Welcome to the 13th edition of Levi's GranFondo!
As we embark on this journey in a completely new season, Sonoma County has been transformed into a breathtaking tapestry of green, thanks to a year of record-breaking precipitation. Just days ago, Mother Nature's relentless downpour came to an abrupt end, paving the way for the most incredible spring riding conditions you'll ever encounter in this place.
This Saturday, we welcome you to the start line of a ride that was born from a simple idea: to unite and savor the abundant offerings of Sonoma County. Our pilgrimage goes beyond the winding roads to celebrate the region's exceptional food and drink, vibrant art and creativity, stunning landscape, and to support a meaningful charitable cause.
Thank you for joining us at this very special thing we call Levi's GranFondo. We look forward to giving you your best day on two wheels.
Wishing you an unforgettable experience,
Founder, and Chief
Specialized welcomes you to Levi’s Gran Fondo! The world-class roads you’re riding today are very special to us because this is where we developed our award-winning Roubaix and its revolutionary Future-Shock. We love that Levi’s Gran Fondo provides an opportunity for riders to experience them and the beautiful landscapes of Sonoma County.
The amazing teams at Trail House, NorCal Bikesport, and The Bike Peddler are providing on-the-ground support for this event. Stop by the shops to say thank you and check out NorCal’s Pre-Fondo Celebration on Friday, April 21 and their Recovery Ride with Levi on Sunday, April 23.
We’re a longtime supporter of this event and each year of Levi’s Gran Fondo is more memorable than the last. Thanks to the amazing teams at Trail House, NorCal Bikesport, and The Bike Peddler for providing on-the-ground support, and thank YOU for riding with us. We know you’ll
Make wonderful memories today.
The Windsor Town Green, nestled smack dab in the middle of the quaint town of Windsor, California, is the perfect setting for the start and finish of Levi's GranFondo. It affords many improvements over previous editions of our ride, and lies between dozens of restaurants and small businesses that are a treat to visit.
Packet Pickup, Friday Expo, Ride Start & Finish and Post-Ride Festival all take place right here at the Windsor Town Green.
There are no showers at the start/finish or anywhere near the Town Green.
There will be a potable water access (if you forgot to fill up your bottles) on Market Street near the FINISH LINE (see map below).
Our friends at Avid will be offering complimentary hot coffee at the start line on McClelland Avenue Saturday morning, but there will be no breakfast items; please plan accordingly.
There will be portable toilets on the north west side of the Town Green (by the Huerta Gymnasium) and a few units at the intersection of McClelland Ave. & Market St.
The one first logistical maneuver you must make is in knowing where to park on Friday and Saturday morning. For more detailed parking info, please visit our parking info page.
DO NOT PARK IN THE OLIVER'S MARKET PARKING LOT. Event parking is prohibited at the nearby Oliver's Market lot. Please do not take parking space from the businesses that need them for daily shoppers.
PARK AT DESIGNATED LOTS AND RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE EVENT:
Windsor High School
Cost: $10 or $20 (VIP).
Parking at Windsor High supports their student-athletes. Ride your bike or walk 0.6 miles to the Town Green. It will fill at 375 parking spots.
FRIDAY + SATURDAY
Self-serve. 160 spaces.
0.6 Miles to the Town Green.
Windsor Middle School
Self-serve. 110 spaces.
1.4 Miles to the Town Green.
For more parking options, please see our parking info page.
Sometimes called "Rider check-in", Packet Pickup is the moment you make first contact with us. All riders must check in prior to the start of Levi's GranFondo. Please bring proof of identification. You must do this in person. No one else can do it for you. No exceptions! Minors will need a signature from a legal guardian.
If you did not already register for the ride, you will be able to register on-site, but it will be online, so bring your phone with you.
If you register after 12:00pm noon on Wednesday 4/19, your packet will be in the "Same Day" line.
Location: inside the Huerta Gymnasium
(just yards north of the Town Green)
Hours: noon - 8:00pm
During Packet Pickup, you will sign our liability waiver, pick up your ride packet with your bike and body plates, and have your questions answered. If you're over 21, don't forget to grab your Barrel Brothers LGF custom beer can too!
Your swag bag (with more swag in it!) will be in the Merchandise Tent, on the Town Green lawn, along with your t-shirt and/or your pre-ordered kit, if you purchased them with your entry.
Hours: 6:15am - 7:45am
Arriving last-minute? No problem. We offer Saturday morning Packet Pickup between the hours of 6:15am - 7:45am. Remember where you can and cannot park!
You will not be able to pick up your packet after the ride starts at 8:00am.
Online registration transfers are $25 and will close on Wednesday at 10:00 pm the week of the ride. You will need to pick up your packet at "Same Day Registration" if you use your transfer code to register after Wednesday at 12:00 pm.
