Robb’s Ride supports youth

The kids, families and community came out to express their thanks and cheer the group of over 200 riders on.

Robb's Ride 2016 was marred by a hit and run accident but participants carried on to raise thousands of dollars for local youth.

by Carol Mitchell

A crowd of over 50 people cheered Robb’s Ride on Friday in front of Boundary Family and Individual Services Society’s Glanville centre.

Robb’s Ride has been raising money to send kids to Pines Camp. Last year they sent 23 local youth to Pines as well as sponsoring individual youth in minor hockey, soccer, baseball, lifeguard training, and even the purchase of several pairs of runners for basketball.

In all Robb’s Ride has raised over $25,000 for the community.

The kids, families and community came out to express their thanks and cheer the riders on.

They riders were also cheered on, en route by the local Piranhas swim club, the BMX riders, GFSS boys volleyball as well as an enthusiastic group at the Pines site on the home stretch of the North Fork/Granby loop ride.

Robb’s Ride  has committed to sending at least 20 local youth to Pines, whose families do not have the means. They will also be supporting  all those groups that cheered them on.

A big thank you Robb’s Ride and the Grand Forks Cycle Club for their commitment to quality local recreational experiences for youth.

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by Gazette Staff

A vehicle struck two cyclists during this week’s Robb’s Ride road cycling event.

Grand Forks RCMP is investigating a motor vehicle collision which occurred Sunday, confirmed detachment commander Sgt. Jim Fenske.

The driver failed to remain at the scene and was later located after crashing his vehicle not far from the initial collision.

On June 5, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. during the Robb’s Ride road cycling event, members of the Grand Forks RCMP responded to a complaint that two cyclists had been struck by a vehicle on Highway 3 between Spraggett Road and Beach Road. The vehicle did not stop after it struck the cyclists, Fenske reported.

While members were investigating the matter, another complaint came in of a single vehicle rollover on Hardy Mountain Road. Officers attended the single vehicle collision scene and were able to establish that driver and 2006 blue Dodge Dakota pick-up truck that was involved in the rollover was also the driver and truck which had struck the two cyclists, Fenske confirmed.

The driver was transported to hospital for medical assessment at which time he was requested by police to provide blood samples to establish to what degree if alcohol was a contributing factor.

Fenske said the cyclists were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released; the damage to the bicycles exceeds $10,000.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collisions are asked to contact the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288 or via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.