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March 27, 2018

RBC GRANFONDO WHISTLER NAMED BEST NORTH AMERICAN GRAN FONDO 2018 BY GRAN FONDO GUIDE

(London, United Kingdom – March 26, 2018) – UK-based Gran Fondo Guide magazine names RBC GranFondo Whistler as the 2018 Best Gran Fondo in North America.

Founded in 2010 and having won numerous other awards since inception, RBC GranFondo Whistler has been named “Best North American Gran Fondo” by Gran Fondo Guide, the industry voice of all things Gran Fondo. Based in London, United Kingdom, Gran Fondo Guide attracts a global audience of cyclists and its best Gran Fondo list announcements are some of the most anticipated articles published each year.

Mark Harding, owner of Gran Fondo Guide said: “Originally the list recognised the longevity and size of events, a sort of popularity rating.

“But as the market has grown, it now recognises and rewards rides that have innovated, inspired and motivated cyclists, supported worthy causes and contributed to the rapid growth of the Gran Fondo scene in North America.

“RBC GranFondo Whistler has been selected the top North American Gran Fondo for several reasons: Over the years it has continued to innovate. It’s not just a bike ride on closed roads but a whole weekend festival for the family, culminating in a big celebration afterwards.”

“This year in particular, was a notable year for RBC GranFondo Whistler being awarded the 2020 UCI World Championships. This is the first time the championships will be held in North America, testament not only to Whistler’s reputation but also to the growth and interest of cyclists in Gran Fondos internationally.

Whistler has also been selected as a 2019 UCI World GranFondo championships Qualifier event.

Neil McKinnon, Chief Enthusiast of RBC GranFondo said, “We couldn’t be more proud to have received this incredible award. It’s testament to all our family of riders, volunteers, crew and supporters who believed in a vision of creating the best cycling and community experience possible, and then following their passion. We want to welcome the entire world to this beautiful part of British Columbia, and humbly hope it’s a memory and ride you’ll forever cherish.”

The 2018 event is set to attract over 5000 riders from all four corners of the globe, with 3 distance categories promising unrivalled riding. Participants can expect a bumper swag bag, full transportation options, accommodation deals, parties, music festival, and family-friendly activities, to name just the tip of the iceberg.

Registration is now open. Register at rbcgranfondo.com/whistler and experience the best Gran Fondo North America has to offer.

 

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History

UCI Gran Fondo World Championships awarded to RBC GranFondo Whistler

October 5, 2017

UCI AWARDS THE 2020 UCI GRAN FONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO VANCOUVER/WHISTLER

2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships take place on September 12, 2020 along the established RBC GranFondo Whistler course from Vancouver to Whistler

(VANCOUVER – October 4, 2017) – Recently, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Management Committee awarded the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships to Vancouver/Whistler at a meeting in Norway.

In partnership with RBC GranFondo Whistler, and hosting partners in Whistler, Sport Hosting Vancouver submitted a bid to transform the highly successful annual RBC GranFondo Whistler into a World Championships in 2020. This will be the first time the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be hosted in North America.

“Building off the success of the established RBC GranFondo Whistler, this two year window in advance of hosting the 2020 World Championships gives us an unprecedented opportunity to market and promote to international cyclists who travel to Vancouver in 2020,” explained Michelle Collens, Senior Manager, Sport Hosting Vancouver.

Already being North America’s largest Gran Fondo event, the RBC GranFondo Whistler takes place annually on the second weekend of September since 2010. This ride offers beautiful landscapes and a clear, traffic-free passage over the picturesque Lions Gate Bridge followed by a challenging climb to the Mountain Resort of Whistler. The same events team has recently launched the RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley in California; this event is poised for even more success.

“Being awarded this distinction so far in advance sets us up for success and provides a pathway to build momentum to culminate the 2020 experience for all RBC GranFondo Whistler participants with UCI World Championship qualifiers.  We can’t wait to showcase the beauty of the Sea to Sky corridor and the splendor of our existing world class event,” said Neil McKinnon, Founder and Chief Enthusiast of the RBC GranFondo Whistler.

The 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships took place in Albi, France from August 24-27, 2017 and supported over 2,900 riders at the event. The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships has seen a steady increase in participants since 2011. Albi 2017 saw most of its riders travel from the United Kingdom (911 cyclists), and Canada was represented by 69 cyclists.

The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships take place on September 12, 2020 along the established course from Vancouver to Whistler.

ABOUT THE UCI (UNION CYCLISTE INTERNATIONALE)

Founded in 1900, in Paris (France), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport, and also just for fun. (http://www.uci.ch)

ABOUT SPORT HOSTING VANCOUVER

Sport Hosting Vancouver is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, Tourism Vancouver, the BC Pavilion Corporation (operating BC Place Stadium and the Convention Centre) and the University of British Columbia. We attract, develop, and support world-class sport events in Vancouver through great partnerships, enthusiastic guidance and an innovative approach.

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