While the Olympics are a memory that is getting more distant every day, Whistler and Sea to Sky are busier than ever when it comes to events. Summer is always a busy time, but the summer of 2010 features several new events, as well as the return of a few events after being absent for several years.
First there are the weekly events.
WORCA is hosting 19 Toonie Rides this season, starting on Thursday, May 6 with a rip on Shit Happens. The complete schedule and course list is available at www.worca.com.
WORCA also co-hosts the Phat Wednesday downhill series with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. It is geared to riders of all levels and abilities. In 2009 they also partnered on three "PhaSt Wednesday" races that were geared to expert riders and featured some of the more challenging trails in the park. More information on those races will be posted online at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bike.
The Whistler Sailing Club is also planning to bring back its sailing races this year, as well as hosting camps and clinics.
The Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association is back for a fifth season, with four nights of competitive play. Monday is competitive two-on-two, Tuesday and Friday are recreational co-ed four-on-four, and Thursday is intermediate three-on-three. For more information on registering a team visit www.wova.ca.
The co-ed Whistler Touch Rugby League is also returning this year, inviting teams of seven to 10 members to join and play every Tuesday evening at Whistler Secondary. No experience is required. Registration day was on April 19, but you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
That's a short list of the regular events, and doesn't include spring hockey, slo-pitch, soccer, or any of the other leagues and regular events around Whistler.
As for the event events, the list is longer than ever:
May 9 - Squamish Youth Triathlon - This is the 10 th anniversary for this event and it's completely sold out. Details on the event are at www.squamishlive.ca.
May 15 - Ore Crusher - This is a classic mountain bike race with a Lemans-style sprint on foot at the start, followed by multiple laps of a 6 km loop of the Cheekeye Fan trails in Brackendale. While there are no prolonged climbs or descents the course is deceptively tough with long false flats and nowhere to rest from start to finish.
There are categories for ages 12 and up, with racers doing anywhere from one to five laps depending on their category.