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RBC GranFondo Whistler Giro Race


Sep. 10, 2016

Event Cost
$230 – $240

Event Information

Sponsored by Robert J Macdonald

 Sponsored by Robert J Macdonald, the Giro is open to riders licensed in Category 1, 2 or 3 only. The Giro will offer prize money to a winning field of both male and female athletes to a depth of 20 deep. That’s right, the first 20 finishers for both men and women will receive prize money!

Review the official race guide for 2016 has not been released for the Giro. Please you can view 2015 Race Guide for the Giro for your own information.


Update as of July 14, 2016: at this time, the Giro is a sanctioned event. However, riders must have a valid UCI road racing license in Cat 1, 2 or 3. All Giro riders will be asked to show their current UCI road racing license at Package Pickup at the Welcome GranFesta on Friday, September 9, 2016. Because this is a sanctioned event, disc brakes are NOT allowed.


Both males and females will start on-mass and will ride the GranFondo 122km route from Vancouver to Whistler. Start corral opens at 6:15am to Giro riders after the Forte riders have cleared the start area. Prior to 6:15am, Giro riders can stage in the Giro Staging area (see map). The Giro Category and staging corral has replace the Licensed Rider Corral.


NO outside, on-course support will be permitted. Riders can only receive nutritional and liquid support from rest stops provided by the GranFondo Whistler event. Any rider seen accepting assistance from non-event sources will be disqualified immediately with no chance of grievance.


Results and prize money for the Giro will be based on Gun time. A rider’s finish time will be determined by the elapsed time of when he or she crosses the finish line in relation to the official event start time, NOT when the rider crosses the start line. Because prize money is up for grabs in the Giro category, participants in the Giro are not eligible for prizing in either the King of the Mountain.

Professional timing services are being supplied by Event Day Timing and timing chip technology will employ Chronotrack B-Tag, a proven technology for cycling event timing. The timing mechanism will be affixed to the seat poast.

Awards Ceremony will be held in the Celebration Plaza at the Finish area in Whistler between 1:00pm and 2:00pm (subject to change). Preliminary results will be posted by the main stage by 12:30pm. Winners do not need to be present to win. Only the top 3 finishers will be presented on stage.


Total prize purse is $50,000 with first place beign awarded $15,000 to both of the top male and top female. The remaining $20,000 will be distributed to a field depth of 20 with equal amounst give to males and female. Prize amounts listed below.

Cash Prize Amounts

Male Female
1st Place $15,000 $15,000
2nd Place $5,000 $5,000
3rd Place $1,200 $1,200
4th Place $600 $600
5th Place $400 $400
6th Place $300 $300
7th Place $270 $270
8th Place $250 $250
9th Place $220 $220
10th Place $200 $200
11th Place $165 $165
12th Place $165 $165
13th Place $165 $165
14th Place $165 $165
15th Place $150 $150
16th Place $150 $150
17th Place $150 $150
18th Place $150 $150
19th Place $150 $150
20th Place $150 $150


Any and all challenges to the award results can be made on event day at Solutions Desk in the Celebration Plaza by the stage and will be decided by the GranFondo Canada Finish Line Judge. Chip time at finish will be used for placing only.


The Giro category will travel the GranFondo route.

For a detailed map, visit RidewithGPS


Because this is a unique event in that the course is run in parallel to a major highway, GranFondo Canada has implemented the following rules and regulations that must be adhered to by all racers participating in the Giro. Any infraction of the rules is call for instant disqualification.


  1. Maximum 200 riders
  2. Riders must hold and present a (UCI) Category 1, 2, or 3 licences in good standing.
  3. Only riders with paid entrance fee will be allowed to race.
  4. Riders bikes must be in good mechanical order
  5. All riders will be subject to random drug testing.
  6. Riders shall be strictly forbidden to deviate from the lane they selected when launching into the sprint and, in so doing, endangering others.
  7. Riders are strictly forbidden from riding outside the marked course (within the Cones), except when avoiding extreme danger. Any rider gaining even a single position by riding outside the coned course will be disqualified.
  8. Rides are forbidden from using non-sanctioned neutral support while on course. Riders using outside support will be disqualified. There are no feed Zones on course.
  9. Outside vehicles are forbidden. Any rider receiving help from a vehicle along the route will be disqualified.
  10. Riders may use rest stops, but nutrition and water will not be handed up to riders.
  11. All riders may be neutralised in the event of hazards on the course.
  12. Riders will be neutralized through Stanley Park and released at Taylor Way.
  13. The finish classification shall be always determined according to the order of crossing the finishing line. The classification shall determine the allocation of prizes and points.
  14. In the event of a tie, photo finish will be used to determine the winner and is awarded at the discretion of the Finish Line Judge.
  15. Timing is for tracking and personal information only*, timing will not necessarily determine you finish place.
  16. Racers are not eligible for KOM stage.
  17. All protests and grievances will be heard by and judged by GranFondo Canada’s finish line judge. All decisions are final.
  18. Riders are NOT allowed to ride with disc brakes.

*Results and prize money will be based on gun time, determined by the elapsed time of when the rider crosses the finish line in relation to the official event start time – not when the rider crosses the start line.


Please contact Athlete Relations at info(at)rbcgranfondowhistler.com or call 604 990 2510.