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Registration opens for Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Dec. 16, 2009
  • Updated Dec. 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM EST

Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo cycling event opened for registration today.

Fashioned after Italian Gran Fondo rides, Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo is a one-of-a-kind road cycling experience. The 103-mile route through California’s Sonoma County takes place on October 9, 2010.

The Gran Fondo is a ride, not a race, and all of the participants start together (at 8:00 am). For many, the King Ridge Gran Fondo is as close as they can get to riding the queen’s stage of a grand tour like the Tour de France. Making it feel even more like a grand tour stage is the fact that cyclists will be riding alongside Team RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer himself (as well as other top professionals).

Demand is high for the limited entry spots, and this morning’s large volume of traffic sent the King Ridge Gran Fondo Web site into tizzy. Levi’s crew has pulled down the original Web site and replaced it with a simple registration page for the time being.

Available entries and prices are as follows:

Gran 103 Miles: $130 (3,000 spaces)

Medio 65 Miles: $110 (2,000 spaces)

Piccolo 30 Miles: $70 (1,000 spaces)

To register for the King Ridge Gran Fondo, go to LevisGranFondo.com, and hurry.

Check out this video from last year’s event to get an idea of what’s in store for 2010. It was created by Jesse Rosten and Carl Burchfiel.

Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo from Bike Monkey LLC on Vimeo.

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