Another granfondo is coming to the United States, the Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge GranFondo. Astana's Levi Leipheimer, the reigning and three-time Tour of California champion, is the instigator and patron of this new fundraising cycling event to be held on October 3rd in Sonoma County, California.
"This King Ridge GranFondo is the perfect way to show everyone what myself and many of the best cycling teams in the world have known for years: Sonoma County is a cycling heaven!" said Leipheimer, who is a resident of Santa Rosa, California. "There's nothing I enjoy more than showing off my training grounds to other cycling enthusiasts and sharing that passion for the bike."
Three different ride options (105, 65 and 35 miles), with the 105 mile route including King Ridge Road, will take place in the fall and feature turning leaves, vineyards, tranquil valleys, and views of the rugged Sonoma coastline.
On a variation of a typical Italian granfondo, the King Ridge GranFondo will not have prizes for being the fastest person back to Santa Rosa. However, all riders will have an opportunity to test their climbing power on at least one major hill climb section of the event. Riders will be fitted with a timing chip that will precisely measure their time over certain sections of the course. This means anyone can participate, and it doesn’t matter if you’re at the front or the back of the pack–you still get a chance to give it your all!
The event raises funds for the Tour of California and an animal charity in Sonoma County. For more information or to register, visit http://www.levisgranfondo.com/.
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