Fat Ass Fondo - Easter Edition

23 Apr 2011 07:00
Vancouver, BC Canada



  • a 120-kilometer road bike ride in the cyclosportive tradition along a challenging and beautiful stretch of road on the GranFondo Whistler course
  • a solid training ride for triathletes
  • a piece of cake ride for randonneurs
  • an early-season shakedown for those who are planning to participate in the GranFondo Whistler in September or the GranFondos in Victoria or Kelowna
  • a low-cost, bare bones alternative to the GranFondo Whistler


  • Start:  downtown Vancouver at the corner of Burrard and West Georgia Streets
  • Finish: downtown Whistler on Blackcomb Way

Aid Stations/Reference Points:

  • the following locations are where we propose to refuel and/or meet friends and family
  • 53km (+53km) - Galileo Cafe in Britannia Beach (just before the mining museum)
  • 69km (+16km) - The Seven-11 in Garibaldi Highlands (at the PetroCan station)
  • 106km (+37km) - Brandywine Falls Picnic area


  • Saturday 23 April
  • Rain date:  Sunday 24 April (Easter Sunday)


  • they say that road riding is the new golf

How Much:

Who else is in?

  • check to see who has signed-up here.


  • there will be no lane closures on the road, no police escorts for the leaders, no throngs of spectators lining the route or other fancy stuff
  • participants should be comfortable cycling 4-8 hours on a busy road and totally must be self-sufficient (e.g. know how to dress, can fix their own bike, etc.)
  • group ride, not a race!  Will determine pace groups based on those who sign up and show up
  • it's OK to ride part way (e.g. out and back to Squamish, out to Squamish and bus home, etc.)
  • we would like to stay overnight in Whistler and return the next morning.  Actively looking for a place to crash and for a way to get participants and bikes back to Vancouver.  If you can help, please note details as a comment on this page.  Thank you!


You are responsible for your own well being and safety and should be self sufficient. Please read the Release of All Claims. By participating in this event you agree to the terms of the Release of All Claims.


Ean Jackson's picture

Logistical Challenges and a Weather Update

It looks like the weather on Saturday is going to be amazing.  No rain date required.

We do have a logistical challenge, however.  While we have a place available in Whistler, there's no way to get us and our bikes home.  We have therefore decided to make the Easter edition of the Fat Ass Fondo and out-and-back training ride.

9:20 am.  Meet at the Bread Garden in Park Royal.  (North side of the mall at the far west end.)

9:30 am.  Ride the lower road to Horseshoe Bay then Highway 99 as far as the group wants to.  Brittania Beach?  Porteau Cove?  Squamish?  Brackendale?  Those who are not as well trained, who can't hack the pace or who need to get home for an Easter egg hunt can peel off wherever they want.


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