RBC GranFondo Led by Simon Whitfield, Adam van Koeverden & Alex Stieda
September 10, 2012
September 8, 2012, Vancouver, BC - As the sun rose above the Sea to Sky Highway, thousands of cyclists began their epic 122km ride from Vancouver to Whistler.
By early afternoon, participants were rocking to Canadian music icons, Barney Bentall and Jim Cuddy in Whistler's Celebration Park.
"What an honour to have our Canadian Flagbearers from the 2008 & 2012 Summer Olympic Games carry the flag today to celebrate their fellow cyclists." said Kevin Thompson, Co-founder of the event." Today marks an important moment for RBC GranFondo Whistler as we continue to evolve and enhance the way our participants are able to enjoy their ride".
In this, the third year of the event, GranFondo Canada introduced a start that included 34km of two car free lane widths. "The RBC GranFondo Whistler has motivated many of our clients and staff to embrace the sport of cycling, along with all the health and wellness benefits that come with it," said Graham MacLachlan, Regional President, RBC Royal Bank, and an RBC GranFondo Whistler participant.
"Additionally, many of our employees volunteered today and even more came out to cheer. It was truly inspiring to ride alongside the RBC Training Team, together with thousands of other riders." On behalf of the RBC GranFondo Whistler, RBC donated $30,000 to The Fraser River Discovery Centre through their Blue Water Project. This interpretive centre connects communities in discovery and celebration of the past, present and future of the living, working Fraser River. The river basin is one of the most diverse watersheds in North America. It contributes millions of dollars to the economy and is home to 60% of the population of BC.
A fun new addition to this year's RBC GranFondo Whistler, was the King & Queen of the Mountain. The fastest female up the 1.1 km climb was Leah Guloien (Port Moody, BC), the fastest male was Sebastian Salas (Vancouver).
First to cross the RBC GranFondo Whistler Finish Line was Marvin Guzman (Vancouver, BC) with a time of 3:24:29.5 and in the women's division, Leah Guloien (Port Moody, BC) with a time of 3:28:01.
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