See our FAQ section about transfers to learn more about the transfer process.
You will find 3 numbers in your packet: one body plate, one bike plate and one seat post tag. Make sure all the numbers match. Please wear your numbers so we can keep track of you on the course and know when you have crossed the finish line.
Your body plate goes in the back of your jersey. 4 safety pins are included in your packet. Ask a friend to put it on for you! At the bottom of your body plate, you will find your meal ticket and drink ticket; don't lose them! Detach them after the ride and go redeem them at the food vendors and the beer booth!
Your bike plate goes on your handle bar. 3 zip ties are included in your packet. There is one timing chip on your bike plate; make sure to keep it as flat as possible, otherwise it may not read and your time won't be recorded.
Your seat post tag goes on your seat post (tube). 2 zip ties are included in your packet. There is one backup timing chip on your seat post tag; make sure to keep it as flat as possible (DON'T wrap it around your tube) otherwise it may not read and your time won't be recorded.
THE EXPERIENCE OF LEVI'S GRANFONDO SPANS OVER FOUR DAYS!
HANDS-ON GAMES AND ART!
A NEW INNOVATIVE KIDS AREA, LED BY THE STOKE CAPTAIN
SATURDAY 11 AM - 5:30 PM ON THE TOWN GREEN
Come help us build the "Biggest Bike' in Windsor. We will have giant paper and tons of colored pens and paint. It may be a world record.
Do you have a target made from a PIANO, why yes we do. Do you have a target made from CAR PARTS? Yes we do.
Foot-launched rockets, Sock balls, Frisbees, (your big brother) all through hoops balanced high in the air. It is just mildly dangerous.
Have you played that back yard game Corn Whole? This is much much better. Chuck all kinds of tires, big, small, really big at our custom bullhorn bike handle bar target. Stay Stoked!
Make Your Own:
Stoke Shaker, Rattlers and Rumblers.
Born in Oakland, California, Arann was raised on a steady diet of backyard chickens and rabbits with plenty of Run DMC, Too Short and The Beastie Boys. A country boy at heart, his exuberance, and permanent "outside voice" is not suited for the indoor life of city- living. Arann found the open space of country life perfect for his large frame and big energy. Arann traveled the world farming, rafting, skiing, biking and teaching only to settle in his father's home town of rural Petaluma. He settled on his family farm where he raised sheep for wool to sell at local farmer’s markets, spending most of his nights in a converted barn, playing guitar and writing music. Arann’s distinctive voice comes from playing at countless campfires, hole-in-the-wall bars and coffee houses around the country. The themes of Arann’s lyrics could read like a journal of his travels: farming, animals, food, friends.
The Routes | Course Signage | Finishing & Time Cuts
For 2023, we're introducing a sixth route, the Piccolino: a 22 mile route option with a mere 950' of elevation gain. Easy peasy! We've also moved the Cloverdale aid station to a new location that helps us achieve two things that needed fixing: we have eliminated the "out-and-back" nature of the Medio and Gran routes, and the new site is larger and with better access, allowing us to spread out and serve a large volume of people far easier than before.
For route narratives and maps, please visit our routes page.
If you are planning on registering for the Gran or Growler route, note that you will need to complete the online petition before Sunday, April 16th, to get your unlock code. After that deadline, the longest route you will be able to register for will be The Geysers.
Make sure to follow the arrows corresponding to your route selection. If you ride a different route than the one you were signed up for, you must let us know at the finish line so that we can account for your time accurately, and make adjustments. If you get into it, and find that you're not having your best day, you can opt to take a shorter route. Just don't try and upgrade for a longer one. We put a great deal of effort into deploying the right resources on-course for the expected number of participants along each route, and upgrading mid-ride causes challenges for everyone involved in offering the best support possible.
We typically offer a variety of food items (including gluten free) at our aid stations, such as potato chips, assorted cookies, peanut M&M's, mixed nuts, pickles, bananas, oranges, as well as different types of electrolytes, but we always recommend bringing your own snacks if you want a specific brand or product. We will also have plenty of water!
All aid stations will have portable toilets.
Regardless of which route you participate in, you will receive a finish time. However, where that finish time is captured differs.
For all Piccolino, Piccolo, Medio and Gran riders, your finish time will be captured at the Windsor Town Green as you pass beneath the finish banner.
For anyone riding the Growler or The Geysers routes, your finish time is captured at the top of Geysers Road, making for our unique summit finish. After passing the finish flags on either side of the road, you will be able to recover at the Mercuryville rest stop before making your way (un-timed) back to the Festival in Windsor.
There are two time cuts...
The first time cut is for everyone. Regardless of which route you are riding, if you have not completed the course within 10 hours (6:00pm), you will no longer receive on-course neutral support from rest stops or SAG drivers, and will be on your own.
