Levi’s Gran Fondo
In an effort to make Levi’s GranFondo a ride in which almost any cyclist can participate, riders in the GranFondo have the choice of three separate routes. Regardless of what type of riding appeals to you or what fitness level you’re currently enjoying, we’ve got a route that works for you. The Gran route is a 103-mile journey of grandeur through the towering and enchanted forests, bare ridgetops, and pucker-worthy descents. When it comes to scenic wonder, the 65-mile Medio route is neck and neck with the Gran. The Piccolo route is created solely for recreational and beginner cyclists who wish to participate in the mass start and big group atmosphere en route to Occidental, but are not prepared for the long, steep climbs in the far western flanks of Sonoma County.
Gran Route – [map] [profile]
Gran + Willow Creek Option – [map]
The Gran route climbs out of the depths of the town of Cazadero into one of the most breathtakingly beautiful expanses of terrain with incredible skytop views of nearby mountains, ridges, valleys and, of course, the vast Pacific Ocean. After cresting King Ridge Road, Gran riders are in for whipping descents and the rolling profiles of the coastal roads until you make your way back towards Occidental via the infamous Coleman Valley Road. From there, it’s smooth sailing back into Santa Rosa.
Medio Route – [map] [profile]
Medio + Willow Creek Option – [map]
While it does not include the famed King Ridge Road, the loop does incorporate the later stages of that route when it climbs up from the coast over Coleman Valley Road. This is not by any means an easy stage, but one that offers fit cyclists an opportunity to test their mettle on a wonderful climb and still experience some of the best that Sonoma County has to offer.
Piccolo Route – [map]
There is some climbing on this 32-mile ride, but the route mainly stays in the County’s fertile valley floors. The Piccolo is a great ride for those looking for a pleasant pedal past vineyards and redwoods to work up an appetite for a well-deserved hoedown back at the FondoSonoma Festival.
There will be a wide variety of farm fresh, locally grown, organic food options including paella, oysters, sandwiches and salads, with some comfort food and traditional festival options. Dessert choices abound with cupcakes, cookies, all-natural popsicles or sweet, savory, or spicy organic popcorn. Wash it down with an assortment of coffee drinks, juice, or an organic kombucha. But remember…
We will be featuring an assortment of New Belgium beers, including their newest brand, Shift. Celebrate a close to your work shift or a finish of your ride with a beer brewed precisely for that purpose, all at our little Festival.