The race starts in downtown Vancouver at sea level and finishes 76 miles/122km further in Whistler, a ski resort at an elevation 2200ft/670m with a first part on undulating roads and a second part mainly going slightly uphill towards the finish.
The race is using the Sea to Sky Highway connecting the two cities, a once in a lifetime experience to ride it without traffic. 3914 riders coming from 24 different countries have signed up for the qualifying distance of the event.
20 % qualifies
The RBC GranFondo Whistler is the first event that will apply the new 20% qualifying rule. Also new this year is that all age groups will be awarded with medals, jersey and qualifying spots, even if only one rider will sign up in a specific age category.
The 3 participation rule qualifying for Worlds if you did three different events without finishing in the top 20% is not valid anymore for the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Series.