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Advance planning required to avoid GranFondo traffic delays in Whistler and Sea to Sky

Restricted vehicle movements required for Vancouver to Whistler bike event

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The first finishers are expected to arrive at Lot 4 in Whistler starting at about 10 a.m. There will be entertainment in Whistler Olympic Plaza from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony slated for 1:30 p.m.

Alcohol will be served at the event after-party in a totally new way. The plaza lawn and stage area will be double fenced. Alcohol will be served within the double-fenced area and kids will be allowed inside the fences so ride participants can have a drink and enjoy it with their families between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Riders 19 and over will be identified with a non-transferable coloured wristband. Those who don't ride in the Fondo can get a wristband on site with proof of age. Security guards will monitor the licenced area.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation will receive a $30,000 donation from the RBC Blue Water Project after the event. The foundation has a number of initiatives underway in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Kevin Thomson, the GranFondo Canada President, said GranFondo fans would determine how the money would be spent by voting for one of four options listed at the GranFondo Facebook page.

"We are committed to the sustainability of our events in the local communities and our partnership with the RBC Blue Water Project is another extension of that commitment," said Thomson.

-With files from Alison Taylor -

GranFondo Road closures and restrictions

Highway 99 at Furry Creek — traffic re-routing via internal roads to access Highway 99 northbound and southbound.

Highway 99 at Britannia Beach — single lane alternating traffic will be in effect for 1km with no northbound right turn permitted at Main Street (also known as Copper Drive), until approximately noon.

Highway 99, Valley Drive to Depot Road, Squamish — traffic movements to and from the east side of Highway 99 will be restricted and/or closed between 8 and 11 a.m. No right turns northbound from the highway permitted. No left turns southbound from the highway permitted until after 11 a.m.

Highway 99 from Alice Lake Road to Function Junction (6kms south of Whistler) — expect counter-flow traffic adjacent to cyclists through this area until approximately 4 p.m. Cyclists will occupy the northbound slow lane. One lane northbound and one lane southbound available for motorists.

Highway 99, Function Junction to Village Gate Boulevard, Whistler — signals will be flashing and traffic will be stopped intermittently at the entrances and exits to key Whistler destinations.

Alta Lake Road — available as an alternate traffic route from Highway 99 in Whistler.

Whistler cross-street intersections with Highway 99:

• Blackcomb Way West — closed in both directions • Village Gate Boulevard — closed to northbound and southbound traffic from Highway 99. • Lorimer Road and Whistler Way — both roads are open as alternate routes to Village Gate.

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