The RBC GranFondo Whistler will start in downtown Vancouver at the corner of Georgia Street and Burrard. Georgia Street will be closed for our staging area from Thurlow to Seymour from very early in the morning. The start chute opens at 5:30am and all riders are expected to be in position in the start corral by 6:30am. Ride starts at 6:45am sharp.
Riders will travel west on Georgia, through the Stanley Park Causeway, over the Lions Gate Bridge and up Taylor Way to get onto the Upper Levels Trans-Canada Highway with a right of way at all intersections. The journey then begins.
A Rider Guide will be compiled for participants prior to the event. Please check back in the months leading up to the event for an update.
The following is an outline of how the Medio will start on event day:
- 8:30am - Start Corral OPENS
- 9:15am - Bag Check CLOSES
- 9:15am - All Riders in the Start Corral
- 9:30am - Medio Start
Medio Start - Address:
The Medio start will be at Mamquam Road and Highway 99 in Squamish. The Medio start is not a Rest Stop, however water and mechanical assistance will be available. The third Rest Stop for RBC GranFondo Whistler will be located at the Alice Lake Chain up north of Squamish.
Complimentary bag check service is available at the Medio start and Medio riders can pick up their Event Packages at the main Package Pickup or at the Medio start. All riders must be wearing their bike plates and wristbands before starting the event.
Please visit our Accommodations Page for hotels in Squamish.
All GranFondo riders are expected to be in position in the start chute before 6:30am. Ride starts at 6:45am after the national anthem. All riders will be in a controlled start for the first several kilometres so remember to simply sit tight, settle-in and enjoy the escort out of downtown Vancouver.
Riders are asked to self-select an appropriate starting position within the start corrals. With thousands of riders, finding the right spot that best matches your fitness level, riding confidence and anticipated finish time is important for a smooth start for everyone.
Remember, your official ride time only starts when you cross the start line so it doesn’t matter how far back you start.
GranFondo Canada has worked with the BC Ministry of Transportation and communities along the route to provide riders with a dedicated lane width from the start to the finish. To take advantage of the dedicated lane (adjusted for the last rider crossing the start line) riders will need to be clear of these locations by the following times:
Rest Stop #1 at Horseshoe Bay (20 km)
Rest Stop #2 at Galileo Coffee Company (51 km)
|Rest Stop #3 at Alice Lake (73 km)||12:25pm|
|Rest Stop #4 at Salt Shed (88 km)||1:30pm|
|Rest Stop #5 at Brandywine Provincial Park (104 km)||2:30pm|
|Finish line in Whistler (122 km)||3:45pm|
Riders able to maintain an average speed above 25 km/h (including rest stops) will have no planned stoppages for the duration of the route (please be aware that emergency situations will have priority over the event, of course).
Riders able to maintain an average speed between 15 km/h and 25 km/h (including rest stops) will also have no planned stoppages, but there may be instances where traffic control flaggers or police will pause riders briefly to relieve backed up traffic.
Riders must maintain an average speed of 15 km/h (including rest stops) in order to stay within the event. If you are travelling below the 15 km/h average speed, you will at some point be passed by the “Fine Gara” or “End of Ride” vehicle (pronounced “finni garra”). This vehicle will be the first of the Sweep Entourage vehicles. All the vehicles in the Sweep Entourage and their respective roles are as follows:
- Fine Gara - Represents the tail end of the official event. It is an indicator to riders, event staff, spectators etc. that all riders following behind it are following rules of the road (more details provided below).
- Rider Bus - Will offer a ride to the finish line in Whistler to any riders following behind the Fine Gara.
- Bike Van - Will transport the bikes of any riders accepting a ride to the finish line in Whistler.
All official, on-course event support will be closed after the Fine Gara passes. If you are passed by the Fine Gara, you will be stopped by the RiderBus and offered the opportunity to hop on a ride to the finish line and be fully supported in Whistler. The BikeVan in the Sweep Entourage will take your bike to Whistler as well.
