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For Immediate Release: 9/4/18

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley announces $3,000 GC Four Seasons Cup teams competition

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley has announced the new Four Seasons Cup teams competition with a split prize purse of $3,000 to the Quattro restaurant, Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto. In line with UCI team regulations, teams of 5-8 riders will compete in categories of Women’s, Men’s or mixed to win an equal split of the grand prize.

Results will be determined based on the total of the 5 fastest team times (based on gun time). The Four Seasons Cup will take place over the Gran Fondo course, which entails 75 mi / 120 km distance and 7000 ft / 2130 m elevation. The timed section of this will be from startline to the top of Tunitas Creek, the last major climb of the day at mile 60 to help generate even greater excitement for spectators and the competition alike.

Registration for the Four Seasons Cup is now open at rbcgranfondo.com/silicon-valley/the-ride/teams

About Four Seasons Silicon Valley

Experience the highest standards of luxury and personalized service at Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, a short 30-minute drive south from San Francisco International Airport. Discover Palo Alto’s small-town charm, scenic beauty and dynamic energy converging to define one of California’s most desirable communities. Explore world-class restaurants, high-end shopping, serene nature trails and the local wine region of the Santa Cruz Mountains all within minutes of the Hotel.

About Quattro Restuarant

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Quattro restaurant in Palo Alto pairs Italian inspired cuisine with world renowned wines and a charming outdoor terrace. Quattro’s contemporary setting is enhanced by natural stone and wood elements evoking the environment of the peninsula. The restaurant’s atmosphere is one of conviviality and community, supported by the personalized hospitality and the best in Italian inspired cuisine. On the outdoor terrace, guests can dine amid the natural beauty of the Palo Alto surroundings, complemented by the relaxing sound of the water wall.

About RBC GranFondo

The team that creates RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley and Whistler, based in Vancouver, has managed Gran Fondos all over Canada and also creates cycling events throughout the year including all-inclusive, high-end rides: Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride and the Intrepid Stage Ride Okanagan. Their experience in creating bucket-list bike rides will make their first-foray in California an event for your 2018 calendar.

About RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets is a premier global investment bank providing expertise in banking, finance and capital markets to corporations, institutional investors, asset managers and governments around the world. We serve clients from 70 offices in 15 countries across North America, the UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Our more than 7,400 professionals deliver the experience and insights required to raise capital, access markets, mitigate risk and acquire or dispose of assets for clients worldwide. We are consistently ranked, by third-party sources, among the 10 largest and most significant investment banks globally.

RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading, diversified provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks.

For more information about the event, and to register, please visit: rbcgranfondo.com

Contact:

Neil McKinnon
RBC GranFondo
604-568-8648 x 300
neil@rbcgranfondo.com

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Recent releases

8/3/18 RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley introduces new PrestoFondo course

For Immediate Release: 8/3/18

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley introduces shorter 62 mile PrestoFondo course

Following the initial announcement of a single Gran Fondo route, RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley has unveiled the PrestoFondo – a shorter option category. The PrestoFondo will cover 62 miles instead of the Gran Fondo’s 75 miles, and similarly 5,600 ft of climbing compared to 7,000 ft. (Metric: 100 km vs 120 km; 1,700 m elevation vs 2,030 m)

Following the same route as the Gran Fondo until the town of La Honda, the PrestoFondo detours right towards San Gregorio, where the Gran Fondo course is again met. Riders then return to East Palo Alto’s finish line and celebration zone on the same route.

PrestoFondo riders can choose to participate as an Alta Classe rider: the event’s deluxe upgrade package.

The PrestoFondo features:

  • Fully supported ride with roving mechanics and medical
  • 3 Aid Stations along the course including nutrition, hydration, mechanical, medical and washroom support
  • Premium rider swag bag
  • Cold beer or soft drink at the finish for all riders
  • Hot finish-line food for all riders
  • Finish line festivities
  • Beer garden
  • Online results
  • Ceremonies
  • Professional chip timing

About RBC GranFondo

The team that creates RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley and Whistler, based in Vancouver, has managed Gran Fondos all over Canada and also creates cycling events throughout the year including all-inclusive, high-end rides: Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride and the Intrepid Stage Ride Okanagan. Their experience in creating bucket-list bike rides will make their first-foray in California an event for your 2018 calendar.

