Challenge yourself to the competitive spirit of Levi's GranFondo and Experience Sonoma County's world-class roads and wine region at their best. This event is the brainchild of professional road cyclist Levi Leipheimer, and rivals some of the toughest stages of the world's most difficult road races. There's nothing else like it.
The likes of a road race like this has not been seen in recent memory in the United States. The Growler is now a professional road race recognizing the overall top 5 men and women to complete the 135 mile route on April 13th. Professional athletes will race head to head along with others.
This year's GranFondo is not to be missed!
Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor-Sonoma Wine Country is the Official Host Hotel of Levi's GranFondo. Our guests may SAVE 15% off regular rates. Book early for the biggest savings. Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor-Sonoma is under 2 minutes by bike or car from the Windsor Town Green where Levi's GranFondo takes place.
Join Levi Leipheimer every Tuesday at 3:00pm starting for a group ride on Zwift. During these rides, we talk about the event, and all the cool things we have in store for the coming year. We also randomly award free gift cards to our online store, just for riding!
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Many people don't know the full story about when Levi's GranFondo was conceived, but it was on a bike ride like so many other big ideas-spawned by an increase in endorphins.
Levi was on a ride with his friend and fellow competitor Scott Nydam in Sonoma County's western reaches. Scott forgot his shoes, and that's where it all started. The story of course is longer than this, but one simple fateful moment ultimately led to a crescendo of 3,500 people lining up at a start line together in Santa Rosa. Scott was one of those people, and in 2009 he earned his place as the first official winner of Levi's GranFondo. His recorded time on the original Gran Route was under 5 hours and still stands today as the fastest time on that course.
Scott's life connection to bikes is a long and storied one, and has as of late dedicated himself to a service to the Navajo Nation. You can learn more about Scott's work here.
Scott will wear number 1 at Levi's GranFondo in 2024, fitting as we return to racing, a crucial part of Scott's history, and lead the charge for at-risk youth, a crucial part of Scott's present world.
April 11, 2024
Olympia's Valley Estate
Raise a glass for at-risk youth at our annual Festa del Fondo fundraising dinner. This event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for our very own King Ridge Foundation that supports the small non-profit groups doing critical work with at-risk youth. Join us, and start your weekend with giving in Sonoma County's wine country.
3 Incredible days of magic in Sonoma County all tied up with a bow. Come with us on a journey that interlaces our efforts to support at-risk youth, a broader sampling of Sonoma County riding and food, and an elevated pre and post ride experience along with Levi Leipheimer and other luminaries and special guests.
Since inception, Levi's GranFondo has offered routes for a wide range of fitness and ability levels. From a casual ride on relatively flat ground through our bucolic wine region to a highly competitive 138.5 monument that easily rivals some of the toughest stages in the Tour de France. Each one utterly full of wonder.
This ride is FREE to sign up!
The Family Fondo is back! Kids, parents and loved ones can join Levi's GranFondo for FREE, and enjoy a protected ride through beautiful rolling roads in Sonoma County's wine region.
The Piccolino route is a petite, introductory 22-mile ride through picturesque wine country. It's a great match for beginner road cyclists. It does not feature a formal aid station, however, you may stop at Veteran's Memorial Beach in Healdsburg to top off water and take a break.
The Piccolo route is a relatively easy 40-mile jaunt through picturesque wine country next to vineyards and gently rolling hills. It splits the difference between a beginner ride and the Medio. It's easy, but it's 40 miles of easy.
The Medio route is the quintessential Sonoma County weekend ride. It features two aid stations evenly spaced for you to top off, amazing, fast-rolling tarmac with a mix of vineyards and two notable climbs.
The Geysers route is a completely new flavor of Sonoma County and brings you up some serious climbs to accumulate over 6,000' of elevation in 81 miles. You will ride through a region that is home to North America's largest producer of clean, reliable renewable geothermal power, and experience sweeping views of Sonoma County's wine region.
Our Gran route continues to include road the event was named for: King Ridge. Participants make their way through Cazadero before traveling along one of California's most celebrated roads in cycling. This is a very difficult route, and while it's not quite the epic that the Growler is, you'll be challenged by two very substantial climbs.
The Growler is a behemoth with a signature level of difficulty that rivals some of the most difficult professional road race courses in the world. After tackling King Ridge, you then take on a completely new set of roads that travel like the spine of a dragon's backbone high above the surrounding hills of Sonoma County. Your return to the gently rolling valley floor comes at the price of taking on two more long, steep climbs along Stewarts Point Road. It's not nearly over. The Geysers, and another 3,000' of difficult climbing awaits long after you've already amassed nearly ten thousand feet of elevation over the course of the previous 90 miles.