$23,750 Prize purse introduced to the 2104 RBC GranFondo Whistler
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$23,750 Prize purse introduced to the 2014 RBC GranFondo Whistler
Local businessman and philanthropist, Robert J. Macdonald supports the return of the Giro race category
May 23, 2014 – Vancouver, BC: GranFondo Canada announced today that the Giro, Sponsored by Robert J Macdonald, will be added to this year’s RBC GranFondo Whistler event’s schedule.
“Cyclists and spectators were telling us to bring it back,” says Neil McKinnon, founder GranFondo Canada, “we also felt it was important to provide competitive licensed riders with a spectacular end-of-season race experience. With Robert J Macdonald’s generous support, it is possible for us to provide this unique opportunity to the cycling community.”
The fifth annual RBC GranFondo Whistler will take place Saturday, September 6th with an expected 4,000 cyclists. Athletes from around the world will gather in Vancouver’s Stanley Park to ride the Sea-to-Sky Highway on a dedicated car-free course to Whistler. The elite field of Giro athletes will depart ahead of the recreational riders and race the 122 km distance for a claim of the $23,750 prize purse. Open to licensed category 1, 2, 3, and Masters cyclists, the Giro will offer cash prizing to the first 20 finishers in both the male and female categories. Top place purse is $10,000. Registration opens Monday, May 26 at noon PST.
This will be the third time the Giro category will have been contested in the five-year history of the RBC GranFondo Whistler.
2010 | Andrew Pinfold (Male Winner) & Leah Guloien (Female Winner)
2011 | Zach Garland (Male Winner) & Jenny Lehmann (Female Winner)
Robert J. Macdonald continues to be instrumental in helping the British Columbia community be more active. As a founding RBC GranFondo Whistler sponsor and avid participant himself, he is a firm believer in exercise and the value of a balanced lifestyle. Since 1985 he has been the founder of Macdonald Development Corporation, which has created a legacy of commercial and residential properties across North America with over 4,000 high quality homes and properties.
For more information, visit www.granfondocanada.com
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GranFondo Canada: Neil McKinnon 604-568-8648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About GranFondo Canada
Founded in 2007, GranFondo Canada is an event management company committed to providing world-class cycling events in world renowned locations. GranFondo Canada events have mass appeal as they are timed and provide a dedicated lane width for all participants that is free of motor vehicles from start to finish. 2014 events include the third annual GranFondo Banff August 23rd, the fifth annual RBC GranFondo Whistler on September 6th. For more information, please visit www.granfondocanada.com