Prospera Valley GranFondo Finishers Contest Winner Announced

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fort Langley, BC

As participants cross the finish line of the inaugural Prospera Valley GranFondo on July 22, 2012 in Fort Langley BC, they will each receive a very significant memento to celebrate their accomplishment. The unique Finishers Medal will feature artwork created by a Kwantlen First Nation artist specifically for this event. The design was selected through a contest presented by the Prospera Valley GranFondo and the people of the Kwantlen First Nation. The goal was to combine First Nations artwork with the theme of cycling.

The winning design was created by artist Phyllis Atkins who received a $1,000 award from Canadian Velo Event Management Society, presenters of the Prospera Valley GranFondo.

“Before creating this piece I first thought about what it would mean to have true passion to be a cyclist, and that cycling is more than just riding a bike,” explains winning artist Phyllis Atkins. “It’s like flying, but without wings. So, that is why I chose the Eagle to represent the cyclists riding free in the wind…”“

This design will be a wonderful representation of the accomplishment that our riders will feel as they cross the finish line. We congratulate and thank all the artists of the Kwantlen First Nation who submitted their artwork,” says Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson, General Manager, Canadian Velo Event Management Society.

Canadian Velo Events is pleased to welcome Prospera Credit Union as the title sponsor of the 2012 Prospera Valley GranFondo, an amazing 160 kilometre ride featuring quiet country roadways, scenic farmland, historic river valleys and a challenging mountain summit. The post-ride festivities will include an authentic First Nations feast on the grounds of the Fort Langley National Historic Site.Half of the net proceeds from the 2012 Prospera Valley GranFondo will benefit Special Olympics BC.


Media queries:Canadian Velo Event Management Society

George Lacny