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RBC GranFondo Whistler

September 10 2016
Vancover, British Columbia, Canada

In 2007, Kevin Thomson and Neil McKinnon had the vision of producing a world-class cycling event to serve as a legacy event of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In September 2010, after three years of work, that dream became a reality. The inaugural RBC GranFondo Whistler allowed 4,000 passionate cyclists the opportunity to ride the world-renowned Sea to Sky Highway in a dedicated car-free lane from downtown Vancouver to Whistler. Rider capacity grew to 7,000 cyclists in 2011 and 2012 as participants were pouring in from all around the globe as the event quickly established itself as one of the premier cycling events in North America.

Every year since its inception in 2010, the event has been a recipient of Get Out There Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for Best Cycling Event in Western Canada! Whether it's right in your own backyard or you're visiting British Columbia for the first time, the breathtaking views of this spectacular route will leave you speechless. One day each year, we allow you to experience the incredible Sea to Sky Highway (ranked the #2 Vancouver attraction by and everything in between Vancouver to Whistler in the best way possible - on bike.

Join us on September 12, 2015 for the ride of your life. 

Routes: 34,76,94 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: 7000
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Start Times / Itinerary


11:00AM - 8:00PM Package Pickup at the Welcome GranFesta To be confirmed
5:30AM Start Corrals Open (NO Bag Check) Stanley Park, Brockton Point
6:05AM Forte 152km Start Stanley Park, Brockton Point
6:15AM Giro Corral Open Stanley Park, Brockton Point
6:40AM Giro Start Stanley Park, Brockton Point
6:45AM Alta Classe Start Stanley Park, Brockton Point
6:55AM GranFondo Waves - 122km
Medio Wave - 67km
Stanley Park, Brockton Point
10:00AM First Riders Expected Day Lot 4, Whistler
10:00AM - 4:00PM Celebration Plaza Whistler Olympic Plaza
1:00PM Awards Celebration 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
9:00AM - 10:00AM Family Fundo Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler
10:00AM - 2:30PM Return Transportation (Pre-Booking Required) Whistler to Vancouver
10:00AM - 5:00PM Bike Pick Up Vancouver Convention Centre, East
10:00AM - 12:00PM Pursuit Challenge Blackcomb Way, Whistler



Registration opens on December 1 at noon. Mark your calendars, the date for 2015 has been set for Saturday, September 12.

  Dec 1 Feb 2 April 15 June 30 to Sept 4
Alta Classe $550 $575 $600 $625
Forte $195 $210 $225 $245
GranFondo $195 $210 $225 $245
Medio $195 $210 $225 $245

Plus tax of 5% and service fee of 6% will be added to price at checkout. Online registration closes Friday, September 2 at 8:00pm.

What's Included?


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.


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


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
Packet Pickups


Pick-up your event package, visit the Velospoke Bike Expo and mix and mingle with your fellow riders at the Welcome GranFesta.

Friday, September 11, 2015
11:00am to 8:00pm
Location to be confirmed

  • Package Pickup.Your event package will consist of a bike plate, wristband (that will be placed on you that day) and a bib to wear on your back. All participant ID must be worn and clearly visible during the event and will admit you to the Rest Stops and Celebration Plaza.
  • Bag Check. Make your weekend simple. Check your gear bag on Friday and pick it up at the finish on Saturday.
  • Expo. See what our sponsors have in store for you.
  • GranFondo Store. Look sharp in your RBC GranFondo Whistler Jersey and check out the other granfondo styles available.
  • Welcome Festival. Meet and greet your fellow riders, swap strategies and drink up the excitement of the weekend.

All riders will need to pick up their event package before the event at the Welcome GranFesta. Photo ID will be required for pick up and you will be asked to sign the event waiver in person. Only the registered rider can pick up their own package. No event morning pick-up available except for Medio riders who start in Squamish.

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 and 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.

Prize / Race Categories

The journey itself will be the ultimate reward, but we wouldn’t leave you without a memento of the event. A commemorative piece will be available to riders.

Adequate Car Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Finishing Medals
Results Within 24 Hours
Feed / Aid Stations
Start Address: Corals, Vancover, British Columbia
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