For everyone who wants to relive the good old days of mountain bike dual slalom racing, or train for the Telus Dual Slalom scheduled for Crankworx, Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) is hosting a recreational dual slalom on Friday, June 22.
The format is one-on-one on a short and curvy course that’s similar to an alpine slalom race. The winner of each heat moves on to the next round, eventually deciding the overall winner.
Riders will be put into categories based on their skill level, and organizers are using a gentle slope at the base of the mountain to keep the race safe.
Marc Zurbuchen is co-ordinating the event for LUNA.
“This event is sure to be a hit with everyone,” he said, “from seasoned riders who remember the good old days of dual slalom, to beginners keen to check out the bike scene and compete in a friendly event.”
There will be prizes for the best bike outfits from the ’80s and ’90s, prizes for the top three riders in every category, and draw prizes that are open to everyone.
Registration is $7 or $5 for LUNA cardholders. Advance registration is available at the Whistler Employment Resource Centre starting on Monday, June 18, and there will be a registration table at the Phat Wednesday Downhill Race on Wednesday, June 20, and Loonie Races on June 14 and 21. There will also be registration on the night of the event, before the 7 p.m. start, but organizers are asking racers to register early as the event may sell out.
Comfortably Numb training run on Sunday
A free training run for athletes enrolled in the Comfortably Numb Trail Run will be taking place this Sunday, June 17, on the northern section of the trail near the start line. Duncan Munro from Escape Route’s Tuesday night trail running clinics and hash harrier runs will be leading the group, and giving advice how to tackle some of the sections, including some of the steepest climbs of the race.
You must RSVP to confirm your participation in the clinic. E-mail email@example.com if you would like to take part.
The run will be in the morning and participants will need transportation to the Wedgemont Parking Lot, north of Emerald Estates.
Comfortably Numb takes place the following Sunday, June 24, covering roughly 25 km of ground including over 23 km of technical singletrack. As of Tuesday, just 39 spots out of 200 remained and the event is expected to sell out by race day.