Sponsored by Robert J Macdonald
Sponsored by Robert J Macdonald, the Giro is open to riders licensed in UCI Road Racing Category 1, 2 or 3 only. The Giro will offer prize money to a winning field of both male and female athletes to a depth of 20 deep. That’s right, the first 20 finishers for both men and women will receive prize money!
The Giro is a sanctioned event. Riders must have a valid UCI road racing license in Cat 1, 2 or 3. All Giro riders will be asked to show their current UCI road racing license at Package Pickup at Velospoke on Friday, September 8, 2017. Because this is a sanctioned event, disc brakes are NOT allowed.
Both males and females will start on-mass and will ride the GranFondo 122km route from Vancouver to Whistler. Start corral opens at 6:15am to Giro riders after the Forte riders have cleared the start area. Prior to 6:15am, Giro riders can stage in the Giro Staging area (see map). The Giro Category and staging corral has replaced the Licensed Rider Corral. The Men’s and Women’s Giro will be staged in separate corrals. The Men’s Giro corral will start at 6:40am sharp with the women’s starting 5 minutes later at 6:45am sharp.
START LINE CORRALS
ON COURSE SUPPORT
NO outside or on-course support will be permitted. Riders can only receive nutritional and liquid support from rest stops provided by the GranFondo Whistler event. Any rider seen accepting assistance from non-event sources will be disqualified immediately with no chance of grievance.
TIMING & RESULTS
Results and prize money for the Giro will be based on Gun time. A rider’s finish time will be determined by the elapsed time of when he or she crosses the finish line in relation to the official event start time, NOT when the rider crosses the start line. Because prize money is up for grabs in the Giro category, participants in the Giro are not eligible for prizing in either the King of the Mountain or Queen of the Mountain.
Professional timing services are supplied by Race Day Timing and timing chip technology will employ Chronotrack B-Tag, a proven technology for cycling event timing. The timing mechanism will be affixed to the seat post.
Awards Ceremony will be held in the Celebration Plaza at the Finish area in Whistler between 1:00pm and 2:00pm (subject to change). Preliminary results will be posted by the main stage by 12:30pm. Winners do not need to be present to win. Only the top 3 finishers for Men’s and Woman’s categories will be presented on stage.
Total prize purse is $50,000 with first place being awarded $15,000 to both of the top male and top female. The remaining $20,000 will be distributed to a field depth of 20 with equal amounts given to males and female. Prize amounts are listed below.
CASH PRIZE AMOUNTS
Women: Alison Jackson (Bepink Cogeas) – $15,000 prize winner
Alison has just finished competing at the 2017 Giro d’Italia Femminile (general classification 32) and most recently finished 2nd in stage 6 of the Ladies’ Internationale LOTTO Thüringen Tour.
Men: Jack Burke (H&R Block Pro Cycling) – $15,000 prize winner
Jack won the 2017 British Columbia Provincial TT championships and most recently finished 9th in the GC at the Joe Martin Stage race.
Any and all challenges to the award results can be made on event day at the Solutions Desk in the Celebration Plaza by the stage and will be decided by the GranFondo Canada Finish Line Judge. Chip time at finish will be used for placing only.
The Giro category will travel the GranFondo route.
For more detailed map, visit RidewithGPS
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE GIRO RACE CATEGORY
Because this is a unique event in that the course is run in parallel to a major highway, GranFondo Canada has implemented the following rules and regulations that must be adhered to by all racers participating in the Giro. Any infraction of the rules is call for instant disqualification.
- Maximum 200 riders.
- Riders must hold and present a (UCI) Category 1, 2, or 3 licence in good standing.
- Only riders with paid entrance fee will be allowed to race.
- Riders bikes must be in good mechanical order.
- All riders will be subject to random drug testing.
- Riders shall be strictly forbidden to deviate from the lane they selected when launching into the sprint and, in so doing, endangering others.
- Riders are strictly forbidden from riding outside the marked course (within the cones), except when avoiding extreme danger. Any rider gaining even a single position by riding outside the coned course will be disqualified.
- Riders are forbidden from using non-sanctioned neutral support while on course. Riders using outside support will be disqualified. There are no feed zones on course.
- Outside vehicles are forbidden. Any rider receiving help from a vehicle along the route will be disqualified.
- Riders may use rest stops, but nutrition and water will not be handed up to riders.
- All riders may be neutralised in the event of hazards on the course.
- Riders will be neutralised through Stanley Park and released at Taylor Way.
- The finish classification shall be always determined according to the order of crossing the finishing line. The classification shall determine the allocation of prizes and points.
- In the event of a tie, photo finish will be used to determine the winner and is awarded at the discretion of the Finish Line Judge.
- Timing is for tracking and personal information only*, timing will not necessarily determine your finish place.
- Racers are not eligible for KOM and QOM stage.
- All protests and grievances will be heard and judged by GranFondo Canada’s finish line judge. All decisions are final.
- Riders are NOT allowed to ride with disc brakes.
*Results and prize money will be based on gun time, determined by the elapsed time of when the rider crosses the finish line in relation to the official event start time – not when the rider crosses the start line.
Please contact Athlete Relations at info(at)rbcgranfondo.com