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CTS Announces the Launch of the 2nd Edition of the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo

(March 20, 2018 – Colorado Springs, CO) Cyclists can now register for the 2nd edition of the CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing. The event, scheduled for November 10, 2018, in Santa Ynez, California, features beautiful routes through the Santa Ynez Valley and an ascent of the iconic Figueroa Mountain climb.

Early bird registration ranges from $85-$125. This year’s Fig Fondo will be capped at 800 riders to ensure a great experience for all participants. Shareable registration link:

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 5200 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. The Fig Fondo will once again feature the popular CTS Coach led pace groups. See Routes.

“Last year at the inaugural Fig Fondo we set out to create an event that would bring together cyclists of all ability levels for a great cycling experience in one of the best places in the world to ride a bicycle. From all the positive feedback I got from participants and sponsors, I can say it was a huge success.” said CTS CEO, Chris Carmichael. “I’m excited to launch the 2nd edition of the Fig Fondo and welcome back many of the riders and sponsors from last year. It’s going to be another great weekend of riding.”

The 2018 CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo will be welcoming back presenting sponsor Figueroa Mountain Brewery, as well as, 2017 Fig Fondo sponsors GiordanaPinarelloShimanoVisitSYV.comRoad Bike Action MagazineChumash Casino, and Santa Ynez Valley Chamber of Commerce. New to this year’s Fig Fondo will be Gold Level Sponsor Lucas Oil Products and Silver Level Sponsor GQ-6.

“After having such a great experience at the Fig Fondo last year, I knew I wanted us to be involved with the event in the future,” said Lucas Oil Products Director of Sales Mark Sromalla. “We are really looking forward to this year’s gran fondo and working with CTS to develop high-performance bike lube products for cyclists.”

Los Padres ForestWatch, a local nonprofit organization protecting wildlife, wilderness, and clean water throughout the Los Padres National Forest, will also be returning to the Fig Fondo. Participants will have the opportunity to donate during registration and proceeds from the Fig Fondo Legends Dinner silent auction will go to ForestWatch.

“Los Padres ForestWatch is thrilled to be this year’s beneficiary of the Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo,” said ForestWatch executive director Jeff Kuyper. “The event gives cyclists an unforgettable opportunity to ride through the Santa Ynez Valley and the Los Padres National Forest, while supporting our mission to protect and preserve these iconic landscapes.”

Sponsorship packages are available, including opportunities to sponsor an aid station, the KOM/QOM competitions, and more. Online information: CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo. Contact Kirk Nordgren with sponsorship inquiries:

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The CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, presented by Figueroa Mountain Brewing, is the flagship event from CTS Productions, Inc. Held in California’s Santa Ynez Valley and featuring Figueroa Mountain. The event benefits ForestWatch, a local nonprofit organization protecting wildlife, wilderness, and clean water throughout the Los Padres National Forest. For more information, visit


A pioneering company in the endurance coaching industry, CTS has improved the performance of more than 17,000 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


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


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