To enhance the transition from skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking, Whistler Blackcomb ran the annual Crud to Mud race, which somehow got lost in the shuffle during a poor snow year when there was not enough crud to work with.
This year Whistler Blackcomb is bringing back the competition, which includes a giant slalom course on the mountain down to a transition area where skiers and boarders will pick up their bikes and race the rest of the way to the bottom. The winner is the athlete with the lowest combined time.
The competition is open to solo racers who want to do both parts of the course, as well as teams where partners can split up the snow and mud portions.
The race takes place on Saturday, May 22, a week after the official opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The course will be revealed at the mandatory athlete meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday at the GLC.
The cost to participate in $45 for solo racers and $55 for teams of two, plus an additional $26 to ride the bike park if you don't have a pass. Advance registration is available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations.
Full face helmets are mandatory for the bike portion of the course, and other padding is recommended.
In the past the competition has been about choosing the right gear. Ski boots make for a faster race up top, but aren't so good for riding the bike park. It takes time to transition from ski boots to shoes, but the few seconds to switch footwear could be easily made up by the extra comfort and control through the park. Snowboarders are generally slower through the giant slalom portion, but are far better on flat pedals than ski boots.
More information will be posted at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/bike.
Kishindo kids back in the ring
Two weeks after taking part in the annual Tiger Balm Invitational the Whistler Kishindo martial arts club was back in action last weekend at the B.C. Open in New Westminster.
The field was large and experienced, but Liam Rivera earned a bronze medal in point fighting with one win and one loss. It was only his second tournament.
That was the only Whistler medal of the weekend, but athletes did win some rounds in the continuous fighting category. It was also the first tournament for several competitors, including Kate Viner, Terry Learmouth and Cris Cox, who did well in point fighting.
The club is now in training for the West Coast/Can-Ams at BCIT, which take place at the end of May. Whistler Kishindo instructor Cole Manson will compete in that tournament, his first competition in six years.