It’s hard to imagine the amount of hard work put into The GranFondo every year by so many people. We ask a lot of our community and our volunteers to create the best day on two wheels. From the beginning, my concept of The GranFondo and what it would accomplish centered around giving back to our community, Sonoma County. Together with the folks at Bike Monkey, Odessa and I have put a lot of thought into how the event can impact our community the most. As always The Forget Me Not Farm is at the top of our list of beneficiaries. We also give to local schools and fire departments along the route. Over the last 5 years we’ve been brainstorming and dreaming of ways to give back to the local cycling community that has made Sonoma County the legendary destination it is.
Until today, we’ve only had irons in the fire. Well, with the cooperation of the County, Levi’s GranFondo has started stewarding popular cycling routes that are in desperate need of repair. Sonoma County has to have the most road mileage per capita of any county in California, quite possibly in the US. This is a big reason why it’s such a cyclist’s dream. Yet, it’s difficult for the County and the State to keep up with the maintenance of all these roads. Especially the small, quiet roads that cyclist’s love to ride. So we came up with a plan to help maintain those roads rather inexpensively. Today, Carlos and I met up with a local engineering firm, Parmeter, to do some pothole repair on the first road on our list, Cavedale. Cavedale is about a 4 mile climb between Hwy 12 and Trinity Rd which provides views of Mt Diablo and the entire Bay Area including San Francisco on a clear day. I’ve seen thousands of cyclists riding Cavedale over the years and I hope it will hold up for thousands more in the future. So please, get out there and enjoy a smoother, safer Cavedale everyone! Next up, Sweetwater Springs Rd.