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GranFondo delays traffic between Vancouver and Whistler

Last Updated Sep 10, 2016 at 11:54 am PST

(Source: Twitter via @AavaWhistler)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Thousands of cyclists are making their way up from Vancouver to Whistler today. There are 4,500 cyclists signed up for the 122-km GranFondo ride today, almost a 20 per cent rise over last year’s race.

Organizer Neil McKinnon thinks it shows cycling, in general, continues to grow in popularity in the Lower Mainland. “The elements that support cycling through kids riding their bikes, or bike lanes or just healthy lifestyles is really transitioning now into a goal that people set on their calendar for September.”

McKinnon says GranFondo has become a must-ride event, starting in Stanley Park and taking in views of Howe Sound and Sea-to-Sky mountains before wrapping up in Whistler. “Having a dedicated lane along Sea-to-Sky Highway all the way through Lions Bay, through Squamish and ending in Whistler. You just don’t get more iconic than that.”

But it won’t be much fun for drivers.

The Sea-to-Sky will have at least one lane open at all times, although there will be some slowdowns both directions through the day before things wrap up at 4:30 p.m.

The Lions Gate Bridge will be closed northbound until 8:30 a.m.