The all-new Friday program

Bob Rol being interviewed at the event in 2018

RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley is not only about the Saturday ride. On Friday June 21, we have a full program of activities for you to enjoy, including getting up close and personal with the legend behind today’s cycling voice – Bob Roll and the Giro D’Italia winner – Ryder Hesjedal.

Bob Roll and Ryder Hesjedal in action

Bob Roll and Ryder Hesjedal in action

They will be both hosting an Alta Classe Social Ride around Silicon Valley before a new addition to our package pickup experience – The Cycling Jeopardy Panel. In this, you will hear from pro triathlete Max Fennell, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition president Shiloh Ballard, former TT world champ Karen Brems, as well as Bob and Ryder themselves in a discussion about all things cycling.

While that’s going on, we’ll be hosting a happy hour in the same spot, and CVRcade will also be on-location with their virtual racing set up that’s broadcast live around the world. More about that below.

Here’s what to expect on Friday:
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Alta Classe intimate social group ride with Bob and Ryder
4:00pm – 8:00pm: Package pick up (pre-ride Saturday option too)
4:00pm – 8:00pm CVRCade rides
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Cycling Jeopardy and happy hour

We’ve also moved package pickup and the above activities fully outside into the University Circle sunshine, because why not?

CVRcade in action on the virtual platform

Get virtual

We’re excited to welcome CVRcade to both Friday’s program at package pickup and post-ride Saturday at this year’s event.

CVRcade allows riders to jump on a turbo trainers and race against competitors virtually – while being broadcast to the world. The photos above are from the recent prize-moneyed CVR World Cup, held in Vancouver BC last year.

You’ll be able to ride against others and try your hand at laying down some watts over a variety of short courses to see who comes out on top – all shown on big screens.