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GranFondo Whistler race plans tempered by cycling tragedy

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Safety is top of mind says founder of fall cycling classic

GranFondo Whistler plans for safety

7 years ago
Duration 5:36
Founder of the popular bike race describes the joy and challenge of riding the Sea to Sky

The tragic deaths of two cyclists is top of mind for the founder of the Sea to Sky Highway's biggest bike race.

Whistler cyclists Kelly Blunden and Ross Chafe were killed May 31 near Pemberton in a collision with a suspected drunk driver.

Neil McKinnon, who calls himself the "chief enthusiast" of GranFondo Whistler, says nothing highlights more the vulnerability of a cyclist in relation to the road and other vehicles.

Up to 4,000 people have registered to wind their way up the steep road this September.

McKinnon loves the route because of its beauty and the challenge it offers. But he wanted to make sure cyclists are safe. He says he fought for three years to get one lane of the highway dedicated to the participants.

The battle paid off and more first-time racers have now joined the event.

Watch the video to hear Neil McKinnon discuss the race with guest host Duncan McCue on "Our Vancouver." 

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