Whistler Gran Fondo 2012

Location Stanley Park, Vancouver
♫ Bicycle Race by Queen

After a bit of a break for the summer (to ride my bike, naturally!) I’m back with a few highlights of one of BC’s biggest cycling events: The Whistler Gran Fondo.

The third edition of the ride featured over 6,000 cyclists making the (mainly uphill) ride from downtown Vancouver to Whistler— 122 km in total.

If you like those numbers, then check these out. The race included, at my count:

  • 40 bikes with flat handlebars
  • 1 tandem bicycle
  • 1 recumbent bicycle (yes, its rider had a long beard)
  • 0 unicycles (unfortunately)
  • 1 purple tu-tu

Congrats to Marvin Guzman (or was it James Scale?) for taking first place overall, and Leah Guloien for winning the women’s category!

The ride started at Georgia and Thurlow at 6:45 am (oh so painfully early!) on a beautiful fall Vancouver day, but the festivities started earlier last week with an expo and registration session at the convention centre on Thursday and Friday. A few of the city’s bike shops and service providers were showcasing their wares, and our friendly neighbourhood bike advocacy group, HUB, was giving out useful maps, info, and smiles. There were even a few vintage bikes on display.

You could feel the excitement in the air from the riders who couldn’t wait to get up at the crack of dawn and climb about 1700 m along the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway!

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Read more about the event at their own web site or any of several news stories about it.


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