Sunday, July 22, 2012

Prospera Valley GranFondo Fort Langley July 22

I headed out to Fort Langley today for the inaugural Prospera Valley GranFondo. The goal of the organizers is - apart from raising funds for the Special Olympics - for this event to become one of the premier annual cycling events in the Greater Vancouver area. The quiet country roads in Langley and Abbotsford used for this event were closed off to cars for the duration of the race. Even though I would have preferred a nice warm, sunny day myself, I'm sure the riders preferred the clouds, the cool temperatures and the occasional drizzle. The number of participants was expected to be somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500.  The hard core group cycled 160 km, the novices did 80, and there was also a 3 km route for the FamilyFondo.

I have to admit that I didn't see much of the race, since I was there to volunteer for the bike decorating and bike rodeo offered by HUB to participants of the FamilyFondo. This 3 km ride finished earlier than expected, and all of a sudden the parking lot was swarmed by kids and parents with lots of bikes. Once a little bit of space cleared up we managed to do some bike rodeo stuff: the kids practiced a.o. slaloms, making proper turns with hand-signals and a slow race. Here are some pictures:

Sylvan FamilyFondo

All FamilyFondo participants received a t-shirt

You can ride so much better with your face painted...

HUB instructor having lots of fun too...

Great opportunity for some quality family time too!

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