Friday, July 9, 2010

Levi Leipheimer GranFondo Cycling Event

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This past February I wrote a blog entry announcing my intention to ride in a big ole cycling event held in Santa Rosa California. You can read that blog entry by clicking here. Over the past week or two I've been taking the road bike to Mill Valley and riding trails leading across the Golden Gate Bridge. Not easy cycling with the constant breeze and remarkably chilly temps on the bridge. But yesterday I was a bit humbled as I road a small portion of the course for the GranFondo. Below is the map of the 65 mile route I will be riding come October 9th 2010.

View GranFondo Medio Cycle Route in a larger map

The beauty is an incredible treat. I am new to cycling and what I found difficult, aside from the killer hills to climb is the simple pounding on the body. The tires are inflated to 130psi and the frame is stiff. Some portions of the road are smooth and others not so smooth. It now is a process of getting my body used to being on a bike for extended periods and then increasing my endurance to go the distance.

I'm pretty excited about my first event in October. I've never cycled in a crowd and certainly not 65 miles. The guy who organizes the whole shebang is Levi Leipeimer, who hails from Santa Rosa and is a big deal in the cycling world. He is Lance Armstrong's right hand man at this years Tour de France and is a very accomplished rider.

I didn't bring my camera on yesterday's ride as I haven't figured out how to carry the dern thang when riding. So I pulled the following pictures off the Internet of the cycling route. Stand by to be jealous because yesterday's ride looked just like these pictures!


Capt Chris


Wandering Dolphin said...

Hey Christian,
Levi may be from Santa Rosa now but he actually hails from Butte, Montana!
Captain Tofer

Christian Allaire, BMCS (ret) said...


Good call, ole Levi is from Montana, Wandering Dolphins Homeport. I'll ask him about the change when I pass him up! Thanks for checking in. Watch out for the blobs of doom! Happy sailing.

Anonymous said...

sorry to say, ut i'd rather do these roads in my vette, it sure is beautiful.