Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego, scheduled for April 14, 2013.
"Campagnolo has a rich history with Gran Fondo riding, and it stands for fine Italian innovation and quality. Their sponsorship brings us to a new level," said Tobias Panek, the owner of the event. "We couldn't be happier to welcome Campagnolo as our title sponsor. It's a perfect fit." Panek, whose company, Gran Fondo Cycling Tours, has ten years of experience producing Gran Fondo cycling tours in Italy and France and managing operations for various domestic Gran Fondos.
Campagnolo North America Director Tom Kattus agreed, stating, "We've been involved with the Gran Fondo in San Diego since its first year, because we believe in the fun and challenge of Gran Fondos. This is a hometown event for us. As its title sponsor, we look forward to increasing our connection with riders of all levels, from beginner to competitive enthusiast."
This year marks the 80th anniversary of Campagnolo, whose North American headquarters is in Carlsbad. In commemoration, it released an eagerly awaited 80th Anniversary Collection, and it increased its involvement with prestigious events. Its sponsorship of the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego is the latest in a series that includes New York City (Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, May 19) and Rome, Italy (Gran Fondo Campagnolo Roma, October 13).
Campagnolo's involvement as title sponsor includes providing neutral support on all three courses, as well as working with local shops to coordinate additional support. It is donating wheels for giveaways and will have a large booth at the Finish Line Expo, complete with demo products for registered participants. Additionally, Campagnolo will headline a VIP fundraising dinner to benefit Operation Rebound, the official charity partner of the Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego.
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