June 14, 2014 11:54 am

Over 2,000 cyclists take part in Ride To Conquer Cancer

WATCH ABOVE: This year’s ride is particularly bittersweet – as participants also mark the loss last year of a young rider along the route. Jennifer Palma reports.

More than 2,000 cyclists left Surrey for the sixth annual Ride To Conquer Cancer this morning.

Riders will pedal more than 200 kilometers over the next two days, all to benefit the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

This year’s ride marks a one-year anniversary of a tragic accident during the last event.

Sixteen-year-old Xavier Pelletier of Victoria was killed near Arlington, Washington in 2013 when he tried to pass a group of fellow cyclists.

The teen’s bike clipped the wheel of a car, sending him into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Pelletier was taking part in the annual charity cycle from Vancouver to Seattle.

He was riding in support of his uncle, a cancer survivor.

 

 

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