The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA) has announced the details of the first of two enduro races, taking place on Saturday, June 22. The registration went live on May 22 and is limited to 80 riders at a cost of $40.
This is an experts-only event, featuring the very steep and technical Gargamel trail. You must be a member of WORCA to take part.
Registration and memberships are available online at www.worca.com.
In other WORCA news, tonight's Toonie Ride (May 23) is a rip up and down the Whistler Mountain Bike Park sponsored by the Garbanzo Bike and Bean. Sign-in is at 5:30 p.m. and the race starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
If you haven't registered yet for WORCA, online registration is recommended. You can also sign up in person, but lines can be long.
WORCA's Monday Night Rides get underway on May 27, meeting at the Whistler Bike Co. at 6 p.m. and riding at 6:30 p.m. The rides are non-competitive and groups are divided up by skill level. Experienced riders can learn the trails and find some new riding partners, while beginner and intermediate riders will learn new skills and tackle trails at a safe progression.
The Monday Night Rides are sponsored by Nesters, Bike Co., Back In Action Physio and Los Sombreros — which is also providing refreshments and food specials.
New this year is a Monday Night Ride "Baby Bump" group where new moms and moms-to-be can hook up their chariots and enjoy guided rides on the Valley Trail.
For riders looking to improve their skills, WORCA is opening registration for adult clinics on Saturday, May 25. The clinics run from June 4 to August 29 every Tuesday and Thursday with both morning sessions (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) and evening sessions (6 to 8 p.m.).
A three-session pass is $66 and five sessions is $110. The Tuesday sessions are for beginners and focus on riding the Zappa Trails in Lost Lake Park, while Thursday's group is for beginner/intermediate level riders and ventures further out.
For more information or registration, visit www.worca.com.
Kids of Steel, Adult Super Sprint triathlons this weekend
With Ironman Canada coming to Whistler for at least the next three years, the Whistler Tri Club's annual Kids of Steel Triathlon and Adult Super Sprint race on Saturday, May 25 takes on a new significance. It's a chance for kids to experience a little of what one of the oldest Ironman races in the world is all about, a chance for adults registered for the race to practice racing and iron out their transitions and a chance for adults contemplating racing in a future Ironman to test themselves on a short, familiar course.