The Grand Forks Cycling Club decided to cancel the three scheduled provincial master’s races out of respect for the people who suffered tragedies in the wake of the raging wind storm Friday night (July 20).
Pierre Peron, race director, stated, “Our concern for the community takes precedent over any provincial racing. It is not in our hearts to have fun with such devastation around us.”
The cyclists from around the province applauded the local club’s decision and passed a collection box around, raising $500 for a start up relief fund for the victims.
Racing event food and hydration liquids, donated by Overwaitea, Buy Low and Pharmasave were also donated to the grief-counselling centre.
Moreover, the North Fork Road was dangerous to cycle and riding on the road would have interfered with damage control. Makeshift routes were considered but safety to cyclists would have been compromised. A change of cycling routes could have been annoying to motorists as well. We look forward to hosting the event next year.
The club applauds the efforts of all the rescue groups and sends best wishes to the affected families.
– Submitted by Bob MacLean, Grand Forks Cycling Club