Riders gathered for the 2015 Gran Fondo.

Cyclists take to the street Sunday

The GranFondo started in 2012 and grows each year.

Langley residents can expect to see a lot of cyclists on the roads this Sunday, in the neighbourhood of 1,500.

The Prospera Valley GranFondo offers riders one of three routes ranging in length from 50 kilometres to 160km.

Proceeds will benefit youth cycling education and safety programs, including Cycling BC’s iRide School Program, DEVO, and Global Relay Bridge the GAP, as well as the London Drugs Ride for Hope raising money for Canuck Place.

“Cycling is a wonderful way to get outside and have some fun with friends and family, no matter what your age,” said Prospera’s president and CEO, Shawn Good.

The GranFondo is 160 kilometres while the MedioFondo is 88 km. Registrants also had the option to do the 55 km PrestoFondo. The registration deadline has passed.

There is also the unique event that registrants can tackle. The Sumas Hill Climb Challenge is on the GranFondo route. The hill climb is 1.8km and has an average 7.7% per cent grade.

The cycling routes take people through the Fraser Valley, starting and finishing in Fort Langley.

The Prospera Valley GranFondo is operated by Canadian Velo Events Management Society, a non-profit society. Founded in 2012 by a group of cycling enthusiasts in Langley, it’s the biggest mass participation cycling event in the Fraser Valley and keeps growing each year.

Learn more at valleygranfondo.com.


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