Vancouver is renowned for its active lifestyle. Various events are sprinkled throughout the year to take advantage of the city’s proximity to great outdoor spaces. The RBC GranFondo Whistler is one such event. Imagine riding a bike for 122-km from Downtown Vancouver to Whistler. The route is filled with breathtaking scenery. However, it is also challenging with steep climbs and thrilling descents.
Loosely translated from Italian, gran fondo means “big ride”, and these mass participation cycling events have a long history in Europe and are gaining popularity in North America. This past Saturday, about 5,000 cyclists took part in one of the premier cycling events in North America. Cyclists rode at their own pace, and they took anywhere from roughly three to eight hours to complete the course.
I captured some images from the start of the event at 6 a.m., and I chose to use a panning technique to convey a feeling of movement and speed.