RBC GranFondo Whistler

September 8, 2018

The 2017 ride has passed, check back soon for more information on the 2018 event.

Join fellow road cycling enthusiasts in the RBC GranFondo Whistler as they cycle the route from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, over 122 kilometres of winding mountain road. Stay for the fun at the finish line celebrations and family events with great deals on accommodation and new passenger and bike transportation back to Vancouver.

Schedule

2017 Race Schedule

Friday September 8, 2017

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Package Pickup at the VeloSpoke Bike Expo (Free and Open to the public with over 60 vendors).

Saturday September 9, 2017

5:30 AM Start Corrals Open
6:05 AM Forte 152km Start
6:15 AM Giro Corral Open
6:40 AM Giro Start (5 min delay before the Giro women start at 6:45)
6:50 AM Alta Classe Start
7:00 AM GranFondo Waves - 122km
10:00 AM First Riders Expected
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Celebration Plaza Open
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM iRIDE Jam - Kid’s ride (ages 6+). Sign up required by 10:00 AM.
1:00 PM Awards
1:30 PM Outdoor Concert at Whistler Olympic Plaza: Ruckus Deluxe
1:30 PM Bike Check Closes for Saturday bike return (pre-booking required)
3:30 PM Return Passenger Transportation to Vancouver (pre-booking required)
4:00 PM Finish Line Closes
4:00 PM Bike Check Closes (all bikes to be picked up by 4:30 PM)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Saturday Bike pick-up in Vancouver (pre-booking required)
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM RBC GranFondo Whistler After-Party
9:00 PM Event Day Video Release @ 9:00 PM SHARP!

Sunday September 10, 2017

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Return passenger transportation to Vancouver (pre-booking required)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM SUNDAY Bike pick-up

*Schedule subject to change. Events may require registration.


2017 Post-Race Celebrations

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Description: Celebrate the ride with friends and family in the Plaza. Featuring meal, refreshments, kids playground, live entertainment and a beer garden.

Outdoor Concert

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 1:30 PM
Artists: Ruckus Deluxe


iRide Jam for Kids

Time: Registration opens 10:00 AM. Ride from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Day Lot 4 (beside the finish line on Blackcomb Way)
Ages: 6 and above
Ability: Kids that can ride a two-wheel bike (no striders please)
Registration: There will on-site registration on a first-come/first-serve basis. Please be aware that parents need to remain with their kids.
Description: The iRide Jam for kids are mini clinics that are aimed at building skills for a lifelong enjoyment of cycling. Kids will be split into various groups based on age and skill levels. Each group will work with an iRide coach to develop skills and abilities.


Awards Ceremony

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Description: Watch the top riders receive their medals and prize money on-stage.

Training

The only way to train for the GranFondo is to pedal, pedal, pedal. A pre-ride is a great way to become familiar with the course, know the challenges and plan how to pace yourself on the day (and stop for pictures along the way). Why not plan a pre-ride and meet the family in Whistler for a night or two in the mountains, or stay and tackle some of the other road rides in the area to get your mountain legs.


Transportation

New this year, bike and passenger transport is available back to Vancouver on both Saturday and Sunday so you can relax and enjoy your recovery time in Whistler.


Recovery

No need to rush off after the ride - there are plenty of places to stay and enjoy a relaxing recovery in Whistler.

  • Find the perfect accommodation for a deep sleep after the event
  • Soak your muscles in your own hot tub or book a post-race massage at one of Whistler's spas
  • Join up with other participants in one of Whistler's bars, pubs or restaurants to raise a glass to victory
  • Turn it into and outdoor adventure weekend? Try bungee jumping, mountain biking or another summer activity
  • If you prefer to rest after the race ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, take a gentle hike or chill out by the lakes

Travel Tips

On Saturday, September 9 more than 4,000 cyclists will be participating in RBC GranFondo Whistler. Participants will start from Vancouver’s Stanley Park, head up along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and end at Whistler Olympic Plaza. As a result there will be traffic impacts including rolling road closures and areas of reduced speed along the route. It is advised that motorists plan travel well in advance, drive with caution, follow signs and expect delays.

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