Photo from the volunteer pre-ride from Craig Premack
May 1, 6 a.m.
Deirdre Arscott & Bob LePage
Finish: North Vancouver: Boston Pizza, 1078 Marine Drive. 1.5 km from start.
Harbourside Place & Fell Avenue
|0.4||L||W||1st Street West||1.0|
"Continue past Marine Dr
Option: Take Marine Dr. to Horsebay otherwise continue on Taylor Way."
|5.5||L||W||HWY-1A [HWY-99], follow signs for HWY 99 to Squamish||10.6|
|16.1||BR||W||Exit 3. Follow Bike Route.||0.6|
|16.7||R||W||Bike Path. Follow narrow, steep path up to roundabout. Go around round about||0.1|
"Follow signs for Hwy 99 North.
Caution: Shoulder narrows near Porteau Cove and after Brittania Beach."
|60.9||R||E||Loggers Ln (Squamish) (Traffic Lights)||2.8|
|63.7||CO||NW||Loggers Ln (Go under Hwy)||0.3|
|64.0||R||N||Government Rd (do NOT go straight ahead)||3.4|
Bean Around the World on right in Eagle Run Mall
(7:59 - 10:30)
84.9 km to next control
|67.4||CO||N||Government Rd (Brackendale)||1.1|
|68.5||R||E||Depot Rd (caution on RRX)||0.8|
"HWY-99 [Sea To Sky Hwy]
Caution: Watch for lumps of asphalt/sand"
|151.9||L||NW||Pemberton Meadows Rd (Pemberton)||0.5|
Pony Restaurant on left
(10:29 - 16:09)
30.5 km to next control
|UT||Return to N. Vancouver||0.5|
|152.9||R||S||HWY-99 [Sea To Sky Hwy]||27.8|
|180.7||R||W||Alpine Way (Whistler). Last place for water before Brackendale.||0.1|
|180.8||L||SE||Rainbow Dr/Alta Lake Rd (Whistler). 1st left.||2.4|
At Rainbow Trail Head, answer question on control card
(11:23 - 18:11)
53.6 km to next control
|183.2||CO||SE||Alta Lake Rd (Whistler)||6.9|
|235.4||R||W||Depot Rd (Squamish/Brackendale), careful on RRX||0.8|
Brackendale General Store on right
(13:01 - 21:46)
67.5 km to Finish
|240.6||L||E||Loggers Ln (@SS. Unmarked. Sign says Government and Government.) Follow road under Hwy||0.3|
"HWY-99 [Sea To Sky Hwy]
Watch for sunken grates, debris and rumble strips on shoulder. "
|284.2||BR||S||Exit "Hwy 99 South. Marine Dr via Horseshoe Bay". Follow Bike Route.||2.8|
"Continue on highway
Option: Take overpass to Marine Dr. to Taylor Way"
|298.9||BR||SE||Exit 13. Taylor Way||0.4|
Boston Pizza on left hand side
1078 Marine Drive
(15:08 - 02:00)
|Return to Start:|
|0.0||CO||E||Marine Dr going East||0.7|
|1.5||Harbourside and Fell|
|Note: This is not the official route sheet. Ride organizers may make last minute changes because of road closures or other problems. The route sheet you receive at the start of the ride is the official one.|
BL=Bear Left BR=Bear Right
ST=Straight CO=Continue T=U-Turn
SS=Stop Sign RRX=Railroad Crossing
- Alex Pope's Garmin Connect ride/route data -
Notes from the pre-ride for spring LM300
The scenery is beautiful on this hilly (estimated 10,200 ft of climbing) route. Bring your climbing legs!
Some things to take note of:
- In West Vancouver, both outbound and inbound,
riders have the choice of riding the upper levels (Hwy 1/99) or
Marine Drive. The route instructions only give details for the
upper levels highway.
- For those of you who haven't been past Whistler, Pemberton is 1500 ft lower. So it's mostly downhill from Whistler to the turnaround control in Pemberton but there are a few nasty little climbs in there too. The control is at the Pony Restaurant, a nice place for lunch. There is a bike shop in the same building as the restaurant.
- On the return leg, between Pemberton and Brackendale, there is no food or water available except at the Alpine Way turnoff. The route completely bypasses the main town of Whistler by taking a quiet side road around Alta Lake.
Hwy 99, both directions
- Rumble strips come and go between Horseshoe and Squamish and for a 20 km stretch south of Whistler. On the pre-ride, we found it easy to cross the rumble strips.
- Between Brackendale and Whistler, there are lumps of asphalt/sand on the shoulder at regular intervals
Hwy 99 Northbound
- Between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish, the shoulder narrows near Porteau Cove and after Britannia Beach.
Southbound on Hwy 99
- Between Squamish and Horseshoe Bay, sunken grates, debris and rumble strips on shoulder. Exercise extreme caution and go around grates.
- Around Porteau Cove, there is no line to mark the shoulder and the railway bed is immediately beside the road. There are also pylons and other construction debris to avoid.