TedX Sonoma County

It was tough to do and I had a few slip ups, but I’m proud to have been asked to do a Tedx Talk. Made me realize that being on a podium is just one part of my larger cycling experience, past and future. Thanks to Tedx for the (challenging) opportunity.

The Levi Effect

Now on Vimeo and DVD

The Levi Effect documentary is a movie created by Bike Monkey, Citizen Pictures and Daydreamer Cinema about my experience with the pursuit of chasing my dream, and ultimately what it led to. I was reluctant at first to have a story told about me, but eventually agreed to it. In the end, this documentary paints a picture of what my life was like as a professional cyclist, the fact that winning isn’t always in the cards and ultimately what matters most isn’t what you do in life, but what you leave behind.

Allowing myself to be subject to this documentary forced me to examine myself more, and changed even my own perspective about what’s important in life. I hope it offers some insight and perspective not on who I am, but who we all are.

LGFLevi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo

October, 2013. We Ride.

Come ride with me this fall.

The inception of Levi’s GranFondo was and always will be one of my proudest moments. With the help of many close friends and the community of Santa Rosa, this event became an overnight success that changed the face of cycling in America. Now in it’s 5th year, we’re more excited than ever to venture off into the legendary hills of Sonoma County and celebrate one of the greatest days on a bike.

 

 

 

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  • Let The Paving Begin

    LGF_Roadwork-1It’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.

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