Cyclist shot during Interior marathon three years ago rides again

FILE PHOTO - Craig Premack, who was shot while riding on the Trans-Canada Highway during a road cycling event near Spences Bridge, B.C., in June, shows where the bullet entered his forearm during a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday July 29, 2014.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LYTTON - Three years ago Craig Premack was shot during a cycling marathon in the B.C. Interior and this year he was back on the road riding in the race.

Premack was participating in the 2014 edition of the Cache Creek 600, a two-day cycling marathon between Pitt Meadows and Cache Creek when he was shot.

The unknown shooter took several shots at Premack near Spences Bridge on the Trans Canada Highway at about 1 a.m. on June 1, 2014. It’s believed the shooter then fled in a pickup truck.

Premack, who was 54 at the time, was hit once in the arm. He was found by other cyclists and taken to the hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries.

While police are still searching for the person responsible, Premack returned to the Cache Creek 600 this year, according to an RCMP media release.

“In the fall it was announced that the Cache Creek 600 was going to return for 2017. There was no question I would participate,” Premack says in the release. “The Fraser Canyon has been a favourite place since counting the tunnels as a child. While I think about the shooting often, I don’t worry about it happening again.”

While the ride was enjoyable this time Premack admits he had chills as he rode through the area where he was shot.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the investigation is still active.

“People often know something, but either are too uncomfortable to bring it forward or don’t feel that what they know is important,” Moskaluk says in the release. “It is important to remember that even a small piece of information added to what the investigators have already collected can help bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.”

Tips can be called into the RCMP at 250-491-5369 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

– This story was updated at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, June 18, to correct Premack's age. Thank you to Craig Premack for catching the error.


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