RBC GranFondo Whistler

September 11, 2021

The RBC GranFondo Whistler is a stunning point-to-point cycling journey along the famous Sea to Sky Corridor between Vancouver and Whistler. There are distance options from 55 km to 122 km and all offer beautiful landscapes and a clear, traffic-free passage along the Sea to Sky Highway. The event is family friendly and open to all abilities.

2020 GranFondo Events & Schedule

Have a look at what was scheduled for 2020 and check back for a new schedule closer to the 2021 event.

The largest Gran Fondo in North America, RBC GranFondo Whistler is inclusive, open to everyone, and in 2020 offers the 122 km Gran Fondo and 55 km Medio categories.

2020 Race Schedule

Friday, September 11, 2020

11 AM – 8 PM Package Pickup at the VeloSpoke Bike Expo (free and open to the public with over 60,000 sq.ft. of exhibitors, displays and live activations)

Saturday, September 12, 2020

7:30 AM Start Corrals Open
8:30 AM Gran Fondo 122km waves start
9:15 AM Medio Start - Whistler
11:40 AM First Riders Expected
10 AM - 5 PM Celebration Plaza Open
10 AM - 12 PM iRIDE Expo – Kid’s ride (ages 6 - 13)
TBD Awards
TBD Free Outdoor Concert at Whistler Olympic Plaza
TBD Truck departs for Saturday Bike return (pre-booking required)
4 PM Bike Check Closes (all bikes to be picked up by 4:30 PM)
TBD Return Passenger Transportation to Vancouver (pre-booking required)
5:10 PM Finish Line Closes
5 PM Celebration Plaza Closes
TBD Saturday Bike pick-up in Vancouver (pre-booking required)
9 PM – 2 AM RBC GranFondo Whistler After-Party at Tommys Lounge x Nightclub

Sunday, September 13, 2020

TBD Return passenger transportation to Vancouver (pre-booking required)
12 – 4 PM Family Studio Sunday at Audain Art Museum
TBD Sunday Bike pick-up in Vancouver

*Schedule subject to change. Events may require registration.


2020 Post-Race Celebrations

Time: 9 AM – 5 PM
Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Description: Celebrate the ride with friends and family in the Plaza. Featuring meals, refreshments, kids playground, live entertainment and a beer garden.


Free iRide Expo for Kids

Time: Registration opens 10 AM. Ride from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Day Lot 4 (beside the finish line on Blackcomb Way)
Ages: 6 – 13
Ability: Kids who can ride a two-wheel bike with pedals (no striders/kick bikes please)
Registration: There is on-site registration available on a first-come/first-serve basis. Please be aware that parents need to remain with their kids.
Description: The iRide Expo offers group activities for kids led by qualified coaches and is aimed at building skills for a lifelong enjoyment of cycling. Kids will be split into various groups based on age and skill level. Each group will work with an iRide coach to develop skills and abilities.


Awards Ceremony

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Description: Watch top riders receive their medals and prize money onstage.

Training

The only way to train for the RBC GranFondo is to pedal, pedal, pedal. A pre-ride is a great way to become familiar with the course, know the challenges and plan pacing for 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 enhance your mountain legs?


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 in victory
  • Turn it into an 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 one of Whistler’s five beautiful lakes

Traffic Impacts

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, approximately 5,000 cyclists are expected to ride from Vancouver to Whistler in the RBC GranFondo Whistler and the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. 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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