Levi Leipheiner King Ridge Gran Fondo
cycling supported during the Levi
Leipheimer's King Ridge GranFondo
three-time Amgen Tour of
"First, it's very important to understand that this event is in fact a very large group ride and not a race. As such, it is our hope that all of the participants of Levi's event will share an appreciation for the natural beauty, camaraderie and wonderful and enthusiastic support staff that the occasion will present," said Skilbeck.
I would like to say that through several years of listening to female
cyclists and consultation with leaders in female clubs, such as VeloGirls,
we have devised a multi-level system of ride options that we believe
provides supportive and rewarding experiences for the wide range of aspirations
and abilities present among female cyclists here in
Skilbeck added, "The rides will be attended by a number of pro and former pro cyclists, including former pro Odessa Gunn and her husband Levi Leipheimer. We expect a number of fast female cyclists to attend the GranFondo. There are three levels of ride for the range of aspirations and abilities. Those riders, male and female, that choose the 103-mile Gran Fondo option will be among 1,000 riders on the road. As it goes into the hills the field will spread out over several miles. There will be some riders ahead and some riders behind most riders of both genders. The feeling of having been dropped by the bunch is not so much present in this type of ride. If any of the top pro women attend, it is most likely they will be able to ride in the leading group or close to it.
The mix of
riders @29th July:
riders total. 2 tandems, 121 females. Tandems are usually female/male.
riders total. 12 tandems, 219 females.
110 riders total. 5 tandems. 69 females.
Overall, 22.3% of our riders are female.
We have a
65-mile MedioFondo. This is less challenging, but still contains the well
class and casual cyclists, we have a 36-mile PiccoloFondo option. This is a
brunch ride, and we expect a very casual pace in this ride. It is not
expected to be nearly as fast as either the GranFondo or MedioFondo.
way, we are attempting to provide a cycling environment that appeals to all
riders, both male and female, at many different levels.
the rides is a race, but since all are timed, riders might wish to compare
their times to those of their friends, or to their own time year on year."
Perez, Event Director added, "The aim of the
event is to see that figure increase and are working through female related
PR channels to effect this. The long term benefits to women, apart from the
obvious physical, psychological and environmental benefits caused by
cycling, are that through a graded system of organized ride, they are able
to enjoy a rewarding, positive cycling experience in some of the most
beautiful cycling country in the
a fund-raising event that is focused on providing for our beneficiaries we
do not have a sex-centric theme. However, non-competitive riders who
wish to partake in a very leisurely and festive atmosphere are invited to
enter into our PiccoloFondo route which features a stop in Occidental to the
tunes of the Green String Farm Band and a lively atmosphere.
Afterwards at the finish of their ride these participants will be treated to
a wonderful brunch that is being provided by Forget Me Not Farm of the
Sonoma County Humane Society--a non-profit charity and beneficiary of Levi's
event that helps to foster positive family-farm based experiences for foster
children that create possitive life-based growth experiences for them.
fully supported mellow-paced bicycle ride with three options (distances
subject to minor change):
GranFondo - 103 miles on a challenging mountainous course with outstanding
MedioFondo - 65 miles on a picturesque hilly course with fine coastal views
PiccoloFondo - 36 miles on a flat valley-floor course through redwood
forests and vineyards
stops every 12 miles (approximately)
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