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The Bici Gusti Experience

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The Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride was created for the insatiable love for gourmet food and cycling. Enjoy a full weekend getaway of activities and delicious surprises for the perfect combination of relaxation and movement.

Take an early season spin with an intimate group of 70 riders through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys. Along the 70km route, you will be stirred by the beauty of the coastal mountains, peppered with moderate climbs and garnished with flowing descents. There’s a charcoal BBQ at the finish line, and cocktails just waiting to be made. In the evening you will be delighted by an exquisite post-ride dinner. This is the ride for you and your taste buds.

For Who

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For cyclists looking for that awe-inspiring gourmet food experience, couples looking for a staycation, or a group of friends looking for an all-inclusive adventure, the Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride is for you. Just come out and have fun.

2018 Guest of Honour

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Kelsey Serwa

Kelsey Serwa

Olympic Champion

Kelsey Serwa’s accomplishments in the sport of Ski Cross include 2018 Olympic Champion, 2014 Olympic Vice-Champion, 2011 World Champion, two-time X-Games Champion as well as eight-time World Cup winner.

Kelsey Serwa demonstrated incredible determination and perseverance fighting from a succession of knee surgeries to stand on the Olympic podium at Sochi 2014 where she won silver behind teammate Marielle Thompson for Canada’s record third 1-2 finish of the Games.

After taking the 2014-15 season off to allow her body to recover fully, Serwa was once again a force to be reckoned with in 2015-16, highlighted by her victory at the Winter X Games. But she encountered more injury trouble in December 2016 when she overshot a jump in training, damaging the cartilage in her knee due to the extreme impact on landing. She underwent surgery, ending her season. Serwa started the 2017-18 season with a third-place finish at the World Cup season-opener in Val Thorens, France for her 19th career World Cup podium.

At the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics Winter Games Serwa won gold ahead of teammate Brittany Phelan with silver making it the 2nd consecutive 1-2 finish and the 3rd consecutive time that Canada has won this event since introduced in Vancouver 2010.

Serwa grew up in Kelowna, B.C. where her grandfather was a co-founder of her local hill, Big White Ski Resort.

World-class chefs

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Chef de Cuisine Edward Higgins

Edward Higgins

Chef de Cuisine

Chef Edward Higgins grew up in an Italian family in Massachusetts, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, he trained as a chef under Tadamichi Ota—perhaps best known in the U.S. for defeating Hiroyuki Sakai in the “Battle Octopus” episode of Iron Chef. Higgins then served numerous culinary leadership positions both at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as well as other independent restaurants. Higgins is currently Chef de Cuisine of Beach Tree Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Isabelle Dionne

Isabelle Dionne

Pastry Chef de Partie

After ten year’s preparing pastry for Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Isabelle Dionne has a good idea of what sweet treats guests most enjoy. Her favourite part of the job is making special cakes and desserts for special events. She hopes that her efforts as a rising star pastry chef set an example that women can be power-houses in the culinary field. Dionne names French pastry chef, Pierre Herme as her inspiration to become a pastry chef and loves wielding a blowtorch to keep her meringues and crème brulees on point.

 

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Ned Bell

Award Winning Chef

Ned Bell is an award winning cycling chef who has lovingly prepared the dinner for Bici Gusti since in 2015, using locally sourced ingredients within a 70km radius. A long-time sustainable seafood ambassador and current Ocean Wise Executive Chef at Vancouver Aquarium, Ned is known for his mastery of high quality ingredients and beautiful presentation.

The first 50 registrants to Bici Gusti Whistler will receive a signed copy of Ned’s beautiful new book, Lure.

Chef de cuisine Justin Purpora

Justin Purpura

Chef de Cuisine

Based at Four Seasons Maui, Justin Purpura is earning rave reviews for his work. “New Chef de Cuisine Purpura is hitting it out of the ballpark with his fare”, writes the Maui News.

I dined there just a week ago, and I can’t quit thinking about going back for more of the whole branzino, a European snapper, flown in daily from the Mediterranean and served with flavorful fennel and orange with frisse and toasted mac nuts for texture and sauce Romesco lending a pop of roasted red pepper to take it over the top.”

Chef Eren

Eren Guryel

Executive Chef

Every dish Chef Eren prepares is influenced by the flavours, talent and experience he earned within the kitchens of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Lanai, Shanghai, Boston, New York, Chicago, Austin and Tokyo. An expert at preparing premium cuts, gorgeous seafood and lean proteins, Eren brings global sensibilities to SIDECUT’S hyper-local ingredients resulting food that looks as great as it tastes. A big fan of Asian flavours, Eren loves adding depth of flavours to SIDECUT’s steaks, salads and sides as the menu changes to reflect to the ingredients of each season.

