Whistler Gran Fondo

Registration Packet Pick Up Day for the Whistler Gran Fondo

The Whistler Gran Fondo pre-ride registration packet pick up the day before the ride was one of the most exciting parts of the trip. The anticipation and the energy from everyone who would be coming together in less than 12 hours to ride could really be felt. The Vancouver Convention Center is the perfect venue for this pre-ride pickup. It sits on the waterfront at Coal Harbor in the heart of downtown, right next to the cruise ship terminal. The mountains are in the horizon beyong the harbor and planes are taxi-ing on the water for take off and landing. The place is buzzing.

Logistically, there probably really is no other venue that could accommodate the foot traffic of 6000 riders coming and going to pick up their numbers. Inside, the convention hall were also numerous vendors and shops selling event merch.

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Here’s a great shot that captures the feel of being in downtown Vancouver from on the way home:

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Once home, we attached the numbers to the bikes so that we would be ready to roll first thing in the morning. Time to call it a night.

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Tomorrow: Whistler Gran Fondo – The Ride. The elevation map shows what’s in store for tomorrow!

Whistler Gran Fondo

In Case You Missed It:

Part 4 – Whistler Bike Park and Ketel One Ice Room

Part 3 – Vancouver Island

Part 2 – Arrival in Vancouver

Part 1 – Whistler GF – Ride Info

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