For more information about the event, and to register, please visit: rbcgranfondo.com

Contact:

Neil McKinnon
RBC GranFondo
604-568-8648 x 300
neil@rbcgranfondo.com

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16/1/18 RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley to partner and support with four youth-serving non-profits

For Immediate Release: 16/1/18

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley to partner with four youth-serving non-profits

Principal sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (US) and RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley have announced the event’s partnership with of four youth-serving non-profit organisations that work to directly improve the lives of children and teenagers in Silicon Valley. Taking place on June 23rd, 2018, participants will have the ability to create landing pages and fund-raise money for the causes of their choice.

The four organisations are: Bizworld, Girls Who Code, Positive Coaching Alliance and Tipping Point Community.

Neil McKinnon, founder of RBC Silicon Valley said, “RBC and City National Bank are committed to making meaningful and positive contributions to the communities where we live and work. In an effort to support our future generation of leaders, we invest in youth-serving organizations that provide kids with the support and tools necessary for them to achieve their full potential.

As part of this commitment, we are thrilled that our RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley participants will have the ability to voluntarily donate to or fund-raise for four outstanding nonprofits that are making a significant impact in the lives of Silicon Valley’s youth: BizWorldGirls Who CodePositive Coaching Alliance and Tipping Point. Together, we hope to make a difference.”

About Bizworld

BizWorld is committed to enriching the quality of education and future prospects for under-served youth, promoting financial literacy, and assisting all children in achieving their highest potential. We are the largest teacher-led entrepreneurial program in the world, having reached nearly 700,000 children in the US and globally. We believe we can inspire every child to have an entrepreneurial spirit: to lead confidently, think critically and creatively, and be financially responsible.

BizWorld is proud to partner with RBC at this exciting inaugural event. We share a commitment to enriching the lives and prospects for youth in our communities and appreciate the support of RBC and the cyclists who participate in this spectacular ride.

About Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Clubs, Campus, and Summer Immersion Program, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. By the end of 2018, Girls Who Code will have reached over 50,000 girls across the U.S., enabling each one to be a part of a sisterhood that promotes their passion to use technology to solve problems and make a positive impact on the world.

This summer Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will host its inaugural Summer Immersion Program in Jersey City where twenty girls will have a unique opportunity to learn to code at RBC offices. Girls Who Code is thrilled to be a beneficiary of the RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley, and to celebrate RBC’s support in building out the talent pipeline of female computer scientists.

About Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is dedicated to developing “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school athletics. Nationally, 70% of young athletes stop playing organized sports by age 13 because it is no longer enjoyable. PCA’s mission is to transform the sports culture from a win-at-all-costs mentality to one where every participant has a positive experience. PCA promotes ethical behavior, self-esteem and confidence so youth athletes can focus on personal improvement, the welfare of their teammates, and their education and career goals.

PCA appreciates like-minded corporate partners who focus on impacting youth in our community. As one of the highest rated global banks, RBC recognizes the importance of helping our nation’s youth achieve their full potential, which is why PCA is proud to serve as a charity partner for the RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley.

About Tipping Point Community

Tipping Point Community works to break the cycle of poverty by identifying the most promising non-profits and improving public systems and policies. Since 2005, Tipping Point has invested in the most effective front-line interventions in education, employment, housing and early childhood development. In the past year alone, Tipping Point helped put 23,000 people on a path out of poverty.

Since Tipping Point’s board covers all costs, 100% of every dollar donated goes where it’s needed most. Expanding the Tipping Point community means growing impact and partnering with the RBC GranFondo is a great opportunity to share Tipping Point’s mission and engage more people in the fight against poverty.

About RBC GranFondo

The team that creates RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley and Whistler, based in Vancouver, has managed Gran Fondos all over Canada and also creates cycling events throughout the year including all-inclusive, high-end rides: Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride and the Intrepid Stage Ride Okanagan. Their experience in creating bucket-list bike rides will make their first-stab in California an event for your 2018 calendar.

About RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets is a premier global investment bank providing expertise in banking, finance and capital markets to corporations, institutional investors, asset managers and governments around the world. We serve clients from 70 offices in 15 countries across North America, the UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Our more than 7,400 professionals deliver the experience and insights required to raise capital, access markets, mitigate risk and acquire or dispose of assets for clients worldwide. We are consistently ranked, by third-party sources, among the 10 largest and most significant investment banks globally.

RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading, diversified provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks.

