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.
2016 Race Schedule
Friday September 9, 2016
||Package Pickup at the Welcome GranFesta
Saturday September 10, 2016
||Forte 152km Start
||Giro Start (5 min delay before the Giro women start at 6:45)
||GranFondo Waves - 122km 8:30 AM Medio Start - 55km
||First Riders Expected
|10 AM - 4 PM
||Celebration Plaza Open
|10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
||Family Fundo powered by iRIDE
||Return Passenger Transportation to Vancouver (pre-booking required)
||Finish Line Closes
|6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
||Bike pick-up in Vancouver (pre-booking required)
Sunday September 11, 2016
|10 AM - 2:30 PM
||Return passenger transportation to Vancouver (pre-booking required)
|10 AM - 5 PM
||Sunday bike pick-up in Vancouver
*Schedule subject to change. Events may require registration.
2016 Post-Race Celebrations
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.
iRide Jam for Kids
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)
Bikes and helmets: There are 30 bikes and helmets available to borrow. Kids are also allowed to bring their own bikes and helmets.
Registration: There will on-site registration at Day Lot 4 starting at 10 a.m. 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. The coach will work with 10 students at a time for 10 - 15 minutes. There will be 6 waves for a total capacity of 60 students.
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Description: Watch the top riders receive their medals and prize money on-stage.
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.
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. View times and tickets.
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
On Saturday, September 10 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.
Ride, Stay, Recover
Free Scandinavian Spa Access with your RBC GranFondo Whistler Accommodation
Completing an epic ride like the RBC GranFondo takes months of hard work – so why rush back to the real world after it’s over?
At Whistler.com we’re covering your recovery with an exclusive Stay and Recover offer: book two nights accommodation in Whistler with us and we’ll give you bath access for two at the Scandinave Spa for free*. Don't delay, this offer is limited to the first 100 new reservations.
Search below to book the Ride, Stay and Recover package or call 1.800.944.7853 to speak to one of our Whistler-based Travel Consultants.
Book Early and Save
Plan ahead, save more and stay longer. Book by May 31, 2017 to receive the best value on accommodation and activities in Whistler this summer.
*Minimum two nights stay between September 8 – 10, 2017, offer valid for new bookings only. Maximum of 2 passes per new booking received, passes cannot be be redeemed as cash or transferred for any other activitiy. Offer only available while quantities last for new reservations. Offer only available with accommmodation bookings made through the www.whistler.com/events/granfondo event page or via our call centre. Accommodation must be booked by May 31, 2017 to comply.
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