Win an RBC GranFondo Whistler Experience

Comments 181 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

Weekend Events

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.

2011 Whistler Gran Fondo: The Pack hits the bridge #RBCGFW
Photo credit: Tom Wiebe on Flickr


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:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win the ultimate @GranFondoCanada Whistler experience from @HarbourAirLtd + @Miss604

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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181 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Anne-SophieWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 11:47am PDT

    Sounds awesome!

  2. DaphneWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 11:49am PDT

    What an incredible prize!

  3. Arjun RudraWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 11:50am PDT

    Fingers crossed.

  4. rjWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 12:21pm PDT

    Love this idea!

  5. GregWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 12:35pm PDT

    nice day trip

  6. Shawn RWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 12:40pm PDT

    love it. hope to win.

  7. MoniqueWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 12:45pm PDT

    hope to win

  8. DavidWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 12:53pm PDT

    Yes please!!

  9. Richard WWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:13pm PDT

    Winning this would be AMAZING!

  10. vproWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:14pm PDT


  11. SWWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:19pm PDT


  12. rob kWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:23pm PDT

    I’d love to win this one!

  13. ErinWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:54pm PDT

    I’ve never seen the Grand Fondo, it’s be awesome!

  14. Karen FalkWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:55pm PDT

    What a fabulous experience that would be! Being mobility impaired, flying over the event would feel so freeing!

  15. RachelWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:55pm PDT

    Sounds really cool!

  16. KayKayWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 1:57pm PDT

    great event

  17. DarcieWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:06pm PDT

    Can’t beat the view from the top!

  18. janWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:18pm PDT

    being a cyclist this would be amazing

  19. Elysia SWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:24pm PDT

    I want to go!

  20. WallyWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:29pm PDT

    This would be so amazing.

  21. Bonnie RWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:32pm PDT

    Fantastic prize! Would be such a great aerial sight.

  22. A.J.Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:35pm PDT

    This sounds like it would be a very exciting day!

  23. BrendaWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:38pm PDT

    Sounds fun!

  24. Lorelei WeyWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 2:43pm PDT

    this would be a dream come true!

  25. KirkyWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 3:04pm PDT

    This would be really fun to win!

  26. G Kaur LalliWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 3:07pm PDT

    love all ur contests! slash stalking ur page LOL

  27. JeffWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 3:22pm PDT

    That’s awesome!

  28. RicWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 3:47pm PDT

    Would love to see the GranFondo from the air!

  29. SharylinWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 4:10pm PDT

    It would be amazing to see the cyclists from the sky!

  30. SanazWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 4:43pm PDT

    That’s an incredible prize!

  31. HeidiWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 4:51pm PDT

    That sounds like a great time!

  32. Steve v.Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 5:02pm PDT

    A dream prize!

  33. LauraWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 5:03pm PDT

    Very cool!

  34. AngieWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 5:08pm PDT

    Sounds cool! My hubby is planning to do the Medio, so would be cool to watch in the air!

  35. Ekaterina DovjenkoWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 6:39pm PDT

    Sounds awesome!

  36. LenaWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 7:08pm PDT

    What an amazing experience to have….I would love to win!

  37. Al HowardWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 7:11pm PDT

    What a fantastic day it will be!

  38. DonWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 8:00pm PDT

    What a great way to see the event – and to get a great view of the spectacular scenery!

  39. Kelly JWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 8:56pm PDT

    Beats riding a bike!

  40. DeniseWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 9:12pm PDT

    my co workers are joining this event that will be a long bike ride

  41. Kai Yan ChauWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 9:14pm PDT

    What a fantastic experience!

  42. CpopeWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 9:16pm PDT

    That would be granFUNDO

  43. IzWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 9:18pm PDT

    That’ll be an awesome view!

  44. HeatherWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 9:18pm PDT

    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 🙂

  45. CathyWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 10:06pm PDT

    This would be amazing 🙂

  46. Michelle W.Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 10:13pm PDT

    Such a great event!

  47. SwapnilWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 10:32pm PDT

    Sounds like a novel way to celebrate!

