The Superheroes at the Heart of the 'Fondo



Italian feminine noun

  1. (gruppo) team, squad
  2. a group that comes together to achieve a common goal

If you’re looking to be part of one of Canada’s largest cycling events you are in the right place. Join us as a volunteer at the 2020 RBC GranFondo Whistler!

The Squadra are the volunteers at the heart the event every year, and it simply wouldn’t run without the hard work, smiles, and dedication of our 600+ volunteers.

In return all RBC GranFondo Whistler volunteers receive a t-shirt, swag bag, access to exclusive discounts and competitions and the chance to meet new people and make new friends. AND it’s a lot of fun.

Volunteer registration is officially open for the 2020 season! You can volunteer in Whistler or volunteer in Vancouver and everywhere in between on the beautiful Sea to Sky highway.

Have questions? Check the Squadra FAQs section below or email [email protected]

Part of a group? We have a small fund available to donate to your organisation or cause in return for 10+ volunteers. Get in touch to find out more.

Ten Years of Cheers

Volunteers pose for a photo together at VeloSpoke Bike Expo

“Why do I think people should volunteer? The event is great; everyone involved always shows lots of passion and positive energy. Every year it gets even better!”

2019 marked ten years of the RBC GranFondo Whistler which was also the tenth anniversary of the Squadra! Tina wrote a blog about why she’s come back to volunteer every year since 2010 – Read Tina’s Blog Here.

Squadra FAQs

What roles are available?

Lots! We are looking for over 600 volunteers. You can see all the roles and shifts available here. We have everything from mechanics, bag check hosts, cheerers, bar volunteers and medal distributors and much more! There really is something for everyone so bring your friends and family along too!

What do I need to bring with me?

Dress in layers for all weather possibilities. Many volunteer roles will require being outside and working outside is way more fun when you are dressed appropriately for the weather. That means:

  • Rainwear and waterproof footwear…you just never know if the rain clouds will decide to show up
  • Comfortable, closed toe footwear
  • Layers that you can put on or take off depending on temperature…the sun has yet to confirm whether it will attend the event or not
  • Sunscreen and a hat (you never know!)
  • Don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle!

Arrive on time for your shift having fully read all the materials that have been provided. Arriving fully informed and prepared will add to the enjoyment of your experience as you will be able to directly answer any questions with confidence.

Are refreshments provided?

Yes but always come prepared to events with a full (reusable) water bottle and some basic snack items for yourself. We will provide snacks and refreshments, but the timing might not fit with your growling stomach and whilst we cater for as many dietary requirements as possible it’s always best to bring enough snacks if your allergies can be harder to cater for.

How do I get there (and back)?

The best way is to arrange your own transport either via public transport or by car. If you’re driving we strongly advise you to carpool with other volunteers – it frees up parking spaces and means less cars on the road which is a bonus for the environment and cyclists! Check out our Ride Share Board – you can offer a ride or post if you’re looking for a ride.

There is a staff shuttle bus that leaves Vancouver for Whistler at 5am and returns at 5pm. To reserve a place please email [email protected] – please note places are limited.

I can't see the role/shift I want?

There are a couple of reasons for that.

It might be that the role is really popular and has already filled up. Usually there is always another similar role in the same location for you to sign up for OR you can sign up to be a Volunteer Superhero and we will slot you in to any role that needs you on the day or to fill in for drop outs.

Some roles such as mechanics, medics and drivers require qualifications and experience so we keep those password protected – if you fit the requirements and are interested in one of those roles email [email protected] to find out more.

I've signed up but can't remember my shifts.

You can look them up here. Just put your email address in and it will send them over to you.

I volunteered and need a letter to prove it.

No problem – email [email protected] and we will get one sent over to you. Make sure to include your name, the email address you registered with and the role and shift you did. It’s also really important you sign in and out before and after your shift so we know for sure you were there.

I still have questions!

Send them over! You can contact our volunteer manager at [email protected]

2020 event cancelled due to Covid-19

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