“The final part to Whistler was affected by riders on the aspect of the street cramping from lack of hydration and vitamin,” stated competitor Mark Firmani
Organizers of the RBC GranFondo bike race from Vancouver to Whistler have been criticized for failing to offer satisfactory rest-stop provides in the course of the gruelling 122 kilometre race on Saturday.
Competitor Mark Firmani instructed Postmedia Information that this was his fourth GranFondo and that the occasion organizers had put folks’s well being in danger attributable to poor planning.
It prices between $300 and $900 to enter the race, relying on what class you register in. When registering, members are instructed that meals and drinks might be offered at 4 stations alongside the route.
Firmani stated that in consequence, riders usually don’t carry their very own provides.
He stated that at one station, there was solely water and underripe bananas — no drinks with electrolytes to assist riders deal with the warmth and smoke on the day.
“The final part to Whistler was affected by riders on the aspect of the street cramping from lack of hydration and vitamin,” stated Firmani, who’s from Seattle. “I’ve achieved this journey quite a few occasions and there have all the time been scrumptious meals choices. I talked a bunch of pals into becoming a member of this yr and instructed all of them to disregard carrying their very own meals because the choices have been so good. The web site touts what an important, totally supported journey that is.”
On Sunday afternoon, in a submit on Twitter, organizers wrote that “some riders discovered that provides had been partly exhausted by the point they reached the primary three support stations.”
“We needed to acknowledge challenges that you’ll have skilled concerning relaxation cease meals provides,” organizers wrote.
They stated this hadn’t occurred within the earlier 10 races and that organizers have been assembly to seek out out what went incorrect. This was the primary race since 2019 attributable to COVID-19.
The GranFondo is marketed as having 4 full-support relaxation stops alongside the best way providing meals and drinks, first support and bogs.
This yr’s occasion had a file 6,700 members.
Quite a few complaints have been posted on-line after the occasion.
Feedback left on the organizer’s Twitter submit acknowledged meals provides fully ran out at some stations and that this impacted hundreds of riders.