Free training programs to match your goals
Whether you’re looking to get fitter, refine your power output or take on a new sport, we’ve got a 12 week cycling program to help you reach your goal.
We’re partnered with SportMedBC, creators of the hugely successful InTraining running program, who will be providing specialist cycling knowledge and supporting our friendly expert coaches.
Because of Covid-19, instead of running our usual location-based Fondo Clinic program, we have decided to release the training programs for free!
Simply choose your cycling level – Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced and opt-in to whether you want free weekly newsletter support including coaching tips, explainers and more. The program will be available to download immediately.
Newsletter support runs from June 15 through August 31. If you start the program after this date, the newsletters will contain an archive list of previous weeks so you won’t miss out.
Start riding safely and comfortably with the ultimate goal being fit to ride a Gran Fondo distance. When events return, you’ll be ready to go!
Suitable for beginners. All levels of fitness welcome.
Suitable for beginners / intermediates (new Intermediate Clinic for 2020) – when the clinics run in-person, we offer a women’s-only clinic.
Beginner Clinic graduate? Already conquered a Fondo? Improve your riding prowess and challenge your personal best.
Suitable for intermediate riders. Average fitness levels and up recommended / you can ride a bike for over 60km already.
Have skills and fitness beyond intermediate? Looking for that epic strava ride to impress your buddies?
Suitable for confident cyclists who have done structured training in the past. Above average fitness recommended / have ridden 100km.
What’s included in the free download?
- 90 min program x 12 weeks
- Detailed training plans and practice exercises
- Weekly support email from SportMedBC to help guide you through the program
- Coach tips
- & many more surprises
Great question. In short – anyone looking to get into or get more out of cycling.
If you’ve never ridden a Gran Fondo before – the Beginner clinics / program is designed to get you ready and fit enough to take on bigger rides.
If you’ve ridden one or more Gran Fondos before, we offer Intermediate or Advanced clinics / programs that will boost your technique and help improve your time.
Beginner: all levels welcome with no experience necessary. The beginner clinics are also designed to boost your confidence riding a bike.
Intermediate: We recommend that you can comfortably ride a bike for 60km already.
Advanced: You should have done a few Gran Fondos already, can ride 100km, and are looking to improve your performance at Whistler GranFondo.
Yes, we don’t provide you with a bike.
If you’re looking to buy, we provide a list of bike store recommendations on our bike services page.
The free download contains a 12 week program that you can begin at any time.
SportMedBC are offering a free weekly support newsletter that will guide you through the program, with week 1 starting on June 15, 2020.
If you start later than this date, each newsletter will contain links to the previous weeks, so you can catch up in your own time.
Sessions will last for approx 90 minutes each week.
Now that the clinics are no longer being run in a location format due to Covid-19, there are no limits to how many people can follow the program!
Our goal is to provide options to keep people motivated and fit, no matter whether there’s events able to happen or not.
We can’t wait to get back to having the incredible rush that comes from 5000+ riders gathering at the startline, but in the meantime and regardless of your fitness level, everyone can experience the benefits and freedom that comes from being on top of two wheels.
Not sure what you should be wearing when training or riding the Gran Fondo? No problem.
We recommend heading to your nearest local bike shop to ask for their advice for shorts, shoes, jackets etc. You’ll also get the chance to meet your clinic leader and get their recommendations at the kick-off night social in downtown Vancouver.
Download link will be open from June 8, 2020.
The free download is delivered by our registration partner CCN. To use CCN, you must create a free account.
CCN asks for your name, phone number, DOB and address for recording purposes, and will never use or sell your data to 3rd parties. With a CCN account you can then track and modify all products you’ve ever bought, such as event entries.
We require all downloaders of this program to sign a standard waiver much like you would do for any form of exercise that is prescribed. The waiver states that all activity you undertake in relation to the program is done so under your own liability and that you and you alone are responsible for your safety and well-being.
We wish we could be running the regular Fondo Clinics as usual, but Covid-19 sadly had other ideas.
You will be emailed a link to download the training program on the week of June 8 to follow along.
In addition, your 2020 registration will be rolled over to 2021 as explained in the email sent to all participants on May 21, 2020. Further information for how this process will work will be sent out in early 2021.
Nice, we love questions!
Please send all your clinic related questions to [email protected], and we’ll do our best to put you in the know!