Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 5 Location
11:00AM - 8:00PM VeloSpoke Bike Expo - FREE Vancouver Convention Centre, East
12:00PM - 8:00PM Welcome GranFesta Vancouver Convention Centre, East
Friday, September 6    
11:00AM - 8:00PM VeloSpoke Bike Expo - FREE Vancouver Convention Centre, East
12:00PM - 8:00PM Welcome GranFesta Vancouver Convention Centre, East
5:30PM - 6:30PM RBC FamilyFundo Kids Ride Vancouver Convention Centre, East
Saturday, September 7    
5:30AM Start Corrals Open (NO Bag Check) West Georgia Street
6:35AM O' Canada West Georgia Street
6:45AM GranFondo Start West Georgia Street
8:30AM - 9:15AM Medio Bag Check Squamish
9:30AM Medio Start Squamish
10:00AM First Riders Expected Day Lot 4, Whistler
10:00AM - 4:00PM Celebration Plaza Whistler Olympic Plaza
4:00PM Finish Line Closes Day Lot 4, Whistler
4:30PM Bike Check Closes
(all bikes to be picked up by 4:30PM)
Day Lot 4, Whistler
6:30PM FREE Concert Presented by the RMOW Celebration Plaza, Whistler
Sunday, September 8    
10:00AM - 2:30PM Return Transportation (Pre-Booking Required) Whistler to Vancouver
10:00AM - 5:00PM Bike Pick Up Vancouver Convention Centre, East

VeloSpoke Bike Expo

Utilizing over 61,000 sq ft of event space, VeloSpoke will bring together over 100 exhibitors for an energizing showcase of products and services from top lifestyle and cycling brands. The show will also feature unique activations, including a main stage with performances, a photo wall, bike fitting zone, kids’ corner and wellness zone.

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:  12:00pm 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. 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.

Finish Area

The Finish Area for RBC GranFondo Whistler participants will include:

  • Complimentary secure bike parking for all riders (drop your bike and enjoy the festivities)
  • Finishers medal
  • Picture station - capture the moment with a memento!
  • lululemon Rider Stretch
  • Alta Classe Recovery Lounge
  • Complimentary hydration and nutrition station (riders only)
  • Medical tent
  • Bag check
  • Massage services available (riders only)
  • Sponsor activations

Celebration Plaza

With the beginning of the ride starting at 6:45am we anticipate the elite riders to make their way across the finish line around 10:00am. We will organize festivities throughout the day as the rest of the participants arrive.

Celebration includes:

  • Awards ceremony
  • Kids can enjoy Whistler's four-season, fully accessible award-winning playground
  • Free live entertainment
  • Meal and refreshments
  • Refreshing Beer Garden