If you do not accept a ride to the finish line and decide instead to continue riding, the following details are in effect for the duration of your ride to the finish line:
- You shall continue your ride according to BC’s Bike Sense Rules of the Road (Bike Sense BC), which means you must ride in the shoulder of the highway and obey all traffic signals
- The dedicated lane may be removed even while you are in it
- The special event traffic control implementation at intersections and along the route may be removed
- The event signage may be removed
- Water, mechanical, nutritional and medical support from the event may be unavailable for the remainder of your trip
- If you are unable to reach the finish line by 3:45pm, your finish time may be recorded as Did Not Finish (DNF)
NOTE: If for any reason you are able to speed up and pass the Fine Gara, please do so safely and then you are considered back in the event if you can hang on ahead of it to the finish line.
On Course Support
All riders are fully supported along the course with Rest Stops. No need for support crews to follow riders – we’ve got you covered.
All Rest Stops will supply:
- Fresh water
- Nutritional supplements
- First Aid attendants will be available to help with any ailments to your body
- Mechanical assistance with fully trained mechanics and tools available to assist riders in making repairs
Please note: Rest Stops will have nutritional supplements available but are not intended to provide the primary meal for riders during the day.
Mechanical and medical assistance will be available during the ride from roving agents on an as-needed basis. To signal that you want mechanical assistance, turn your bike upside down so it rests on the saddle and handle bars. This will clearly indicate you are waiting for assistance. Mechanical support will be provided by La Bicicletta, John Henry Bikes, Obsession Bikes, Comor Sports, Speed Theory and Corsa Cycles.
All riders will receive an electronic timing chip. At the end of the ride, you’ll have information about your overall riding time. Results will be posted on our website by midnight on event day. Results will also be available in Celebration Plaza.
Please note, improperly mounted timing chips could result in no time being recorded. Ask our timing team at Package Pickup for a demonstration of how to properly mount your chip.
A team’s finishing time is based on the time the 5th rider crosses the finish line. For mixed gender teams, the team time must include the time of at least two males and two females. Teams of less than 5 members can participate, but will NOT receive an official team finish time. Instead, results for these teams will be reported as individual times.
There will be an optional bike service for riders to get their bikes back to Vancouver from Whistler the day after the event. Please check back in the future for updates.
JOIN US AT THE WELCOME GRANFESTA
Athlete Sign-In. Just like the pros do it. Sign in to make it official.
Package Pickup. Get your event package (bike plate, wrist band and sponsor swag).
Participant ID. Your bike number and wrist band will admit you to the Rest Stops and Celebration Plaza.
Bag Check. Make your weekend simple. Check your bag and pick it up at the finish.
Sponsor Expo. See what our sponsors have in store for you.
GranFondo Store. Look sharp in your RBC GranFondo Whistler Jersey.
Welcome Festival. Meet and greet your fellow riders, swap strategies and drink up the excitement of the weekend.
Date: Thursday, September 5th and Friday, September 6th
Time: 12:00am to 8:00pm
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3
All GranFondo riders will need to pick up their event package before the event at the Welcome GranFesta. Medio riders are encouraged to pick up their packages here as well. Photo ID will be required for pick up and you will be asked to sign the event waiver in person.
Complimentary bag check will only be available during the Welcome GranFesta (limited to one bag per person, excluding bike boxes). Maximum size is 21.5 in. x 9 in. x 15.5 in. (standard airplane carry-on size). Bag check tags pre-printed with your rider number will be a tear-away on your bib. Have this tag clearly visible and in position before you hand in your bag at the Station. Put all items into one bag - no loose items will be accepted! Items can be collected at the finish line starting as of 11:00am. Medio riders can drop off a bag at the Medio start in Squamish to have it transported and waiting for them at the finish line.
Medio riders can pick up their event packages at the Welcome GranFesta or at the Medio start. All riders must be wearing their bike plates and wristbands before starting the event.
Spectators can be part of the RBC GranFondo Whistler experience too! Residences and businesses along the route will have front row seats as thousands of participants challenge themselves up the Sea to Sky corridor.
The following locations are recommended spectator areas:
- 7:00am (West Vancouver) - Cheer on the riders on Taylor Way Boulevard as they approach the 7 km mark and prepare for the first steep climb
- 8:00am (Squamish) - The riders will pass by Mamquam Road in Squamish at the 67 km mark. Spectators can watch curbside at Garibaldi Village Mall
- 10:00am (Whistler) - The first riders will cross the finish line on Blackcomb Way. Spectators are encouraged to join in the celebration from the new Whistler Olympic Plaza
Please plan ahead prior to the event and come early.