  48. Evon H.Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 10:54pm PDT

    sound awesome

  49. EmiliaWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 11:28pm PDT

    would love to watch, they are crazy.

  50. ChrystaWednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 11:35pm PDT

    If I watch, I’ll HAVE to do this event next year!!!

  51. KatieThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 12:06am PDT

    Sounds great!

  52. Brett JacksonThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 7:49am PDT


  53. GigiThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 8:39am PDT

    Wow! This would be quite the experience!

  54. Paul GilesThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 8:51am PDT

    Wow, what an opportunity!

  55. JenniferThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 10:07am PDT

    Sounds like fun!

  56. NathanThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 10:10am PDT


  57. wono99Thursday, July 11th, 2013 — 10:41am PDT

    seaplane to Whistler? yes!

  58. Jillian WalkerThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 10:45am PDT

    Well that would be awesome!

  59. NicoleThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 11:28am PDT

    I would love to win this!

  60. jenniferThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 11:46am PDT


  61. Gabriella SchmidtThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 11:47am PDT

    What an awesome prize and what a fantastic day that would be. Thanks.

  62. PanoThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 12:24pm PDT

    My fingers are crossed too! Thanks for sharing this opportunity

  63. Kim PikeThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 1:04pm PDT

    Awesome prize for my birthday weekend!!!

  64. LyndseyThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 1:13pm PDT

    Whoa! Amazing!!

  65. JenThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 1:34pm PDT

    This sounds really cool.

  66. GaryThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 2:58pm PDT

    I’m from the Howe Sound but I’ve never flown over it. That would be amazing.

  67. GestThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 3:12pm PDT

    Love to see this.

  68. lorThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 4:59pm PDT

    WOW! 😀

  69. jeanieThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 5:06pm PDT

    oh my gosh! this would be so so awesome!

  70. AntonioThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 6:02pm PDT

    This would be a great way to watch my brother-in-law race the Fondo!!

  71. TracyThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 6:36pm PDT

    sounds fantastic!

  72. ErylThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 8:04pm PDT

    I drove the course during the first race,but flying would be amazing!

  73. AmThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 8:07pm PDT

    What an incredible experience this would be!

  74. AliThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 8:18pm PDT

    I’m riding, but would love to win this for my parents, so they could meet us at the finish line!

  75. GaryThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 8:42pm PDT

    would be the ultimate view!

  76. ChristinaThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 9:53pm PDT

    Sounds awesome!

  77. KyleThursday, July 11th, 2013 — 10:14pm PDT

    Sounds awesome!

  78. IzFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 12:10am PDT

    Sounds like an awesome prize to win!

  79. StevieFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 8:53am PDT

    what an amazing prize this is.

  80. wenxiaoFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 9:07am PDT

    wholly awesome

  81. Conrad OlsonFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 11:41am PDT

    Amazing prize!

  82. lindawwwwFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 1:02pm PDT

    What an amazing contest! I’d love to fly up the coast to Whistler.

  83. leahFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 5:07pm PDT

    It’s been waaay too long since I’ve been to Whistler. i’d love to go!

  84. Kate RoaenFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 5:14pm PDT

    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

  85. LinziFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 5:19pm PDT

    What an awesome competition!

  86. KristaFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 7:10pm PDT

    Wow! Crossing my fingers…

  87. JessFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 7:39pm PDT

    Sounds amazing!!!

  88. JeremyFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 8:02pm PDT

    I love Whistler and this would be such an amazing experience to win!!!

  89. JenFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 8:03pm PDT

    Perfect weekend 🙂 I would love to win!!!

  90. MelFriday, July 12th, 2013 — 10:22pm PDT

    Pick me, pick me!

  91. Mary RoseSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:18pm PDT

    sounds like such a fun event!!

  92. JeffSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:20pm PDT

    Good luck to me!

  93. MICHAELSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:23pm PDT

    whistler and floatplanes and bikes! what a combination!

