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Deadline nearing for B.C. Bike Race

The deadline to register for the 2009 B.C. Bike Race is fast approaching, as all registrations must be finalized by June 1.

The B.C. Bike Race takes place over seven grueling days, from June 28 to July 4, and features singletrack in seven distinct areas - North Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Squamish and Whistler. The goal this year was to emphasize the best singletrack riding in every area, instead of riding from point to point on whatever trails were available.

That's not to say there won't be some long rides - Squamish is posted at 65 km, although exact distances and routes are still to be announced.

Participants race in teams of two, male, female and co-ed, and have to be within a minute of one another at every checkpoint.

For more information or registration, visit www.bcbikerace.com.

Sea to Sky Trail Challenge rolls July 11

Large sections of the Sea to Sky Trail from D'Arcy to Squamish are now established, thanks to the combined efforts of local governments, trail builders and advocates throughout the corridor. There are also some new sections, including two new areas to the south of Whistler that were completed over the past two years and two new sections of a trail that will one day link all of Squamish.

While that's a lot of trail, the 14th annual Sea to Sky Trail Challenge breaks the ride up over two days, and gives riders the option of missing the highway section from Pemberton to Whistler.

This year's event takes place on July 11 and 12. Organizers have limited the number of participants to 150 for logistical reasons, and are expecting to sell out. Early registration is recommended.

The first day goes from D'Arcy to Pemberton, following a selection of roads and trails to One Mile Lake where riders have the option of loading their bikes onto trucks or to keep pedaling. Day two is from Whistler to Squamish, and includes four recently added trails to the south of Whistler.

Overall the race has very little technical riding, and there are regular aid stations along the way.

For more information or registration visit http://greatexplorations.com/trips/canada/cyclingevents/seatosky.asp. Registration forms are also available at The Bike Co in Pemberton and both Corsa Cycles and Tantalus Bike Shop in Squamish.

Whistler Disc Golf Club starting up a new season

The Whistler Disc Golf Club (WDGC) is gearing up for its second official season, and is looking for members. The cost is $5 for a membership, $2 to enter the doubles tournament and $2 for the optional acepot - money that goes to the first player with a hole in one on the 27-hole Spruce Grove Course.

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