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Win an RBC GranFondo Whistler Experience

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 — 11:44am PDT
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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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  1. Anne-Sophie says:

    Sounds awesome!

  2. Daphne says:

    What an incredible prize!

  3. Arjun Rudra says:

    Fingers crossed.

  4. rj says:

    Love this idea!

  5. Greg says:

    nice day trip

  6. Shawn R says:

    love it. hope to win.

  7. Monique says:

    hope to win

  8. David says:

    Yes please!!

  9. Richard W says:

    Winning this would be AMAZING!

  10. vpro says:


  11. SW says:


  12. rob k says:

    I’d love to win this one!

  13. Erin says:

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

  14. Karen Falk says:

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

  15. Rachel says:

    Sounds really cool!

  16. KayKay says:

    great event

  17. Darcie says:

    Can’t beat the view from the top!

  18. jan says:

    being a cyclist this would be amazing

  19. Elysia S says:

    I want to go!

  20. Wally says:

    This would be so amazing.

  21. Bonnie R says:

    Fantastic prize! Would be such a great aerial sight.

  22. A.J. says:

    This sounds like it would be a very exciting day!

  23. Brenda says:

    Sounds fun!

  24. Lorelei Wey says:

    this would be a dream come true!

  25. Kirky says:

    This would be really fun to win!

  26. G Kaur Lalli says:

    love all ur contests! slash stalking ur page LOL

  27. Jeff says:

    That’s awesome!

  28. Ric says:

    Would love to see the GranFondo from the air!

  29. Sharylin says:

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

  30. Sanaz says:

    That’s an incredible prize!

  31. Heidi says:

    That sounds like a great time!

  32. Steve v. says:

    A dream prize!

  33. Laura says:

    Very cool!

  34. Angie says:

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

  35. Ekaterina Dovjenko says:

    Sounds awesome!

  36. Lena says:

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

  37. Al Howard says:

    What a fantastic day it will be!

  38. Don says:

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

  39. Kelly J says:

    Beats riding a bike!

  40. Denise says:

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

  41. Kai Yan Chau says:

    What a fantastic experience!

  42. Cpope says:

    That would be granFUNDO

  43. Iz says:

    That’ll be an awesome view!

  44. Heather says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Cathy says:

    This would be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Michelle W. says:

    Such a great event!

  47. Swapnil says:

    Sounds like a novel way to celebrate!

  48. Evon H. says:

    sound awesome

  49. Emilia says:

    would love to watch, they are crazy.

  50. Chrysta says:

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

  51. Katie says:

    Sounds great!

  52. Brett Jackson says:


  53. Gigi says:

    Wow! This would be quite the experience!

  54. Paul Giles says:

    Wow, what an opportunity!

  55. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like fun!

  56. Nathan says:


  57. wono99 says:

    seaplane to Whistler? yes!

  58. Well that would be awesome!

  59. Nicole says:

    I would love to win this!

  60. jennifer says:


  61. Gabriella Schmidt says:

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

  62. Pano says:

    My fingers are crossed too! Thanks for sharing this opportunity

  63. Kim Pike says:

    Awesome prize for my birthday weekend!!!

  64. Lyndsey says:

    Whoa! Amazing!!

  65. Jen says:

    This sounds really cool.

  66. Gary says:

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

  67. Gest says:

    Love to see this.

  68. lor says:

    WOW! ๐Ÿ˜€

  69. jeanie says:

    oh my gosh! this would be so so awesome!

  70. Antonio says:

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

  71. Tracy says:

    sounds fantastic!

  72. Eryl says:

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

  73. Am says:

    What an incredible experience this would be!

  74. Ali says:

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

  75. Gary says:

    would be the ultimate view!

  76. Christina says:

    Sounds awesome!

  77. Kyle says:

    Sounds awesome!

  78. Iz says:

    Sounds like an awesome prize to win!

  79. Stevie says:

    what an amazing prize this is.

  80. wenxiao says:

    wholly awesome

  81. lindawwww says:

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

  82. leah says:

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

  83. Kate Roaen says:

    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

  84. Linzi says:

    What an awesome competition!

  85. Krista says:

    Wow! Crossing my fingers…

  86. Jess says:

    Sounds amazing!!!

  87. Jeremy says:

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

  88. Jen says:

    Perfect weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to win!!!

  89. Mel says:

    Pick me, pick me!

