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Cycling charities to benefit from GranFondo

Fourth annual mass cycling event takes place July 19, beginning and ending in Fort Langley

Proceeds from next month’s Prospera Valley GranFondo will benefit children and youth cycling charities in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.

Now in its fourth year, the non-profit mass cycling event attracted 1,200 riders in 2014. This year’s event is July 19 and once again, begins and ends in Fort Langley.

The proceeds from this year’s ride will be split between three youth cycling organizations: Cycling BC’s iRide, a free program to educate kids on fitness and bike safety; DEVO, a youth development cycling program; and Global Relay Bridge the Gap, which helps young riders bridge the gap financially between junior and elite riding levels.

Three routes are being offered for this year’s GranFondo: the 48-km PrestoFondo, the 88-km MedioFondo and the 160-km GranFondo.

And the first of those three, the London Drugs Ride for Hope PrestoFondo, is raising money for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. The first 75 participants to register from this distance who commit to raising $250 will receive a custom ride jersey as well as a reduced entry fee of $75.

Additionally, the Canadian Velo Events Management Society — who operate the PVGF — have announced they will match donations to the three charities up to a total of $10,000.

“We’re committed to making our communities healthier and stronger and cycling is a fantastic way to encourage youth to get outside, have fun and spend time with friends and family,” said Bruce Howell, president and CEO of Prospera Credit Union, the founding and title sponsor of the Prospera Valley GranFondo.

For more information, visit www.valleygranfondo.com.