2022 Rider Guide

Director's Letter | Getting Here | Your Packet | Schedule | Live Music | The Routes | More Info

Presence, it's such a simple concept, yet so difficult to master. Most of us live a good portion of our lives thinking about the past or the future. That's been especially true these last couple of years. When the present moment is clouded by challenging circumstances, it can be difficult to separate ourselves from our thoughts and emotions.

However, there are times when we don't have a choice but to be completely aware and conscious. For me, this is one of the essences of the GranFondo, where we get to push ourselves and experience the thrill of riding with thousands of others in some of the best cycling country in the world. Our worries disappear and we get to be present, pushing on the pedals one at a time, arcing through the turns, and ticking off each mile until the finish. It allows us to witness what our minds and bodies are experiencing.

You can't hide from yourself in a ride like this. You have to be aware of yourself, your physical and mental state. I think that's what's so special for me about this event. It's an opportunity for me to share what cycling gave to me with my friends, and with people I've never even met, all at once, together.

For me there's something spiritual about the rebirth of our ride, and I hope there is for you too. It's something that inspires mindfulness and positivity for a lot of people, and it goes without saying we could use that now more than ever.

It's finally time, and I can't wait to experience the gift of living in the moment with all of you this Saturday on our bikes through what I consider to be one of the most beautiful places on earth! I'm really looking forward to riding with you.

Sincerely,

Levi Leipheimer

3x AMGEN Tour of California Winner

Ride Patron

Welcome to our long-awaited 12th edition of America's Premier gran fondo.

In 2020 when the world came to a halt, there was a mix of fear and optimism as to whether we'd be able to pull it off again. Levi's GranFondo is one of the most complex productions in the amateur cycling world. Its intricate mechanics exists at the behest of hundreds of volunteers and staff, motivated by a simple idea: the best day on two wheels.

As I write, there are dozens of people at our headquarters and in the field, many of them volunteers, sorting shirts, filling swag bags, placing labels, loading trailers, gathering supplies, and preparing for an annual pilgrimage that was almost permanently interrupted.

When we postponed our ride as a result of the pandemic, we asked for your support by allowing us to retain your entry so that we could ride again. It was because of your generosity that we are here today, ready for the start of the 2022 edition of Levi's GranFondo.

Levi Leipheimer has left his impression on the fabric of professional road racing history. But nowhere is that more evident than by the thousands who will gather on Saturday. We are grateful for the opportunity it gave us to grow and challenge ourselves, and to discover like-minded individuals who became the team that does this Herculean job. We're grateful for the opportunity to create something that not only brings joy to thousands of people all at once, but for the opportunity to channel it for good.

Since its inception, Levi's GranFondo has helped our non-profit King Ridge Foundation raise more than $3million in support of at-risk youth. Many of you have given in one form or another, and for that we are beyond grateful. That effort continues; if you haven't done so, please consider giving or starting a fundraising campaign. What we do that matters most isn't the ride itself, but its consequences.

On Saturday, you get to experience it again, or for the first time. Thousands will gather under our banner, and countless others will be there to support your journey in the form of staff, partners, volunteers, and of course your friends and family. Whereas the introductory Piccolo ride sets its foot in the shadow of this towering beast, the Growler is arguably the most challenging endeavor you could undertake. We trust you chose wisely.

Saturday will be 13 years in the making, on the anniversary of the day its very idea was conceived. Now it's real. Welcome. This is Levi's GranFondo.

Your Event Director,
Carlos Perez
Founder and Chief
Bike Monkey

GETTING HERE

Town GreenParkingPacket Pickup

The Windsor Town Green

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.

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USEFUL INFO

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.

PARKING INFO

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.

THE DON'TS:

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.

THE DO'S:

PARK AT DESIGNATED LOTS AND RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE EVENT:

OPTION 1.
SATURDAY ONLY.
Windsor High School
Cost: $10 or $20 (VIP).
Parking at Windsor High supports their fundraising efforts. Ride your bike or walk 0.6 miles to the Town Green. It will fill at 375 parking spots.

