Forte - 152km

250 rider capacity expanded to 300 due to popular demand

It's the RBC GranFondo Whistler with a detour up to the summit of Cypress (an additional 30 km and 800 metres of elevation). This category will have 250 hearty climbers leave the start line in Vancouver at 6:05am. An earlier start time for the Forte (152km) predicts that the Forte lead riders will join the lead GranFondo riders at the base of Cypress Mountain. Please note, Forte riders must be able to maintain an average speed of 20 km/hour.

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NEW for 2017! - Teams of 2


Big achievements are never better than when they're shared. This year, make a team of 2 to take on the Forte together. Whether you're a husband and wife, brother and sister, or just teaming up with your best mate, come together to create memories that mean more! You can make a mens', womens' and mixed team.

Route

Total Distance: 152 km

Total Elevation: 3100 metres

Start Time: 6.05am

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For more detailed map, visit RideWithGPS

Prizing

The journey itself will be the ultimate reward, but we wouldn’t leave you without a memento of the event. You will receive unique Forte socks to highlight your epic challenge. In addition, all Forte riders will receive a special medal that will be the envy of the other riders (weighing in at 2lbs it's pretty awesome!). Please note, Forte time will be determined by Gun Start and Chip finish.

   

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Holly Adems King / Queen of the Mountain competition

The KOM/QOM is called the Holly Adems KOM/QOM in honour of Holly Adems, Coordinator with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. She believed in the vision of a GranFondo event on the Sea to Sky Highway since its inception in 2007 and, over the years, was paramount to the coordination between the many stakeholders along the highway. We are grateful for her impact on the RBC GranFondo Whistler and are proud to be part of her legacy.

NEW for this year, the winner of the Holly Adems King & Queen of the mountain competition will win a special BUFF® prize pack to celebrate their achievement.
With a max grade of 10%, the climb starts out of Furry Creek and doesn't end until the road goes down again after 1.25km!

NEW for this year, the winner of the Holly Adems King & Queen of the mountain competition will win a special BUFF® prize pack to celebrate their achievement.

With a max grade of 10%, the climb starts out of Furry Creek and doesn't end until the road goes down again after 1.25km!

Men's & Women's Overall Winner

The overal men's and women's winner of the 2017 Forte will receive the epic prize of a full Cypress Mountain's G8 Season Pass!

Start Location

The Forte riders will begin heading west at the Nine O’clock Gun on Stanley Park Drive and continue around Brockton Point Lighthouse, winding along the two-lane road through Stanley Park. Caution is urged at about 2.5km where riders will take a hairpin left turn and start a 3.5% climb for about 1km up Prospect Point hill to make their way onto the Stanley Park Causeway. Once on the causeway, riders will enjoy a spectacular view over the Lions Gate Bridge and up Taylor Way to get onto the upper levels Trans Canada Hwy with a right of way at all intersections. Forte riders will be traveling in the east bound lane of the Upper Levels Hwy and will exit on the Cypress Bowl Road onramp (east bound) to continue to the summit. On the descent, Forte riders will travel down Cypress Bowl Road until the Upper Levels Hwy where they will take a sharp right turn onto the east bound onramp from the hwy. It is here that Forte riders will join the rest of the riders after starting at Stanley Park.

Riders will be neutralized to 25 km/hr until they reach the base of Taylor Way. At this point riders will be released to race. Note: Lions Gate Bridge will be closed to north bound traffic from 6:00am to 8:00am.

Start Corral

All Forte riders will begin in a mass start. No seeding required. 

 

 

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