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GranFondo Whistler cancelled due to COVID-19

Last Updated May 21, 2020 at 5:06 pm PST

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

GranFondo Whistler has been cancelled

The event was set to happen from Sept. 9 to 13

Organizers say the event can't go forward while large gatherings are banned

WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) — Organizers of RBC’s GranFondo Whistler have cancelled this year’s event because of the pandemic.

They say the bike races would only work once mass gatherings are allowed again, and they don’t think that’ll happen in time.

The event was set to happen from Sept. 9 to 13.

Organizers say they hope to come back next year.

“We are incredibly disappointed with this outcome, although we know it is the correct decision. Our team works tirelessly year round to host this event, and we love bringing you this amazing experience and showcasing the beauty of British Columbia,” reads a release.

Registered riders will be getting an email with more information.

Large gatherings won’t be permitted until B.C. enters into the fourth phase of its reopening plan. Currently, the province is only in the second phase.