The Whistler Secondary Storm high school mountain bike team hosted the third event in the North Shore Mountain Bike League series on May 9, with schools from far away as the Sunshine Coast making the trip to race the singletrack at Lost Lake.
Temperatures were on the cool side but the course was mostly clear of snow this year — unlike last year whenparents and riders used shovels and picks to dig a course out.
Whistler athletes, who are being coached by members of the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association and volunteer parents, have been exceptional this year winning or placing in almost every category, and leading in the overall standings.
With home field advantage, the Whistler kids dominated. On the boys' side, Whistler athletes won in every category.
In Grade 8 Boys it was a sweep with Matt Riddle placing first, Alex Auger second and Zach Davis third. Isiah Smith was sixth, Jack Douglas seventh, Liam McIvor eighth, Ben Raffler 11th and Julian Gagne 15th. Auger leads the overall standings.
In Grade 9 Boys the top racer was Whistler's Max Peiffer with teammate Conrad Murdoch in second.
In Grade 10 it was another sweep, this time of the top six. In first was Felix Burke, followed by Austin Reith, Matthew Wentzel, Jack Iles, Spencer Wight and Edi Schreyer. Ben Flynn was eighth, Ryan Grills 14th and Noah Smith 19th.
Mahon Lamont was back on top in Grade 11 and 12 Boys, winning the race to take the lead in the standings, with Tristan Underhill in fifth.
On the girls' side, Ilya Nordin was second in Grade 8 girls, followed by Keeley Wentzel in third, Carly Mann in fourth and Emily Wharin in fifth.
In Grade 9 Girls, Georgia Astle and Jewel George were first and third respectively.
Jennifer McTavish was first in Grade 10 Girls.
Nicki Murdoch was second in Grade 11 and 12 Girls, while Melanie Auger placed 10th.
The fourth race took place on Wednesday, but results won't be available until next week.
Whistler is now hosting the league finals on Saturday, May 26, replacing the B.C. High School Championships, which were cancelled due to the ongoing teacher's job action.
If you can volunteer for the championships, which will take place again at Lost Lake, contact Lorraine Vollmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea to Sky riders strong in mountain bike events
It's been a busy few weeks for competitive mountain biking in the province, with the first B.C. Cup downhill and cross to country races of the season.
The Sunshine Coaster is a two to day event taking place on the Sunshine Coast, with a downhill and cross country race on trails around Roberts Creek.