  94. karimSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:24pm PDT

    whistler will be great for moi because i never been 😀

  95. monica mobergSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:30pm PDT

    Wow! what a great prize! I would love to win this.

  96. Amber PedersenSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:34pm PDT

    Looks like an awesome adventure

  97. Mike RobertsonSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 12:50pm PDT

    That sounds like a great time… I’m in!

  98. MosheSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 1:01pm PDT

    This would be an amazing sight

  99. Lor.Saturday, July 13th, 2013 — 1:02pm PDT

    What an experience!

  100. David KehoeSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 1:35pm PDT

    Yes! Count me in! Love the Gran Fondo!

  101. Randy WalbergSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 2:13pm PDT

    From the air!

  102. Rob QuiringSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 2:24pm PDT

    Love to do it!

  103. DilaraSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 5:27pm PDT

    Sounds so cool!

  104. DavidSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 9:07pm PDT

    Sounds like an exciting experience.

  105. EileenSaturday, July 13th, 2013 — 9:58pm PDT

    Great way to travel up to Whistler!

  106. SylviaSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 2:50am PDT

    i love road riding and this would be sooo awesome to see from the air!

  107. KellyWSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 8:17am PDT

    Love watching the excitement of the Gran Fondo Whistler and would be over the top to see it from the air.

  108. diana rSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 10:02am PDT

    hope to win

  109. KristenSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 1:13pm PDT

    Very cool!

  110. AlisaSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 1:28pm PDT

    I’ve never been on a float plane.

  111. Janice FairleySunday, July 14th, 2013 — 1:39pm PDT

    Sure beat riding 122 km uphill!

  112. MaureenSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 6:54pm PDT

    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!

  113. KarlSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 7:25pm PDT

    I’ve been thinking of riding one of these years, this might be a good warmup

  114. Donna CheechooSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 10:10pm PDT

    I’ve never been

  115. Brett JacksonSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 10:12pm PDT

    I’ve never been

  116. Neal PellegrinoSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 10:12pm PDT

    I need a holiday so bad

  117. ScottySunday, July 14th, 2013 — 10:28pm PDT

    Oh this would make my day!

  118. benjaminSunday, July 14th, 2013 — 10:36pm PDT

    how much FONDO would this be to win???? cool!

  119. VC NguyenMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 3:51am PDT

    sounds like a breathtaking experience!

  120. DanaMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 10:30am PDT

    I’ve always wanted to take this float plane trip but never gotten around to doing it yet. This would be the perfect opportunity!

  121. ShelbyMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 10:58am PDT


  122. TracyMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 12:23pm PDT

    What an experience this would be!! Love to win it!

  123. Hamad DeshmukhMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 2:06pm PDT

    Sounds great!

  124. ShirleyMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 2:22pm PDT

    Thanks for the incredible opportunity.

  125. Colm BMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 4:03pm PDT

    Sounds amazing.

  126. Esther ConibearMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 4:46pm PDT

    Feeling lucky ***

  127. JackiMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 9:37pm PDT

    This would be so cool to win. Goal to race the RBC Gran Fondo Whistler in the very near future, year to be decided.

  128. HannahMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 10:49pm PDT

    I’d love to do this!

  129. KathleenMonday, July 15th, 2013 — 11:16pm PDT

    sounds cool!

  130. Nick STuesday, July 16th, 2013 — 12:38pm PDT

    yes please

  131. LAinVanTuesday, July 16th, 2013 — 3:24pm PDT

    A bird’s eye view … sounds like an amazing experience.

  132. PujaTuesday, July 16th, 2013 — 10:55pm PDT

    Sounds exciting!!

  133. StotesWednesday, July 17th, 2013 — 6:40am PDT

    This sounds awesome!

  134. VictoriaWednesday, July 17th, 2013 — 2:39pm PDT

    oh my gosh…
    This would be AMAZING!!!
    Thankyou so much for always providing your readings with such great opportunities!

  135. AlexWednesday, July 17th, 2013 — 3:50pm PDT

    Yes- would love this prize. Sounds fun.

