Welcome to GranFondo

Gran fondos are mass participation cycling events that have enjoyed incredible popularity in Europe for decades and are gaining momentum in North America.

Loosely translated from Italian, gran fondo means "big ride". These rides are often a hundred kilometres or more and designed for a large number of cyclists at a variety of skill levels - everyone from the competitive cyclist to the amateur enjoy these events. The rides are judged by the challenges they offer: steep climbs, long distances and a combination of the two. While these are not races, top finishers are often recognized.

Welcome to GranFondo Canada

Imagine for one day, the best possible cycling roads are closed to traffic. Before you is an epic route with challenging climbs and thrilling descents. All you have to do is concentrate on the beauty around you. You're feeling fit and you're lined up for an exciting ride with a group of fellow cyclists. It's not a race, so there's no pressure. You can ride whatever pace you want. You can even stop for a sandwich along the way - they're provided. And no matter what pace you choose, you're not likely riding alone. There will be a fast bunch at the front if you want to keep up with them and you can count on local spectators cheering along the way. The scenery is better than you would see in a magazine. The ride ends with a well-earned massage and a party, and everyone’s invited.

This is the GranFondo Canada experience.

GranFondo Canada introduced the first world-class gran fondo to Canada in 2010 with the RBC GranFondo Whistler, giving cyclists the unique opportunity to ride fully supported from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky highway in a dedicated lane. We are now introducing this "Big Ride" experience to world renowned locations across the country. Count on GranFondo Canada to be in the best locations providing the best cycling experience.

Welcome to RBC GranFondo Banff

Pack your helmet, shoes and bike and get yourself to Banff for the RBC GranFondo Banff. This is your chance to ride the only gran fondo in North America that is fully contained within the boundaries of a national park. Starting and finishing in the beautiful mountain town of Banff, the 142 km route will take you into the heart of the Rockies to experience the cultural heritage and awe-inspiring nature of Banff National Park. A true destination event in one of Canada’s most scenic locations. Connect intimately with the natural and cultural heritage and the majestic scenery of this Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.

Below are the categories for 2013 RBC GranFondo Banff:

Category Description

GranFondo - 144 km

For riders who want to challenge themselves at their own pace, the GranFondo category is the full 142 km at a self-set pace for recreational to advanced riders.

Alta Classe Package GranFondo - 144 km

This is the VIP package for the GranFondo that allows you to enjoy the RBC GranFondo Banff with all the extra attention you’d expect in first class. No line ups, no hassles, no fuss, but all the fun. Package includes GranFondo registration.

A Toward Zero Waste Event

Landfills are increasingly expensive and complex operations as they meet modern environmental standards and occupy valuable land. In the Bow Valley it now costs $90 per tonne to ship garbage to a landfill for disposal. In addition, there is growing concern over the economic inefficiencies, public health concerns and environmental implications related to the life cycle of limited-use products that are manufactured and then quickly buried in landfills.

Please join us in moving Towards Zero Waste in the Bow Valley! RBC GranFondo Banff is pleased to cooperate with the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission to offer a "Towards Zero Waste" event. We hope to reduce the overall amount of disposable material AND achieve at least 75% diversion from landfill disposal to recycling. Bring your own mug and look for our team of volunteer Zero Waste Ambassadors who will assist you to properly sort your disposables at clearly identified Resource Recovery Stations. See you there!