Soon to be back from her umpteenth European escapade, BikeHike founder Trish Sare is preparing to cycle her own neck of the woods. This Saturday she will pedal from sea to sky along side 7,000 Whistler-bound riders during the 2011 RBC GranFondo Whistler.
GranFondo’s are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are beginning to gain momentum in North America. The 2010 RBC Gran Fondo Whistler was the first world-class GranFondo in Canada.
Starting in downtown Vancouver with picturesque views of the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains, the GranFondo Whistler travels one of the world’s most scenic roads, British Columbia’s Sea to Sky highway. With an ultimate destination of the village of Whistler, riders will enjoy a fully dedicated lane, well-stocked aid stations, and 120km of spectacular ocean views.
Loosely translated from Italian, Gran Fondo means “big ride.” Rides are often 100 km or more for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels – everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur wanting to challenge themselves over distance and time enjoy these events. The rides are judged by the challenges they offer: steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two. While these are not races, top finishers are often recognized.
We wish Trish luck on yet another cycling journey!