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Canadians back on top of XC


After joining most of the rest of the World Cup mountain bike riders in skipping the Brazilian event after last month’s Quebec race, Canadian cross-country riders were back in action last weekend at Angelfire Resort in New Mexico.

Victoria’s Geoff Kabush, who was second at the Quebec World Cup, was second again behind World Cup leader Christoph Sauser of Switzerland. If Kabush made the European World Cup events and the event in Brazil, he’s proven that he could be one of the top-ranked riders on the circuit.

Joining Kabush in the top-10 was Seamus McGrath of Ontario in eighth place. Chris Sheppard was 11 th and Rickey Federau 24 th .

In the women’s race, Marie-Helene Premont of Quebec finished second once again to Gunn-Rita Dahle of Norway. If Premont had gone to Brazil, she may have pulled ahead of Sabine Spitz of Germany, third at Angelfire, in the overall rankings. With one event remaining, Premont is just 40 points back of Spitz.

Also for Canada, Kiara Bisaro of Courtenay was ninth, and Mical Dyck 19 th in New Mexico.

Willow Koerber, an American rider who lives in Whistler, was seventh.

Volleyball Challenge turns 10

Approximately 200 players from bars, restaurants and hotels around Whistler will take part in the 10 th annual Whistler Resort Volleyball Challenge July 19-20. This event, which is open to the local service industry, takes place on the Myrtle Philip Community Centre fields, with after parties at Joey Chan’s Chinese Eatery and Crabshack/Tex Corleone’s.

Bike Park hosts Women’s Wednesday series

In an effort to get more women into the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Whistler-Blackcomb is launching a weekly women’s night starting on July 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be discounts on lift tickets and bike rentals, as well as free guides for women of all ability levels.

"We want to see more women in the bike park, it’s that simple," said Jeremy Roche, Whistler-Blackcomb’s manager of business development. "Women’s Wednesdays are geared towards women of all riding abilities. It’s a great way to check out the park and get the help of an experienced guide."

After the ride there will be an après at the GLC. There are several ways to take part. If you don’t have a bike suitable for the park, you can get an Extended Play ticket, rental bike and protective gear for $49, which is a savings of $90. If you do have a bike, an Extended Play ticket is just $19.

The guides are provided free of charge, and all participants will receive a $10 food voucher for the GLC.

Draw prizes will also be available on the first night, including entry into a Spokeswomen Mountain Bike Camp, a Giro full-face helmet, Dakine gloves and a Dakine hydration pack.

Passes are available at the ticket booth, and groups will be organized with guides at the base of the mountain.