This past Saturday (September 11, 2010) I took part in the inaugural RBC GranFondo, a 120km road ride from Vancouver to Whistler, BC. 4000 riders and myself hit the starting line early Saturday morning, and by 7 am our wheels were rolling through downtown on our way. I had never experienced riding with so many people at once before, it was an amazing but stressful experience! You really had to pay attention to your line and the other riders around you, not to mention the random dropped waterbottles, clothing and pylons on the road.
I road with some Active Life Team members, including my friends Jen, Heather and Leslie.
There were a few crashes along the way, one of which included a teammate of ours. Luckily she managed to get back on her bike and finish the ride … tough chica! The ride included some significant climbing, however having lots of riders around and beautiful scenery was a welcome distraction .
Overall it was an amazing event. There were riders of all ages and abilities, it was trully inspiring! Our team finished 2nd in the women’s category, quite impressive for a team that didn’t actually ride together and road with various groups of friends instead!
Some of the gals have already signed up for it next year … very tempting! If you are interested, registration starts next week on September 20th. Check out: www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com for more details.