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New president takes helm of WORCA

Club posts strong year with membership, funds raised



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Battiston urged all members at the AGM to attend the Whistler Cycling Committee open house on Thursday to voice their support for mountain biking, and make recommendations for future trail development.

The Director of Planning position was filled by Guy Patterson.


Director of Trails

Boyd McTavish stepped down as director of trails after three years on the board. WORCA has so far spent over $25,000 on trail building and trail maintenance this year, with members contributing hundreds of volunteer hours to various projects. Most of that money was from a municipal community enrichment grant of $34,000, $22,000 of which was directed specifically to trails.

That money was spread around Whistler’s trail network this year, but the main focus was the redevelopment of the Cut Yer Bars trail network on Nesters Hill.

In addition to subsidizing a four-day trail building clinic, WORCA also presented local bike shops with copies of trail building manuals put together by IMBA and the RMOW to share with customers that are building or maintaining trails, recognizing that bike shops are the hub of the mountain bike community.

Filling McTavish’s position this year is Jerome David, who took the trail building clinic and helped out with several projects this year.


Director of Race

As Race Director, Joe Lyons thanked the sponsors for their continued support of the mountain bike community, as well as the volunteers that make the races possible.

According to Lyons, 4,566 racers participated in Loonie Races this year, for an average of 217 riders per race — almost 30 more on average than last year. Rider numbers were weather dependent to some degree, but even on the rainiest day of the season there was a field of 134 riders.

Lyons will be replaced this year by Benoit Reneault.

Lyons also announced that WORCA will once again be hosting a Halloween Loonie Race on the Thursday before Oct. 31. Details will be announced in the next few weeks.


Director of Membership

Todd Hellinga stepped down as Director of Membership after two years, but said he plans to remain actively involved in WORCA and assist Lyons.

According to Hellinga, membership numbers were boosted this year by the success of the Phat Wednesday Downhill Series hosted by Whistler-Blackcomb. A total of 222 different riders took part, between 150 and 200 of which bought members exclusively to race in the downhill events.