Event Date: November 11, 2017

Location: Historic Downtown Santa Ynez, CA 


A challenging day of bikes, beer, and fun in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, featuring the first-ever ascent of Figueroa Mountain in an organized cycling event


  • Fig Epic: 96 miles and 8800 feet of climbing including the iconic 4k+ ascent of Figueroa Mountain
  • Fig Loop: 44 miles and 4,500 feet of climbing including Figueroa Mountain
  • Valley Loop: 31-mile family-friendly route with rolling hills
  • Fig Mtn Brew timed KOM/QOM segment up Figueroa Mountain
  • Beautiful and challenging rural routes through the Santa Ynez Valley with fully stocked aid stations and technical support from Shimano.

Food and Fun

  • Post Ride Party: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company is hosting a post ride party for the whole family in historic downtown Santa Ynez
  • Live Music
  • Awards: KOM/QOM Awards,
  • Food & Drink: Beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, wine from local Santa Ynez wineries, and delicious, fresh, local foods
  • Pre-Ride VIP Dinner: Optional pre-ride dinner with Chris Carmichael and other cycling celebrities


  • Date: November 11, 2017
  • Start/Finish: Historic Downtown Santa Ynez, CA
  • Technical Support from Shimano
  • Stay tuned for more

CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo VIP Camp


November 6-11, 2017

Limited Spots Available!

Hundreds of cyclists will join us for the first annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, but only a dozen will be our VIP guest athletes for the entire week leading up to the big event. Join Chris Carmichael and top CTS coaches for this week of great riding, exceptional CTS support, delicious meals, and VIP treatment at this all-inclusive cycling camp. You’ll stay at the luxurious Santa Ynez Inn and join our professional coaches for the best rides of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara. Your bike will be cleaned and tuned daily by professional mechanics and you’ll experience daily massage and ride feedback from a personal coach. You’ll also have a reserved spot at our pre-fondo VIP dinner and a front row call-up on the morning of the Gran Fondo. Whether you’ve been a loyal CTS Athlete for years or just want to experience the best of the services we offer, you are invited to join us for the week-long VIP Experience. But hurry as spots are limited!


 Press Release

New CTS Gran Fondo Features First Ascent of Figueroa Mountain

(November 1, 2016 – Santa Ynez, CA) – CTS and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. announce the first annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing, to be held on November 11, 2017 in Santa Ynez, California. This unique ride will be open to 1000 cyclists and features the first-ever ascent of the iconic Figueroa Mountain in an organized cycling event.

The full Gran Fondo route (Fig Epic) covers 96 miles and features 8800 feet of climbing, while a shorter Medio Fondo route (Fig Loop) will cover 44 miles and 4500 feet of climbing. Both routes will tackle the ascent of Figueroa Mountain, which gains 4000 feet in elevation over 9.6 miles. There will also be a family-friendly Piccolo Fondo route (Valley Ride) of about 31 miles through the Valley’s rolling hills.

To help prepare cyclists for this challenging event, the professional coaches at CTS will include pre-event training for all registered riders. For athletes who want to make the most out of their visit to the Santa Ynez Valley, there will be all-inclusive 5-day cycling camp that culminates with the gran fondo and includes an event entry and preferred starting position.

“On top of an incredible course, building community is the most important thing about the Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo for me,” said Chris Carmichael. “The people and businesses in the Santa Ynez Valley have made this area a mecca for cyclists. We can’t wait to showcase the valley and Figueroa Mountain, and then bring everyone together to enjoy live music, beer from our friends at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., and local food, wine, and products from the region.”

“Growing up in the Santa Ynez Valley, I know what a terrific area this is for cycling,” said Jaime Dietenhofer, President of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., presenting sponsor for the Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo. “Nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a challenging ride and we are very excited to partner with CTS to bring such a great cycling event to the area.”

Sponsorship packages are available, including opportunities to sponsor an aid station, the KOM/QOM competitions, or the VIP Dinner the night before the event. Contact Rebecca Kotch with sponsorship inquiries. Online information: CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo

About CTS

A pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry, CTS has improved the performance of more than 16,000 amateur and professional athletes since 2000. Founded by renowned coach and author Chris Carmichael and home to more than 40 full-time, professional coaches, CTS provides personal coaching, training camps, and Endurance Bucket List experiences to athletes of all ability levels. For more information, visit www.trainright.com.

About Figueroa Mountain Brewery

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. was founded by father and son team, Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer, in 2010.  With a passion for craft beer, they set out to pay homage to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley with handcrafted beer and hand-drawn artwork depicting the local landscape on their labels. There are currently six taprooms along the Central Coast of California. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. beer can be found in their taprooms or at select retailers and restaurants throughout California.  Learn more about @FigMtnBrew or where to find their beer at www.FigMtnBrew.com.

Contact: Rebecca Kotch



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Sponsorship opportunities

Want to get involved? We will have sponsorship packages available at a variety of levels to match your budget and goals. Please email Athlete Services or call 866-355-0645 with sponsorship inquiries.

Initial Sponsors

Figueroa Mountain Brewery


Shimano Neutral Service




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