2012 Sylvan FamilyFondo Results
The Sylvan FamilyFondo is a family-friendly celebration of the sport of cycling. On July 22, children of all ages cycled a 3-kilometre route, followed by a day of activities and fun.
Although the Sylvan FamilyFondo is not a race, all children were treated like the adult riders who started off earlier in the day on a 160-kilometre GranFondo route. Our cyclists received official shirts, bike plates and timing chips.
We congratulate all of the young athletes in the Sylvan FamilyFondo on a job well done! Hope to see you next year!
Young Cyclists Shine at the Sylvan FamilyFondo
They came on bicycles, on training wheels, and even in bike trailers.
Nearly 125 young cycling enthusiasts from across the Lower Mainland gathered for the first-ever Sylvan FamilyFondo on Sunday, July 22 in Fort Langley. The 3-kilometre biking event gave children an opportunity to fully experience the sport of cycling in a festive community atmosphere.
The Sylvan FamilyFondo began with a kid-friendly mass start at 8:30 a.m. Following a warm welcome from the Kwantlen First Nation, the cyclists were off, with parents or guardians riding by their side. Families made their way along closed roads, complete with a police escort and volunteers to ensure that they were safe, supported, and having fun.
Although their route was shorter than the 160-kilometre journey that the Prospera Valley GranFondo riders were tackling, Sylvan FamilyFondo riders were given VIP treatment and enjoyed a real Fondo experience. The young athletes were outfitted in official shirts, with bike plates, race numbers, timing chips, and announcers cheering them across the finish line. From the first ones to complete the course to the novice riders determinedly pushing to the end, each young cyclist was awarded a beautiful finisher’s medal, designed by the Kwantlen First Nation.
Families then stayed on to enjoy a fun-filled celebration, including face-painting, balloon twisting, games, a Panago pizza party, and a bicycle clinic organized by HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition).
The event took full advantage of the beautiful Fort Langley National Historic Site. The fort’s displays were open to all, giving families a chance to learn about British Columbia’s birthplace. Kids could take in a coopering demonstration, see how blacksmiths forged tradable goods, touch animal pelts in the storehouse, and learn about the fur trade. Each rider was given a passport to answer questions as they made their way through the Fort, with a chance to win a new bicycle at the end.
“Our goal was to bring families together, inspire a love for the sport of cycling, and combine it all with an opportunity to learn more about BC’s history,” said Kathleen Casprowitz, CEO of Sylvan Learning. “We are thrilled with the success of the Sylvan FamilyFondo, and want to thank our cyclists, families and volunteers. It was an exciting day and we were pleased to see so many happy young faces taking in the festivities.”
Special congratulations to the winners of the Sylvan FamilyFondo contests:
Sylvan FamilyFondo Passport Contest
First Prize: A New Bicycle
- Owen Jones, age 6
Sylvan FamilyFondo Early Bird Registration Contest
First Prize: A Sony Pocket e-reader
- Amy Dutton, age 14
- Dawson Nelson, age 10