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Registration for King Ridge GranFondo goes smoothly, fills up quickly

Nearly 70 percent of the 4,000 spots for the Levi Leipheimer King Ridge GranFondo 103-mile ride were filled by 3:30 p.m. Saturday, hours after registration opened Tuesday morning.

The other two routes, the 65-mile and 32-mile routes, were filling up more slowly.

The registrants came from all over the world, including Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

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By rank, the top cities of applicants were San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Sacramento, Palo Alto, New York and Santa Clara.

The ride, scheduled for Sept. 29, has a total of 7,500 slots.

The online registration appeared to be going smoothly, a year after the volume of participants trying to sign up overwhelmed computer servers, causing a two-day delay in registration.

Bike Monkey, the event organizer, moved the registration process to new servers and rewrote the registration forms to solve the problem.

"We are on cloud nine; the new system handled a much heavier load effortlessly," said Greg Fisher of Bike Monkey.

On Tuesday, 3,587 participants had registered by 3:30 p.m., of which 2,765 were for the 103-mile route.

The medio route had 677 registrations, with 1,823 slots remaining, and the piccolo had 145, with 855 slots still open.


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