Thousands of cyclists are taking over the Sea-to-Sky Highway this weekend

Sep 5 2018, 12:16 am

A total of 4,000 cyclists are expected to descend on the Sea-to-Sky Highway this Saturday, during the ninth-annual RBC Gran Fondo Whistler cycling race.

Participants will pedal 122 kilometres along Highway 99 from Stanley Park, Vancouver to Whistler Village.

While the highway will be open to traffic during the event, motorists are being advised to expect delays of up to three hours between 5:30 am and 4:30 pm from West Vancouver to Whistler. A maximum highway speed of 60 km/h will also be enforced during the event.

The first riders are expected to cross the finish line around 10 am on Blackcomb Way.

“I encourage everyone to cheer on the 4,000 individuals from 45 countries undertaking North America’s largest GranFondo event along the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

Access to Whistler Village is by Lorimer Road. Expect significant delays entering and exiting the east side of Highway 99 between Whistler’s Function Junction and Village Gate Boulevard. This includes the neighbourhoods of Cheakamus Crossing, Spring Creek, Bayshores, Creekside Village and the Creekside Gondola base, Nordic and Brio.

Residents and visitors to Whistler are also being reminded that Day Lot 4 will be closed on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8. Pay parking is available in Day Lots 1, 2, 3 and 5. Day Lot 4 and 5 pass holders can use their pass to park in Day Lots 1, 2, 3 and 5 on the days that Day Lot 4 is closed for event operations.

Following the event, the public is invited to a celebration at Whistler Olympic Plaza. Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band will perform a tribute to Neil Diamond at 1:45 pm as part of the Whistler Presents Concert Series.

A GranFondo event shuttle will operate from Whistler Creekside to Whistler Village between 9 am and 4 pm.

Transit riders are encouraged to use the new NextRide online feature for real-time bus location updates.

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