Thousands start the 9th Annual Levi's Gran Fondo
Thousand of riders lined up to take part in the 9th Annual Edition in Sonoma County
Photos and video credits to David Hauser.
It was an early start for around 4,000 cyclcists who took up the challenge of this years Levi's Gran Fondo.
Carlos Perez, the GranFondo’s principal organizer, then welcomed the thousands of cyclists, including the event’s namesake, retired pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa, and former cycling pro Floyd Landis.
“We’re walking forward into 10 years next year,” Perez told the crowd.
The event featured 11 different routes that ranged from the grueling 116-mile il Regno, formerly known as the Panzer, to the 8-mile Family Route, a mild, flat ride.
The morning fog quickly dissipated and gave way to weather in the low 80s in Santa Rosa and low 60s along the coast.
VIDEO: 2017 Levi's Gran Fondo Start
Friends and family of te cyclists gathered together at the park for a fun day filled with plenty of activities, live music and great food and beverages.
Once riders completed their routes, their accomplishments were celebrated with a festival at Finley Park, featuring food, beer and entertainment. Tired riders relaxed under tents and trees, many drinking craft beer or eating plates of paella and pizza
Link to Preliminary Results here: http://rhes.us/live