The Cycling Community sadly lost one of our own yesterday when Christopher “Cono” Contreras was fatally injured in a tragic crash at the 5th Annual Public Safety Crit. By all accounts, Chris was excited to spend Memorial Day at the races with his family, Time-Velo Pasadena teammates and friends.
We had the pleasure of meeting Chris at Interbike last year and then to collaborate with him on the Fortune 700 Race to the End of Summer Sessions, which he created. The Fortune 700 Race to the End of Summer Sessions invited riders to use any bike type; Fixed, single speed, fully geared, road, cyclocross, MTB, cruiser, bmx, whatever you had, you could compete on as long as you had a helmet.
Chris was very passionate about cycling and had a deep history in the sport that went back to racing in the 80’s. In talking with Chris, he was interested in growing the sport and involving riders in the fixie scene and exposing them to racing, with the hopes that one day these riders might think road cycling was cool and compete.
We are glad we got the chance to meet Chris and be a part of his passion for cycling and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, Team and friends.
New location and date – There will be a Memorial Service for Chris at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in the Gold Room, June 22nd at 11 am. Bike parking on the terrace.
3rd Annual Kool ‘N Fit Criterium Benefit Race
On June 9th, the 3rd Annual Kool ‘N Fit Criterium will donate all proceeds to benefit the Chris Contreras family. This is a great opportunity for the SoCal Cycling Community to come together and lend their support and help Chris’ family during this sad time. Race Flyer >
By Christy Nicholson / SoCalCycling.com
Above photo showing Chris in the center is courtesy of Time-Velo Pasadena Team. “It was taken by his son just hours before his passing and posted on his FB page saying “Monday Funday”, showing how much he loved the sport of cycling”.