Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cycling News

The Race

Fraser Valley Granfondo draws 1200 riders

Released by Tashon Ziara, Prospera Credit Union, Abbotsford


he rain on Sunday might have been threatening, but thankfully it didn’t put a damper on a sold out Prospera Valley GranFondo, taking place in historic Fort Langley.


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,” says 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! We can’t wait to do it again in 2015!”


As founding and title sponsor of the Prospera Valley GranFondo, Prospera Credit Union is happy to see the Fraser Valley event flourish.


“Cycling is such an amazing way to enjoy the outdoors and stay physically active at any age and events like this one give riders a challenging goal to work towards,” says Prospera’s President and CEO Bruce Howell. “With the success of the Prospera Valley GranFondo, this year we also became title sponsor of the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan. Congratulations to all of the riders and volunteers who participated in either—or both—events. Your participation helps make our communities stronger.”


Visit for full race results and photos from the event.


About Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 65years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative with operations from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy fee-free access to more than 2,300 ATMs across Canada.


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