This is what I am training for – the 2016 Whistler Gran Fondo, one of the items on my Cycling Bucket List.
What is a gran fondo?, you ask.
“Gran fondos are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America. Loosely translated from Italian, gran fondo means “big ride”. These rides are often a hundred kilometres or more and designed for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels – everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur enjoy these events. The rides are judged by the challenges they offer: steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two.”
I found the above video on YouTube last evening. I have watched either the start or finish of the ride many times but have never experienced the ride itself. This video provides a sense of the ride, the speed of the lengthy descents, and the effort required on many of the climbs. During the ride, the cyclist’s cadence, speed and power output are displayed as well as the grade of the climbs and descents – all helpful information for a guy in training.
If you are not a road cyclist, the video is worth watching for the views alone. The Sea-to-Sky highway from Vancouver to Whistler is one of the most picturesque rides in the world.