Whistler Gran Fondo on September 9, 2017

Whistler Gran Fondo on September 9, 2017

Whistler Gran Fondo

Where: Starts in Stanley Park and ends at Whistler Olympic Village.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Cost:$280 per individual 

Difficulty Level: High

Epic-ness: Bucket List (This is one not to miss, but you'll want to make sure that you've trained and logged your miles to get the most out of what will definitely be one of the most epic cycling trips ever!)

www.granfondowhistler.com

Whistler: A Magical Place and Ultimate Cycling Destination Which Offers Something for Every Rider

Sometimes it seems like the older we get, the fewer places there are in the world that tend to ignite our sense of wonder. I'm talking about the kind of excitement that is on the level of the night before going to Disneyland as a kid. The kind of excitement that keeps you up into the wee hours of the night. (Yes the night before your first century ride can generate that kind of response as well, but I am specifically talking about a place here).  As a result, we begin to lose our sense of wonder and discovery for the world around us. This is probably also a good sign that it's time step back from work and to take a vacation! That is why Whistler in Vancouver Canada is such an amazing place. Not only is it an amazing place for reconnecting with nature, but it is also host to a myriad of cycling adventures and world class cycling events that draws riders of all disciplines from all over the world. It has been described time and again as a cycling mecca for those in the riding community. Mostly known for its bike park and downhill mountain biking events in recent years, it offers an amazing venue for a century ride.

Vancouver itself is a beautiful city on the water that caters to urban cycling - with many avenues that have dedicated (and separated bike lanes) that often take up 1/3 of the space on the roadway. 

Taken together, this event in this location is nothing short of magical. It embodies all of the things that we love about cycling - the outdoors, adventure, the beauty and awe of being in nature, being on two wheels, with cyclers from all of over the world, from of all walks of life, coming together for one day to share a ride covering a few dozen miles in what has to be one of the most unforgettable and happiest places on earth.

Where to Stay

Lodging options in both Vancouver and Whistler abound. The sheer number of choices of where to stay can be overwhelming. If you are planning on riding the Whistler Gran Fondo, note that it is a one way ride starting in Stanley Park in Vancouver and ending at the Olympic village in Whistler. That being said you'll want to book a room in Whistler for the day of the event if you do not plan to shuttle back into town. Key Tip: Don't do this ride alone. You'll want to be with friends and family after the ride and enjoy all the cool activities and experiences in Whistler! Ok... And, if you happen to need a ride back into town, this is always the best option as well.

Here are the two places I stayed during the trip - both of which were excellent (and accommodated my bike).

ST. REGIS HOTEL VANCOUVER

602 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1Y6

Tel: (604) 681-1135 or 1(800) 770-7929

www.stregishotel.com

This hotel was in a great location in town and many dining and shopping options were well within walking distance. This is a boutique hotel so space is well managed and, despite this fact, there was still ample room for the bike, the bike case, and the fam.

This hotel is actually a key sponsor for the Whistler Gran Fondo event. Here is a cool pic of the finisher medals from the rides from previous years.

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
4320 Sundial Crescent, Whistler, British Columbia, V0N 1B4, Canada
+1 604 905 2999
www.panpacific.com

Mountain bikers and slopestyle fans rejoice. This hotel is as close as you can get to the finish area for the Crankworx event in Whistler (happening this week as of this post). www.crankworx.com From poolside, you'll have a perfect view of the lower half of the course to see all the big air and tail whips, as well as the most notable features of the course (like the ramp over the cabin and the big drop to the finish line). The mountainside hotel entrance to the resort is literally next to the Fitzsimmons lift up the mountain! It doesn't get any better than this.

Whistler Gran Fondo Finisher Medals
Whistler Bike Park
Whistler Gran Fondo SAG Stop at Squamish
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