Gran Fondo to Draw Thousands for Benefit Cycle

Watch for downtown traffic, streets will not be barricaded for the 75-mile Napa-Sonoma 'fun-cycle'


This months big cycling events may pale to the Gran Fondo, a charity bike ride which kicks off this morning in downtown Sonoma.

The race is expected to draw thousands to the Sonoma Plaza. Cyclists can choose to ride 11-mile, 50-mile or a sweeping 75-mile route, which winds its way through Boyes Hot Springs up to Taylor Mountain, looping through Napa before returning to the Plaza.

Motorists, beware. Because the group cycle is a 'fun-ride' and not a race streets will be open during the race, and drivers are expected to share the road.

The race , each cycling group is able to select their own ultimate beneficiary.

You can still sign on to give to the team of your favorite charity: Participants include the , the and the

Richard May 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
There was surprisingly little disruption of traffic yesterday for this well organized bicycle race.
John May 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
These photos are NOT from the (Sonoma) start - loosing credability when stories and photos do not match. Thumbs down - very weak reporting! No good excuses with "thousands" of participants with phones that take photos!
Alexis Fitts May 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
John, I posted this article before the start of the race so we used a stock photo of a cyclist. Sorry that you find it to be a problem.
Dorothy May 14, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The race was extremely well run. I saw bicyclists from the race in various parts of Sonoma all day Saturday--even near Fremont Diner.
Irene Morgan May 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Thanks for alerting me to the race ahead of time. I was able to plan my day around the race route.


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