British Columbia

GranFondo bike event to close roads from Vancouver to Whistler

Thousands of cyclists are expected to converge on city streets this Saturday for an annual bike event which starts in Vancouver's Stanley Park and ends at a finish line more than 100 kilometres away in Whistler, B.C.

Gruelling 122-km event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year

Cyclists take part in a previous GranFondo Whistler. Thousands are expected to head out on the route from Stanley Park up the Sea-to-Sky Highway on Saturday as the annual bike event celebrates its 10th year. (RBC GranFondo)

Thousands of cyclists are expected to converge on Vancouver streets Saturday morning for an annual bike event that starts in Stanley Park and ends more than 100 kilometres away in Whistler, B.C.

Now in its 10th year, the GranFondo Whistler has attracted more than 4,500 bike riders to complete the gruelling 122-kilometre ride up the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Because of its size and the number of participants, roads and separated lanes are set aside for the cyclists, creating what organizers say is the safest day of the year to be on a bike.

B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation is advising drivers there will be delays of up to three hours along the route due to road closures between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A full list of closures and diversions can be found at the RBC GranFondo website.

BC Ferries is also advising passengers that traffic at the Horseshoe Bay terminal will be re-routed to Marine Drive through West Vancouver from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The GranFondo began in Italy some time in the 1970s as a mass cycling festival. The Italian word roughly translated into English means "the big ride."

GranFondo cyclists on the Sea to Sky Highway. More than 4,500 cyclists are expected to take part in the event this year. (RBC GranFondo)


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