Italy and cycling celebrated in San Diego

The second annual Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego Cycling Classic returns to the area March 6 and 7 with more than 2,500 cyclists, their families and fans expected to attend.

Olympic and two-time World Champion Paolo Bettini joins this year's classic, celebrating the heritage of cycling as part of Italian culture in the U.S.

Participants will have three cycling courses to choose from. All three courses pass over the Coronado Bridge.

The event starts with a parade of Ferraris and goes into the competition and a chance to with "King of the Mountain" for designated age groups.

An expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 6 at the County Administration Building.

Participants will gather for the classic on March 7, starting at 6 a.m. under the Little Italy landmark sign on India Street. Gran Fondo and Medio Corsa start at 7 a.m., and the Family Fondo starts at 7:45 a.m.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at

the County Administrative Building, where the expo continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year's charity beneficiary is the American Melanoma Foundation.

Go to www.granfondosandiego.com.

   
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