The RBC GranFondo Whistler will cause traffic disruptions from the start line in Vancouver to the finish in Whistler, but organizers have lightened the burden on Squamish.
According to news reports, organizers have cut the three-hour closure from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on race day to 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. There will be delays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The announcement came as a result of several complaints from residents of the community, as well as appeals by District of Squamish councillors on behalf of residents. The concern is that the road closure, which blocks east-west highway crossings at every intersection, will disrupt the daily lives of Squamish residents as well as events like the Brackendale Fall Fair.
Some 7,000 riders will be making the 120km trip from Vancouver to Whistler this year, 2,500 more than during the inaugural race and ride in 2010.