OPTION 2
FRIDAY + SATURDAY
Keiser Park
Free.
Self-serve. 160 spaces.
0.6 Miles to the Town Green.

OPTION 3
FRIDAY + SATURDAY
Windsor Creek Elementary School
Free.
Self-serve. 60 spaces.
0.6 Miles to the Town Green.

OPTION 4
SATURDAY ONLY
Windsor Middle School
Free.
Self-serve. 110 spaces.
1.4 Miles to the Town Green.

For more parking options, please see our parking info page.


PACKET PICKUP

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 not be permitted to join Levi's GranFondo as we are not offering on-site registration.

Location: inside the Huerta Gymnasium
(just yards north of the Town Green)

FRIDAY PACKET PICKUP

Hours: noon - 10:00pm

During Packet Pickup, you will sign our liability waiver, pick up your ride packet with your bike and body plates, have your questions answered, collect your t-shirt if you included one with your entry, pick up your swag bag and then make your way back outside where you can enjoy our Friday Expo.

SATURDAY MORNING PACKET PICKUP

Hours: 5:45am - 7:15am

Arriving last-minute? No problem. We offer Saturday morning Packet Pickup between the hours of 5:45am - 7:15am. You will not be able to pick up your packet after the ride starts at 7:30am.

REMEMBER...

THE RIDE STARTS AT 7:30AM!

WHAT'S IN YOUR PACKET

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 (in the images below, all the numbers are 1,100). Please wear your numbers so we can keep track of you on the course and know when you have crossed the finish line.

Body Plate

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!

Bike Plate

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.

Seat Post Tag

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.

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY
April 20
FESTA DEL FONDO (AUCTION DINNER)
FRIDAY
April 21
FUNDRAISER VIP RIDE
Want to join? Learn more.
Exclusive Event.
GRANFONDO EXPO
Expo Hours
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Packet Pickup
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
April 22
LEVI'S GRANFONDO
Packet Pickup
5:45 am - 7:15 am
Rider Staging
6:30 am
Important Announcements
7:00 am
RIDE STARTS AT 7:30AM SHARP! ALL RIDERS!
7:30 am
FESTIVAL IS OPEN
11:00 am
Live Music, Food, Beer
Until 5:30 pm
LIVE MUSIC
11:00 am

OUR MUSICAL ACTS

WHISKERMAN

Whiskerman is a rock-and-roll overture to our great unraveling.

Over the last 7 years the Oakland band has developed an underground reputation for tackling the sublime with their ambitious songwriting, thunderous stage show, and acute lyricism. They have since emerged as an engine of the Bay Area’s revitalized psychedelic and festival scenes. Frontman Graham Patzner, who will crow like a medicine show preacher, and then coo you into the arms of his lovesick eternity, might be a spitfire protege of the underworld himself, though, through and through he will remind you that there is no rapture without artistry. On the surface this is splendid rock-and-roll, rooted in the classic, psych and glam rock tradition, but the pageantry and chaos of Whiskerman’s performances will leave you describing an experience more than a sound.

Whiskerman is preparing to release their fourth studio album, Kingdom Illusion--a rock and roll vision quest that ushers the band’s elegiac psychedellia towards a louder, pushier, more colorful sound. Their past albums have been described as “ecstatic psychedelia, sturdily constructed pop-rock, pick-and-grin folk all together as a single picture.” (Flood Magazine)

The band is: Graham Patzner (vocals, guitar, violin and piano), Will Lawrence (bass), and Charles Lloyd (guitar and sitar), Dan Schwartz (drums), and Jeremy Lyon (guitar).

KING DREAM

King Dream is an indie psych-rock project from Bay Area songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyon. With a soulful voice, roots planted in the golden era of California psychedelia, and a wry energy that places him firmly in the 21st century, Lyon charts a path through timeless themes: disillusionment with oneself, with adulthood, with one’s country — and the discovery, time and again, that somehow there’s still plenty worthy of a love song.


