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Great Western Bicycle Rally gets new ownership 

CCSD Sport Event acquires the Great Western Bicycle Rally

CCSD Sport Event, a division of Cycling Camp San Diego (CCSD) this week announced it is acquiring the Great Western Bicycle Rally, a 4-day cycling festival that takes place in Paso Robles each Memorial Day Weekend.

Great-Western-Bike-RallyThe Great Western Bicycle Rally, a 4-day gathering of cyclists from all over the USA, has taken place annually for the last 50 years. Currently held at the Paso Robles Event Center it attracts all types of bicyclists from families with small children to avid cyclists looking for a challenge.

The rally features various cycling activities from a kids bike ‘roadeo’, through to a time trial and hill climb competition. On Saturday women cyclists gather to take part in the fully supported Velo de Femme and on Sunday riders come from all over California to take part in the Century ride offered by the Great Western Bicycle Rally.

The rally has had various owners in the past, being handed from one passionate owner to another to add their own personal touches. For the past three years Chris and Angie Merrill have been the owners and they have worked hard to create great relationships with the local community and add new activities to the rally.

Robert Panzera of CCSD said, “We are delighted to take ownership of the Great Western Bicycle Rally. It’s an event we have participated in for a number of years and we’re very excited to add the CCSD touch to the event and continue to foster the great relationships with the local Paso Robles community that Chris and Angie have developed.”

The 2015 rally will be offering a chance for local vendors, artisan food companies, wineries and breweries to showcase their product on Friday and Saturday evening, with a limited number of free vendor spots at the expo for local companies. The Mayor of Paso Robles will be officially opening the Great Western Bike Rally on Friday evening and there will be food trucks and a ‘Velo Give’ booth where you may donate or purchase used cycling gear. All profits from the Velo Give will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

About Cycling Camp San Diego

CCSD is a sports event management company headquartered in San Diego. The organization offers professional race and event management logistics, cycling vacations, coaching, skills clinics, mechanical demonstrations, and other cycling-related programming and training through its range of programs for athletes. CCSD’s mission is to provide athletes with a value-driven physical and social experience where it’s all about the bike. For more information, visit

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