Whistler's Carle Brenneman claimed a national title over the weekend when she won the senior women's race of the Sport Chek Canadian Snowboard Cross Nationals at Big White.
Brenneman won her quarter-final and semifinal heats on her way to the big final, then took the victory by beating out Ontario riders Zoe Bergemann and Tayler Wilten, who placed second and third.
"Big White was a super fun race and I'm proud of all the younger girls for rippin' it up and keeping me on my toes," said the 24-year-old.
Brenneman, who finished the season ranked 20th on the World Cup tour, said capturing a Canadian title was a nice way to wrap up her winter.
"This season hasn't been the easiest for me," said Brenneman, who didn't get a chance to race at the Olympics like she had hoped. "So it was great to end on a positive note."
Whistler's Tyler Mosher rode to a second-place finish in the men's para-snowboard lower-limb impairment race at nationals, finishing behind Ontario's Alex Massie.
American rider Roger Carver won the senior men's race, meaning Kevin Hill earned the Canadian title for his runner-up result. Squamish's Rob Fagan finished third.
This week marks the running of the Sport Chek Canadian Ski Cross Championships at Sunshine Village in Banff. Whistler's Marielle Thompson is expected to vie for her third national crown.
RUNNERS EARN STRONG RESULTS
Running season is well underway, and some Sea to Sky runners put down some great results in races outside the corridor to get their calendars started.
Whistler's Ashley McMillan was the top local in the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fools' Half Marathon on Sunday, April 6, finishing 14th overall with a time of one hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds. Whistler runners Daryl West (1:28:43) and John Blok (1:30:03), as well as Pemberton's Gary Martin (1:30:42), each recorded times ranking them in the top 50 overall.
Pemberton's Christine Cogger finished 70th overall and third in her 30 to 39 age group at 1:37:28, while fellow Spud Valley runner Natalie Morel Wood (1:40:43) placed 83rd overall.
Meanwhile, Whistler runners Alex Dunn and Christine Suter headed over to Port Moody to tackle the Diez Vista 50K Trail Run. Dunn finished in five hours and Suter completed the course in 6:57, though their placings were not available at press time.
CYCLING CLUB SEEKING MEMBERS
The Sea to Sky's newest cycling club is ready to hit the road, and is seeking members of all skill and experience levels to join in on the fun.
The Whistler Cycling Club will promote safe, social and inclusive recreational road cycling as the corridor becomes more of a hot spot for the sport. Its formation reflects the growing number of local riders, as well as the influx of out-of-town cyclists training for big-ticket races in the resort, such as GranFondo Whistler and Ironman Canada. Visiting riders who will have the opportunity to either join the club, or sign a one-day waiver to cycle with the group when in the resort, according to club VP Gary Baker.
The new group will place particular emphasis on safety, with the hopes being that the club website will serve as a resource for riders looking for tips on everything from safe riding practices to training and group cycling. The club will look to expand on Team Whistler's non-competitive offerings, continuing the popular Tuesday evening road rides. New to the calendar are the Sunday rides, focused on improving fitness and learning how to ride safely in groups. Rides geared towards women are also being considered.
The group is now seeking new members in addition to the more than 70 founding members already on board. Visit www.whistlercyclingclub.ca to join or learn more about the club's activities.
—with files from Brandon Barrett