The fifth annual GranFondo takes place on September 6, 2014. Literally translated to “big ride” in Italian, these cycling events are typically 100 km or more, and are open to all adults in every skill level. RBC GranFondo Whistler was created as a legacy to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and has attracted crowds by the thousands to Whistler where the event culminates. The cyclists participating in GranFondo Whistler will be alotted their own car free lane beginning at Stanley Park in Vancouver, along the Sea to Sky highway and all the way to Whistler Village.
The Forte, Newest Addition to GranFondo Whistler
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, this highly popular Whistler summer event will include a new 152 km GranFondo Forte. This route will involve the additional challenge of riding up to the summit of Cypress Mountain. There are only 500 spots available for this inaugural route, so participants are encouraged to register now to get a coveted spot. Riders taking on the challenge of the Forte will get a headstart of 1 hour, and will meet the GranFondo and Medio participants along the scenic Sea to Sky highway.
Whether you’re not quite ready for the big leap, or would like to compete for the combined prize purse of nearly $24,000, there is a GranFondo Whistler route suited for your skill level.
– Squamish to Whistler
– beginner to advanced riders
GranFondo – 122 km
– Stanley Park to Whistler
– recreational to advanced riders
Giro Race – 122 km
– Limited space of 150 racers
– Compete for prize purse of nearly $24,000
Forte – 152km
– Limited space of 500 riders
– GranFondo with Cypress Mountain added
For those wanting the full Whistler GranFondo experience, there is a special VIP Package called Alta Classe. This includes registration to either the GranFondo (122 km) or the Forte (152 km), plus the privilege of riding with various celebrities and sponsors throughout the event. What better way to learn than from the experts, right? The organizers promises no lineups, no hassle and no fuss – only the best cycling experience for the VIP’s.
For the Whister locals participating in the event, there will be passenger and bike transportation from Whistler to Vancouver the day before the event. Friends and family of GranFondo Whistler participants are encouraged to meet their champions at the finish plaza in Whistler Village, where there will be food and entertainment.
Complete the Whistler GranFondo experience; soak those tired legs in a nice private hot tub, celebrate with the other riders in Whistler Village, or stay a little while for the Wanderlust Festival! alluraDirect offers various GranFondo Whistler accomodation options in Whistler and in Vancouver. Make sure to visit alluraDirect.com for your Whistler vacation rental needs.