FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions


Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us

General Information

What does my registration include?

Included with each registration is:

Who is the charitable partner for the Prospera Valley GranFondo?

Cycling BC Youth in Cycling program called iRide, Escape Velocity dEVo and Global Relay Bridge the Gap.

Do you rent bikes?

Unfortunately we don’t. You can try contacting a local bike shop in your area.

Can I volunteer?

Yes please! Visit us here and sign up.

What kind of bike can I ride?

Any bicycle as long as it is upright and you pedal it…no Recumbent or Elliptical

Is there an official race photo service?

Yes, Marathon Photos. You will be able to purchase photos of yourself during the ride after the event.

Is there an official Hotel with a preferred rate?

Unfortunately not. Due to the time of year Fort Langley and Walnut Grove areas are tourist destinations and our event falls in their busy times.

Registration

When is the deadline to register online?

July 15, 2018 at midnight. We will offer registration at package pick up on July 19 and July 21 only if we have not sold out.

When and where is package pick-up?

Vancouver Package Pickup Thursday, July 19 11:30am – 6:30pm Roundhouse Yaletown 181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific)

Fort Langley Package Pickup Saturday, July 21 9:30am – 2:30pm Fort Langley National Historic Site 23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley

Note, a full sponsor expo and children’s activities will be available on at Fort Langley Package Pick Up.

How do I check my team roster in the event?

To check your team roster, use the Registrant Search tool and search by team name

Can I have someone pick up my rider package?

YES!!! This is new for 2018! – riders can pick up rider packages forup to 3 other people!* You must have signed the waiver during online registration, or via the link emailed to you from CCN, and provide them with written permission (note, email or text) allowing them to pick up your package on your behalf.  No confirmation – no rider package.

If you have any questions – email info@valleygranfondo.com

Event package includes:

  • Bike plate with timing chip
  • Bib for riders
  • Event wristband

2018 Gifts from our sponsors include:

On event day, you MUST have:

  1. A 2018 Prospera Valley GranFondo bike plate correctly mounted to your bike
  2. Event Bib pinned to your back so event staff can clearly identify you from behind
  3. Event wristband on your wrist

Failure to be wearing all three items WILL result in the rider being removed from the event.

*If you would like to have an official time of your ride then please put your rider plate on your bars the way that it is shown below. Hang freely, do not bend timing chip and do not press timing chip against metal. If you choose not to you will not have a time and listing in results.

Can I get a refund if I have already registered?

No. You can transfer or defer for one year though.

How do I transfer my registration to someone else?

This is very easy to do. Simply login to your CCN account and follow the prompts. Keep in mind that there is a $50 fee to do this.

When do I get the kit I have purchased?

At either package pick ups or on event day.

I have signed up for the PrestoFondo and want to switch to the MedioFondo or I have signed up for the MedioFondo and want to switch to the GranFondo. How do I do this?

Email us at info@valleygranfondo.com and we’ll take care of it for you.

I signed up for GranFondo and want to switch to the MedioFondo or PrestoFondo. Can I get a refund of the difference?

No.

What is in the musette bag?

   

          

Training

Are there any group training rides?

Yes! Visit us here to learn more!

How should I structure my training?

If you are new to cycling you can follow our training programs to get you rolling! Visit us here to learn more!

Day of Ride

How long do I have to finish the GranFondo?

You must carry a minimum speed of 25km/hr for the first 1/3 (60km) of the GranFondo (GF) as your average will significantly reduce during the remaining 2/3 (120km) as there are 3 substantial hills. We control the minimum speed with a “lantern rouge” which will drive the route. Riders could be slower than 20km/h near the end of the ride or on hills, but will still meet the target if they maintain the overall average of 20km/h. If a rider cannot make it to the GF/MF (MedioFondo) cutoff by 9:30am they will need to take the Medio course for the rest of the way.

How long do I have to finish the MedioFondo?

We manage the MedioFondo (MF) the same way as the GranFondo with the lantern rouge. If there are MedioFondo riders still worried about maintaining a 20km/h speed for the entire 100km, there is a feature in the MedioFondo route that benefits the MF riders with a non-published relaxed minimum speed for the last part of the ride. The 78km point of the MF route re-joins the GF route and the route is shared for the remainder of the ride. So you see that the MF route should be achievable by most people.

How long do I have to finish the PrestoFondo?

The Presto should not take a rider more than 3.5 hours with an average speed of 15kph and a 5 minute break at each aid station.

What do I get when I finish?

A Finishers Medal, complimentary post-ride meal from one of 2 food trucks, your first Trading Post beer is on us, a selection of beer and wine to choose from.

Will there be aid stations? Where are they?

There are six aid stations along the route. Check out the route map here!

What will be at the aid stations?

At each aid station there will be water; sports drinks by Born, Clif bars, fruit and other goodies from BuyLow Foods along with a place to use the washroom and mechanical support at some locations.

What do I need to carry with me on the ride?

We recommend that you show up with 2 bottles of water, snacks, and a small repair kit. Also, be prepared for weather changes!

What if I am too tired to finish the course?

If you cannot continue don’t worry. We have multiple support vehicles along the route that can bring you back to the start/finish area. Call event dispatch at 778-808-7922. 

Is the entire route traffic managed?

Yes!  Cyclists will have the right-of-way along each of the routes for the most part. TCP’s (Traffic Control Person) can only, by law, hold traffic for 2 minutes and then will need to let the traffic flow before stopping it again to let cyclists through. Cyclists must always follow the rules of the road! Vehicle traffic will be managed in such a way to ensure cyclists can ride uninterrupted and safely.

If my bike breaks down and can’t be repaired, how do I get back to the finish line?

We have VeloFix on course and multiple mechanics on the route that can be dispatched to help you. If your bike cannot be easily repaired a support vehicle will take you and your bike back to the start/finish line. Call event dispatch at 778-808-7922. 

How will I know where to turn on the route?

The routes will be staffed with traffic control professionals, police, and plenty of signs.

What is your dispatch phone number?

All riders should ride with their cell phones.  In case you need anything or you encounter a situation where you, or another rider, requires minor medical or mechanical support you are encouraged to phone our dispatch number so we can get our people to you immediately. If the situation is a medical emergency please phone 911!

Our dispatch number is 778-808-7922. This number will connect you with our staff at the event management tent.

After The Ride

What festivities will be taking place after the rides?

Once you cross the finish line there is lots to do. Eat, enjoy a craft beer, and socialize with your peers outside the Fort on the grass area!  Enjoy the music, the cycling themed festivities and the offerings from our sponsors.

Do I need my ID to get into the beer garden?

Yes! At package pick up you will receive a wrist band to wear which will have your food and drink ticket attached to it.

When and where will ride results be posted?

Your ride results will be posted on the web page later in the day.

Is there a meal and drinks at the end of the ride?

Participants of the GranFondo, MedioFondo and PrestoFondo will receive a  complimentary Trading Post Beer and a post-ride meal from one of 2 food trucks.

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