GranFondo riders depart from Fort Langley on Sunday morning. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Times)

Cyclist injured in serious crash during GranFondo event

Incident occurred Sunday morning in Abbotsford following event start in Langley

A serious crash occurred Sunday morning in Abbotsford during the annual Prospera Valley GranFondo cycling event.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said first responders were called at about 10 a.m. after a cyclist lost control and crashed in the area of Lefeuvre Road and Graham Crescent.

MacDonald said the 35-year-old man was “severely injured” and was taken to hospital by ground ambulance. As of press deadline yesterday, he remained in critical condition.

MacDonald said no other cyclists or vehicles were involved in the incident. The area where the crash occurred is a steep decline around a sharp corner.

Event director Marc Campbell said organizers are still gathering facts to determine exactly what happened.

“However, our first priority is with the rider and their family. At this time, we took steps to get in touch with the family and offered support and information as best as we can,” he said.

The GranFondo began Sunday morning and offered three different routes – 50 km, 88 km and 160 km.

Each ride began and ended in Fort Langley, and the two longest routes brought riders into Abbotsford.

Approximately 1,500 riders took part, raising money for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

– with files from the Langley Times