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New president takes helm of WORCA

Club posts strong year with membership, funds raised

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By Andrew Mitchell

The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association celebrated the end of another good year at their annual general meeting on Tuesday, an event that gets more entertaining by the year.

The meeting started with reports from WORCA’s outgoing directors, all but two of whom stepped down this year after serving two or three years on the board, and wrapped up with an election that saw eight new members step into the vacant portfolios.

Most notably, WORCA president Grant Lamont stepped down after two years, but will remain with the board in the advisory position of Past President. Joe Lyons, the Race Director for the past two years, became the president — partly because nobody else volunteered for the position, partly because he knew he had the confidence and assistance of the rest of the board and past president, and partly, in one of the night’s funnier moments, he got the blessing of his fiancée in exchange for a puppy.

Lamont thanked board members for their work over his term, and recounted a long list of accomplishments from the past year, starting with the fact that WORCA reached a total of 1,099 members this year, the fifth time in the last six years the association has broken the 1,000 member mark.

Other highlights include:

• The annual spring bike swap raised close to $10,000 for youth programs this year.

• WORCA helped to host the International Mountain Bicycling Association Summit and World Mountain Bike Conference, holding a race, dinner and guided rides for delegates, while participating in all conference sessions.

• WORCA hosted three week-long cross country youth camps for kids aged 5 to 17.

• WORCA helped to host the B.C. High School Mountain Bike Championships, contributing $500 to the Whistler Secondary team.

• Eight Whistlerites took part in a WORCA-facilitated trail building and maintenance course, ensuring that the skills and knowledge of local trail builders is maintained if they leave town or hang up their tools.

“It’s been a very good year for the club, we broke a thousand members again… and we got a lot of stuff done,” said Lamont. “I know for me it was great to host the IMBA Summit and World Mountain Bike Conference to really show the passion of the community, and give the delegates some good ideas to take home with them.”

As the new president, Lyons says his main focus is to continue the work of the board, and build on its strengths.

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