Tehachapi’s GranFondo cycling event has earned acknowledgment from the cycling community as one of the best GranFondos in California in 2014 and 2015.

More than 1,000 bicycling enthusiasts ride each year through the mountains and hills of Tehachapi.

GranFondo is Italian for big ride, or a mass participant cycling event held on mountainous courses. The course has many spectator-friendly sections for family and friends to cheer on the riders.

Cyclists take in the beauty of each of the communities that make up greater Tehachapi and choose one of five riding courses that vary in length (16, 38, 60, 86 and 104 miles) to give riders a challenge that fits their ability level, from beginner to pro. The GranFondo is set up with rest and aid stations along the courses hosted by local civic groups providing the support and comfort each rider needs.

Tehachapi’s GranFondo features a King and Queen of the Mountain, timed portion of the course. The race designers change the competitive section each year to feature some of Tehachapi’s most challenging mountains for the race against the clock. Cyclists have come from across the country and outside the United States to participatei.

GranFondo is a weekend event with a special carb load dinner the night before the ride. Cycling community vendors are on hand to show off the latest and greatest technology. The town opens up and embraces the event as you find residents lining the course, ringing cow bells and yelling support to the riders, giving the feeling of a European cycling race.

Tehachapi has plenty of hotels and campgrounds to accommodate cyclists who enjoy the adventure!