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Don’t see your question answered below? Please email Erwin Vervecken, UCI GF WC Manager using this address.

Event updates (covid-19)

21st May, 2020 – event cancelled

Dear riders & supporters,

As you can imagine, as a local organiser we have been working hard to consider all possible options and scenarios for this year’s UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler given the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday May 6th the provincial government of British Columbia announced their 4 phase re-opening plan for the province. Events and mass gatherings, including the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler, will only be permitted within the fourth phase of the planned normalization of operations, and would fall past our scheduled date. Given this announcement we have no alternative but to cancel this year’s UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Vancouver / Whistler.

Like you, we are incredibly disappointed with this outcome, although we know it is the correct decision. You have dedicated time and energy into your training, our team has been working tirelessly year round to host this event, and we looked forward to bringing you this amazing experience and showcasing the beauty of British Columbia.

Registered riders will receive an email communication detailing the next steps with their entry and purchases.

We will continue to work towards an exciting series of offerings in 2021 including the triumphant return of the 2021 RBC GranFondo Whistler.

Our sincere wishes that you stay healthy and happy,

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler  local organising committee (LOC)

Questions and answers

Is the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler still happening this year?

No. On Wednesday May 6th the provincial government of British Columbia announced their 4 phase re-opening plan for the province. Events and mass gatherings, including the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler, will only be permitted within the fourth phase of the plan when a vaccine or other successful medical treatment is widely available.

Given this announcement we have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler.

What is happening with my qualifying spot?

We are awaiting further instruction from the UCI on this as it is their decision. They will communicate their decision with you when it is made.

Will I be automatically qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships 2021?

We are awaiting further instruction from the UCI on this as it is their decision. They will communicate their decision with you when it is made.

Is the RBC GranFondo Whistler 2020 still happening this year?

No. On Wednesday May 6th the provincial government of British Columbia announced their 4 phase re-opening plan for the province. Events and mass gatherings, including the RBC GranFondo Whistler, will only be permitted within the fourth phase of the plan when a vaccine or other successful medical treatment is widely available.

Given this announcement we have no alternative but to cancel the 2020 RBC GranFondo Whistler. The RBC GranFondo Whistler will be returning Sept. 11, 2021.

Why have you cancelled the UCIGFWC-VW 2020 instead of postponing it?

Daylight hours and weather conditions make postponing the event to any later in the year impossible. Additionally the government mandate on gatherings of over 50 people will remain in place until a vaccine is developed which is unlikely to happen in 2020. In addition, the Championships require attendance through a global qualifying event calendar, which has been heavily interrupted this year.

What is happening to my Road Race entry?

All riders registered in the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler will be offered a free transfer into either the 2021 or 2022 RBC GranFondo Whistler events. Details of the free transfer and how to redeem it will be shared in the coming months.

What is happening to my Time Trial entry?

Riders registered in the Time Trial will receive a refund for the Time Trial, and further details will also follow in the coming weeks as to how this will be processed.

I purchased a Road Race & Time Trial bundle. What is happening to this?

You will be offered a free transfer to RBC GranFondo Whistler 2021 or 2022, and a refund on your Time Trial registration. Details on the transfer and the refund will be shared in the coming months.

I purchased a ticket to the pasta party, what will happen to this?

All purchased pasta party tickets will be valid for use at the 2021 RBC GranFondo Whistler event.

What if I have booked travel and accommodation?

You will need to contact your travel agent / hotel / airline separately to find out their refund policies.

Is it possible to transfer my entry to another person?

Unfortunately we do not offer the option to transfer your entry to another person.

I purchased an Alta Classe entry, will this experience still be happening in the future?

Yes, definitely. We will still be hosting the Alta Classe experience at RBC GranFondo Whistler in 2021/22 so your entry will be directly transferred to your chosen year.

What dates are the 2021 and 2022 RBC GranFondo Whistler?

2021: Sept 11

2022: Sept 10

I still have questions - who do I contact?

Please email Erwin Vervecken, UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Manager using this address.

Previous updates

19th April, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be transparent with you regarding implications for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler, Canada.

The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler, Canada is still scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020. We are liaising closely with our stakeholders, all of whom are cautiously optimistic that our event will go ahead as planned. We will continue to follow guidance from stakeholders, government officials, and public health authorities to ensure the health and safety of our riders, supporters, staff and volunteers.

We all know we are in a rapidly changing environment, and we promise to keep you updated. As of 15 April, all sporting events in British Columbia have been cancelled up to May 31, 2020. We hope that by early summer there will be more clarity and we will share an update with you at that time.

We look forward to seeing you in September; for the moment though – stay home and stay healthy.

Best wishes,

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships Vancouver / Whistler, Canada local organising committee (LOC)

 

17th March, 2020

The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships currently remain scheduled to proceed as planned in mid September.

The health and safety of our participants, fans and volunteers is always our highest priority, and we will continue to closely monitor the potential health concerns around COVID-19, taking guidance from the appropriate health advisory organizations.

You may also find updates online through the Public Health Agency of Canada and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Over the next several months we will be reviewing upcoming large-scale events and will closely consult with key event stakeholders.

As we continue to work closely with the appropriate health authorities, we are committed to providing you with timely updates.

Thank you.

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