Lyon, a Bay Area native, previously co-founded the folk-rock band Tumbleweed Wanderers, who toured the country for five years before disbanding in 2016. Inspired by songwriters like Jim James, Jonathan Wilson and Blake Mills, Lyon spent the next two years questioning and reinventing himself — and, thanks to his vocal ability and versatility, soon became one of the most in-demand sidemen in the Bay. Playing with different bands, he picked up a few things: new instruments and arrangement techniques; a love of darker textures and moody, atmospheric sounds on electric guitar. And then an invaluable collaborator- producer: Lyon credits Graham Patzner of Whiskerman with helping to shape and carry the new project from idea to reality.


King Dream’s self-titled debut, out now, is a reemergence of sorts. It’s also a good record for a long drive along the coast. It’s about places, relationships and empires crumbling, and the possibilities that announce themselves when the dust has cleared — when you find yourself alone for the first time in a long while, and you open your mouth and see what comes out.

SEBASTIAN ST JAMES & THE HIGHWAY POETS

Led by Bay Area singer songwriter and Producer Sebastian Saint James the Highway Poets have an eclectic sound that lays somewhere between The Rolling Stones and The Black Keys. A modern mix of Rock, Folk and Indie Blues. They strive to push the barriers with honest lyrics, soul and an unforgettable one of a kind show.

THESE NEW (OLD) ROADS

The routes | Course SignageFinishing & Time Cuts

The Routes

For 2022, we're introducing entirely new routes. And while the first leg of the journey on the Gran and Growler courses includes some familiar roads, much has changed. For route narratives and maps, please see our routes page.

NOTICE TO GRAN AND GROWLER PARTICIPANTS:
Our route passes through a crucial landholding that links our return route from King Ridge. It is along Tin Barn road just before reaching the formidable Skaggs Springs Road. Stewarts Point Rancheria belongs to the community of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians. It is with their permission that we pass through their land, and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so. As this hamlet drapes across both sides of Tin Barn Road, there are often children playing nearby who may wander into or across the road. We ask that when reaching this area of the ride after passing King Ridge aid station you slow your speed in this area at mile 51 of your ride.

Click on the link below for a thorough narrative by route.

Course Signage

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.

Your number plate design will match the color of the route signs you are designated to ride:

With the above "Geysers" plate, you would follow the yellow arrows with three diamonds:

Finishing & Time Cuts

Regardless of which route you participate in, you will receive a finish time. However, where that finish time is captured differs.

For all 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 first ever 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.

Time Cuts:

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 (5:30pm), 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 2:30pm 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.

Qualifying:

To qualify for the Gran or Growler routes in 2023 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 2023 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.

CONVENIENCE AT THE FESTIVAL

Bag Drop & Bike Valet | Food Vendors Massage

Bag Drop & Bike Valet

BAG DROP: We will be offering free and secured Bag Drop on Saturday only, morning on the ride, near the start. There will be no Bag Drop on course (or at the rest stops). Bag Drop will be located right outside the Huerta Gymnasium (where you pick up your packet), at the entrance of Bike Valet. 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 5:30pm on Saturday (4/23).

Note: the swag bag this year will not be a good option to use for Bag Drop.

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 5:30pm on Saturday (4/23). On Saturday after the ride, you will need to pre-fill a Bike Valet tag before dropping off your bike. These tags will be available near the entrance of Bike Valet. You will need your claim tag to pick your bike, so don't lose it!

Remember, there is no (car) parking on that side of the Windsor Town Green.

Food Vendors & Rider Meal

We will have 3 food vendors offering the rider meal, from 11:00am to 5:30pm. They will also be selling to the general public.

My French Cuisine will be offering poulet basquaise (chicken and rice) and boeuf bourguignon (beef and potatoes) + homemade French fries.

EATS Cooking Co. will be offering pulled pork shoulder bowl or Thai chicken curry bowl.

Fruity Moto will be offering veggie, steak and chicken fajita burritos.

All three 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 My French Cuisine, EATS Cooking Co. and Fruity Moto, our friends from Kona Ice will be offering flavored shaved ice, to keep you cool and refreshed after a long day on the bike.

Drink Ticket

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 get a second round with your friends while enjoying the live music, while supporting at-risk youth!

Massage

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.