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Steve Podborski

Olympian

Steve is a two time Olympian and the first North American male to win an Olympic Medal in Downhill Skiing, capturing a Bronze in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Steve is the only non-European to win the World Cup Downhill Title in 1982.

He spent his training time on the bike as a young man getting thrashed by his younger, multiple Ontario Championship cyclist brother, Craig.

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Nicola Johnson

Ironman Triathlete and Yoga Instructor

Nicola has been practicing Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga for over 15 years.  As an ironman triathlete and recreational road and mountain biker she has a great appreciation for the physical, mental and spiritual  benefits of a regular yoga practice. Her 25 years of experience and education inspire her teaching practice.  Nicola’s approach to teaching focuses on getting to know your body well, paying attention to what the body needs and gently challenging it to do a little more than what you might believe possible.

Dr Sian Spacey

Dr Sian Spacey

Neuroscientist

Dr. Spacey is an accomplished physician, author, and researcher. She is a previous national team race walker and now an avid cyclist. Dr. Spacey will elevate the conversation with our panel and illuminate their illustrious careers.

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Ned Bell

Award Winning Chef

Ned Bell is an award winning cycling chef who has lovingly prepared the dinner for Bici Gusti since in 2015, using locally sourced ingredients within a 70km radius. A long-time sustainable seafood ambassador and current Ocean Wise Executive Chef at Vancouver Aquarium, Ned is known for his mastery of high quality ingredients and beautiful presentation.

The Stay

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Bici Gusti has paired with the five-star Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler to give you three night’s accommodation and access to world class amenities. There is no better place to start and end this adventure. The opulent guest rooms will be your own personal sanctuary away from home. Luxurious accommodations, celebrated chefs and lavish meals to satiate your hunger, the Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride is the perfect start to the season.

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What’s included

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  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Mid-ride morsels
  • Post-ride BBQ & beer pairings
  • Bici Gusti yoga
  • White themed dinner party
  • Hand-selected wine pairing with dinner
  • Special Bici Gusti gear from Safetti Canada
  • Three nights stay at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Culinary classes
  • Curated course
  • Domestiques
  • Event support
  • Spin classes
  • Chilled DJ pool party

What’s included

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  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Mid-ride morsels
  • Post-ride BBQ & beer pairings
  • Bici Gusti yoga
  • White themed dinner party
  • Hand-selected wine pairing with dinner
  • Special Bici Gusti gear from Safetti Canada
  • Three nights stay at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Culinary classes
  • Curated course
  • Domestiques
  • Event support
  • Spin classes
  • Rat Pack pool party

Gifts

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Safetti Canada will be providing all our guests with a range of exclusive cycling gifts throughout the weekend. Safetti combine elegant design with high-quality material to produce extraordinary cycling apparel.

Plus, the Safetti popup store will be open at Bici Gusti to take care of all your cycling apparel needs.

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Safetti gifts 2018 - vest and cap
Safetti gifts 2018 - arm warmers

Ned Bell, award-winning Oceanwise and Vancouver Aquarium chef is giving the first 50 registrants a signed copy of his new book, Lure.

Ned will be joining our team of distinguished chefs that are preparing all your gourmet food over the weekend.

Lure, the new book by Chef Ned Bell

Cena in Rosa

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The white dinner is the culinary gala showpiece of Bici Gusti. Taking place Sunday night, the distinguished chefs combine their talents to deliver a beautiful four course meal in the Cabana tent.

May is Giro d’Italia month – the famous Italian cycling race. Its signature colour is pink – and in homage to the event we’ll be adding a touch of pink to proceedings. Make sure you adorn your white dress with a splash of pink: it’s a White Dinner meets Cena in rosa.

In addition, you’ll hear from our guests of honour alongside photos from the weekend and plenty of toasts all-round.

Four Course Cabana Plated Dinner

The 2018 menu

Chef Eren Guryel – Whistler
Antipasti

First Course

Chef Edward Higgins – Hualalai
Prosciutto & Mortadella Agnolotti with Parsley and Parmesan

Second Course

Chef Ned Bell – Vancouver
Wild Pacific Halibut, Spring Peas & Local Asparagus, Citrus Creme Fraiche

Entrée

Chef Justin Purpura – Maui
Tenderloin of Beef, Green Onion Soubise, Maitake Mushrooms, Porcini Dust

Dessert duel

Chefs Hawaii vs Chefs Canada
Tiramisu

Make your May gourmet

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Created by Innovent

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We are the same passionate cycling event gurus that organize the annual RBC GranFondo Whistler and The Intrepid Stage Ride Okanagan. Expect the same awesome riding experiences and amazing support staff.

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