For Gran Fondos in America, this is the big one. This Saturday, October 1st, Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo goes down in beautiful Sonoma County, CA (route map below). Over 7,000 riders, helicopters, media coverage, and one of America’s most decorated pro cyclists all converge to make the KRGF the most well-known Gran Fondo this side of L’Etape du Tour.
Sonoma County has to be one of the best places on earth to ride a bicycle. Through wine country, up and over fantastic switchback climbs, out to the Pacific Ocean and back, this year’s route has it all. Add in thousands of riders, rolling road closures, and pre/post parties (check out RadioShack Downtown on Friday night), and you have yourself one heck of a way to kick off your autumn riding season.
Here’s last year’s highlight video including interviews with Levi:
You can find more information and register for the ride HERE.