Expect delays on Highway 99 between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Whistler Transit is free of charge and an additional Creekside shuttle will be added that day. Day Lot 4 to be closed Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.
The ninth annual RBC GranFondo Whistler cycling race is taking place on Saturday, September 8. Four thousand cyclists will pedal the 122 kilometres along Highway 99 from Stanley Park, Vancouver to Whistler Village.
A new 55-kilometre Medio race will also take place, starting and ending in Whistler Village, and travelling out to the Callaghan Valley.
After the RBC GranFondo Whistler event, the public is invited to a celebration at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band will perform a tribute to Neil Diamond at 1:45 p.m. as part of the Whistler Presents Concert Series.
"I encourage everyone to cheer on the 4,000 individuals from 45 countries undertaking North America’s largest Gran Fondo event along the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “Thank you to the Province of British Columbia for the Resort Municipality Initiative funds which help the Resort Municipality of Whistler to invest in outstanding events and programming like RBC GranFondo Whistler and our Whistler Presents Concert Series.”
Transportation and parking
Highway 99 will remain open during the event, but traffic will be delayed for up to three hours between 5:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from West Vancouver to Whistler. Highway 99 will have a maximum speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour in sections.
Access to Whistler Village is by Lorimer Road. Expect significant delays entering and exiting the east side of Highway 99 between Whistler’s Function Junction and Village Gate Boulevard. This includes the neighbourhoods of Cheakamus Crossing, Spring Creek, Bayshores, Creekside Village and the Creekside Gondola base, Nordic and Brio.
Day Lot 4 will be closed on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, then reopens Sunday, September 9. Pay parking is available in Day Lots 1, 2, 3 and 5. Day Lot 4 and 5 pass holders can 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.
The Whistler Waste Transfer Station will remain open during the event, but there will be delays entering the Callaghan Valley.
Visit the RBC GranFondo Whistler’s page for details about the traffic impacts.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to take transit, walk, or bike on Saturday, September 8. Whistler Transit is free of charge all weekend and will operate with modified routes south of Whistler Village. Whistler Transit buses will experience delays during the event.
A GranFondo Event Shuttle will operate from Whistler Creekside to Whistler Village between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Transit riders are encouraged to use the new NextRide online feature for real-time bus location updates.
The first riders will cross the finish line around 10 a.m. on Blackcomb Way. Spectators are encouraged to join in the celebrations at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Register to volunteer at RBC GranFondo Whistler.
Entertainment in Whistler
The RBC GranFondo Whistler celebrations will minimize waste and maximize recycling with an AWARE Whistler Zero Waste Station.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) invests in RBC GranFondo Whistler through the Festivals, Events & Animation Program using Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding, which is provided by the Province of British Columbia to help resort municipalities maintain and grow a robust tourism economy.
The Festivals, Events and Animation program (FE&A) will bring the Whistler Village Beer Festival, Whistler 50 Relay & Ultra, Whistler Writers Festival, Cornucopia and Whistler Film Festival this fall.
About the Festivals, Events and Animation program
Celebration is an essential component of Whistler’s culture. This was highlighted during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games when Whistler presented the most outstanding display of sport, the arts, and entertainment the resort had ever seen. The RMOW and resort partners continue to build on that momentum through the Festivals, Events and Animation (FE&A) program by developing and attracting a wide range of high-quality programs throughout the year including an exciting line-up of festivals and events for all ages and audiences.
The FE&A program is funded by the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative, which invests in programs and projects to build tourism throughout BC. The FE&A program is overseen by a Committee of Council composed of senior staff from the RMOW and Tourism Whistler, a community member at-large, and a Whistler council representative.