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Distances in this event

  1. Family

    Bike 8.8mi
  2. Piccolo

    Bike 30mi
  3. Piccolo +

    Bike 35mi
  4. Medio

    Bike 63mi
  5. Medio + willow creek

    Bike 59mi
  6. The fort

    Bike 85mi
  7. The fort + willow creek

    Bike 81mi
  8. Gran

    Bike 102mi
  9. Gran + willow creek

    Bike 99mi
  10. Growler

    Bike 117mi
  11. Growler + willow creek

    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 168ft

The 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.

Event details

  • Hilly
  • 550 participants

From the organizer

Organizer'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.

What’s Included
  • An unforgettable experience from a grand day on the bike with Levi Leipheimer, other pro riders, and thousands of your new friends
  • A fully timed road course with an adventurous dirt option
  • Partial road closures on the first 25 miles and traffic control afterwards
  • A series of fully stocked rest stops with amazing food and friendly service
  • A GranFondo gift bag at registration
  • 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, and either a cold beer or non-alcoholic beverage
  • The exceptional post-ride Levi's GranFondo Festival with music and great entertainment
Raceday Logistics

FRIDAY
EXPO at Juilliard Park - 11am - 7pm

Sponsor Exhibits - 11am - 7pm

Packet Pickup at Juilliard Park - 11am - 10pm

SATURDAY

LEVI'S GRANFONDO - Start at A Place to Play (West 3rd Street & Fulton Road) - 8am - 6pm

Packet Pickup at Juilliard Park (NO PACKET PICKUP AT THE START) - 6:15am - 7:45am

Rider Staging at A Place to Play - 7:00am

Important Announcements - 7:30am

WE RIDE! - 8:00am

Course Closed -- Levi's GranFondo concludes. - 6:00pm

FESTIVAL at Juilliard Park - 11am - 7:00pm

POST RIDE FESTIVAL WITH FOOD, BEER, LIVE MUSIC & MORE - 11am - 7pm

PACKET PICKUP
Packet pickup refers to showing up in person to get your rider packet, t-shirt and swag bag. You must do this in person. No one else can do it for you. You must be the one who signs the waiver and shows your photo ID. 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
Friday, from 11 AM to 10 PM. - LOCATION: Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa CA *NEW IN 2019*‍

Saturday, ride-day, from 6 AM to 7:45 AM.- LOCATION: Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa CA. *NEW IN 2019*‍

NEW FESTIVAL LOCATION: JUILLIARD PARK

For our 11th year we've chosen to host the post-ride festival at Santa Rosa's most beautiful public space: Juilliard Park! This change includes many of the things that you've asked for in our post-ride survey from 2018--grass, shade, comfort, better finish line placement near the festival... Comfort and beauty, still in the heart of Downtown Santa Rosa!

FAQs
THE EVENT -

WHAT IS LEVI'S GRANFONDO?
Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world. It began in 2009 with the inaugural ride hosting 3,500 participants and is the brainchild of former professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer. Levi donates 100% of his time to the event that bears his name so that our community and the charities that benefit from your registration fees and fundraising can thrive.

Levi’s GranFondo is heralded as one of the best organized cycling events in the world by sources such as Red Kite Prayer, Road Bike Action, and Outside Online.

ARE THERE AGE LIMITS?
Yes. Any minor under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. The legal guardian must be present to sign for their minor and must agree to accompany them during the ride.

IS THE RIDE TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
The ride itself is not tax-deductible, because it is a tangible, exchangeable item. If you’re looking for a tax deduction, consider making your way into the ride through donating or fundraising for at-risk youth! Raise $1,000 and receive free registration.

WHAT IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR LEVI’S GRANFONDO?
Although we recommend registering as early as possible, you can register right up until 8:00 AM on the day of the ride.

I CAN'T MAKE THE RIDE. CAN I HAVE MY PACKET?
Sorry, if you are not able to attend the ride, we do not retain your packet. If you are local, and in the area you can swing by our offices to check and see if we still have it.

THE RACE -

IS THERE A COMPREHENSIVE RIDER GUIDE FOR THE EVENT? HOW DO I ACCESS THE RIDER GUIDE?

We work hard each year to provide the most up-to-date, pertinent information for our riders. It comes complete with information regarding a schedule of events, routes, parking, staging, road closures, course signage, rest stops, bib number placement, and the like. If you have registered for Levi’s GranFondo, expect a Rider Guide to land in your email in-box approximately two weeks prior to the day of the event.

