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    Whistler GranFondo vs Banff GF - which is easier

    I need help. Relatively new to cycling - did the Seattle to Portland double century, and Whistler GranFondo last year. Considering the Banff GF but don't know how much elevation plays into endurance.
    Has anyone ridden both fondos? Base elevation of Banff is over 2x higher than Whistler (so ~8% less oxygen), but the total climb for Whistler is 1700m vs only 800m for Banff.

    Which is easier?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarbonNinja View Post
    I need help. Relatively new to cycling - did the Seattle to Portland double century, and Whistler GranFondo last year. Considering the Banff GF but don't know how much elevation plays into endurance.
    Has anyone ridden both fondos? Base elevation of Banff is over 2x higher than Whistler (so ~8% less oxygen), but the total climb for Whistler is 1700m vs only 800m for Banff.

    Which is easier?

    Thanks!
    I haven't done the Banff ride, but I don't think it makes much sense to compare two routes for difficulty. It really just depends what speed you ride them. I would consider a 5+ hour ride into Whistler to be quite easy, while trying to push it under 3:45 is difficult. Of course those numbers will be different for each person.

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    Banff is easier, but I feel Whistler is a nicer ride. Banff is a couple out-and-backs, which I'm not a fan of. It does make pre and post ride logistics easier, which may be decision maker for you.

    If I had to choose only one I'd go with Whistler [again].

    If you're in Alberta there is also the Badlands Gran Fondo, that was a pretty cool one, especially if you don't ever have a reason to get to Drumheller. Very little climbing, and a smaller group of riders. Plus, who does't love a cable ferry ride!

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    Great! Thanks for the info - I may redo the Whistler GF in that case!

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