  136. MagWednesday, July 17th, 2013 — 4:26pm PDT

    That would be the next best thing to the cycling (which is too hard for me anyway).

  137. Dayna WilsonWednesday, July 17th, 2013 — 8:38pm PDT

    What an amazing prize!

  138. AlexThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 9:57am PDT

    hope I win!

  139. PrabThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 10:37am PDT

    Hope I win too

  140. DanielThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 12:38pm PDT

    What a cool contest/prize!

  141. Marc DunnThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 1:59pm PDT

    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!

  142. AmyThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 9:13pm PDT

    Pick me!

  143. Hei MoonThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 9:15pm PDT

    Cool prize

  144. IanThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 9:18pm PDT

    Love flying and to see the Grand Fondo would be awesome!

  145. VickyThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 9:25pm PDT

    I love Whistler, what a great experience!

  146. Janet KongThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 9:28pm PDT

    This would be a pretty awesome prize to win! Thanks for the chance!

  147. Meg W.Thursday, July 18th, 2013 — 10:12pm PDT

    Cool prize! 🙂

  148. LauraThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 10:14pm PDT

    I would love to watch my husband race the GranFondo from the float plane!! Awesome

  149. MaryThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 10:30pm PDT

    I would love to be there

  150. GordonThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 10:43pm PDT

    Wow! Sounds amazing! 🙂

  151. Petra SThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 11:04pm PDT

    This would be SOOOO awesome!!!! Last time in Whistler….. 1977. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  152. Pam SThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 11:26pm PDT

    Crossing my fingers — this would make my husband SO freakin’ happy!

  153. Marcy Siple OakleyThursday, July 18th, 2013 — 11:29pm PDT

    Reach for the sky! ….all others must ride!

  154. SsyleetwitFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 3:20am PDT

    Hope it’s a nice day!

  155. Jenn SFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:12am PDT

    This would be so very awesome

  156. Janice MFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 5:57am PDT

    I would love to win this!

  157. CarolFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 6:40am PDT

    This would be an exciting win.

  158. Andria PoliceFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 8:06am PDT

    What a treat that experience would be! I hope I’m not too late!

  159. Bernadette E.Friday, July 19th, 2013 — 10:35am PDT


  160. Tyler IngramFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 11:21am PDT

    Imagine the photos I could take along the way!

  161. Wendi LacustaFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 12:24pm PDT

    I love to cycle, watch the Tours and be in the groove of the athletic pursuit. Pick me!!!!PS Awesome contest gift-Wendi

  162. WesleyFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 1:43pm PDT

    This would be awesome!

  163. MichaelFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 2:35pm PDT

    I have my camera ready!!!! 🙂

  164. jocelyneFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 3:08pm PDT

    yes please!

  165. ChesterFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 3:27pm PDT


  166. HeatherFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:02pm PDT

    Sounds like it would be an awesome day

  167. Carolyn SmithFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:05pm PDT

    This would be so amazing!

  168. kevinFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:07pm PDT


  169. Tracy MackFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:10pm PDT

    What an awesome way to celebrate health and fitness.

  170. renee claude lauerFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:10pm PDT

    This would be so amazing!

  171. Neesha HothiFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:14pm PDT

    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!

  172. @FishieeeeeFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:22pm PDT

    Awesome prize

  173. GraceFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:22pm PDT

    Let me win!

  174. Matt WFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:35pm PDT

    Great prize! Would love to win!

  175. gillianFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 4:36pm PDT

    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!

  176. LisaFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 5:35pm PDT

    Fond of the fondo!

  177. Sarah CFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 7:28pm PDT

    Amazing opportunity!

  178. Yasmin HallFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 9:51pm PDT


  179. Christopher CoFriday, July 19th, 2013 — 11:15pm PDT

    Great contest!

  180. VernonSaturday, July 20th, 2013 — 2:23am PDT

    I am training to ride but this would be better!

  181. GAIL WHITWORTHSaturday, August 3rd, 2013 — 9:27pm PDT


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