Return of GranFondo bike event brings road closures from Vancouver to Whistler

As the 122-kilometer ride comes back for the first time since 2019, there will be many road closures and detours. On Saturday morning,

thousands of cyclists are expected to gather on the streets of Vancouver for an annual bike event that starts in Stanley Park and ends more

than 100 kilometres away in Whistler, B.C. The GranFondo Whistler, a tough 122-kilometer ride up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, is expected to have about 6,000 riders.

GranFondos were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so Saturday's is the first one since 2019. Because of how big it is and how many people take part

, roads and lanes are closed off just for the cyclists. Organizers say this is the safest day of the year to ride a bike. Between 5:30 a.m. At approximately 4:30 p.m.

drivers going between West Vancouver and Whistler may have to wait up to three hours. During the event,

the speed limit on parts of Highway 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Whistler will drop to 60 km/h. Here are some of Metro Vancouver's most important traffic changes and detours: