My First Fondo Ride Clinics



(April 29, 2013 – Vancouver, BC) RBC GranFondo Whistler has partnered with the Vancouver Sun and Cycling BC this year to produce ride clinics. We are very excited about the project and welcome your involvement.


My First Fondo Ride Clinics

Presented by The Vancouver Sun and Cycling BC

This program will focus on group training clinics for men and women riders who are new to riding or renewing their love of riding. The 14-week program will include coaching on basic techniques of riding and training for a long distance ride. Target challenge ride 2013 RBC GranFondo Whistler 122km

  • A 14-week clinic held at 10 community centres in Vancouver and the lower mainland (similar to The Sun Run Clinic format).
  • Clinics will be in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Van and Steveston.
  • Program will run from May 27th to August 26th.
  • Approximately 50 participants/clinic and 5 ride leaders.
  • 1 mid-week ride after work ~6pm. M/T/W or Th
  • Community Centre used to gather for a 30 min initial meeting place and pre-ride talk. A ride leader outside will monitor bikes during pre-ride talk.
  • Ride duration will be 60-90 min in the vicinity of the community centre.
  • Experienced, enthusiastic, ride leaders and volunteers recruited from local bike stores, cycling and tri clubs
  • Program developed by Cycling BC

We are recruiting keen ride leaders who have an outstanding positive and supportive attitude.

Here’s the low down on the levels and perks:

  1. Two assistant ride leaders at each site - receives RBC GranFondo Whistler entry and bike vest
  2. Two volunteer ride leaders at each site - receives bike vest

All ride leaders will participate in a one day training session on either May 4th or May 11th to run through clinic details and expectations plus CPR certification.

My First Fondo ride clinics are the beginning of a significant program. Come be a part of our team at this grassroots level!

Please forward this email to your club members or friends as there are many ways for ride leaders to participate or to any other coaches or riders you think may be interested.


Rider Safety: Remember

The Sea to Sky Corridor (from Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton and Mt. Currie) is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of cyclists using Highway 99 and other roads in the Corridor. There is a growing concern about the safety of these cyclists. Some are training for IRONMAN Whistler or GranFondo, others are riding for fitness, and in urban areas many are just using a bicycle to get around. There are many economic, health and societal benefits to cycling, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler and other Sea to Sky Corridor communities are encouraging cyclists to visit and to train. We want them to enjoy the experience and be safe.


Key Messages to Cyclists:

  • Share the road, Show respect
  • Be predictable
  • Be visible, wear a helmet
  • Use hand signals when you turn or change lanes.
  • Cyclists have the same rights and duties as the driver of a motor vehicle.
  • Cyclists must ride as near as practicable to the right side of the road and must ride in the same direction as other traffic on the road.
  • Cyclists are not required to ride on any part of the road that is not paved.
  • Cyclists must not ride abreast of another cyclist on the road.
  • When stopped, move off the road and away from traffic.
  • Use your head, cars hurt!


Key Messages to Drivers:

  • Share the road, Show respect
  • When passing, allow at least one metre between your vehicle and a cyclist.
  • Cyclists may be moving faster than you think. Leave them plenty of room when you are turning onto or off of a road.
  • On rural roads a cyclist may not know you are behind. Before overtaking, consider giving a tap on your horn as a warning.
  • Cyclists have the same rights and duties as the driver of a motor vehicle.
  • Cyclists are not required to ride on any part of the road that is not paved.
  • Cyclists are permitted to ride to the left of the white line.
  • Be considerate. That cyclist you see might be your friend, neighbour, co-worker, child, spouse, mother, grandchild, grandmother, boss, banker, ….


Interested in being a ride leader, assistant ride leader or volunteer?  Contact Lara Peno ( with your contact information and a brief history of your riding experience.

Cycling BC Contact

Nicole Rochefort
Communications & Events Coordinator