Perhaps the best sponsored ride in all of the United States? I would find it difficult to argue otherwise. Levi’s Grand Fondo is a top shelf event from top to bottom. The ride starts at 8 a.m. but you better get there at least an hour ahead of time if you don’t want to be fighting through 7,500 freddies all day. From there it rolls out from downtown Santa Rosa into some of the most beautiful California scenery you can imagine. Redwoods, wide open ranges, rugged coast…up, down, left, right… there is never a dull visual moment when riding.
Make no mistake, it is a very challenging ride (see Strava file HERE). 103mi with over 9,000 of feet of climbing will put the hurt on your legs, lungs and mind. In addition, some of the roads are less than smooth adding some bump and bruise to your already sore body. The last 15K is a fast run in to town and by now all the muscles in your legs are twitching with cramps. This ride will push you right up to your very limits!
The rest stops are beyond ample. Providing everything you can want keeping you fueled with Cliff products, M&Ms, PB&J, fruit, roasted potatoes, Fig Newtons, Cokes, EFS drinks, water, ice for bottles…they thought of it all (even gluten free options!).
If you get a chance to join in on this ride, I cannot recommend it enough. Sign up early because this ride sells out.
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