The second time cut is for anyone attempting The Geysers or the Growler routes, and it takes place at 3:00pm at the rest stop in Cloverdale. If you have not reached this rest stop within 7 hours from the start of the ride, you will be turned around to follow signage back to Windsor, having to skip climbing Geysers Road.
To qualify for the Gran or Growler routes in 2024 and beyond, you must qualify by reaching their timed finish lines in under 10 hours. The Gran's timed finish is in Windsor while the Growler's timed finish is just before the Mercuryville (Geysers) rest stop near the summit of the highest point of the day. If you do not qualify, you will not be permitted to register for either of these routes in 2024 without a petition to do so showing a more recent ride accomplishment that is on-par with The Geysers route or harder.
You may also qualify by reaching The Geysers' summit finish on the Geysers route in under 3 hours and 45 minutes.
BAG DROP: We will be offering free and secured Bag Drop on Saturday only, morning of the ride. There will be no Bag Drop on course (or at the rest stops). Bag Drop will be located INSIDE the Huerta Gymnasium (where you pick up your packet). If you would like to take advantage of the Bag Drop, please have your items in a closed bag, with your name on it. We will tag your bag with your bib number when you drop it off, but the more identification the better. We will only accept small items (backpack size at the most), so please plan accordingly. You will be able to pick up your bag at the same location, when you return from your ride. All bags must be picked up by 6:00pm on Saturday (4/22).
BIKE VALET: We will be offering free and secured Bike Valet on both Friday & Saturday, during Packet Pickup hours, and during Festival hours on Saturday. All bikes must be picked up by 6:00pm on Saturday (4/22). You will need your claim tag to pick up your bike, so don't lose it!
Remember, there is no (car) parking on that side of the Windsor Town Green.
We will have three food vendors offering the rider meal, from 11:00am to 5:30pm. They will also be selling to the general public.
All vendors will have a vegetarian and vegan option as well (in limited quantities) and will be serving the rider meal until supplies last.
To redeem your meal ticket, detach it from your body plate (see below) and hand it to the food vendor. Your meal ticket covers the main dish, but no drinks or dessert. You are welcome to purchase these items on the side.
In addition to our amazing food trucks, our friends from Kona Ice will be offering flavored shaved ice, to keep you cool and refreshed after a long day on the bike.
On the other side of your detachable meal ticket is your drink ticket. Redeem it for a free beer at the Barrel Brothers' booth (you must be over 21 and show proof of age). Beer will be for sale all day during Festival hours so you're welcome to get a second round with your friends while enjoying the live music, while supporting at-risk youth!
The massage therapists from Tahoe Yoga & Wellness will offer Post Ride Massage during Festival hours (11:00am-6:00pm) on Saturday. Stop by their booth, no pre registration required. 15 min sessions $30. Scan Venmo QR code on site. Cash / CC also accepted.
Since inception, we have helped our non-profit partner King Ridge Foundation raise more than $3.2million for at-risk youth service organizations. Levi's GranFondo has changed lives, and with your help will continue to do so and provide an enormously positive impact on the lives of today's youth. Here are the organizations this years' event will serve:
A HAVEN FOR CHILDREN AND ANIMALS TO BOND AND BREAK THE CYCLE OF ABUSE.
Since its inception in 1992, Forget Me Not Farm has helped thousands of at-risk children and youth break the cycle of abuse. The Farm offers animal-assisted and horticultural therapeutic activities that provide a haven for children, plants and animals to bond, learn, and heal with one another. Forget Me Not Farm has benefitted enormously from Levi's GranFondo and is an organization based right here in Sonoma County serving the kids that make up our community.
OUTRIDE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF YOUTH THROUGH CYCLING. THROUGH RESEARCH, SCHOOL-
BASED CYCLING PROGRAMS, AND COMMUNITY GRANTS, OUTRIDE HARNESSES THE BENEFITS OF CYCLING FOR THE COGNITIVE, SOCIO-EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING OF YOUTH WHILE ALSO HELPING TO CULTIVATE INCLUSIVE CYCLING COMMUNITIES.
Since 2014, Outride has partnered with over 225 schools and granted $1.5M+ to over 170 cycling programs, impacting over 50,000 youth annually. Outride’s
mission is to increase access to cycling for young people so that every kid can experience the freedom, joy, and community that riding a bike can provide. Together, we can Outride anything.
The B-Rad Foundation was created in response to a community mourning the loss of Brad Parker. Out of our collective grief emerged a new resolve to create a positive impact on our family, our community, and our planet. We have unified our efforts to create outstanding kids leadership programs and community based environmental stewardship projects on the Sonoma Coast and the Island of Kauai. Join us as we celebrate Brad Parker's life in pursuit of health and positive momentum!