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Thousands of cyclists gathering in Vancouver for RBC GranFondo Whistler

Last Updated Sep 6, 2019 at 9:26 am PDT

Cyclists compete in the RBC GranFondo Whistler, crossing the Lions Gate Bridge. (Courtesy: RBC GranFondo Whistler)
Summary

Cyclists from more than 50 countries are in Vancouver to take part in the race

The race starts in Stanley Park at 7 a.m. on Saturday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Thousands of cyclists from all over the world are getting ready to tackle the climb up the Sea-to-Sky Highway in the RBC GranFondo Whistler this weekend.

Neil McKinnon founded the 122 kilometre race ten years ago, and says the goal in 2019 has been to take the event from being a large-scale North American event to an international one.

Cyclists from more than 50 countries are in Vancouver to take part in the race.

“A big destination market for us is Mexico, and a big cycling hub that has evolved over the years is the great Great Britain and the British market,” he says.

More than 5,000 riders will be taking off from Stanley Park at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

“Then we climb over Lions Gate Bridge, up Upper Levels Highway, and we have a dedicated lane all the way from essentially Horseshoe Bay all the way to the finish line in Whistler,” McKinnon says.

The bridge and the Stanley Park Causeway will be closed to northbound traffic between 5:30 and 8:00 Saturday morning.

Tune in to NEWS 1130 for traffic updates and road closures as the race goes on.