Here comes the Fondo

Posted on May 10, 2012 by Sonoma Valley Sun

More than 1,200 cyclists biking for 60 charities are expected for the Sonoma debut of The Echelon Sonoma Gran Fondo on Saturday, May 12. The 9 a.m. ride starts (with a full rolling police car and helicopter escort) and ends (with a food, beer and wine festival) on the Plaza.

Organizers are encouraging the community to not only come out and watch the start and enjoy the festival, but to bring a bike and ride. All are welcome, even aboard cruisers and mountain bikes. In addition to the 50 and 75-mile rides, there’s the more casual 11-mile version ($25). All ride participants have access to food and beverages at the post-ride party.

Registration and check-in opens on the Plaza at 6:30 a.m. Riders begin staging at 8:15. The start ceremony begins at 8:45 with introductions of the top fundraising teams followed by the national anthem sung by Sonoma Valley High School student Ella Krikorian. All riders line up and depart together at 9 a.m. with the full police escort.

The festival and expo begins at 11 a.m. and includes music by the Whiskey Thieves and other bands.

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