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Slideshow showcases Segger’s "marathon of sand"

Last April local adventure racer Jen Segger took part in the seven-day, 245 km Marathon de Sables, crossing a section of the Sahara Desert almost entirely self-supported.

It’s one of the toughest races in the world with temperatures in the 40’s during the day, freezing temperatures at night, and long sections through shifting sand dunes.

Although this was Segger’s first time in the event, and she was one of the youngest and least experienced competitors, she still finished 10 th among women, and was the top female challenger from North America.

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, starting at 7:30 p.m., Segger will be giving a slideshow presentation of her experiences in Morocco to raise money and cover her costs at the U.S. Adventre Racing Association Sprint Championships.

The venue is the Spruce Grove Field House, and entry is by donation.

For more information you can email Jen Segger at

Local rider fourth in Cyclo-Cross Championships

In recent years the sport of cyclo-cross has grown in a big way, with road riders and mountain bikers winding down their competitive seasons as they face off on short, dirt tracks.

Whistler mountain biker Trevor Hopkins took part in five out of eight races in the B.C. Cup cyclo-cross series this fall, and finished in the top five in three of those races. Each race broke records in regards to turnout, with more than 75 riders at each event.

Most recently he took part in the B.C. Cup championships in Nanaimo, where he finished fourth in the Masters category racing for the FloraGlow/Norca team.

Next season Hopkins will be racing for the a new team started by Whistler’s Tony Routley, called Team Whistler/Nature’s Path. Other sponsors include Fine Motorcars Sales and Leasing, EpicrideBC, Snowcovers, Rocky Mountain Bikes, 4Ever Fit Sports Nutrition, Ryders Eyewear, Mountain FM, Helly Hansen and Sugoi.

The team will include eight of Whistler’s fastest cyclo-cross riders with entries in most categories. Their season will start at the end of February with a spring road race in Langley.

XC early bird passes on sale

Season passes for the Lost Lake Cross Country Trails went on sale last week, with early bird pricing in effect until Nov. 30.

There are advantages to having a pass. The Lost Lake trails were officially open for just 22 days last season due to the weather, but passholders were able to use a track that was built on Whistler Mountain outside of the Roundhouse Lodge with no extra charge.