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Longboarders take Britannia Classic, set sights on Whistler
The annual Britannia Classic longboarding race (formerly the Gold Rush Challenge) took place this past weekend on Copper Drive, with longboard skaters navigating the steep road at speeds over 100 km/h.
Squamish's own Patrick Switzer won the race and $2,000 first prize after George Mackenzie lost control around the final hairpin and crashed. Andrew Chapman and Travis Craig were second and third. Katie Neilson, the top female racer, won $1,000.
The next major stop on the tour is the inaugural Whistler Longboard Festival, which is taking place on June 25-26 on the Whistler Sliding Centre service road - eight corners and a vertical drop of around 330 metres. The course will be closed for training and qualifying on Saturday, but will open up on Sunday so spectators can watch longboarders go head-to-head through the heats until a champion can be decided. For more, visit www.whistlerlongboard.com.
STORMY 2011 cancelled
The 2011 edition of the STORMY ultra trail run and relay was cancelled last week due to unspecified "permitting challenges," according to a post by Ryne Melcher on the official website, www.stormytrailrace.ca.
This would have been the 11th year for the run, which features a 50-mile (80-km) solo race and a 50-mile team relay. It was originally called the "Squamish Test of Running Metal-Yeah!" as the first editions of the race followed the
PVTA raising funds
The Pemberton Valley Trails Association is hosting its second annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 18 at the Pemberton Community Centre. The fun starts at 8 p.m. with a silent auction, t-shirt sales, updated map sales, a slide show by Johnny Foon, door prizes, beer garden and more. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Whistler and Pemberton Bike Co. and $15 at the door.
Funds go towards building and maintaining trails in the Pemberton area.
Crankworx 2012 dates announced
It's never too early to start planning, especially if you're organizing one of the biggest mountain bike and freeride festivals in the world.
This week Whistler Blackcomb confirmed that Crankworx, which has jumped around in past year, would be moving back into the August timeslot in 2012, with 10 days of events from Aug. 10 to 19.
This year's festival takes place July 15 to 24. Registration is still available for most of the events at www.crankworx.com.