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Levi Gran Fondo

Levi Leipheimers King Ridge Gran Fondo

September 30 2017
Santa Rosa, California, USA
 
 
 

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 four 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. 

Expect full support on course, with mobile mechanical support and full emergency services. We host eight rest stops, each with whole foods as well as on-bike liquid and gel energy. Expect mechanical service at each stop, as well medical personal, on top of what's driving around on-course.

Once the pedaling is done, riders and their families will come together at the park for a fun day filled with plenty of activities, live music and great food and beverages.

There will be a wide variety of farm fresh, locally grown, organic food options including paella, BBQ, pasta, sandwiches and salads, with some comfort food and traditional festival options. Dessert choices abound with cupcakes, cookies, all-natural popsicles, or locally-made ice cream. Wash it down with an assortment of coffee drinks, juice, or an organic kombucha. 

There is the new Panzer route. It's a grueling 14 mile, 1,600 vertical foot, gravel cherry on top of your already-hard-enough Gran route sundae, sprinkled with the mid-route reward of panzerotti and espresso. And yeah, you get to keep the cup. Most importantly, we can't just let anyone ride this sucker. The Gran route is not for the faint of heart and the Panzer is a challenge beyond even that. There's a legitimate safety issue which an even longer, harder route raises. For that reason above all else, we're only allowing prequalified candidates to register for the Panzer. This means that only those of you who have previously ridden the Gran route in an ELAPSED time of under 7 hours and 30 minutes will be allowed to register for the Panzer. That's not simply wheel-moving time; it's the time it took you to cross the start line until the moment you got back, including rest stops, food breaks, mechanicals, road-side shiatsu, 27 selfies, whatever.

Our mission is to raise money and awareness for at-risk youth organizations that provide services to kids throughout the country. As a ride with thousands of participants from around the world, we are poised to do something very meaningful, and on a large scale.

We’re going to need help, of course. That’s where you come in. You can do a lot more than just ride. In your town, in your city and community there are disadvantaged kids who need help. We believe, no child should have to deal with at-risk circumstances. Yet the awful truth is that nearly 50% of youth in America do. In the coming weeks and months we are going to be announcing strategic alliances with new partner organizations who do this good work in communities throughout the US. We’re starting at home, and working outward. If you have an organization that you think fits this profile, let us know. Their work is important, and we’re here to help.

Levi Leipheimers King Ridge Gran Fondo

 
Routes: 30, 35, 58, 61, 98, 102, 116 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: F - Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Entry Limit: 5000
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary

8AM for all routes

What's Included?

Each entrant will receive the following:

An unforgettable experience from a grand day on the bike with Levi Leipheimer, his pro buddies, and thousands of your new friends.
A fully timed course with a dirt option for those who like a little dust on the bottom bracket shell
Partial road closures on the first 25 miles and traffic control afterwards
A series of fully staffed and stocked rest stops with amazing food and friendly service
A GranFondo gift musette bag at registration, including a GranFondo Rider Manual
A Levi’s GranFondo commemorative t-shirt
A hot shower after your ride
A lovingly crafted post-ride meal from any one of our multiple local food vendors
The exceptional post-ride FondoSonoma Festival with music and great entertainment

Packet Pickups

Packet pickup is when you show up in person at the Finley Center to get your rider packet, your t-shirt and your swag bag. You must do this in person. No one else can do it for you. We will repeat this several times, but there is no other option. You must sign a waiver and the ride rules.  We’ll have bike industry exhibitors onsite and our GranFondo merchandise booth will be in full swing. And yes, we make Levi do this too. No exceptions!

PACKET PICKUP TIMES

The eve of the ride, from 11am to 10pm at the Finley Center.
Saturday, ride-day, from 6am to 8am at the Finely Center.
We strongly recommend you pick your packet up Friday to avoid the Saturday morning rush.  And by strongly, we mean that we wouldn’t do it the other way if it was us. C’mon. 6:00 in the morning?

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Outriders
Marshalls
Escort / Police Escort
Controlled Intersections
Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Post Ride Shower
Finish Line Chute
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
 
Event Size
5000 +
 
Start Address: The Finley Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, California, USA
 
 
 
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