This morning (September 11), the inaugural RBC GranFondo Whistler mass bike ride and race began in downtown Vancouver.
Thousands of cyclists queued up on West Georgia Street ahead of the 120-kilometre ride's start just before 7 a.m.
B.C. premier Gordon Campbell was on hand to mark the occasion and received cheerful waves from many cyclists—many of them calling him "Gordo"—as they passed the start line.
"I paid HST on this bike," one told Campbell.
"Thanks for the HST on my bike," another said.
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