A sold-out GranFondo gets underway in Fort Langley.

A sold-out GranFondo gets underway in Fort Langley.

GranFondo draws 1,500 riders

Organizers say non-profit mass cycling event sold out this year

A sold-out Prospera Valley GranFondo drew 1,500 riders to Fort Langley Sunday morning.

There were three routes: the 48-km PrestoFondo, the 88-km MedioFondo and the 160-km GranFondo.

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.

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.

Zachary Bell was the first finisher across the line in the GranFondo, completing the ride in 4:03.38.

The top female rider was Alysia Withers, who finished in 4:12.03.

In the MedioFondo ride, Owen Scott (2:20.59) and Isa Szeto (2:33.50) were the top male and female riders, respectively.

And in the PrestoFondo portion of the ride, Wade Bertram crossed the finish line in 1:17.51 while Kate Matson was the top female at 1:33.45.