Distances in this event
- Bike 8.8mi
- Bike 30mi
- Bike 35mi
- Bike 63mi
- Bike 59mi
- Bike 85mi
- Bike 81mi
- Bike 102mi
- Bike 99mi
- Bike 117mi
- Bike 114mi
Levi's Gran Fondo routes
CHOOSE FROM ELEVEN ROUTES
Each one is recorded and your time is published after the event. Whether you're just getting into riding, or an elite athlete seeking the ultimate challenge, our ride was inspired by, and can be as hard as some of the biggest stages of the Tour de France. It's all up to you.
Route selection: Register for one of the BIG 5: Family, Piccolo, Medio, Gran, or Growler.
Route add-on options, such as Piccolo +, Willow Creek or The Fort*, can be selected as you ride – your choice.
Family - 8.8mile and 168ftThe Family Route is a great beginner option. Or if you’re simply looking for an easy cruise before spending a day at the festival, this is for you. It’s also a great kid’s route with virtually no climbing at all. Come partake in the fanfare of the mass-start, but turn back before the road pitches up. The final 75% of this route is entirely on a dedicated bicycle path. There's even a flat gravel option!
Piccolo - 30mile and 1511ft
The Piccolo distance takes participants across the vineyard plains to the redwood-flanked town of Occidental where they are greeted with a full-service rest stop. Make sure to stage appropriately at the start of the GranFondo if you are riding this route as no riders are permitted to return before 9:30 AM due to extensive inbound bike traffic. While this is the easiest route we offer, there is still a moderate climb into and out of Occidental.
Piccolo +: 35 mile and 2239ft
For those of you looking for a bit more challenge than what the basic Piccolo route offers, we humbly suggest taking on this additional 5 mile/600′ climb. This is a great way to kill some time if you’ve arrived in Occidental before the 9:30 AM turnaround time. Simply continue further into town, turn right on Occidental Road, then follow the course signs to Coleman, Joy, and Bittner Roads before returning back to Occidental.
Medio - 63 mile and 3557ft
Split the difference: the Medio route is a big step up from the Piccolo or the Piccolo +, but it’s far less demanding than any of the options around the Gran route. It’s still extremely beautiful, riding along the edge of the Pacific, taking on harrowing descents through redwood forests, and embracing a gut-puncher of a climb up Coleman Valley Road.
Medio + Willow Creek - 59mile and 3384 ft
Long before it became fashionable, most “road” rides in Sonoma County, by necessity, had gravel stretches. Willow Creek is one of those hidden gems. It’s gated, so it’s entirely void of vehicular traffic and rich with peace and quiet (except for that heavy breathing of yours). While shorter and with less overall vertical climbing than the paved version of the Medio route, you’ll find Willow Creek waiting to give you its very own brand of challenge and reward.
The Fort - 85mile and 6910ft
If you make your way to Cazadero after the cut-off time of 10:30 AM, or just want to cut out some of the Gran route, you can ascend the amazing Fort Ross Road and make your way directly to the Ritchey Ranch rest stop. This eliminates King Ridge, the King Ridge rest stop, and the infamous Hauser Bridge descent, but still brings you to the top of Seaview Ridge near the Ritchey Ranch rest stop where you can pull in for a moment before descending Meyers Grade to the coast.
The Fort + Willow Creek - 81mile and 6209ft
If you took the Fort Ross “shortcut,” you will have embarked upon what is one of our hidden gems. We don't spend a lot of time talking about it, and if you've never done Fort Ross Road before, it's about time. Also, you still have options, including Willow Creek, described earlier. This combination of choices is the shortest of all the Gran route options.
Gran - 102 mile and 9004ft
This is it. The original route that started this whole GranFondo circus. There isn’t enough space to detail all you’ll encounter here, but suffice to say that it’s the definitive cycling experience in our hemisphere. From the damp redwood forests at the base of King Ridge to the 360-degree panoramas at the butcher knife-thin top, this is the stuff of memory. And if you think the climbs are amazing, the descents down Hauser Bridge Road and Meyers Grade will stay with you for the rest of your days. While it’s our biggest and most popular route, it’s still not for the faint of heart (or leg): the fastest times recorded on this route are barely under 5 hours and done by professional riders who compete at the topmost level of the sport.
Gran + Willow Creek - 99mile and 8303ft
As mentioned in the Medio route description, we invite you to diverge a bit and taste something a little different up Willow Creek Road, our car-free gravel climb up from where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s marginally easier than taking the Coleman Valley route but adds the challenge of gravel and an occasionally cratered road surface.
Growler - 117mile and 10564ft
Sonoma County is a massive place and people come from around the world to experience all that it has to offer. You could spend a lifetime scouring its nooks and, truth be told, Levi’s GranFondo only scratches the surface. But this year we’re going to scratch a bit more. The Growler serves up more descents, more fir-lined canyons, more sweeping vistas, more quiet gravel, more mileage, and more climbing. It’s more of everything you love about the Gran route and that’s pretty much everything you love about riding your bike.
Growler + Willow creek - 114mile and 9863ft
The same as The Growler with the alteration of taking Willow Creek back to the finish line rather than Coleman Valley. It’s a two-dirt road day, and a little bit easier on the legs and lungs – if only by a fraction.
- 550 participants
From the organizerOrganizer's website
Levi's GranFondo is America's Premier Gran Fondo
From the route, the service, and the place--Levi's GranFondo is America's Premier Gran Fondo. Options range from an easy 9 miles for kiddos to a mammoth 117 miles to challenge experts and professionals. Ride your bike along the edge of the continent and meet the sea. It's unlike any other.
Started in 2009, Levis GranFondo is the largest and most famous gran fondo event in the Americas. The event is modeled after the gran fondo format popular in European countries with adaptations that highlight the regions unique culture and character.
With a new start location, Levi's GranFondo is technically now a point to point gran fondo! With different start and finish locations, you'll want to plan ahead. Because this is a big change from years prior for many of you, we're preparing a journal on just how to do it.
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