For more information about the event, and to register, please visit: rbcgranfondo.com

Contact:

Neil McKinnon
RBC GranFondo
604-568-8648 x 300
neil@rbcgranfondo.com

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24/11/17 RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley to be an official USA Cycling sanctioned event

For Immediate Release: 11/24/2017

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley to be an official USA Cycling sanctioned event.

The official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, USA Cycling, has confirmed that it will be fully sanctioning the RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley cycling event on June 23rd, 2018.

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley is set to be California’s newest Gran Fondo, including a stunning course and weekend of celebrations that will provide a further boost for the region’s already cultured cycling pedigree. In becoming a sanctioned event, the ride will follow standardized rules, as well as enjoying support for the athletes who participate.

A route fit for California

Founding riders in 2018 will experience riding through some of the best roads North California has to offer. Making the most of the hills overlooking both Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean, the scenery is matched only by the challenge with the course taking in 75 mi / 120km of distance and 7,050 ft / 2150m of elevation. A number of fully stocked aid stations will be available for the riders along the course to replenish their energy to fully enjoy the route ahead.

Chief Enthusiast of RBC GranFondo, Neil McKinnon, expressed his happiness in gaining support from USA Cycling. “This is an important measure that will benefit all riders throughout the event”, he said. “With RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley, we’re excited to be furthering the already fantastic cycling community in the United States.”

Celebration in Silicon Valley

RBC GranFondos are known for their finish line festivities. It’s all about the experience of going for a big ride with your friends and celebrating post-ride. The Silicon Valley event will be no exception with the route starting and ending at Four Seasons East Palo Alto.

About RBC GranFondo

The team that creates RBC GranFondo Whistler, based in Vancouver, has managed Gran Fondos all over Canada and also creates cycling events throughout the year including all-inclusive, high-end rides: Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride and the Intrepid Stage Ride Okanagan. Their experience in creating bucket-list bike rides will make their move to California an event not to be missed for your 2018 calendar.

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including BMX, cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 60,000+ annual members; 2,500+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,000 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists.

Mission

The mission of USA Cycling is to develop the sport of cycling in the United States at all levels and to achieve sustained international racing success while fostering a shared commitment to safety, integrity, and the joy of cycling.

For more information about the event, and to register, please visit: rbcgranfondo.com

Contact:

Neil McKinnon
RBC GranFondo
604-568-8648 extension 300
neil@rbcgranfondo.com

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14/9/17 Announcing the 2018 RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley

For Immediate Release: 14/09/2017

Announcing the 2018 RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley
From the creators of RBC GranFondo Whistler

The creators of the largest Gran Fondo in North America are expanding to a new location in 2018: Silicon Valley.

In the heart of northern California, known for high-tech and venture capitalism, it will become a hub of cycling with this new event on Saturday June 23, 2018. The first year will be limited to 1000 cyclists and registration opens September 15, 2017 at 10am PT.

A stunning route for the inaugural ride
Inaugural riders will experience a challenging 75 mile course that goes through the heart of Silicon Valley, climbs into the majestic red woods, descending to the rugged coast-line before heading back. This ride will challenge even the hardiest rider.

Chief Enthusiast of RBC GranFondo, Neil McKinnon, has cycled throughout the planet leading GranFondos in North America since 2007. He claims the Silicon Valley ride, “ is the greatest ride I have ever experienced!”

Celebration in Silicon Valley

RBC GranFondos are known for their finish line festivities. It’s all about the experience of going for a big ride with your friends and celebrating post-ride. The Silicon Valley event will be no exception with the route starting and ending at Four Seasons East Palo Alto.

About RBC GranFondo

The team that creates RBC GranFondo Whistler, based in Vancouver, has managed Gran Fondos all over Canada and also creates cycling events throughout the year including all-inclusive, high-end rides: Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride and the Intrepid Stage Ride Okanagan. Their experience in creating bucket-list bike rides will make their first-stab in California an event for your 2018 calendar.

About RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets is a premier global investment bank providing expertise in banking, finance and capital markets to corporations, institutional investors, asset managers and governments around the world. We serve clients from 70 offices in 15 countries across North America, the UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Our more than 7,400 professionals deliver the experience and insights required to raise capital, access markets, mitigate risk and acquire or dispose of assets for clients worldwide. We are consistently ranked, by third-party sources, among the 10 largest and most significant investment banks globally.

RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading, diversified provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks.

For more information about the event, and to register, please visit: rbcgranfondo.com

Contact:

Neil McKinnon
RBC GranFondo
604-568-8648 x 300
neil@rbcgranfondo.com

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