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RBC Gran Fondo Banff

August / 22 / 2015
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Riding in true Gran Fondo Canada fashion in the nation's most cherished national park. A true destination event in one of Canada’s most scenic towns, the RBC GranFondo Banff gives passionate cyclists a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride a spectacular, challenging course in Canada's first national park, Banff National Park. Experience high altitude cycling like never before and observe the extraordinary wildlife that Banff has to offer.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to ride a gran fondo in one of the world's most picturesque locations, Banff National Park. Connect intimately with the surrounding scenery and cultural heritage as you ride this spectacular, fully-supported course.

The Journey
Riders will follow a counter-clockwise path around Tunnel Mountain and past the Hoodoos. Continuing around the gorgeous and challenging Lake Minnewanka Loop, cyclists will ride past the shores of Two Jack Lake and over the Minnewanka Dam before venturing off onto the epic Bow Valley Parkway. By this point, the welcoming vistas and surrounding beauty of the town will have you thinking, "I have arrived in Banff."

The Bow Valley Parkway will see temporary closures to vehicular traffic for your riding pleasure, so soak in the experience and enjoy the ride. Ride the undulating roads all the way to the Lake Louise Turnaround, our third Rest Stop. Make your way back down towards Banff along the same parkway, but take note of the beautiful change in views and scenery.

As you ride along this part of the course, take in the fact that you are riding through ages of history. Running parallel to the Bow Valley Parkway is the famed Canadian Pacific Railway, which took four years to build from 1881 to 1885. The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise to attract tourists from all over North America.

The ride will end in the town of Banff, but the event is far from over. Dismount your bike and join in on the celebration with family and friends at Central Park, the location of the Finish & Celebration Plaza. Refuel your body, enjoy a well-earned massage and reward yourself with a beer - it's on us.

Routes: 93 miles (150km)
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
Entry Limit: 1500
Entry Opens: December / 01 / 2014
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Start Times


5:30AM Bag Check Opens Central Park
7:00AM GranFondo Start Central Park
10:00AM Finish & Celebration Plaza Opens Central Park
10:00AM First Riders Expected Central Park
2:00PM Last Riders Expected Central Park
2:30PM Finish Line Closes Central Park
4:00PM Finish & Celebration Plaza Closes Central Park
4:00PM Bike Parking Closes
(All bikes to be picked up)

All riders are asked to be in the corrals by 6:45am. Bike plates, bibs and wristbands must be properly affixed prior to entering the Start Corrals. The location of the start line is Central Park in the Town of Banff at the corner of Buffalo Street & Bear Street.

Complimentary bag check opens at 5:30am at the Event Start (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 are pre-printed with your rider number as 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 when you finish. Bag Check closes at 6:30am and will reopen at 10:00am when the first riders are expected in.


GranFondo - 150 km

For riders who want to challenge themselves at their own pace, the GranFondo category is the full 150 km at a self-set pace for recreational to advanced riders.

Alta Classe Package GranFondo - 150 km

This is the VIP package for the GranFondo that allows you to enjoy the RBC GranFondo Banff in a special way that comes with distinct perks and benefits. No line ups, no hassles, no fuss, but all the fun. Register for Alta Classe now as the number of spots are limited. Package includes registration plus all of the following benefits:

Welcome GranFesta express service
Exclusive staging area at the start line
Alta Classe lounge at the finish line
Exclusive gifts and offers from our premium sponsors
RBC GranFondo Banff Official Jersey

Whats Included in the Entry Fee?

A dedicated lane width for cycling for the entire ride

Timing chip for all riders. Track your performance on overall ride time and on pre-determined course sections
Four fully-stocked Rest Stops along the course
Mechanical support at Rest Stops as well as roving mechanics to offer assistance
Medical support at Rest Stops as well as roving medics along the course
Sag wagon support to the finish for all riders unable to continue (we'll pick you up and get you to the finish line)
Secure bike parking during post-event party
Complimentary bag check
Ride results posted on the RBC GranFondo Banff website by midnight
Every individual who completes the admirable task of crossing the finish line will receive a one of a kind commemorative medal to remember all the training and hard work they put into that day. Cheers!

Packet Pickups


Package Pickup. Get your event package (bike plate, wrist band and sponsor swag). Bring Photo ID!
Participant ID. Your bike number and wrist band will admit you to the Rest Stops and Celebration Plaza.
Sponsor Expo. See what our sponsors have in store for you.
Parks Canada. Stop by the Parks Canada table to learn about Banff National Park and how to respect the wildlife.
GranFondo Store. Look sharp in your RBC GranFondo Banff Rider Jersey.
Welcome Festival. Meet and greet your fellow riders, swap strategies and drink up the excitement of the weekend.

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Time:  2:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Fenlands Community Centre, 100 Mt Norquay Road, Banff, AB, T1L 1A7

All GranFondo riders will need to pick up their event package before the event at the Welcome GranFesta, the official event Expo. Photo ID will be required for pick up and you will be asked to sign the event waiver in person. No package pickup for GranFondo riders on event day.

Prize / Race Categories


For those looking to ride the GranFondo among experienced cyclists with the knowledge and experience of riding in a tight peloton. Cyclists who held a UCI license between 2010 and 2014 will be authorized to stage in a designated area for the start of the event.


Riders who have held a valid UCI road cycling licence in Category 1 through 4 or Masters between 2010 and 2014 will be granted access into a designated staging area. All riders with such a licence and who want to be staged in this designated area will need to show their licence at Package Pickup to receive identification that will grant access to this designated staging area.

Every individual who completes the admirable task of crossing the finish line will receive a one of a kind pint glass to remember all the training and hard work they put into that day. Cheers!

Adequate Car Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Roving Mechanical Support
Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Kids Fondo
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Start Address: Central Park, Banff, Alberta
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