Epic and amazing might be overused adjectives, but both are applicable in describing today’s ride. While King Ridge is pretty remote, a fair number of California cyclists have made this unforgettable circuit, as it’s the meat and potatoes of the a classic fall NorCal ride – Levi Leipheimer’s Gran Fondo, perfectly slotted in first weekend of October (the 4th in 2014). If you don’t ride King Ridge, then you ride the shorter Medio or Piccolo Fondos.
At 43 miles we meet the Russian River at Jenner, where you can refresh for the easy seven miles ride back to your vehicle. Keep in mind that this ride is in very remote area, with infrequent vehicle traffic, spotty or unavailable cell phone reception, and no stores, restrooms, potable water available for 40 miles, therefore you should be not ride alone and be prepared for all eventualities - a spare tire, tools, plenty of food and an extra water bottle or hydration pack are essential.
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