Coming September 8, 2012. The RBC GranFondo Whistler is a 122 km race along a dedicated roadway from downtown Vancouver to Whistler. Riders will experience breathtaking views of Howe Sound, challenging climbs through the Coast Mountain Range and a rewarding post-event festival celebration in Whistler. The course is fully supported with aid stations stocked with fruits and vegetables, nutritional supplements, water and energy drink, medical and mechanical assistance and toilets. For those new to the term granfondo, it’s Italian meaning “Big Ride,” and it’s essentially a long distance event for both recreational and competitive cyclists.