob Roll returns for the event weekend including the Saturday morning coffee ride, Pro Panel reception, awards ceremony and more!”

The PRO Panel Reception, slated for Saturday afternoon, October 29, features author, commentator and former professional Bob “Bobke” Roll along with numerous other pro riders sharing their humor, wisdom and insight with all attendees.

Post-ride, at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, there will be a first class recovery and celebration area that includes free bike valet and athlete washing tents, a 5-star chef’s hot Italian lunch by Buona Tavola, massage, local wine, Firestone Walker beer and music at the Festivale Italiano.

The 3rd SLO Gran Fondo presented by, October 29–30, 2016 in Avila Beach, Calif., offers three timed new routes ranging from 25 miles to 100 miles that showcase the beautiful Tuscan-like California Central Coast. The event again will benefit two San Luis Obispo non-profits the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and ALPHA Foundation.

Last year’s event drew a record 1,000-plus registered riders overall.

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Established in 2010 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO family of annual events includes the 5th SLO Marathon + Half and Family Fitness 5K (Spring 2016), SLO GranFondo cycling event (Fall 2016) and the inaugural SLO Ultra trail races at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 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: #EnduranceTownUSA!

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