This should be on every cyclist's bucket list. This event changed my life. Last year I was 300 pounds got disgusted and then bought a Roubaix SL4, signed up for the Piccolo and started training, When last years day was arriving I started having panic attacks as I am also a veteran with PTSD and decided to back out. At the last minute I got in my car, drove from Tahoe to Santa Rosa checked in and everyone was kind and supportive. Since then, I lost 100 pounds and rode the Medio. It was an incredible experience, making it to the coast and chewing up the road with fantastic vistas. Once again, thanks Levi and the rest of the crew, most importantly the volunteers who get this event going.
Patrick Rulo, Participant
I have done quite some gran fondos in my life, all of them in Europe, including classics like the Nove Colli, the Marmotte, Amstel Gold Race etc. Levi's GranFondo is by far the best organised event with a great route and amazing finish street. This is a must-do for every cyclist!
Ward Grootjans, Participant
With many European and American gran fondos and sportifs, this one is by far the best so far in the US. Great route, support, views and vibe.
Stephen Marquette, Participant
It was an amazing experience. All the riders and the other supporting people (police, helpers, people at the roadside) brought a great atmosphere which I felt all along the ride. Excellent organization made me feel safe and well supported in any moment. Thanks and see you next year!
Gernart Brandl, Participant
I'm amazed at the community of this event. Firefighters, Ambulances, Sheriff's, CHPs, and all the volunteers. It takes a village. This event is the best example of this idea I've ever seen. Period.
Richard Colorado, Participant
Simply awesome day on the bike. The Panzer course has Alpine style climbing and descents, beautiful redwood forests, spectacular ocean views, and just a few hills. Plus the best organized and marshaled ride I have been on. Outstanding 2016! See you next year.
Steve Magee, Participant
Choose from Eleven Routes
Levi's GranFondo is America's premiere gran fondo cycling event with more routes to choose from than any other. Each one is recorded and your time is published after the event. Whether you're just getting into riding, or an elite athlete seeking the ultimate challenge, our ride was inspired by, and can be as hard as some of the biggest stages of the Tour de France. It's all up to you. Route selection: Register for one of the BIG 5: Family, Piccolo, Medio, Gran, or Growler. Route add-on options, such as Piccolo +, Willow Creek or The Fort*, can be selected as you ride – your choice. *The Fort is an option for the Gran route.
With a new start location, Levi's GranFondo is technically now a point to point gran fondo! With different start and finish locations, you'll want to plan ahead. Because this is a big change from years prior for many of you, we're preparing a journal on just how to do it.
For our 11th year we've chosen to host the post-ride festival at Santa Rosa's most beautiful public space: Juilliard Park! This change includes many of the things that you've asked for in our post-ride survey from 2018--grass, shade, comfort, better finish line placement near the festival... Comfort and beauty, still in the heart of Downtown Santa Rosa!
SAME GREAT RIDE, NEW START LOCATION For the first time in our history, Levi's GranFondo starts and finishes at different locations. For some, this might seem daunting. But it's not. You can park in the same parking areas of years past near Finley Community Park. Then, the start of the ride is a short bike ride down 3rd street. When you're done, just take 3rd street to Stony Point Road north and you're right back where you parked. Our upcoming rider guide will spell it all out!