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Joyride Huckfest sums it up

Locals show off skills in three events



It would take more than a little mud to scare off riders taking part in the inaugural Joyride Huckfest this past weekend.

The conditions no doubt kept the numbers down, but organizers were happy to see respectable fields in all of the events, laying the foundation for future Huckfest weekends.

"I think it went really well," said organizer Paddy Kaye. "We had three different styles of events, and three different styles of riders, and the feedback was awesome from everyone."

There is no word on whether the format will stay the same next year, but Kaye says that park staff and managers were happy with the event and were already coming up with suggestions how to make next year’s event bigger and better.

"We’re going to sit down and talk about everything, but I think the consensus is that everything went well. This event was really about the riders, and celebrating the end of the season," said Kaye.


The weekend of events kicked off with a Super-Downhill, a downhill race with some uphill sections. The course was in good shape, despite the rain the day before, although a few riders slid out on rooty sections.

Choosing what kind of bike to run was a challenge for the riders – downhill bikes are faster on the descents but far slower on the climbs, while cross-country bikes were the opposite.

Andreas Hestler, who moved to Whistler last week from North Vancouver, won the day with a cross between the two styles – a cross-country frame with slightly wider tires and a bigger fork up front.

Hestler completed the course in 14:50.79, or almost 40 seconds faster than the next competitor.

"That was fun," he said. "It was a pretty relentless course, you were either going down or climbing, and the mud definitely slowed things down a bit."

Hestler competed in his first Super-D earlier this year at a NORBA event, which he also won. While he’s still one of Canada’s top cross-country racers, Hestler also has a reputation of being a good technical rider and spends a lot of time riding the North Shore and the Bike Park.

He was feeling sick earlier in the week, and wasn’t sure if he was even going to race on Saturday.

"I heard (Dave Burch) Burchie was drinking coffee all morning to get ready for this, and I decided it was something I had to do. I got here late, and only had time to pre-ride about half the course, so I was doing most of it blind, but it was a really good course – nothing was too technical, and the climbs were pretty easy."

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