Fund-raisers announced to support family of fallen California bike racer

Donations are being accepted online and at several Southern California locations

Two fund-raisers have been announced to help support the family of a fallen California bike racer.

Christopher “Cono” Contreras died following a crash in the pro/category 1-3 race at the Public Safety Criterium on Memorial Day in Dominguez Hills. He was 48.

Contreras was a member of Gruppo Velo, the organizer of the Fortune 700 race series and a longtime employee of Velo Pasadena. He is survived by his wife, Akiyo, and two sons.

According to, the Kool ‘n Fit Criterium on June 9 in Costa Mesa will donate its proceeds to the Contreras family. In addition, donations are being accepted online at and at the following locations:

• Velo Pasadena, 2562 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

• Velo Studio, 4150 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505

• Pedal Spin Studio, 266 Monterey Rd., South Pasadena, CA 91030

• SweetSalt Food Shop, 10218 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602.

Checks should be made out to Akiyo Kozakaya.