  90. Mary Rose says:

    sounds like such a fun event!!

  91. Jeff says:

    Good luck to me!

  92. MICHAEL says:

    whistler and floatplanes and bikes! what a combination!

  93. karim says:

    whistler will be great for moi because i never been ๐Ÿ˜€

  94. monica moberg says:

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

  95. Amber Pedersen says:

    Looks like an awesome adventure

  96. Mike Robertson says:

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

  97. Moshe says:

    This would be an amazing sight

  98. Lor. says:

    What an experience!

  99. David Kehoe says:

    Yes! Count me in! Love the Gran Fondo!

  100. Randy Walberg says:

    From the air!

  101. Rob Quiring says:

    Love to do it!

  102. Dilara says:

    Sounds so cool!

  103. David says:

    Sounds like an exciting experience.

  104. Eileen says:

    Great way to travel up to Whistler!

  105. Sylvia says:

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

  106. KellyW says:

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

  107. diana r says:

    hope to win

  108. Kristen says:

    Very cool!

  109. Alisa says:

    I’ve never been on a float plane.

  110. Sure beat riding 122 km uphill!

  111. Maureen says:

    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!

  112. Karl says:

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

  113. Donna Cheechoo says:

    I’ve never been

  114. Brett Jackson says:

    I’ve never been

  115. Neal Pellegrino says:

    I need a holiday so bad

  116. Scotty says:

    Oh this would make my day!

  117. benjamin says:

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

  118. VC Nguyen says:

    sounds like a breathtaking experience!

  119. Dana says:

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

  120. Shelby says:


  121. Tracy says:

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

  122. Hamad Deshmukh says:

    Sounds great!

  123. Shirley says:

    Thanks for the incredible opportunity.

  124. Colm B says:

    Sounds amazing.

  125. Esther Conibear says:

    Feeling lucky ***

  126. Jacki says:

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

  127. Hannah says:

    I’d love to do this!

  128. Kathleen says:

    sounds cool!

  129. Nick S says:

    yes please

  130. LAinVan says:

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

  131. Puja says:

    Sounds exciting!!

  132. Stotes says:

    This sounds awesome!

  133. Victoria says:

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

  134. Alex says:

    Yes- would love this prize. Sounds fun.

  135. Mag says:

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

  136. Dayna Wilson says:

    What an amazing prize!

  137. Alex says:

    hope I win!

  138. Prab says:

    Hope I win too

  139. Daniel says:

    What a cool contest/prize!

  140. Marc Dunn says:

    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!

  141. Amy says:

    Pick me!

  142. Hei Moon says:

    Cool prize

  143. Ian says:

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

  144. Vicky says:

    I love Whistler, what a great experience!

  145. Janet Kong says:

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

  146. Meg W. says:

    Cool prize! ๐Ÿ™‚

  147. Laura says:

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

  148. Mary says:

    I would love to be there

  149. Gordon says:

    Wow! Sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  150. Petra S says:

    This would be SOOOO awesome!!!! Last time in Whistler….. 1977. Thanks for the opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚

  151. Pam S says:

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

  152. Marcy Siple Oakley says:

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

  153. Ssyleetwit says:

    Hope it’s a nice day!

  154. Jenn S says:

    This would be so very awesome

  155. Janice M says:

    I would love to win this!

  156. Carol says:

    This would be an exciting win.

  157. Andria Police says:

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

  158. Bernadette E. says:


  159. Tyler Ingram says:

    Imagine the photos I could take along the way!

  160. Wendi Lacusta says:

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

  161. Wesley says:

    This would be awesome!

  162. Michael says:

    I have my camera ready!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  163. jocelyne says:

    yes please!

  164. Chester says:


  165. Heather says:

    Sounds like it would be an awesome day

  166. Carolyn Smith says:

    This would be so amazing!

  167. kevin says:


  168. Tracy Mack says:

    What an awesome way to celebrate health and fitness.

  169. renee claude lauer says:

    This would be so amazing!

  170. Neesha Hothi says:

    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!

  171. Grace says:

    Let me win!

  172. Matt W says:

    Great prize! Would love to win!

  173. gillian says:

    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!

  174. Lisa says:

    Fond of the fondo!

  175. Sarah C says:

    Amazing opportunity!

  176. Yasmin Hall says:


  177. Vernon says:

    I am training to ride but this would be better!

  178. GAIL WHITWORTH says:


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