WHEN DOES THE RIDE START?
The ride starts at 8:00 AM for all routes. Note that if you’re staged at the back, it can sometimes take upwards of 20 minutes before you actually start rolling. Location: A Place to Play, Santa Rosa CA.

WHAT IF I SHOW UP LATE?
The start is at 8:00 a.m. SHARP. Don’t be late, because if you want an official time, you must start with the pack. Road closures flow with the pack. There are cutoffs on some routes.

WHEN DOES THE RIDE END?
The course is officially CLOSED at 6:00 PM. Finishing times will not be recorded after 6:00 PM. The Festival also closes at this time. We recommend choosing a route that allows you to both enjoy a ride within the limits of your ability and the post-ride meal, beverage and camaraderie at the Festival. It is not uncommon for even the most experienced riders to choose a shorter route in order to leave more time for post-ride festivities.

WILL I GET A CUE SHEET OR TURN-BY-TURN MAP FOR MY CHOSEN ROUTE?
No. Simply put, we don’t think you’ll need one. Our idea of an amazing time on the bike does not consist of fishing around your jersey pocket as you constantly wonder how far off the course you may have gotten. We’ve signed every turn, every hazard, and every route split with every sign you may need to find your way around any of our routes. It should be noted that our hazard signs are erected by experienced cyclists with decades of local knowledge.

IS THE EVENT TIMED?
Yes. It is important to note that, strictly speaking, Levi’s GranFondo is not a race. However, participants will be given a timing chip that attaches to their bikes that records how long it takes them to complete the course. We will not be posting a rider’s place, just times, again this is not a race.

ARE THERE CUTOFF TIMES? / IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?
YES. There are cutoff times to ensure your safety. Due to the lack of available daylight hours in the fall, we have found it mandatory to enforce cutoff times in order to assure available SAG support throughout the ride. You will have until 6:00 PM to complete the entire route. It takes approximately 30 minutes for the riders in the back of the staging area to cross the start line. Because of this, all riders will have between 9.5 and 10 hours to complete any given course and still have their time recorded.

9:45 AM at Cazadero Highway and 116: 15 MPH Average speed required. Slower than this and you have to take The Medio Route.
10:00 AM at Fort Ross Road: 14.5 MPH Average speed required. Slower than this and you have to take The Fort Route.
11:15 AM at Tin Barn Road: 14 MPH Average speed required. Slower than this and you have to take The Gran Route.
6:00 PM COURSE CLOSED: The course is officially CLOSED at 6:00 PM. All rider support ends after this time. You must be done with your ride by 6:00 PM. Finishing times will not be recorded after 6:00 PM. Levi's GranFondo Festival remains open, serving food and beverage, until 7:00 PM.

WHY IS THERE A CUTOFF?
The mandatory cutoff for the Gran route is above all, a safety issue. Having riders out on the course, far from the finish, at sunset is not only a visibility issue, but also one of fatigue and discomfort for the rider. Beyond the safety issue, we hope to provide an enjoyable GranFondo experience which includes not only a fun, challenging day on their bike, but also taking in our post-ride Festival, having a meal and/or a beer with new friends, and not struggling through a prohibitively difficult ride for the entirety of daylight hours.

CAN I RIDE A SHORTER ROUTE THAN THE ONE FOR WHICH I REGISTERED?
Yes. If you’ve registered for a longer route and decide, for whatever reason, to ride a shorter route on the day of the event, please do so. For example, if you’ve registered to ride the 103 mile Gran route, you may decide to ride the Medio. It is a spectacular route. Likewise, a Medio registered rider can ride down to the Piccolo. However, we cannot allow riders to ride a longer route than the one for which they have registered.

If you know in advance that you want to swap or transfer your spot, see our refunds section.

CAN I RIDE A LONGER ROUTE THAN THE ONE FOR WHICH I REGISTERED?
No, not if you make this decision on the day of event.*

The cost associated with riding the GranFondo is much more than just the cost of food along the route, and for this reason “poaching” is not allowed and is well monitored.

*If you are already registered for a route of Levi’s GranFondo and would like to upgrade to a longer route, you may do so prior to event day. The upgrade will be treated as a transfer, and you will incur transfer fees. Please see our refunds section for details.

