An expected 3,500 cyclists will take to the streets of Santa Rosa, California, at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning for the start of the inaugural King Ridge Gran Fondo, a mass-participation ride promoted by local cycling star Levi Leipheimer.
Something between a race and a century ride, Gran Fondos are celebrated traditions in Italian cycling culture, often attracting more than 10,000 riders, including retired pros, amateur racers and recreational cyclists. While not strictly competitive, Gran Fondos are usually timed, both to ensure participants complete the entire course and to provide some scoring for quick completion of unique sections of the route.
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3,500 expected at Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo