What is Granfondo?
The rough translation is “Big Ride”. Each ride is typically a hundred kilometres or more with steep climbs and while it’s not a race the fastest riders are recognised. The routes chosen are suitable for a large number of cyclists with varying skill levels, whether you are a competitive cyclist or an amateur this is the event for you.
The Whistler Granfondo is no exception, over 7,000 cyclists will ride 122km of road along a dedicated car-free lane from downtown Vancouver to Whistler. Know as the Sea to Sky Highway this route offers cyclists spectacular views as they climb from the ocean into the mountains.
Spectators are encouraged to cheer on cyclists as they cross the finish line in Whistler along Blackcomb Way and between Day Lot 4 and Whistler Olympic Plaza. After athletes complete the cycle from Vancouver to Whistler and park their bikes, they’re encouraged to head over to Celebration Plaza to celebrate their achievement from 10 AM to 4 PM where there will be food, refreshments, awards ceremony, live entertainment and a beer garden.
Kids can get in on the action and participate in the iride Kids Fundo, where children 12 years and under will have the opportunity to spin their wheels and learn a bit more about cycling. Location: Day Lot 4, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Pre-registration is required and opens August 17th, register here.
If you aren’t riding but would like to be involved the RBC GranFondo Whistler is looking for talented and committed volunteers. To find out more about the volunteer opportunities and benefit package, visit www.granfondowhistler.com
To learn more about this event visit: www.granfondowhistler.com
Riding ‘car free’ means there will be some disruption to traffic on September 12th, plan to leave your car at home and ride your bike for the day. If you have to drive here’s some useful information to make your day go smoothly. Download the transportation and information map for September 12 here.
Motorists who need to travel on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 are advised to plan ahead for potential long delays and short duration stoppages. Highway 99 is open all day in both directions.
EXPECTED HOURS OF PEAK TRAFFIC IMPACT ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Lions Gate Bridge: 5:30 AM to 8 AM
- Horseshoe Bay to Squamish: 6 AM to 12 PM
- Squamish to Whistler: 6 AM to 4 PM
- Whistler Village: 9 AM to 4 PM
WHISTLER TRAFFIC MODIFICATIONS
- Village Gate Boulevard will be closed eastbound from Northlands Blvd. to Blackcomb Way from 9 AM to 4 PM. Motorists should use Lorimer Road to access Whistler Village.
- Blackcomb Way West will be closed from 5 AM to 6 PM. Motorists should use Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way East.
- Residents and guests are encouraged to take bike or walk to Whistler Village.
- Please check out www.september12.ca for more traffic impact information.
- Pay parking remains in effect in Day Lots 1, 2 & 3
- Day Lot 4 will be closed on September 11th and September 12th and will re-open for free parking on September 13th
- September 11 – Access to Day Lots 1, 2, 3 & 5 via Blackcomb Way or Lorimer Road
- September 12 – Access to Day Lots 1, 2, 3 & 5 via Lorimer Road between the hours of 5 AM to 6 PM.
- Expect Day Lot 5 to be full by 9 AM on September 12th.
- Transit is free until 6 PM on September 12th only and will operate on a significantly modified schedule with modified routes south of Whistler Village.
- Transit users are asked to plan ahead and expect significant schedule & route changes. Visit www.whistler.ca for an updated schedule.