The RBC GranFondo Whistler will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Four thousand cyclists will pedal 122 kilometres for the 10th annual RBC GranFondo Whistler. Starting this year, the RBC GranFondo Whistler is now a qualifier for the 2020 UCI GranFondo World Championships and 2019 World Series.
The road biking ride runs from Vancouver, along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, to Whistler.
Spectators can be part of the RBC GranFondo Whistler experience too! Residences and businesses along the route will have front row seats as thousands of participants challenge themselves up the Sea to Sky corridor.
The following locations are recommended spectator areas:
- 7:00 a.m. (West Vancouver) - Cheer on the riders on Taylor Way Boulevard as they approach the 7 km mark and prepare for the first steep climb.
- 8:00 a.m. (Squamish) - The riders will pass by Mamquam Road in Squamish at the 67 km mark. Spectators can watch curbside at Garibaldi Village Mall.
- 10:00 a.m. (Whistler) - The first riders will cross the finish line on Blackcomb Way. Spectators are encouraged to join in the celebration at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Travelling and parking within Whistler
Although the Sea-to-Sky Highway in Whistler will be open in both directions, traffic will be significantly delayed from 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. south of Whistler Village.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to take transit, walk, or bike on September 7.
Access Whistler Village by Lorimer Road. Pay parking is available in Day Lots 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Day Lot 4 will be closed to vehicles on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Day Lot 4 and 5 passholders are welcome to use their pass to park in Day Lots 1, 2, 3 and 5 on the days that Day Lot 4 is closed for event operations.
Buses and coaches: Day Lot 4 will be closed to bus parking on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Buses and coaches, please proceed to Mons Road or Day Lot 6 for available parking options.
Whistler Traffic Modifications
- Highway 99 / Function Junction to Village Gate Blvd – Signals will be flashing and traffic will be stopped intermittently at the entrances and exits to Whistler destinations. Expect major delays entering and exiting the east side of Highway 99 in Whistler.
- Highway 99 – Southbound Village Gate Blvd. to Callaghan Valley Road. Signals will be flashing and traffic will be delayed from 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. for the neutralized lead out of the Medio event. There will not be a full Highway 99 closure for the medio.
- Various Cross Street Intersections with Highway 99 on September 7:
- Blackcomb Way West – Closed in both directions.
- Village Gate Blvd – Closed to northbound and southbound traffic from Highway 99.
- Lorimer Road and Whistler Way – Both roads are open as alternate routes to Village Gate Blvd.
- Whistler Northlands Blvd at Village Gate Blvd – Traffic signal will be flashing. Traffic Control persons will be on site, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..
- The Medio event starts and finishes in Whistler. Callaghan Valley Road will be closed in both directions from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Sea-to-Sky Highway / Highway 99
Although the Sea to Sky Highway will be open in both directions, traffic will be significantly delayed between Vancouver and Whistler from 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During the event, speed limits will be reduced to 60 km/h on sections of Highway 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Whistler. Motorists are also advised to plan their travel well in advance, drive with caution and follow signs.
- Highway 99 at Porteau Cove Provincial Park – Counterflow traffic adjacent to cyclists in effect, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound available for motorists, leading to single-lane alternating traffic for 1.3 km, from 7:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Highway 99 at Furry Creek – Local Furry Creek traffic will be re-routed via internal roads to access Highway 99 northbound and southbound, from 7:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
- Highway 99 at Britannia Beach – Single-lane alternating traffic will be in effect for 1 km, with no northbound right turn permitted at Main Street (Copper Drive), from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information: https://www.rbcgranfondo.com/whistler/traffic-impacts/