Bigger is better – that’s the theme for the 2015 Giro. 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!
This is a sanctioned event, open to riders who have a valid UCI road racing license in Cat 1, 2 or 3 (Masters must have a current Cat 1, 2 or 3 license). All Giro riders will be asked to show their current UCI road racing license at Package Pickup at the Welcome GranFesta on Friday, September 11, 2015. Please note, this is an individual category only – NO TEAM results.
Both males and females will start en masse 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 or Squamish Sprint Challenges.
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 5 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.
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.
The Giro category will travel the GranFondo route:
For more detailed map, visit RidewithGPS
Please contact Athlete Relations at info(at)rbcgranfondowhistler.com or call 604 990 2510.