11 ROUTES TO CHOOSE FROM

FAMILY ROUTE

8MI / 13KM
100′ ELEVATION GAIN
WELLNESS STOP AT MILE 4
NOT TIMED

STRAVA ROUTE

The Family Route is a great beginner option. Or if you’re simply looking for an easy cruise before spending a day at the festival, this is for you. It’s also a great kid’s route with virtually no climbing at all. Come partake in the fanfare of the mass-start, but turn back before the road pitches up. The final 50% of this route is entirely on a dedicated bicycle path. Kaiser Permanente will also be out on course providing riders with some optional activities around health and wellness.

PICCOLO

30MI / 48KM
1500′ ELEVATION GAIN
1 FULL SERVICE STOP

STRAVA ROUTE

The Piccolo distance takes participants across the vineyard plains to the redwood-flanked town of Occidental where they are greeted with a full-service rest stop. Make sure to stage appropriately at the start of the GranFondo if you are riding this route as no riders are permitted to return before 9:30am due to extensive inbound bike traffic. While this is the easiest route we offer, there is still a moderate climb into and out of Occidental.

PICCOLO +

35.4MI / 60KM
2170′ ELEVATION GAIN
1 FULL SERVICE STOP (TWICE)

STRAVA ROUTE

For those of you looking for a bit more challenge than what the basic Piccolo route offers, we humbly suggest taking on this additional 5-mile/600′ climb. This is a great way to kill some time if you’ve arrived in Occidental before the 9:30AM turnaround time. Simply continue further into town, turn right on Occidental Road, then follow the course signs to Coleman, Joy, and Bittner Roads before returning back to Occidental.

Split the difference: the Medio route is a big step up from the Piccolo or  the Piccolo +, but it’s far less demanding than any of the options around the Gran route. It’s still extremely beautiful, riding along the edge of the Pacific, taking on harrowing descents through redwood forests, and embracing a gut-puncher of a climb up Coleman Valley Road.

MEDIO

61.3MI / 99KM
3970′ ELEVATION GAIN
3 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

Long before it became fashionable, most “road” rides in Sonoma County, by necessity, had gravel stretches. Willow Creek is one of those hidden gems. It’s gated, so it’s entirely void of vehicular traffic and rich with peace and quiet, excepting that heavy breathing of yours. While shorter and with less overall vertical climbing than the paved version of the Medio route, you’ll find Willow Creek waiting to give you it’s very own brand of challenge and reward.

MEDIO +WC

57.9MI / 93KM
3270′ ELEVATION GAIN
2 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

GRAN

101.8MI / 164KM8,943′ ELEVATION GAIN7 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

This is it. The original route that started this whole GranFondo circus. There isn’t enough space to detail all you’ll encounter here, but suffice to say that it’s the definitive cycling experience in our hemisphere. From the damp redwood forests at the base of King Ridge to the 360-degree panoramas at the butcher knife-thin top, this is the stuff of memory. And if you think the climbs are amazing, the descents down Hauser Bridge Road and Meyers Grade will stay with you for the rest of your days. While it’s our biggest and most popular route, it’s still not for the faint of heart (or leg): the fastest times recorded on this route are barely under 5 hours and done by professional riders who compete at the topmost level of the sport.

GRAN +WC

98.3MI / 158KM
8,242′ ELEVATION GAIN
6 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

As mentioned in the Medio route description, we invite you to diverge a bit and taste something a little different up Willow Creek Road, our car-free gravel climb up from where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s marginally easier than taking the Coleman Valley route but adds the challenge of gravel and an occasionally cratered road surface.

GRAN FORT ROSS

84.1MI / 135KM
6,850′ ELEVATION GAIN
5 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

If you make your way to Cazadero after the cut-off time of 10:30am, or just want to cut out some of the Gran route, you can ascend the amazing Fort Ross Road and make your way directly to the Ritchey Ranch rest stop. This eliminates King Ridge, the King Ridge rest stop, and the infamous Hauser Bridge descent, but still brings you to the top of Seaview Ridge near the Ritchey Ranch rest stop where you can pull in for a moment before descending Meyers Grade to the coast.

GRAN +WC FORT ROSS

80.6MI / 130KM
6,149′ ELEVATION GAIN
5 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

If you took the Fort Ross “shortcut,” you will have embarked upon what is one of our hidden gems. We don't spend a lot of time talking about it, and if you've never done Fort Ross Road before, it's about time. Also, you still have options, including Willow Creek, described earlier. This combination of choices is the shortest of all the Gran route options.

PANZER

116.8MI / 188KM
10,503′ ELEVATION GAIN
7 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

Sonoma County is a massive place and people come from around the world to experience all that it has to offer. You could spend a lifetime scouring its nooks and, truth be told, Levi’s GranFondo only scratches the surface. But this year we’re going to scratch a bit more. The Panzer route serves up more descents, more fir-lined canyons, more sweeping vistas, more quiet gravel, more mileage, and more climbing. It’s more of everything you love about the Gran route and that’s pretty much everything you love about riding your bike.

PANZER +WC

113.3MI / 182KM
9,803′ ELEVATION GAIN
6 FULL SERVICE STOPS

STRAVA ROUTE

The same as the Panzer route with the alteration of taking Willow Creek back to the finish line rather than Coleman Valley. It’s a two-dirt road day, and a little bit easier on the legs and lungs if only by a fraction.