RBC GranFondo Whistler

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gran Fondo Whistler

What is a GranFondo? "Gran Fondo" is loosely translated from Italian as "big ride." They are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades.

125 Kilometre Ride from Vancouver to Whistler

Last year saw the inaugural RBC GranFondo Whistler 125 km bike ride from Vancouver to Whistler. It was a huge success and saw over 4000 riders participate.  This year 7,000 riders have already signed on for the event.   It's going to be a fun day for both participants and spectators alike.  The best place for spectators to watch the event is at the finish line in Whistler Village.

The Granfondo Whistler takes place on Saturday September 10th. It starts in Downtown Vancouver on the corner of Georgia Street and Burrard and riders begin the epic journey at 7am sharp.   Riders will travel west on Georgia Street, through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge, up Taylor Way to reach the upper levels Trans Canada Hwy.   They then follow the stunning Sea to Sky Highway all the way up to Whistler.

Highlights on the way including the spectacular views of Howe Sound, the majestic Shannon Falls waterfall, the towering Chief, through the Cheakamus canyon before ending in Whistler Village.   The GranFondo is a distance of 120km with 2,400 meters of climbing and 1,750 meters of downhill for a total elevation gain of 650 meters.

Once in Whistler Village a celebration worthy of this epic ride will include live music, a beer garden, massage tents, and a rider expo in the plaza.

Later in the evening 54-40 will be performing at the Whistler Olympic Plaza at 7pm. These legendary Vancouver rockers will be playing all their hits.  This is a free concert and is part of the Whistler Presents summer concert series.

Looking for Whistler Accommodation for the Granfondo weekend?

The Whistler Holiday Inn is ideally located in the heart of Whistler Village, offering a convenient location for the Whistler Olympic Plaza.  Our Whistler hotel rooms and suites offer kitchen facilities and great amenities.  Please contact our reservation staff for more information about the Whistler Holiday Inn or the Granfondo.

Photo: Chad Chomlack

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