The first WORCA Loonie Race of the season takes place tonight, Thursday, May 3, sponsored by Zog’s, Royal Bank and WORCA.
Sign-on gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to Lost Lake Park. Because this is the first race of the year, participants are asked to get there early to register for WORCA and sign-in.
WORCA memberships are the same price as last year, at $40 per adult, $25 for youths 18 and under, and $90 for a family including two adults and up to two children. For riders who already have race licenses recognized by Cycling B.C., memberships are $15.
Also, don’t forget your $2 to enter the race.
The race will take part on Lost Lake trails, starting and finishing near the ticket booth, and there will be food and refreshments after the race at Zog’s in Whistler Village. This is billed as a family ride.
Races will take place every Thursday through to Sept. 20, and the third annual Halloween Loonie will take place in late October.
The top male and female in each race will win a share of the entry fees, while the remainder will go to WORCA’s trail maintenance budget for the 2007 season.
For more information, visit www.worca.com.
Symmetrics on pace to win in El Salavador
The Symmetrics Cycling team, which includes Whistler’s Will Routley, is on pace to win the Vuelta a El Salvador later this week.
As of Wednesday, the riders were through six of nine stages of the UCI sanctioned race. Symmetrics riders have won several stages up to this point, and team rider Andrew Randell has a 17 second lead over the field. Routley sits in 31 st overall, 7:21 back of the leader.
The team itself is just six seconds back of Tecos UAG out of Argentina for the overall title, but is closing with every stage.
Symmetrics took a full team to the race, looking to earn valuable UCI points for their riders and for Canada. The points will increase the number of quota spots for Canada at events like the road world championships and for the Olympics in 2008.
Regular updates on Symmetrics are available online at www.canadiancyclist.com .
Boot Camp gets real
A want ad posted by Boot Camp for instructors got so much interest that founder Cat Smiley has decided to hold a reality show-type contest for instructors to determine who will fill the position. All of the candidates will be put through five rounds of physical testing and tests of coaching skills and their ability to play a drill sergeant, after which point the field will be narrowed down to five finalists. The finalist with the most votes from Boot Camp participants will get a one year contract.
“Boot Camp is their session, not mine, so it makes sense for recruits to decide who they want coaching them,” said Cat Smiley.
If you would like to take part in the contest, visit www.catsmiley.com.