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Record numbers for GranFondo

A record number of participants were lined up for the start of the third annual Prospera Valley GranFondo last week (July 20). - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
A record number of participants were lined up for the start of the third annual Prospera Valley GranFondo last week (July 20).
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

More than 250 volunteers pitched in to ensure that everything ran smoothly for the record 1,200 cyclists registered to ride.

The event began with a blessing from Kwantlen First Nations and a countdown to the 7:00 am start time.

Founded three years ago by a group of cycling enthusiasts from Langley, the Prospera Valley GranFondo continues to refine the three cycling routes, ranging from 50km to 160km, to make the event inviting for seasoned riders as well as those who are new to the sport.

“This year’s Prospera Valley GranFondo was a huge success on so many levels,” said event director Marc Campbell.

“Over the past few days we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of positive feedback either by phone, email or social media and it gives us, the event team and board of directors, such great satisfaction to see all of the hard work pay off.

“We could not have accomplished any of this without the support of the volunteers, sponsors and our local communities throughout the Fraser Valley...Thank you (and) we can’t wait to do it again in 2015.”

Visit www.valleygranfondo.com for full race results and photos from the event.

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