There are a ton of reasons why you should ride in the Whistler Gran Fondo and if it’s fear that’s holding you back, it’s time to reconsider your decision! WHAT are you afraid of? That you have no time to train? That you would never physically be able to do the ride? Those are all lame excuses and you need to step out of your comfort zone today and do something crazy that you never thought you would ever do.
Why You Should Ride the Whistler Gran Fondo:
- To push yourself (and not lose money). Signing up for a race is a great way to push youself— especially if it’s going to cost you money! Maybe you’re not as cheap as me but if I knew I paid for something, I’m definitely going to go through with it. My friends and I would call this “accountant perspective” with a hashtag: #accountantperspective because we are Asian and we like stereotypes (even though I’m the most un-accountant-like/number/math person in the world).
- It will be an incredible experience. If you’ve ever participated in a race before, whether it be a 10k run or a charity bike ride, you should know how epic it feels to be part of a huge group all trying to achieve one goal. In the Gran Fondo, you will get that AND being able to ride the Sea-to-Sky which is said to be one of the best drives in North America.
- The Sea-to-Sky is all yours. It’s only you, your bike, the pavement, thousands of other cyclists …and best of all no cars (and car fumes)!!! What more can you ask for?
- Just to say you did a Gran Fondo. Because come on… it won’t be easy and you should be proud that you did it! Seriously, if you want to brag that you did a Gran Fondo, I will sit there and listen to you for hours.
- To get fit. Oops I almost forgot the most obvious point.
I didn’t even think twice when I signed up for it this year and honestly, my clipless pedals still scare me more than riding a bike to Whistler. Big hills, long climbs and the possibility of rain? Psh. No problem. Falling flat on my face because I couldn’t clip in or out of my pedals? FML. Wait, I’ve already done that a couple times so I already know how that feels. Sigh.