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Prince George cyclists compete in Kris Yip Memorial Fondo

Racers celebrate Yip and all he meant to the local cycling community

More than 150 riders took to the streets Saturday morning to ride in the second annual Kris Yip Memorial Fondo, to celebrate Yip and all he meant to the local cycling community.

Riders took part in one of two races: 120 kilometres to Eaglet Lake and back to the starting point at Canada Way or a 60-kilometre race to Tabor Lake and back.

The longer route was completed by the fastest cyclists in just over three hours while the shorter loop took almost two hours to finish.

Meanwhile, Canada Games Plaza hosted music, food trucks, vendors and more for an after party and the draw for a grand prize of an all-inclusive, fully guided 10-day cycling adventure in Columbia.

Brett Boniface won the 120-km Eaglet Lake Epic men's event in a time of 3:07:10.8, while the women's event was won by Nikki Kassel with a time of 3:19:37.8.

Yip's mother, Nancy Hichok, finished ninth in the race with a time of 4:05:42.2.

The men's Tabor Lake event was won by Mark Isaacs in 1:55:45.9, with Erica Kreitz taking the women's event in 1:56:51.5.

Born and raised in Prince George, Yip was an integral part of the local cycling community competing from an early age. He was an  elite athlete,  training and preparing to compete at the national level, when he was struck down by advanced coronary artery disease. He died in 2023.

The Kris Yip Memorial Fondo is held to raise awareness about heart disease and to raise money through the Prince George Community Foundation and the Kris Yip Memorial Fund.