Win an RBC GranFondo Whistler Experienceby
The RBC GranFondo Whistler is a spectacular mass participation cycling event that sees thousands of riders climb 122km on the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. In three years, it has grown to become the largest event of its kind in North America.
In 2007, Kevin Thomson and Neil McKinnon had the vision of producing a world-class cycling event to serve as a legacy event of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In September 2010, after three years of work, that dream became a reality. The inaugural RBC GranFondo Whistler allowed 4,000 passionate cyclists the opportunity to ride the world-renowned Sea to Sky Highway in a dedicated car-free lane from downtown Vancouver to Whistler. Rider capacity grew to 7,000 cyclists in 2011 and 2012 as participants were pouring in from all around the globe as the event quickly established itself as one of the premier cycling events in North America.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 7th and if you are up for the challenge, there are three categories in which you can register:
GranFondo – 122km (76 miles)
For riders who want to challenge themselves at their own pace, the GranFondo category is the full 122km at a self-set pace for recreational to advanced riders.
Medio – 55km (34 miles)
For those riders who aren’t quite ready for the full 122km but still want to participate, the Medio is a lighter version of 55 km from Squamish to Whistler. Suitable for beginner to advanced riders.
Alta Classe Package GranFondo – 122km (76 miles)
This is the VIP package for the GranFondo that allows you to enjoy the RBC GranFondo Whistler in a special way that gets you up close and personal with our riding celebrities and sponsors. No line ups, no hassles, no fuss, but all the fun. Package includes GranFondo registration.
There will be variety of events in Vancouver and Whistler surrounding the Gran Fondo such as the Velospoke Bike Expo at Canada Place and the RBC FamilyFundo Kids Ride on Friday, and the Celebration Plaza setup at Whistler Village.
I have partnered with RBC GranFondo Whistler organizers to give you (one lucky contest winner) the chance to see it all from the air — no pedalling required! Your day will start out in Vancouver where you and guest will hop aboard a Harbour Air float plane to enjoy spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountain Range.
Heading up the corridor, you’ll be able to watch thousands of cyclists making their way along scenic Highway 99 and will arrive in time to see the first riders cross the finish line. After a few hours in Whistler, you will get flown back to Vancouver, completing an exciting day of literally going Sea to Sky.
Here’s how you can enter to win this exciting RBC GranFondo Whistler experience:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Friday, July 19, 2013. Follow the RBC GranFondo Whistler on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the event, and follow Harbour Air on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their scenic tours.
Update The winner is Laura! (comment July 18)
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What an incredible prize!
Love this idea!
nice day trip
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I’ve never seen the Grand Fondo, it’s be awesome!
What a fabulous experience that would be! Being mobility impaired, flying over the event would feel so freeing!
Sounds really cool!
Can’t beat the view from the top!
being a cyclist this would be amazing
I want to go!
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Would love to see the GranFondo from the air!
It would be amazing to see the cyclists from the sky!
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Sounds cool! My hubby is planning to do the Medio, so would be cool to watch in the air!
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Beats riding a bike!
my co workers are joining this event that will be a long bike ride
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This would be a lot of fun. Watching from the air and having a bit of time in Whister, sounds like a great mini adventure 🙂
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Sounds like a novel way to celebrate!
would love to watch, they are crazy.
If I watch, I’ll HAVE to do this event next year!!!
Wow! This would be quite the experience!
Wow, what an opportunity!
Sounds like fun!
seaplane to Whistler? yes!
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My fingers are crossed too! Thanks for sharing this opportunity
Awesome prize for my birthday weekend!!!
This sounds really cool.
I’m from the Howe Sound but I’ve never flown over it. That would be amazing.
Love to see this.
oh my gosh! this would be so so awesome!
This would be a great way to watch my brother-in-law race the Fondo!!
I drove the course during the first race,but flying would be amazing!
What an incredible experience this would be!
I’m riding, but would love to win this for my parents, so they could meet us at the finish line!
would be the ultimate view!
Sounds like an awesome prize to win!
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What an amazing contest! I’d love to fly up the coast to Whistler.
It’s been waaay too long since I’ve been to Whistler. i’d love to go!
Please pick me. I have always wanted to go on a float plane and I am not participating this year in the race because of injuries
What an awesome competition!
Wow! Crossing my fingers…
I love Whistler and this would be such an amazing experience to win!!!
Perfect weekend 🙂 I would love to win!!!
Pick me, pick me!
sounds like such a fun event!!
Good luck to me!
whistler and floatplanes and bikes! what a combination!
whistler will be great for moi because i never been 😀
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Yes! Count me in! Love the Gran Fondo!
From the air!
Love to do it!
Sounds so cool!
Sounds like an exciting experience.
Great way to travel up to Whistler!
i love road riding and this would be sooo awesome to see from the air!
Love watching the excitement of the Gran Fondo Whistler and would be over the top to see it from the air.
hope to win
I’ve never been on a float plane.
Sure beat riding 122 km uphill!
I doubt I’d ever participate as a cyclist in the Gran Fondo, but I have an avid cyclist friend and spouse who would love this prize!
I’ve been thinking of riding one of these years, this might be a good warmup
I’ve never been
I’ve never been
I need a holiday so bad
Oh this would make my day!
how much FONDO would this be to win???? cool!
sounds like a breathtaking experience!
I’ve always wanted to take this float plane trip but never gotten around to doing it yet. This would be the perfect opportunity!
What an experience this would be!! Love to win it!
Thanks for the incredible opportunity.
Feeling lucky ***
This would be so cool to win. Goal to race the RBC Gran Fondo Whistler in the very near future, year to be decided.
I’d love to do this!
A bird’s eye view … sounds like an amazing experience.
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oh my gosh…
This would be AMAZING!!!
Thankyou so much for always providing your readings with such great opportunities!
Yes- would love this prize. Sounds fun.
That would be the next best thing to the cycling (which is too hard for me anyway).
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hope I win!
Hope I win too
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I have a couple of friends that are doing it. Maybe I’ll wait to see how they do before I go for it. Sounds like a great ride though!
Love flying and to see the Grand Fondo would be awesome!
I love Whistler, what a great experience!
This would be a pretty awesome prize to win! Thanks for the chance!
Cool prize! 🙂
I would love to watch my husband race the GranFondo from the float plane!! Awesome
I would love to be there
Wow! Sounds amazing! 🙂
This would be SOOOO awesome!!!! Last time in Whistler….. 1977. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
Crossing my fingers — this would make my husband SO freakin’ happy!
Reach for the sky! ….all others must ride!
Hope it’s a nice day!
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Imagine the photos I could take along the way!
I love to cycle, watch the Tours and be in the groove of the athletic pursuit. Pick me!!!!PS Awesome contest gift-Wendi
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I have my camera ready!!!! 🙂
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What a cool idea, that would be quite the experience. I may not be ready to ride that distance yet but would love to support!
Let me win!
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this is an amazing event!! i would love to do it! i can’t race it this year because I’ll be too pregnant to want to schlep my way up the hills, but i would love to be around & watch all the other riders!
Fond of the fondo!
ALWAYS WANTED TO DO THIS!!!
I am training to ride but this would be better!
I WOULD SO LOVE TO WIN THIS