WHAT TYPE OF BIKE MAY I RIDE IN THE GRANFONDO?
At Levi’s GranFondo, safety must reign supreme. We need to know that everyone is operating at the same level of visibility and maneuverability as a pack of thousands move forward at speed, shoulder-to-shoulder with each other.

While mountain bikes and two-wheeled recumbents are generally not a problem, velomobiles, trikes, and non-two-wheeled recumbents represent a departure from this standard and for this reason, we do not allow them. Anything outside of what we’ve mentioned here is strictly not allowed. We need everyone at their best, both in the way they operate their own bikes and in the way they interact with other cyclists.

Non-standard wheel sizes also present a big risk as these roads are, at times, chock-full of cracks or potholes and anything smaller than what we’ve normally planned for can present a risk to you and those around you. Potholes and irregularities introduced by Sonoma County’s dynamic, earthquake-prone (i.e. mobile) landscape have a much easier time taking down somebody with smaller wheels. Be aware of this.

CAN I RIDE WITH AERO BARS?
No, we do not allow aero bars for several reasons, the main one being they aren't safe in large groups because of the diminished handling capability. Aero bars wouldn’t be helpful to you on a course like this anyway. Using them on the flatter stretches in the pack is touchy at best and dangerous at worst (not to mention redundant), when riding with thousands of other cyclists providing a wind break.

CAN I RIDE AN E-BIKE?
Yes, you can ride an electric bicycle (e-bike) at Levi's GranFondo, but some restrictions apply. Only pedal assist e-bikes are allowed; throttle assist e-bikes are not allowed. You are responsible for making sure your battery will last long enough for the route of your choice and you will be staged in the back.

ARE TRAILERS, TRAIL-A-BIKES, AND BIKE SEATS ALLOWED?
Yes, on the 8 mile family route only. Trailers, trail-a-bikes, and bike seats are not allowed on any other route, due to the safety concerns of riding in a large group of people.

SHOULD I USE CARBON WHEELS?
Thousands of people have ridden our route successfully on both carbon and aluminum rims. Due to the variance’s in construction methods and technologies used between different carbon rim manufacturers, it is impossible for us to make the call for you. Our route certainly is hilly, and depending on your riding style, could create demanding conditions for any rim. We recommend riding that with which you are most familiar.

WHAT SIZE/TYPE OF TIRES DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Like the discussion on wheel types, tire types and sizes vary in construction, performance, and, therefore, preference. Generally speaking, this is a road ride that takes place on all–or mostly, if you choose to add a gravel section to a route–paved roads of varying conditions. There are potholes and cracks and smooth pavement alike. These are public roads, after all. Most riders have generally chosen to ride standard wheel sizes and tires with widths from 23mm–32mm. Ultimately, however, the choice is up to you, as you best know your abilities and typical riding style. We can say, though, that the gravel sections of our routes are typically mellow and rideable–that is, they are definitely not single track and do not generally require large, mountain bike tires.

WHAT TYPE OF CLIMATE SHOULD I EXPECT FOR THE GRANFONDO? WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Levi’s GranFondo will take place rain or shine. Autumn in Sonoma County is generally mild, but routes can span over 100 miles over several hours. Our past rides have been known to start with early morning fog, with some heat on the hills, followed by cool, coastal winds, with the likelihood of hotter weather in the afternoon. We recommend being prepared with layered clothing.

CAN I RIDE WITH HEADPHONES DURING THE EVENT?
We advise against them, but do not strictly ban them.

WHO IS THIS RIDE FOR ANYWAY?
It is for EVERYBODY. For professional cyclists, this is an opportunity to stretch your legs in an event that fosters competition in a relaxed environment. While this is a timed course over epic terrain with peloton dynamics, it is devoid of the pressure created by television cameras, roaring crowds, and a director sportif yelling in your ear. Let this represent a return to your love of cycling: epic landscapes, grueling terrain, and rich camaraderie with your peers. Take some time out from your race schedule to experience the best professional cycling has to offer to the best professional cyclists.

For recreational cyclists, this is your chance to ride with some giants along a route long celebrated for its intensity and beauty. While the way is long and steep, there is fixed and roving support, including repairs, food, and water. If you’ve long wanted to roll along the elegant coastal hills of Sonoma County, you won’t get a better chance than this.


Levi's Gran Fondo weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

73°F
Predicted highs
54°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 5mph

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