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Whistler Gran Fondo

For my second post here .......

Is anyone here ( I only just found this place today ) riding the Whistler Gran Fondo next week - Sept 11.

120 Km from downtown Vancouver up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, BC.

120 km, about 2500 m of climbing.

Sadly, it looks like it will be raining but should be an experience regardless.
MAILLOT JAUNE

I'm based in Europe so I won't be there. But have fun if you compete!
Bartali

Have fun .... wrong side of the Atlantic for me also.
SlowRower

Have fun - hopefully the course won't be on the "Ski and Die Highway" itself!
Mrs John Murphy

Nice. I've driven the road but not ridden it. I did think when I was going along it that it would make for some great riding. My recollection is that the grades are long rather than steep. Although North Van is pretty lumpy - I wouldn't fancy the climb up to the base of Grouse Mountain.

Post some pics if you get the chance to take some.

BTW - I have to admit that I misread the title as Whistler Grand Frodo and wondered why there was another topic about Cavendish.
icebreaker

I lived in Vancouver many years ago and we rode the route up tp Squamish pretty regularly back then.

Steel bikes and 6 speeds.

The road was extensively upgraded for the Olympics.  Four lane all the way now and my recollection is that it was pretty thoroughly re-graded.

We get one lane of the highway just for the cyclists so should be pretty spectacular.

As luck would have it, the weather forecast is for rain and highs of around 15 - so steel bike with full fenders and mudflaps - we've come a long way in 25 years eh?

10 speed now though.

126 km and about 3000 m of up, so if it's cold and wet it'll be remembered.
Mrs John Murphy

How was it? I remember pre-upgrading my uncle telling me a story about a woman who had left a party in Whistler and never arrived back in Van. It was only in the spring when the snow thawed that they found her car, she had driven over the edge.

Where did it start from?
icebreaker

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
How was it? I remember pre-upgrading my uncle telling me a story about a woman who had left a party in Whistler and never arrived back in Van. It was only in the spring when the snow thawed that they found her car, she had driven over the edge.

Where did it start from?


This was a fabulous event, a great ride.     The weather held for us and the rain didn't start until we were finished and in Whistler.

The event started in downtown Vancouver, right in the heart of the business district.  A closed traffic lane northbound, including the Lion's GAte Bridge completely closed to traffic while we went over.

126 km

7,000 feet of climbing.

Pizza and wine at the half way point.  I think a good time was had by all.

I found this gallery of shots that someone took of the day - I really like a couple of these.

http://gallery.davesilverphotogra...granfondo2010/e25bfd714#h19ba988f


Looking forward to next year.


In two weeks I head south and ride the Tour of Scottsdale in Arizona.  Another 120 km but only about 3,000 feet of climbing.

Then the end of November I go south again for the Tour of Tucson.

I love the desert.


Then, the season is over.
MAILLOT JAUNE

I could be tempted to enter this race next year - Pizza and wine at the halfway point!!!!!!!! What more could you ask for, except for a lift to the finish! Very Happy
Mrs John Murphy

Great photos. Was that Robson Street? I've never seen it like that. Although I was in Montreal a few years back for a massive night time ride which was cool with all the streets closed.

What were the winds like? I'd forgotten how exposed the road was in places.

Just looking at the photos makes me want to head out west again.

Great stuff.

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