The Kokanee Crankworx freeride mountain bike festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world, with nine days of exhibitions and events taking place Aug. 9-17. As a result the organizers are looking for 300-plus volunteers to fill 900 shifts during the festival.
Interest has been high, with applications for volunteers coming from all over the world and across Canada.
Volunteer jobs include competitor relations, sport crews, logistics assistants, expo crews, the VIP and media accreditation crew, and the branding crew, as well as a newly created Endurance Volunteer position. Endurance Volunteers will be given positions of responsibility, and will need to work for a minimum of five six-hour shifts.
For more on the Crankworx volunteer program, including perks, visit www.crankworx.com.
New course for Canada Day Spud Run
The annual Spud Run on July 1 in Pemberton will be a little different this year, with participants going off-road and following the Pemberton Valley trail loop. The distance is roughly 8.5 km, and the atmosphere non-competitive.
The cost is $15 to take part, with all proceeds going to the Pemberton Valley Trails Association. Sign-on is at the new community centre at 8 a.m. and the race gets underway at 8:30 a.m. There will be food and refreshments at the finish, and, weather permitting, all participants will get a bag of locally grown spuds.
Whistler riders take to the track
This past weekend two Whistler riders headed to the velodrome in Victoria for the provincial track championships, taking place over three days. Jody Edgar, riding with Team Whistler, and Julian Base, riding for Capione Ratcliff, took part in the senior elite race.
In the 4 km pursuit, Base placed second while Edgar was sixth. The tables turned in the chariot race with Edgar taking the win.
In the Scratch, Points, Sprints, Kerin and Omnium events, Edgar won four gold medals and two silver medals. He was also poised to do well in the sprint, but crashed in the semi-finals after his pedal malfunctioned at 60 km/h. He shattered his helmet, but walked away with just bumps and bruises.
This could be the last time that the velodrome is used for an event, as the City of Victoria is discussing whether to remove the track to install a professional soccer field. It was originally built for the Commonwealth Games.
Car wash and barbecue this weekend for Ken Quon