GranFondo - 122km
For riders who want to challenge themselves at their own pace, the GranFondo category is 122 km from Vancouver to Whistler at a self-set pace for recreational to advanced riders.
- Start time 6:50am
- Start location: Stanley Park, Brockton Point
- Total Elevation: 1700 metres
The GranFondo will start in Stanley Park at Brockton Point (by the totem poles). Vehicle access to Brockton Park will be closed at 5:45am to avoid congestion in the park. Anyone wanting to drop off a rider can use one of the recommended drop off locations which will be announced shortly.
Riders will begin heading west at the Nine O’clock Gun on Stanley Park Drive and continue around Brockton Point Lighthouse, winding along the two-lane road through Stanley Park. Caution is urged at about 2.5km where riders will take a hairpin left turn and start a 3.5% climb for about 1km up Prospect Point hill to make their way onto the Stanley Park Causeway. Once on the causeway, riders will enjoy a spectacular view over the Lions Gate Bridge and up Taylor Way to get onto the upper levels Trans Canada Hwy with a right of way at all intersections. Then the journey begins along the beautiful Sea to Sky highway all the way to Whistler.
All GranFondo riders are expected to be in position in the start chute 15 minutes before the ride start (6:35am). All riders will be in a controlled start and held at a max speed of 25 km/h until they reach the base of Taylor Way. At this point, riders will be released to ride. Until that point, sit tight, settle-in and enjoy the escort out of downtown Vancouver. Note: Lions Gate Bridge will be closed to north bound traffic from 6:00am to 8:00am.
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.
There will be seven (7) start corrals (see map). The first corral will be for Alta Classe Riders and is restricted. Each successive corral after that will be based on estimated finish time. Riders should take into account estimated stop times at Rest Stops when considering how long it will take to complete the ride. Newcomers who are simply looking to complete the event should be positioned in the final corral. Remember, your official ride time only starts when you cross the start line so it doesn’t matter how far back you begin.
PLEASE ENTER YOUR CORRAL FROM THE REAR
Corral #1 (Alta Classe)
Exclusive positioning for our Alta Classe riders. This corral is staged at the front of the ride, but Alta Classe riders can choose to start in any of the other corrals if they prefer.
Corral #2 (3.5 + hours)
For riders in very good shape who anticipate finishing the ride in 3 to 4 hours. Riders in this corral will be familiar with the etiquette of group riding. The average speed of this group of riders is expected to be between 30km/h to 40km/h.
Corral #3 (4 + hours)
For riders in very good shape who anticipate finishing the ride in 4 to 4.5 hours. Riders in this corral will be familiar with the etiquette of group riding. This is still a fast paced ride (28km/hr to 30km/hr).
Corral #4 (4.5 + hours)
This corral is for the experienced rider who has done long rides and expects to finish the ride in 4 to 5 hours (25km/hr to 28km/hr). This is still a fast paced ride (over 25km/hr).
Corral #5 (5 + hours)
This corral is also for the experienced rider who has done long rides before and expects to finish in 4 to 5 hours. This is still a fast paced ride (over 23km/hr to 25km/hr).
Corral #6 (6 + hours)
This corral is for the more inexperienced rider who has done some long rides and expects to finish the ride in over 6 hours (over 20km/hr to 23km/hr). We anticipate most riders in this group plan to stop at almost all of the rest stations.
Corral #7 (7+ hours)
This corral is for the new and/or under-trained rider who has done some training but is not comfortable riding in larger groups and expects to finish the ride in over 7 hours (15km/h to 20km/h). We anticipate most riders in this group plan to stop at almost all of the rest stations.
Total Distance: 122 km
Total Elevation: 1700 metres
For more detailed map, visit RidewithGPS
The journey itself will be the ultimate reward, but we wouldn’t leave you without a memento of the event. A one-of-a-kind Finisher's Medal will be available to riders who cross the finish line. The fastest male and female GranFondo rider will receive a Vancouver Prize Pack from Vancouver-based start-up companies. Awards show at 1:00pm. Please note, timing results will be based on chip time.
See Teams section for specific team prizing.